The McDonnell administration moved quickly to streamline rights restoration.
As promised, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration moved swiftly to establish a process for automatically restoring the civil rights of non-violent felons who have completed their sentencing, probation and restitution obligations.
And the administration demonstrated good faith by working with civil rights organizations to make as many people as possible eligible for the new process it unveiled on Monday. McDonnell wisely decided to classify most burglary and breaking-and-entering offenses as nonviolent crimes eligible for rights restoration.