Updated Guide Shows Rights After Arrest, Conviction

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Four organizations announced an expanded Restoration of Rights Project that offers online state-by-state analyses of the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to restoration of rights and status after an arrest or conviction. Jurisdictional profiles cover areas such as loss and restoration of civil rights and firearms rights, judicial and executive mechanisms for avoiding or mitigating “collateral consequences,” and provisions addressing non-discrimination in employment and licensing.

The project is managed by the Collateral Consequences Resource Center (CCRC) and its partner organizations, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the National HIRE Network. The project includes a set of 50-state comparison charts that summarize the law and show national patterns in restoration laws and policies. The resources in the project were originally published in 2006 by CCRC director Margaret Love. The project’s managers say its resources have been re-organized into a unified online platform that makes them easier to access, use and understand.

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