Press Releases

  • 11.03.15

    Technical Issues at Polling Locations Risk Disenfranchising Voters

    Counties Need to Make Proper Accommodations for Voters Experiencing Problems at Their Polling Place

    COLUMBUS— The ACLU of Ohio is calling on the Hamilton County Board of Elections to immediately address issues at polling places reported to be experiencing problems with electronic poll books, as well as not having provisional ballots available. “No voter should ever be disenfranchised because of a technical error,” said senior policy director Mike Brickner. Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 10.07.15

    New ACLU Report Shows Ohio Lawmakers Undermining Criminal Sentencing Reform Efforts

    COLUMBUS—According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, an analysis of legislation introduced in the Ohio General Assembly during the first six months of its 2015-2016 session shows that Ohio’s senators and representatives introduced 54 new bills—11 percent of the total number introduced in both chambers—to send more people to prison Read more…

    Criminal Justice
  • 09.29.15

    ACLU Joins Call to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture

    New Legislation Would Protect Citizens from Seizure of Personal Property without Criminal Convictions

    COLUMBUS—The ACLU of Ohio announced its support for new legislation to reform policies that allow law enforcement to seize property from people accused, but not necessarily convicted, of crimes. “This legislation is long overdue and will provide a welcomed relief to the many Ohioans whose property is taken away from them, oftentimes without any recourse Read more…

    Criminal Justice
  • 09.23.15

    ACLU of Ohio and Disability Rights Ohio to Highlight the Role of Mental Health in Cleveland Police Reform

    CLEVELAND—Ohio’s most prominent advocates for civil liberties and disability rights are hosting an event highlighting the importance of mental health in current efforts for police reform in Cleveland. On Thursday, October 1, the ACLU of Ohio and Disability Rights Ohio are bringing experts in mental health, civil liberties, and police practices to participate in a Read more…

    Disability Rights, Police Practices
  • 09.22.15

    ACLU Backs Fresh Start Act to Expunge Marijuana Offenses

    Initiative Will Give Ohioans Second Chance

    CLEVELAND—Today, the ACLU of Ohio voiced its support for the Fresh Start Act, a statute initiative that will expunge the records of people convicted of marijuana-related crimes once State Issue 3 has passed, according to Executive Director Christine Link. The organization endorsed the marijuana legalization ballot initiative yesterday. Media Statement: “ACLU Urges Yes on Issue Read more…

    Drug Policy, General Civil Liberties
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