2017 June

  • 06.26.17

    Bail Reform Key to Solving Jail Overcrowding

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    “On Wednesday, June 14th, Sheriff Jim Neil declared a state of emergency at the Hamilton County Justice Center due to jail overcrowding. The ACLU of Ohio has taken bail reform head on, and it is rapidly becoming one of our main criminal justice focus areas.

  • 06.20.17

    Nothing Gained from Painesville Policy 413

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    The recent introduction of Painesville Police Department Policy 413 has left many wondering what Chief Powalie hopes to gain by involving his department with enforcement of federal immigration laws.

    At a public meeting on March 15 at Perry Library, Chief Powalie said his department would not initiate contact with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when encountering undocumented immigrants.

  • 06.16.17

    Authors D.A. Dirks and Patricia A. Relf on Reproductive Rights, Then and Now

    D.A. Dirks and Patricia A. Relf

    In anticipation of the ACLU of Ohio’s spring event series, I sat down with authors D. A. Dirks and Patricia A. Relf to discuss their latest work, To Offer Compassion: A History of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion. The authors deconstruct one of the deepest misunderstandings within the pro-life versus pro-choice debate—that it is synonymous with religious belief versus secular humanism.

  • 06.02.17

    It’s On Us: Declaring and Defending Sanctuary Cities

    Austin Kocher, COWA President

    Over the past several months, sanctuary cities have been under increased scrutiny by federal officials. We can’t allow this.

    Why Sanctuary Cities?

    Sanctuary cities have adopted social, economic and political policies to protect the constitutional rights of all their residents, particularly those who are undocumented.