Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell Leads Way in Restoring Ex-Cons’ Rights
In the first two years of his term Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has restored the voting rights of more than 2,500 ex-convicts. That's more than half of all governors combined in the last twenty years.
During his campaign McDonnell promised to enact the fastest and fairest rights restoration program in Virginia history.
"Approximately 95% of the people sent to prison will be getting out," McDonnell says, "We're a nation of second chances. Everybody makes mistakes. But if you want to fix your problem and be a productive citizen, we want to help."
McDonnell's office has approved 89% of nonviolent felon applications and 80% of violent felon applications.
Felons in 39 of 50 states and DC automatically regain their rights once they have completed their sentences, while in other states the offender must petition the governor or a board and two states do not disenfranchise people with criminal convictions.
McDonnell's goal is to have their rights automatically restored when prison sentence is complete.
Alabama Law Passed Ordering Chemical Castration for Paroled Child Molesters
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the chemical castration of child molesters as a condition of their parole. The new law goes into effect in September.
Mother’s Day in Prison
Spending Mother’s Day in prison is pretty tough on both the incarcerated mom as well as the children on the outside. We urge you to visit the mom not only to help her keep her spirits up but also for the benefit of the children and to keep the family unit together as much as possible.