Are we, as the governor says, a people who believe in second chances? Here’s lawmakers’ chance at redemption.
Those who break Virginia’s laws continue to pay for their crimes long after their sentences are served, their fines paid, their restitution made. Only the governor can restore their right to fully rejoin their communities as citizens.
Gov. Bob McDonnell, who now holds the distinction of restoring civil rights to more former felons than any Virginia governor, understands that he alone should not hold that power.