How does this Project work?

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Expedited Application Process

The Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project has established the following process for supporting eligible applicants:

  • Step 1: Applicants must complete and submit the required documents. See the Can I apply? page for eligibility. See the How to apply page for full instructions.
  • Step 2: The University of Akron School of Law’s Reentry Clinic and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center will review initial applications as they receive them to identify candidates who appear most likely to receive a pardon from the Governor through the expedited process.
  • Step 3: The Project team will notify applicants who meet the criteria and have been accepted into the Project as clients and facilitate the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s (ODRC) completion of a full search of applicants’ criminal records.
  • Step 4: The Project team will work with accepted Project clients to complete a full application for clemency. Clients are expected to provide additional information listed on the Clemency Client Checklist to help prepare a complete and compelling application for a pardon to be submitted to the Ohio Parole Board.

    Review the Clemency Client Checklist

  • Step 5: The Project will submit completed applications to the Ohio Parole Board. The Parole Board will schedule expedited hearings for the applications (following a mandatory 60-day notice period). After each hearing, the Board will submit its recommendations to the Governor.
  • Step 6: After the Parole Board submits its recommendations to the Governor, the Governor will make final decisions on each pardon application. The final decision granting or denying a pardon is solely that of the Governor.

If an applicant does not meet the specific criteria established for the expedited application process, or if the Project team is not able to prepare the full pardon application due to limited resources or other difficulties, the Project team will notify the applicant as soon as possible and provide the applicant with information about the traditional pardon process.


Can I apply?