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Man launches felons' rights project in Waynesboro

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 11:07am  ET

WAYNESBORO, Va. -- An effort is underway in the Waynesboro area to find nonviolent felons who are eligible to have their voting and civil rights restored.

The News-Virginian ( ) reports that Mercedes Harris opened the Hollaback and Restore Project office Monday in downtown Waynesboro.

Harris' rights were restored last fall after he served more than a decade in prison for cocaine distribution.

Community members will help Harris identify eligible nonviolent felons in Waynesboro and surrounding areas.

Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that nonviolent felons who complete their sentences and maintain a clean record will regain their civil rights on an individual basis without having to apply.

McDonnell also is eliminating a two-year waiting period for nonviolent felons to have their civil rights restored.


Information from: The News-Virginian,

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