- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

For far too long, thousands of Virginians have been stifled in their attempt to fully rejoin society because of the stripping of certain civil rights after convictions of felony crimes.

While I’m not advocating for the restoration of rights to all felony criminals, I do think that those who have committed nonviolent crimes and have served their time should be allowed the opportunity to reclaim their rights.

That is why I must thank Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for his work to help streamline the restoration process in the commonwealth. He understands the importance of restoring civil rights to those former criminals who have made mistakes but now wish to return to normal, productive lives.

The restoration-of-rights process is an important piece of our justice system, ensuring that while justice is served, we do not create a system that traps people in the revolving door of the criminal system.

ROSALYN BELLIS

Alexandria

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