Press Releases

  • 01.16.15

    ACLU Skeptical of Changes to Kasich’s Mentorship Program

    Governor, State Superintendent Fail to Send Program Records

    CLEVELAND—The ACLU of Ohio questions whether the religious requirement has actually been eliminated from Governor John Kasich’s Community Connectors mentorship program despite recent changes by the Ohio Department of Education, according to Executive Director Christine Link. The ACLU maintains its skepticism that the faith-based requirement satisfies constitutional protections against religious endorsements by the state.  It Read more…

    Religious Liberty
  • 12.30.14

    ACLU Statement About Youngstown Private Prison Losing Contract to House Federal Inmates

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio released the following statement on learning that the federal Bureau of Prisons decided to end its contract with the private, for-profit prison company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which operates the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown. Currently, the prison houses about 1,400 inmates overseen by the Read more…

    Criminal Justice, Immigrant Rights, Prisoners' Rights
  • 12.17.14

    ACLU Launches Inquiry into Governor’s Mentorship Program for Ohio’s Schools

    Community Connections May Violate Students’ Religious Liberty

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the ACLU Program on Religious Freedom and Belief today expressed serious concerns that Governor John Kasich’s recently announced Community Connections mentorship program may violate the First Amendment. The organization intends to investigate. In a letter to Governor Kasich and Ohio Department of Education Superintendent Ross, the Read more…

    Religious Liberty
  • 12.11.14

    Secret Drug Execution Legislation Is Fundamentally Wrong, Violates Public Trust, Says ACLU

    HB 663 Lacks Transparency and Accountability to Ohioans

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio Senate today passed a bill that will cloud state executions in secrecy, making the death penalty process less accountable to Ohioans. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is decrying the passage of House Bill 663 and calls for Gov. John Kasich to veto it in the following statement by Mike Brickner, Read more…

    Death Penalty
  • 12.10.14

    ACLU Urges School Board to Give Teacher Job Back

    Teacher Exercised Right to Free Speech about Animal Cruelty on Personal Time

    UPDATE:  ACLU, PETA Foundation Settle Lawsuit Against School District’s Treatment of Teacher CLEVELAND, Ohio—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to the Green Local Board of Education in Smithville today, reminding the school district that teachers have a First Amendment right to engage in free speech. The ACLU urges the school board Read more…

    Free Speech
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