A new law that reduces the number of post-prison sanctions could help former felons find work this fall.
Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio Bill 337 into law last month, ONN’s Michelle Michael reported.
The law will make it easier for freed convicts to get drivers licenses and professional licenses.
It will also let ex-cons seek declarations from a judge that they have been rehabilitated. That means companies that hire them will be protected from lawsuits in case former felons get into trouble on the job.
Jerry Cecil spent seven years behind bars for crimes he committed while he was a crack cocaine addict in the 1980s.
He moved to Dayton when he got out of prison nine months ago.
"In the last three months, I've filled out 30 applications, easy," said Cecil.
Cecil, who has been clean for two years, said that it hurts to be turned away because he feels rehabilitated.
"People look at my record and all they see in criminal," he said. "It makes you want to say forget it and go out and do what i do best as far as going back to the street life."
The bill was sponsored by Cleveland Democratic Sen. Shirley Smith and Cincinnati Republican Sen. Bill Seitz.
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