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Ohio Legal Help

Source: Ohio Legal Help

ohiolegalhelp.org is a site with direct access to resources for Ohioans in need of legal assistance for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to housing, families, debt, court appearances, public benefits, seniors, traffic, and more.

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  • housing
  • human rights
  • policing
  • pre-trial justice
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  • a person with a criminal record
  • legal professionals
  • students

I have a criminal record. Can I vote?

Source: OJPC

Some states put up roadblocks that make it more difficult for people with criminal records to cast a ballot. Here are the rules in Ohio.

Video funded in part through a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

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  • human rights
  • policy
  • second chance
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  • a person with a criminal record
  • advocates
  • incarcerated individuals

Three things to do after getting out of prison

Source: OJPC

1-minute explainer video with helpful tips for returning citizens looking for a fresh start.

 

Funded by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

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  • human rights
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Resources for Returning Citizens in Cincinnati

Source: OJPC

Reentry after prison can be difficult. Many people leave prison with little no financial savings, job prospects, or affordable housing options.

While there are many unfair structural obstacles to reentry, here is a spreadsheet with groups of nonprofits and service organizations located in Greater Cincinnati that provide food and meals; furniture; housing and utility assistance; job training and education; medical, dental and mental health services; and transportation.

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  • a person with a criminal record
  • incarcerated individuals

A Guide To Finding Housing After Incarceration

Source: MyMove.com

Whether you were recently released from prison or you have an incarcerated loved one and you’re wondering what to expect when an inmate comes home, we’ve built this guide to help. It’s loaded with information about finding housing for returning citizens. We’ve linked to plenty of resources to help jumpstart the best life after prison.

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  • housing
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  • a person with a criminal record
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CIVICC Ohio

Source: OJPC

CIVICC: Civil Impact of Criminal Convictions database

This website provides an online database and search tools for anyone who wants to learn more about the collateral consequences of conviction in Ohio.

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  • fair hiring
  • policy
  • record sealing
  • second chance
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Certificates of Qualification for Employment: What Employers Need to Know

Source: OJPC

Employers who hire CQE-holders have the opportunity to maximize their applicant pool,

overcome mandatory hiring barriers under Ohio law and
gain immunity from negligent hiring liability.

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  • CQE
  • fair hiring
  • second chance
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Avoiding the Box, Banning the Box, Reframing the Box

Source: TedX Marion Correctional

Stephen JohnsonGrove (former policy director at OJPC) delivers this talk on CQEs and CAEs and how they can open doors to employment for people with criminal records.

(2014)

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New Guidance on Criminal Records and Housing (April 2016)

Source: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

While this guidance should be read in its entirety, there are two important points to emphasize.  Landlords should not deny housing based on an arrest alone, as arrests without convictions do not justify the denial. This guidance also prevents the use of blanket restrictions related to certain types of convictions. Accordingly, convictions should be considered on a case-by-case basis, in light of mitigating factors, such as the person’s age at the time a crime was committed, evidence of good behavior since the crime was committed, and how long ago the conviction occurred.

(current as of April 2020)

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Housing Access for People with Criminal Records

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

Housing Access for People with Criminal Records

By: Elayne Weiss, Senior Policy Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition

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