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Washington considers faster pathways to restoring rights after felony convictions

Crosscut: Three proposals in the state Legislature seek to help those with past convictions volunteer in schools, clear their records and earn their right to vote back faster.

It is estimated that one in every three Americans has a criminal record. For some, that record can be a barrier to employment, housing and even volunteering. But that could change soon in Washington state if any of three proposals before the state Legislature are approved.

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