Redemption Project

The Redemption Project is an all-volunteer effort to improve the ability of former clients to overcome legal obstacles to employment and help them obtain jobs. Employers can be reluctant to hire people with criminal records. A criminal conviction can legally prevent a person from voting and from obtaining state licenses for many jobs. In fact, more than 700,000 jobs in Florida are off-limits for ex-offenders who have not had their rights restored.

  • Acupuncture
  • Alcoholic Beverage & Tobacco
  • Architecture
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Athlete Agents
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Auctioneers
  • Bail Bond Agents
  • Barbers
  • Building Code Inspectors
  • Cardroom Business
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Clinical Counseling &amp Psychotherapy Services,
  • Commercial Driving Schools
  • Community Association
  • Contracting
  • Cosmetologist
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics & Nutrition Practice
  • Dispensing Optical Devices & Hearing Aids
  • Electrolysis
  • Embalming
  • Employee Leasing Companies
  • EMT/Paramedic
  • Engineering
  • Funeral Directing
  • Health Testing Services
  • Home Improvement Finance Seller
  • Hypnosis
  • Interior Design
  • Land Surveying & Mapping
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Language Pathology & Audiology Management
  • Massage Practice
  • Midwifery
  • Mortgage Brokerage
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Motor Vehicle Retail Installment
  • Naturopathy
  • Notary Public
  • Nursing Home Administration
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Orthotics
  • Prosthetics
  • Pedorthics
  • Osteopathy
  • Outdoor Advertising
  • Pawnbroker
  • Pest Control
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy Practice
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Private Security
  • Private Investigator
  • Professional Geology
  • Psychological Services
  • Public Accountant
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Salesperson &Appraiser
  • Repossession Services
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Retail Installment Seller
  • Sales Finance Company Seller
  • Talent Agencies
  • Title Loan Lender
  • Veterinary Medical Practice
  • Wrecker Operator

Through Redemption, a convicted felon who has served their time can seek clemency (an act of mercy) and receive a certificate of rights restoration. That certificate removes the statutory obstacle to employment and clears the way for law-abiding ex-offenders to obtain many jobs and business licenses. Ex-offenders can also get help with sealing and expunging criminal records through the program.

Since 1998, volunteers from the Public Defender's Office and community groups have assisted more than 6,000 people across Miami-Dade County through Redemption workshops held at community centers and churches. Success has been possible due to the participation of government and community organizations.

For local efforts to help ex-offenders re-enter their community, read the Governor's Ex-Offender Taskforce report and the Reentry Resource Guide.