Congress has been weighing a new form of judicial relief—a Certificate of Rehabilitation—that could alleviate the “internal exile” caused by the collateral consequences of a federal conviction. Aside from the once robust, now rare and erratic pardon power, federal law lacks a general restoration-of-rights regime. Currently authorized by 13 states, judicial certificates of relief are recommended by the major national law reform organizations. This essay describes a bipartisan Senate proposal to authorize federal judges to issue certificates of rehabilitation.
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Research Article| June 01 2021
Has the Time Come for Relief for Federal Convictions?
Gabriel J. Chin;
Federal Sentencing Reporter (2021) 33 (5): 335–336.
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Gabriel J. Chin, David Schlussel; Has the Time Come for Relief for Federal Convictions?. Federal Sentencing Reporter 1 June 2021; 33 (5): 335–336. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fsr.2021.33.5.335
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