Second Chance, Expungement, Sentence Reduction, & Restoration of Rights


This month, the Collateral Consequences Resource Center released its 50-state guide to expungement and restoration of rights titled, "Forgiving and Forgetting in American Justice".

This comprehensive report catalogues and analyzes the various provisions for relief from the collateral consequences of conviction that are now operating in each state, including judicial record-sealing and certificates of relief, executive pardon, and administrative nondiscrimination statutes. West Virginia’s Second Chance for Employment Act, passed during the close of the 2017 legislative session, is included. The goal of this document is to be aware of opportunities clients have for expungement, sentence reduction, and restoration of rights. This information is particularly helpful towards informing clients of potential collateral consequences and the future of their legal rights and social status following certain types of convictions.

You can find additional information on the collateral consequences page in our Research Center.

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