Under DeWine’s Expedited Pardon Project, applicants must:
— not have committed any additional crimes in the past decade;
— not have committed any disqualifying offenses, which include murder, sex crimes, child porn, domestic violence, kidnapping, terrorism;
— have made good faith efforts to meet sentencing requirements, such as paying restitution;
— have a post-offense employment history or a compelling reason for not working;
— have a track record of volunteer or community service;
— have a specific reason for seeking a pardon.
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The governor is required to wait until the Ohio Parole Board makes a recommendation before deciding a clemency request. In the first six months of 2019, the Parole Board reviewed 164 clemency requests – 76 commutations, 86 pardons, 1 reprieve and 1 death row case.
So far this year, DeWine granted a pardon to former Daytonian James E. Young and denied clemency for 16 other applicants.
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The expedited project has the potential to collapse the very lengthy clemency timeline into a matter of months.