Info and Instructions for Violent Felony
(Non Violent Felony instruction scroll down)
Individuals convicted of a felony in any state automatically lose the right to vote. In Virginia they also lose their right to serve jury duty or hold public office and to possess fire arms.
A convicted felon may have his voting rights in Virginia restored by having his or her Restoration of Rights Application approved by the governor. This application asks the governor to restore a felon's ability to vote, serve on a jury or hold public office, but it doesn't restore firearms rights or clear a criminal record. Only the governor may restore a felon's voting privileges, and if your application is denied, you must wait two years before trying again.
To apply, you must be a Virginia resident or have been convicted of a felony by a Virginia court, have paid all fines and restitution, be free from probation and parole and have no felony or misdemeanor charges or convictions for five years.
Understanding the Commonwealth of Virginia's petitioning process will increase the chances of having the right to vote restored in a timely fashion. Miss a step in the application process and you must wait for two years to try again.
1. Go to the court where your felony conviction took place and request certified copies of all felony court orders, sentencing reports and payment receipts for any restitution, fines, or court costs that you owed. The Court Clerk will be able to assist you in locating these documents.
2. Go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and request a copy of your driving record. This is only required if you currently live outside Virginia.
3. Go to the police department in your area and ask for a certified copy of your criminal record. This is only required if you currently live outside of Virginia.
4. Ask your probation or parole officer for a letter that details his or her supervision of you. The letter should give details about you, your good character, and how you have turned your life around. The letter should be addressed to the governor.
5. Get your "Restoration of Rights" application packet from the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia. You can download the application from the Commonwealth of Virginia website. You can also call the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office at 804-692-2531 to have one mailed to you.
6. Have three people write letters of recommendation for you. The letters, templates for which are included in the "Restoration of Rights" packet, should attest to your good character and may not be written by relatives by blood or marriage. It's recommended that you ask people such as your employer, a clergy member or community leader to write the letters on your behalf.
7. Write a letter to the governor describing the circumstances surrounding your conviction, why you think your rights should be restored and how you have turned your life around. For example, maybe you do volunteer work or have gone back to school or otherwise become more involved in your community in a positive way.
8. Fill out the "Restoration of Rights" application. The application asks for your name, date of birth, Social Security number, current contact information, and your prison identification number from the Virginia Department of Corrections. Mail it, along with all supporting documents, to:
Restoration of Rights
Secretary of the Commonwealth
P.O. Box 2454
Richmond, VA 23218
Applications are reviewed by the governor in the order they are received. Only complete applications are reviewed. The process takes approximately six months and you will be notified by mail of the governor's decision.
Info and Instructions for Non Violent Felony
New Process for Restoration of Civil Rights!
You might have heard that as of yesterday, Virginia started a more automated process of restoring civil rights to former non-violent felons. We want to make sure you have all the information you need if this change affects you or someone you know! Please feel free to forward this on anyone you know that might need this information.
Know the new process for Restoration of Rights for Non-Violent Felony Offenders
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for non-violent automatic restoration of civil rights:
1. Have been convicted of a non-violent felony in a Virginia court, or in a U. S. District Court, military court or a court of another state or territory;
2. Have completed serving the prison sentence and been released from probation or parole, and;
3. Have paid all court costs, fines to the Commonwealth and restitution to the victims, satisfied other court-ordered conditions, and have no pending felony charges.
To get your rights restored:
1. Get a copy of the non-violent restoration of rights contact form by clicking here, print the form and fax a completed form to (804) 786-9549. Paper forms are also available at probation and parole offices. You can also mail a completed form to: Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Restoration of Rights Division, P. O. Box 2454, Richmond, VA 23218
2. Call the toll-free hot line number at 1-855-575-9177, during office hours, 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday (except State holidays) and provide the information needed. Speak slowly and clearly so your information can be recorded correctly.
3. A web-based contact form for direct submission WILL BE available online by August 1, 2013 at www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/ror.
Once you receive your rights restoration order from the Governor, you must complete the Virginia Voter Registration form to register to vote. You will need to put the date of your rights restoration on the Virginia Voter REGISTRATION form (question 4).
If you have any questions about this process, please call the toll free hot line number at 1-855-575-9177.
Gov. McAuliffe and Secretary Stoney
Nine months of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration so far has restored voting rights to 3,200 ex-felons, Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney said enthusiastically to members of the Lynchburg Voter’s League Thursday.
That total, which he said is three times more than any previous governor, is only an appetizer.
“Obviously, I’m greedy,” he said at the league’s meeting at Court Street Baptist Church. “I want more than that.”
The former deputy manager for McAuliffe’s 2013 campaign declared his hope is to restore rights to 5,000 by the end of the year and 20,000 by the time McAuliffe leaves office. His office oversees clemency, pardons and restoration of rights.
He said he sees restoring rights as the “one single tool” that makes a major difference in people’s lives. He hopes rights can be restored automatically one day, though he noted a divided makeup of the General Assembly is a current roadblock. For now, he said his office is doing all in its power to expedite the restoration process.
In describing his review of the restoration process, he complimented former Gov. Bob McDonnell but steered clear of mentioning his recent conviction on federal corruption charges.
“He brought the process where it wasn’t, made some good tweaks,” Stoney said.
He described a woman’s reaction Thursday to learning her rights had been restored. Her tears of happiness drive him to do what he does, he said.
“That’s just one step we can provide an individual,” he said. “The governor believes people deserve a second chance.”
"The Big Dog" The Gov. Levar
His office helped secure a change in the criteria for drug offenses to nonviolent offenses, which drew applause. Stoney said he is in constant contact with members of the General Assembly, pushing for more funding to help make even more progress.
He also spoke of a push to bring more racial diversity to state appointed boards and said that is a major goal of McAuliffe. With thousands of spots to fill on a wide range of areas, he said the goal is to recruit more minority groups that reflect the demographics of Virginia communities.
“We will diversify these boards,” he said. “You don’t have to be an elected leader to make a difference in people’s lives in the commonwealth.”
Stoney, a James Madison University graduate, served as executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia in 2008 and was one of the youngest in the country to hold such a role.
"Don't You Know Who I Am" Sarah Palin was screaming at the top of her lungs as the throw down at the late night booze fueled party continued.
Sarah Palin and her family were at the center of a lively party last weekend that erupted into a fight, with daughter Bristol Palin allegedly throwing a right hook, a man who says he was a guest at the party told ABC News.
“She was punching him [another man] in the face like six times; it was an assault if I’ve ever seen one,” Eric Thompson said, adding that he was among 70 guests at the birthday party in Anchorage Saturday.
“It wasn’t a light punch either. She was really hitting him. I’m surprised he just sat there and took it.”
Political blogger Amanda Coyne reported that Sarah Palin, along with husband Todd and kids Bristol, Willow and Track, arrived in a stretch Hummer and that the fighting started as the beer started flowing.
The Palin family was asked to leave the party after Track Palin, 21, allegedly attacked another party guest who had previously dated his younger sister, Willow Palin, Thompson said. At this point the former VP candidate started screaming "don't you know who I am".
“I heard Sarah Palin yelling do you know who I am? All of us could not believe it. We thought we were watching an episode of Jerry Springer,” he added.
Anchorage police said members of the Palin family were attending a party at the home Saturday night when a fight erupted outside. They declined to provide further details.
“I gave a statement to police; my wife did and like 10 other people did,” Thompson said.
Sarah Palin made no mention of the alleged altercation in an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity Show” Thursday night. Sarah spent all her tv time spitting venom at President Obama while Hannity quivered with glee.
The Palin family did not return several requests for comment.
On Saturday, September 6, 2014 just before midnight Anchorage police responded to a report of a verbal and physical altercation taking place between multiple subjects outside of a residence located on the 900 block of Harbor Circle. A preliminary investigation by police revealed that a party had been taking place at a nearby residence and a fight had broken out between multiple subjects outside of the residence. None of the involved parties wanted to press charges at the time of the incident and no arrests were made. Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident. Some of the Palin family members were in attendance at the party.
This case is still pending, therefore, I’m unable to provide any further details or information in the police reports at this time.
Money from ObamaCares (Affordable Care Act) Coming to Lynchburg Amherst Area
The Johnson Health and the Blue Ridge Medical centers are set to receive more than $400,000 in Affordable Care Act funding this week.
“We’re excited about it. The Johnson Health Center is very excited to be able to expand our health services in the community,” said Gary Campbell, Johnson Health Center’s interim chief executive officer.
The Johnson Health Center is set to receive just over $221,000, and the Blue Ridge Medical Center will get almost $214,000.
Campbell said the money will be used to expand obstetric and gynecological services at the Johnson Health Center’s main campus in Lynchburg and its locations in Bedford and Amherst.
“We’ve experienced a pretty dramatic increase in OB-GYN patients and the need for that,” Campbell said. “By providing greater access to care with a new OB-GYN on staff we can meet the needs of our population.”
In Arrington, the money will be used to hire a part-time dentist as well as a nurse practitioner, said Peggy Whitehead, executive director of the Blue Ridge Medical Center.
The dentist “will work mostly with children and we will be doing some collaboration with the schools in our service area to make dental care more accessible,” she said.
The new nurse practitioner will do outreach as well as work directly with patients at the center.
“We’re very thrilled,” Whitehead said. “This is really going to help us expand our ability to see patients and make health care more affordable and accessible for people.”
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awarded a total of $5.6 million to 25 centers across Virginia to help them expand primary care services. HHS estimates the money will allow the centers to reach about 27,000 new patients in Virginia. A total of $295.5 million went to centers across the country.
Later this month the Virginia Senate and House will try to work out a way for 400,000 Virginians to be added to the ranks of the insured. The Federal Government will pick up all the costs for the first three or more years with their input dropping to 95 percent after that. This is now being obstructed by republicans.
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