The Collateral Consequences Resource Center is pleased to announce that the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) has joined as a partner in our Restoration of Rights Project (RRP). The APA is a membership organization of elected and appointed prosecutors whose mission is to provide training and technical assistance to prosecutors in the United States, and to facilitate collaboration with criminal justice partners on emerging issues related to the administration of justice. APA President and CEO David LaBahn participated in the roundtable on non-conviction records held in August at the University of Michigan Law School, a project that relies heavily on the state law research in the RRP. The RRP’s other partner organizations are the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and National HIRE Network.
The RRP describes current U.S. law and practice concerning restoration of rights and record relief following arrest or conviction in the 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and federal system, in three formats: summaries of every jurisdiction, detailed profiles of each jurisdiction, and 50-state comparison charts. Topics include sealing and expungement, employment and licensing, pardons, voting, jury service, public office, and firearms rights. People visit the RRP more than 1,000 times every day looking for information about ways to alleviate the burdens of a criminal record.
We are very excited to have this respected national prosecutor organization as a partner in the RRP enterprise, to help bring the RRP’s resources to the prosecutor community, along with a greater awareness of the need for and availability of mechanisms to mitigate the collateral consequences of arrest and conviction. We look forward to the new perspectives the APA can bring to bear as we work to expand the RRP and make it more useful to all those interested in restoration of rights and record relief.