Changes to Virginia Law

In 2021, the Virginia legislature passed impactful legislation to allow certain criminal convictions to be sealed. First the first time in Virginia history, beginning July 1, 2025, (or sooner) criminal convictions can be sealed.

Articles, studies, and resources about the legislative history behind the sealing legislation and the benefits of sealing a criminal conviction.

Expungement Information Session 1

Expungement Information Session held on October 18, 2023 hosted by the Henrico County NAACP in partnership with the Commonwealth Attorney, Clean Slate Virginia, and NoLef Turns, Inc., and Justice Forward RVA.

Virginia is for Second Chances!

Article on AVVO

Benefits of expunging or sealing a criminal record.

An empirical study from the Harvard Law Review.

A Case Study on Indiana’s expansion of expungement laws. arrow
Learn more about the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. arrow
Research about the benefits of sealing a criminal conviction.

Research from the University of Michigan Law School, titled “Expungement of Criminal Convictions: An Empirical Study”

The Virginia State Crime Commission’s 2021 report about the enacted sealing legislation. arrow
The Virginia State Crime Commission’s 2020 research on sealing and expunging criminal records. arrow
National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction arrow
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Criminal Record Expungement in Santa Clara County arrow

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