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July 23, 2005

Collateral consequences guide

Thanks to The Sentencing Project, I can report on an important new report by Margaret Colgate Love entitled, "Relief From The Collateral Consequences Of A Criminal Conviction: A State-By-State Resource Guide."  Details on the report can be found in a summary here, which explains:

This comprehensive survey describes for each United States jurisdiction the laws and practices relating to restoration of rights and obtaining relief from the collateral disabilities and penalties that accompany a criminal conviction. It is the first-of-its-kind, and it illustrates the extraordinary variety and complexity of state and federal laws that impose a continuing burden on convicted persons long after the court-imposed sentence has been fully discharged. It is an important resource for policymakers interested in offender reentry and reintegration, for practitioners at all levels of the criminal justice system, and for people with a criminal record who are seeking to put their past behind them.

The Sentencing Project has been given permission to make available key portions of the study by its publisher, William S. Hein & Co., including this executive summary of the findings and conclusions.  Margaret Love has stressed in a note to me that she warmly welcomed comments and contributions, and that she will update the study on a regular ongoing basis.

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