The University of Akron School of Law has a Reentry Clinic, which includes the following clinics:
Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) Clinic
Human Trafficking Clinic
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Also see the Expedited Pardon Project
Until recently "Expungement" and "Sealing of Records" in Ohio both meant the same thing. Both expungement and sealing referred to the court file becoming inaccessible to the public, but maintained by the court. 134th General Assembly, Senate Bill 288, effective April 4, 2023 created a true "expungement", where the record is deleted, destroyed and erased so that it is permanently irretrievable, except in very limited circumstances. Not all crimes can be sealed or expunged.
Certificate of Qualification for Employment will allow persons living in the community who have a previous felony or misdemeanor conviction to apply to the court to lift the collateral sanction that bars them from being considered for employment or a professional license. (129th General Assembly, Senate Bill 337)
Pardon in Ohio is an act of mercy or leniency from certain consequences of a criminal conviction, and is exercised by the Governor after receipt of a recommendation from the Parole Board.
Certificate of Achievement and Employability is a certificate program administered by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that will give employers relief from civil liability for hiring an offender who was trained for a particular job. (129th General Assembly, House Bill 86)
Note that the bills linked above are the original versions of the legislation. Check the Ohio Revised Code for what is currently in force. The other tabs in this guide provide links to the relevant code sections.
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