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File #: 1583-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/10/2021 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 6/21/2021 Final action: 6/24/2021
Title: To authorize the City Clerk to enter into a grant agreement with Legal Aid Society of Columbus in support of the Opportunity Port program; and to authorize an expenditure within the general government grant fund. ($175,000.00)
Sponsors: Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor
Attachments: 1. 1583-2021
Explanation
Legal Aid Society of Columbus has partnered with Councilmember Rob Dorans’ office in support of Columbus City Council’s effort to simplify the record sealing application process and expand access to legal support services for Columbus residents with a criminal record. Opportunity Port is the name of the proposal submitted by Councilmember Rob Dorans’ office in response to the Second Community Challenge issued by The Ohio State University, in partnership with the Alliance for the American Dream. Opportunity Port was awarded funds (Ordinance 3294-2019, Ordinance 1484-2020, and Ordinance 0165-2021) and in accordance with those grant agreements, whereby these funds will be allocated to support legitimate project costs, including the expenses associated with the identification and convening of collaborative partners, co-development of actionable ideas or policies addressing Alliance for the American Dream goals, vetting ideas with key stakeholders/subject matter experts, and managing, developing, testing, and evaluating the Opportunity Port platform, a portion of these funds are being provided to Legal Aid Society of Columbus to support operations integral to the success of Opportunity Port.

FISCAL IMPACT: Funding is available within the general government grant fund, Fund No. 2220.

Title
To authorize the City Clerk to enter into a grant agreement with Legal Aid Society of Columbus in support of the Opportunity Port program; and to authorize an expenditure within the general government grant fund. ($175,000.00)

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WHEREAS, the existence of criminal records hinders the equitable growth and success of Columbus as a whole; and

WHEREAS, according to the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, 1.3 million Ohio jobs are either completely or partially off limits to Ohioans with previous criminal convictions; and

WHEREAS, Ohio Revised Code 2953.32 “Sealing of conviction record or bail forfeiture record,” allows eligible offenders to apply to the senten...

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