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I am Clovia “Miss Community” Lawrence and truly honored to be a stakeholder for restoration of rights for ex-offenders under Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration. Stakeholders from across the commonwealth met with Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, Deputy Secretary Kelly Thomasson, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Tonya Vincent, State Police and a host of others to discuss making the restoration of right process much simpler for persons with felony offenses.

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 To date, Governor McAuliffe has granted the rights of close to 2,000 ex-offenders more than former Governor Tim Kaine who granted 700 rights to felons in one year. Also, more than former Governor Bob McDonnell who granted 1100 felons rights in one year.

Secretary Stoney was my guest on Kiss Fm and he shared the good news about the new changes to the restoration of rights process.

Here are new changes to the process that went into effect on Monday, April 21:

*Secretary of the Commonwealth website has a more comprehensive listing of violent verses non-violent felony offenses.

*All drug offenses including distribution, manufacturing and conspiracy have been moved from the violent offenses list to the non-violent offenses list.

*Person who apply for restoration of rights for violent offenses will have a wait period of 3-years instead of 5-years.

Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia believes in a more transparent government for ex-offenders. Stay tuned for more amendments to the restoration of rights process over the next 4 years.

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