Introducing the new Restoration of Rights Project
The Collateral Consequences Resource Center and its partner organizations, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the National HIRE Network, are pleased to announce the launch of the newly expanded and fully updated Restoration of Rights Project.
The Restoration of Rights Project is an online resource that offers state-by-state analyses of the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to restoration of rights and status following 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. Each jurisdiction’s information is separately summarized for quick reference.
In addition to the jurisdictional profiles, a set of 50-state comparison charts summarizes the law and illustrates national patterns in restoration laws and policies. We expect to supplement these resources in weeks to come with jurisdiction-specific information about organizations that may be able to assist individuals in securing relief, and information on other third-party resources.
The resources that comprise the Restoration of Rights Project were originally published in 2006 by CCRC Executive Director Margaret Love, and she has continued to keep them updated. As a result, the profiles and comparison charts have expanded over the years to broaden their scope and to account for the many changes in this complex area of the law. Love’s research has recently been hosted by CCRC and NACDL, and it appears as an appendix to the treatise on collateral consequences published jointly by NACDL and Thompson Reuters (West).
Project resources have now been re-organized into a unified online platform that makes them easier to access, use, and understand. The short “postcard” summaries of the law in each state — which serve as a gateway to more detailed information — have also been reviewed and revised to provide a more current and accurate snapshot of applicable law in each state.
The Project is intended as a resource for practitioners in all phases of the criminal justice system, for courts, for civil practitioners assisting clients whose court-imposed sentence has exposed them to additional civil penalties, for policymakers and advocates interested in reentry and reintegration of convicted persons, and for the millions of Americans with a criminal record who are seeking to put their past behind them.
The Restoration of Rights Project is available now at: