Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Attorney Margy Love recently released Relief from the Collateral Consequences of Conviction: A State-by-State Resource Guide. Here is the summary:
The guide is the first comprensive survey U.S. laws and practices that allow an ex-offender to overcome or mitigate the collateral legal consequences of a criminal conviction.
It begins with short analytical pieces on executive pardon, judicial expungement and sealing, deferred adjudication and set-aside, certificates of rehabilitation, and laws that limit consideration of conviction in connection with employment and licensing. The heart of the guide is its detailed descriptions for each U.S. jurisdiction of available relief mechanisms and how they operate. Also included are charts that allow easy state-to-state comparisons.
The guide is an invaluable resource for policymakers and researchers dealing with the legal barriers to offender reentry, and for practitioners at every level of the justice system, and for offenders who are trying to put their past behind them. Check it out. . . [Mark Godsey]