Restoration of Rights Project – Texas Profile

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

Statutory Restrictions on Convicted Felons

Inventory of Texas collateral consequences maintained by the Texas State Law Library (2013)

Criminal Records in the Digital Age: A Review of Current Practices and Recommendations for Reform in Texas

Helen Gaebler, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law (2013)



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