About the Project

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Answering the Governor’s Call

In the summer of 2019, the Office of Governor Mike DeWine approached The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the University of Akron School of Law with a proposal to create an expedited pardon project for those who meet certain criteria. The universities and the governor’s office worked along with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to significantly shorten the process by which certain people may apply for a formal pardon from the Governor under Ohio’s laws. Based on the positive experiences with the project to date, the Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project was expanded to include additional project partners.

If you do not meet eligibility criteria for the expedited pardon project, you can still submit an application for clemency through the traditional process. To learn more, please visit drc.ohio.gov/clemency.

Project Partners

The Project Team provides administrative oversight of the Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project and includes staff and faculty of 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.

Service Providers assist applicants who have been accepted by the Project Team to participate in the expedited pardon project. Service Providers for the Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project include:

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • University of Akron School of Law
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Ohio Justice & Policy Center in partnership with the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Other Service Providers include private practice attorneys and law firms who have committed to serving accepted clients with the expedited pardon process free of charge.

 

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