Restoration of Rights Task Force

NACDL has undertaken an unprecedented and wide-ranging inquiry into how legal mechanisms for relief from the collateral consequences of conviction are actually working, in state and federal systems. NACDL's Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction has conducted a series of regional hearings (Chicago, Miami, Cleveland, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York) to study state and federal relief mechanisms.


The Task Force has released the report, Collateral Damage: America's Failure to Forgive or Forget in the War on Crime - A Roadmap to Restore Rights and Status After Arrest or Conviction, which identifies best practices, and specific legislative and policy proposals to facilitate restoration of rights and status after completion of sentence.

For more information about the Task Force please contact Monica L. Reid via email at or at (202) 465-7660.

NACDL Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status after Conviction Transcript Information. The following transcripts from six cities reflect the testimony of the over 150 witnesses who appeared at the hearings.

To ensure the accuracy of each transcript, NACDL forwarded each witness a copy of their testimony and asked that they review the document for substantive inaccuracies. Although the majority of witnesses believed their testimony was accurately reflected, a few witnesses submitted edits. Those edits have been incorporated at the end of each transcript as an errata page.

The Task Force is confident of the substantial accuracy of these transcripts.

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