Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: May 20, 2022
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Christian Martinez,

Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces the Restoration of Rights for Thousands of Virginians

RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that civil rights have been restored to 3,496 Virginians. The consideration for restoration of rights is coordinated by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, in conjunction with the Department of Corrections, with thorough consideration by the Department of Elections, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Compensation Board.
 “I am encouraged that over 3,400 Virginians will take this critical first step towards vibrant futures as citizens with full civil rights,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Individuals with their rights restored come from every walk of life and are eager to provide for themselves, their families and put the past behind them for a better tomorrow.”
“The restoration of rights process provides a fresh step forward for individuals who have made mistakes, but have done their duty to our community and wish to be full and productive citizens of our Commonwealth,” said Secretary Kay Coles James. “I look forward to their successful futures.”
The administration will be restoring rights on an ongoing basis. Individuals looking to have rights restored, and meet the criteria should visit  Applicants waiting for rights to be restored may check the status of an application online. 

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