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Virginia Gov Says He's Restored Civil Rights to 22K Felons

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    Virginia Gov Says He's Restored Civil Rights to 22K Felons
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    Virginia's Lt. Governor Ralph Northam talks to host Dean Obeidallah about his gubernatorial campaign during a SiriusXM Town Hall at SiriusXM Studio on August 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he has restored voting and other civil rights to more than 22,000 felons who have completed their sentences since taking office last year.

    Northam announced the milestone Wednesday. The restored rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury and run for public office.

    The Democratic governor previously announced in February that he'd restored rights to more than 10,000 felons.

    His predecessor, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, made undoing a vestige of the state's Jim Crow era and restoring voting a hallmark of his term in office and restored the rights of more than 170,000 felons.

    Most DC Felons Serve Prison Sentences Outside the Region

    [DC] Most DC Felons Serve Prison Sentences Outside the Region

    A review by the News4 I-Team reveals two of every three felons convicted of crimes in D.C. are shipped across the country to serve their time. Scott MacFarlane spoke to relatives of inmates who say they're loved ones are too far away for them to visit.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019)

    Virginia is one of a handful of states that permanently limit the civil rights of people convicted of a felony barring gubernatorial intervention.

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