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Bill Would Ease Way For Many Of Ohio's Ex-Inmates

Ohio would more readily welcome ex-inmates back into the workforce under a bill poised for passage in the state legislature. The bill aims to curb so-called "collateral sanctions," employment or professional hardships brought about by a person's conviction or decision to plead guilty to a crime. The bill is set for a Wednesday vote in the Ohio House, following approval in the Ohio Senate last month. The bill would create a mechanism for ex-offenders to get a state certificate of employment or professional licensure lifting certain bars on employment. It also provides for them to have their record expunged in certain cases. Elements of juvenile offenders' records would be shielded from public disclosure.