The Restoration of Rights Project (RRP) is a free online resource that includes summaries and analyses of state and federal law relating to restoration of rights and status following arrest or conviction. Maintained and regularly updated by the Collateral Consequences Resource Center (CCRC), the RRP is used by individuals with a record as well as lawyers, policymakers, advocates, journalists, scholars, judges, and government agencies to understand the laws of specific jurisdictions and to compare policies across the United States.
The RRP covers four primary topics: civil and firearms rights; pardons; expungement and other record relief; and employment and licensing. A national page summarizes each jurisdiction’s laws on these topics, state-by-state profiles provide in-depth information with citations, and 50-state comparison pages include charts and state-by-state summaries for each of the four topics. The “postcard” summaries and charts on the national and comparison pages serve as a quick reference and allow for comparisons between and among states.
The materials that comprise the RRP were first published in 2006 by the Margaret Love, CCRC Executive Director. Since 2017, when the RRP site was redesigned and its resources converted to HTML CCRC has updated and expanded these tools, drawing on them to publish overview reports, legislative updates, model legislation, and commentary. CCRC’s work on the RRP and its derivative projects is supported by a grant from Arnold Ventures.
Partner organizations help expand awareness about the RRP, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, National HIRE Network, and Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. The RRP’s materials are also printed in a treatise on collateral consequences published by NACDL and Thompson Reuters (West).
The Restoration of Rights Project is available now at:
- Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy and Practice
Margaret Colgate Love, Jenny Roberts & Wayne A. Logan
NACDL Press and Thompson Reuters (West) released this treatise on collateral consequences by Margaret Colgate Love, Jenny Roberts & Wayne A. Logan, Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy and Practice (NACDL/West, 3rd Ed. 2018). This volume is a comprehensive resource for practicing civil and criminal lawyers, judges and policymakers on the legal restrictions and penalties that result from a criminal conviction over and above the court-imposed sentence. Available for purchase.
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