Certificates of Relief and Certificates of Good Conduct
After being released, it is necessary to restore your rights to participate in certain types of employment by obtaining a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct. These certificates function as evidence of rehabilitation that prospective employers must consider during the hiring process.
If you have been convicted of only misdemeanors and not more than one felony, or one felony only, you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities, and if you have been convicted of more than one felony, you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Good Conduct.
To receive an application form for a Certificate of Relief or Good Conduct, send your request to:
1220 Washington Ave., Building 2
Albany, NY 12226-2050
If you have questions, call 518-473-9400
For further information, we suggest you refer to the Legal Action Center’s document: “Lowering Criminal Record Barriers: Certificates of Relief/Good Conduct and Record Sealing.”
Obtaining your Rap Sheet
As a part of your employment search, it is in your best interest to obtain a copy of your criminal record (rap sheet). Your rap sheet contains information about arrests, arrest charges, convictions, and sentences. It is necessary to obtain this document in order to present your conviction record accurately to a potential employer. It is also important to obtain this document in order to correct inaccuracies that may appear on your record.
In New York State, you can obtain your rap sheet by filing a “Request for Record Review” with the Division of Criminal Justice Services:
Records Review Unit
4 Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203
For a more comprehensive guide to cleaning up your rap sheet, we suggest you refer to the Legal Action Center’s document: “Your New York State Rap Sheet: A Guide to Getting, Understanding, and Correcting Your Criminal Record”
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