HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Folks in the Valley gathered Tuesday to talk about restoring rights for felons.
It's part of the Mobile Justice Tour that's making its way across the state.
The tour is made up of a panel of speakers who are visiting different Virginia cities to educate people about the restoring rights process.
Governor Bob McDonnell passed a law to restore voting rights to non-violent felons this year.
One of the speakers was Mercedies Harris, who was a felon himself. He says it took 28 years to get his rights restored.
Harris now works to educate others on how they can restore their voting rights once they served their punishment.
He says he's thankful for the governor's push to help people like him.
"This is the United States. America is a place for second chances, and if there's a law that can take away your rights, then there ought to be a law that can replace them," said Harris.
He says if you're a non-violent felon who would like your rights restored, you can contact him for help on the process at 540-942-5998.
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