The Immigrant Legal Resource Center, with our partners the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in the San Francisco Bay Area and Californians for Safety and Justice, are pleased to provide a manual on how to help immigrants get post-conviction relief in California.    Here is a link to the manual, and a separate link to the Practice Aids in the Appendices.

This manual is written for immigration advocates, and for defense counsel and clean slate/re-entry advocates who help to obtain post-conviction relief.    It describes what kinds of post-conviction relief are effective and safe for immigrants.

The manual focuses on reduction of a felony to a misdemeanor under Prop 47 and Penal Code 17(b)(3); new Penal Code § 1203.43, which will eliminate a DEJ "conviction" for immigration purposes;  "expungements" under Penal Code § 1203.4 and other statutes, which can especially help applicants for DACA (and DAPA, if it goes forward).   The manual also includes a detailed discussion of DAPA/DACA, and guides to determining if the person is eligible for other relief.

The Appendices include a number of practice aids:  Charts, check-lists, client questionnaires, and lists of resources.