Press Releases

  • 02.26.02

    Federal Judge Rules in Supermax Prisoners’ Favor

    Court Finds ORDC's Classification System Violates Due Process

    In a historic decision issued today, Judge James S. Gwin, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio issued a 57-page opinion finding that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction violated Ohio State Penitentiary prisoners’ constitutional rights by denying them due process in their placement and retention at the Supermax facility in Youngstown. Read more…

    General Civil Liberties
  • 01.06.02

    ACLU Expresses Concern and Caution over Intelligent Design

    Science Curiculum Initiative Threatens Church and State Separation

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation is deeply concerned by efforts to include “intelligent design theory” in the proposed science curriculum of Ohio public schools. Intelligent design theory posits that living things are too complex to have developed through the operation of evolution over time, and thus must be the work of an Read more…

    General Civil Liberties
  • 01.04.02

    Supermax Prison Case Goes to Trial January 7, 2002

    Trial Will Focus on Conditions at Assignment to Penitentiary

    A week-long trial begins Monday in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 300 inmates over brutal conditions at the “Supermax” prison in Youngstown. The case, filed on behalf of the inmates last January by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the New-York based Center for Constitutional Rights, broadly challenges many aspects of Read more…

    General Civil Liberties
  • 12.29.01

    Ohio Supreme Court Invalidates Cincinnati Drug Zones

    ACLU Hails Victory in Second Case to Declare Local Law Unconstitutional

    The Ohio Supreme Court has declared a Cincinnati law excluding certain persons from one of that city’s neighborhood based solely on their arrest for a drug related offence. In a six-to-one decision written by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, the Court held that Chapter 755 of the Cincinnati Municipal Code violated the right to intrastate travel Read more…

    Police Practices
  • 12.19.01

    ACLU Sues Ohio BMV over Vanity License Plates Policy

    Lawsuit Alleges State Applies Arbitrary and Vague Standards in Violation of First Amendment

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation will file a lawsuit in United States District Court in Columbus on the morning of December 20, 2001, alleging that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle’s policy for approving drivers’ applications for vanity plates violates the First Amendment. The suit is being brought on behalf of a Read more…

    Free Speech
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