and Restoration of Civil Rights.
UPDATE: What follows was written in June of 2011, so it is important to see what any law mentioned, says TODAY. (Today being whenever you are reading this.)In some states there are ways to obtain a "Certificate of Rehabilitation" which can greatly improve your ability to obtain employment, housing, occupational licenses and even get off the registry (California). And, other civil liberties may also be attached to Certs, every state combines all sorts of things under the package they call a "Certificate of Rehabilitation" and it is always worth exploring.
"Restoration of Civil Rights" is another label used by some states, but still various rights lost when convicted of crimes are packaged and assist one on reentering society following a conviction. So whether you seek a "Certificate of Rehabilitation" or "Restoration of Civil Rights" there are laws to review to see if you would qualify for either of these in the state where you live.
Now as to "Pardons and Commutations" which every state has, these we will not be pointing out as they are a given in every state, but with that said, also very hard to qualify for. Always seek legal advice for either of these because the laws are difficult to navigate and the process is long.
Certificates of Rehabilitation or Equivalent:
Arizona, California, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York
The following states have established state-issued certificates of rehabilitation or other similar means of removing bars following certain criminal convictions: Arizona, California, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York. These states differ in their levels of protection, eligibility criteria, and procedures. There may be other states with similar relief, so dig into the law where you live and see if there is any relief for you. On to the states we have researched:
For now, have a great day and a better tomorrow.
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Note: Adapted and Updated from Legal Action Center, New York. see also "Certificates of Rehabilitation and Other Forms of Relief from the Collateral Consequences of Conviction: A Survey of State Laws," by Margaret Love and April Frazier. October 1, 2006
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