Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project: Pilot Program

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The Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project aims to expedite the process by which people apply for a pardon under Ohio’s laws. The Project seeks to reduce challenges surrounding a clemency application in Ohio for people meeting certain criteria who can show that they have been rehabilitated and have contributed positively to their communities.

The Project was established in collaboration between Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Reentry Clinic at The University of Akron School of Law.

The universities and the governor’s office worked along with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to create an expedited pardon application process that will be tested through June 2020.