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 a pilot project for expedited pardons for those who meet certain criteria. 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 continues to be tested and refined as an early set of applications have been prepared. Based on the positive experiences with the project to date, it is our expectation that the Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project will become an ongoing means under this administration to request a pardon for those who have transformed their lives after their encounter with the criminal justice system.

Anyone who has been convicted of a crime in Ohio can submit an application for clemency through the traditional process. To learn more, please visit drc.ohio.gov/clemency.


Drug Enforcement and Policy Center | The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) focuses on promoting and supporting interdisciplinary, evidence-based research, scholarship, education, community outreach and public engagement on the myriad issues and societal impacts surrounding the reform of criminal and civil laws prohibiting or regulating the use and distribution of traditionally illicit drugs. The DEPC examines the impact of modern drug laws, policies and enforcement on personal freedoms and human well-being, giving particularized and sustained attention to analyzing the rapid evolution of marijuana laws and the impacts of state-level reform efforts.


Reentry Clinic | The University of Akron School of Law

The University of Akron School of Law’s Reentry Clinic assists clients with remedies to ameliorate the impact of their convictions including pardons, court sealings, human trafficking expungement and Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE). The clinic provides valuable experience for Akron Law students seeking to make a difference in society, whether they intend to pursue a career in the public or private sector. Since its creation in 2013, the clinic has served an estimated 7,000 clients.



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