Gov. Bob McDonnell has granted 506 of the 574 eligible applications from felons seeking restoration of their civil rights.
His administration on May 20 announced a 60-day deadline to act on applications for restoration of civil rights as part of a system it said would be faster. Today, the administration shared the results of 1080 applications that it has handled since the announcement.
Of the 1080, 650 were left from the Kaine administration and an additional 430 came in under the McDonnell administration between Jan. 16 and May 15.
Only 888 of them had all of the information required to process them and an additional 314 were ineligible for various reasons, including the applicant had not waited long enough. A nonviolent felon must wait two years after completing his or her sentence before applying; it’s five years for a violent felon.
That left 574 applications that were complete and waiting for a decision. McDonnell granted 373 two-year applications — the category for the bulk of nonviolent felons — and 133 five-year applications — typically for violent felons plus other infractions the state lumps into that category.
He denied 22 of the two-year applicants and 46 of the five-year applicants.
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