New York

Restoration of Rights Project – New York Profile

Guide to restoration of rights, pardon, sealing & expungement following a New York criminal conviction

Consequences of Criminal Proceedings in New York State

Comprehensive 2014 compilation, report, and practice manual by The Bronx Defenders

Criminal Justice Resources (Legal Action Center)

A collection of resources focusing on criminal records, collateral consequences, and relief.  A number of the resources are New York-specific.

Re-entry and Reintegration: The Road to Public Safety 

New York State Bar Association, Special Committee on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Proceedings (2006).

Rights Restoration and the Entanglement of US Criminal and Civil Law: A Study of New York’s “Certificates of Relief,” 

Alec Ewald, Law & Soc. Inquiry, Winter 2016, at 5



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