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McDonnell's Order Aims to Restore Felon Rights Faster

May 21, 2010

Nonviolent felons who've done their time face shorter waits for a governor's decision on restoring their civil rights in Virginia.

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday set 60-day deadlines for his administration to act on applications to get voting and other rights restored.

There's no time limit for governors now, and his two-month limit is voluntary with no consequence for tardiness. But there is no limit now, McDonnell says, and a backlog of applications from former Gov. Tim Kaine's administration.

Besides the 60-day cutoff, the new rules cut the post-release wait time for seeking rights restoration from three years to two for nonviolent felons.

There is no mandate for applicants to write a letter or essay as part of the process.

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