Advocacy

TAKE ACTION! » STOP OHIO FROM SENDING MORE PEOPLE TO PRISONS FOR PROFIT!

In Ohio and around the country, prisons for profit have led to serious problems, including grave mismanagement, increased violence, rampant drug use in prison, a lack of accountability, and inadequate medical care. All the while, private prison corporations line their pockets with taxpayers’ money–making millions of dollars in profit.

Now Ohio is continuing its failed experiment by slipping an amendment into an arson-related bill (House Bill 185) that would allow more people to be housed in prisons for profit. HB 185 would pave the way for Ohio to contract with Core Civic (also known as the Corrections Corporation of America or CCA) for space in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC), a private federal penitentiary.

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TAKE ACTION! » SAY “NO” TO THE PASTOR PROTECTION ACT!

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ohioans have the right to marry who they love. But now extremist politicians are trying to enshrine anti-LGBTQ discrimination into law with a “Pastor Protection Act” that was just passed by an Ohio House committee.

House Bill 286 purports itself to be the Pastor Protection Act because it would allow ministers to refuse to perform any marriage that doesn’t conform to their sincerely held religious beliefs. Let’s be clear: the First Amendment already protects pastors’ freedom of religion, including their right not to perform marriages that may violate their beliefs. Just as Catholic priests were never required to marry non-Catholic couples, they would not be required to marry same-sex couples. At the same time, government officials and businesses should treat all couples equally.

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TAKE ACTION! » STOP THE 20-WEEK ABORTION BAN IN ITS TRACKS!

Ohio women’s access to reproductive healthcare is once again under attack by extremist politicians in the state legislature.

SB 127 is designed to interfere with a woman’s personal, private medical decision by banning abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization. The blatantly unconstitutional bill already passed through the Ohio Senate and is currently awaiting committee action in the House. Ohio Right to Life has pledged to make passing this 20-week abortion ban their priority during the post-election lame-duck session.

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TAKE ACTION! » ENSURE A HIGHER STANDARD OF POLICING

The City of Cleveland plans to release new policies governing investigations of police misconduct. These proposed changes to the internal and external investigations procedures come as a result of the Department of Justice settlement, after the DOJ found “structural and systematic deficiencies and practices” by Cleveland police.

The ACLU of Ohio has created a comprehensive list of proposed recommendations for police oversight, which will help ensure a much higher standard of policing for the city of Cleveland. Our recommendations include four major areas of concern.

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TAKE ACTION! » END THE USE OF FOR-PROFIT DETENTION CENTERS

On August 18, the Department of Justice announced the Bureau of Prisons would end its use of private prisons. Following suit, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked the Homeland Security Advisory Council to review its current policy on the use of private immigration detention centers and evaluate whether to eliminate the practice.

Just two months later, the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) is seeking 5,000 new beds to house the unprecedented numbers of immigrants who are in its custody. In Ohio, the Department of Homeland Security is pursuing a contract with the private prison company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to house people in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC) in Youngstown prior to deporting them.

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THE FBI WANTS OHIO’S FACIAL RECOGNITION DATA » ACT NOW!

The FBI could soon be getting access to Ohio’s law enforcement records, including the state’s facial recognition database.

A recent report by the Government Accounting Office raised serious concerns about how the FBI manages its use of technology. They pointed to failures to determine error rates and test data accuracy, non-existent privacy policies, and an overall lack of transparency and notice to the public about how their data was being used.

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