On this blog, we often use the term "redemption law" when discussing ways to give people a second chance after they have been convicted of a crime. Another term that some of our readers may have seen is "restorative justice." The two concepts are different in many ways, but they have some important things in common, and it can be helpful to understand what restorative justice means.
After you have been tried and convicted of a crime, paid any fees and served any required time behind bars, you may feel that you have paid your debt to society and you should start with a clean slate. Unfortunately, many people find that having a criminal conviction on their record sets them back for years.