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Drug Offense No Longer Considered Violent Crime

Drug Offense No Longer Considered Violent Crime

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It’s easier for felons to regain their voting rights. Governor McAuliffe is reducing the waiting period for violent felons to apply for reinstatement from five years to three years. Also, drug offenses will be considered non-violent. A list of violent crimes that would affect voting rights will be published later. The changes build on former governor McDonnell’s effort to streamline the process.

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