The Next Door Project


The Next Door Project

CSS estimates that nearly 30 percent of official New York State criminal records contain at least one error. Fixing these errors—and getting a complete understanding of the corrected criminal record—can help open doors to employment, housing, and stability that had previously been closed.

The Next Door Project aims to remove barriers for a successful reentry. They have trained volunteers to help people with conviction histories request, read, and repair their NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services rap sheets (and FBI rap sheets, if they have arrests from outside New York State).  Next Door Project counselors also help individuals apply for Certificates of Good Conduct or Certificates of Relief from Disabilities, which provide presumptive evidence of rehabilitation and overcome numerous statutory barriers to employment and licensure. Counselors  draw on the expertise of the CSS Legal Department to help clients fix difficult problems with their rap sheets, including sealing old arrests that did not lead to criminal convictions, and to address criminal records-based employment and licensing discrimination through advocacy and litigation where necessary.

Intake sessions consist of a brief introduction to our program, a review of how official criminal records are made and potential mistakes, and information about laws that protect individuals with criminal conviction histories from discrimination. This is followed by completion of necessary paperwork  Clients must bring some proof of identity, such as a Benefit card or other official ID.

New York’s New Sealing Law went into effect on October 7, 2017.  Questions about the new law? Call 212.614.5441

New York’s New Sealing Law Fact Sheet     NYS Sealing Law Fact Sheet


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The Next Door Project serves low-income New Yorkers, and work is done free of charge.

Intake is held once a month here at our offices at CSS at 9:30 am, but you must call in advance in order to be included.


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If you or someone you know would like our help to get a copy of your/their official criminal record, review it for mistakes, work to clean it up, and help you/them apply for a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct, please call our hotline at (212) 614-5441.  Leave a message with contact information and we will return the call and schedule you/them for one of our intake sessions.  We can sometimes see people individually if they cannot come to an intake session due to scheduling conflicts.

Hours of operation

intake meetings occur at 9:30 AM view the schedule for dates


The Next Door Project serves low-income New Yorkers, and work is done free of charge