Press Releases

  • 02.27.14

    Prison Authorities Can Save Lives and Taxpayer Funds By Helping People Leaving Jail Enroll in Medicaid

    Access to Treatment Makes People Less Likely to Return to Jail, Breaking the Cycle of Illness and Incarceration that Strains Local Budgets

    CLEVELAND, OH – Today, the ACLU of Ohio called on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) to pass rules that help people leaving jail enroll in Ohio’s newly expanded Medicaid program. “Helping people get the treatment they need to stay out jail for good is a much better investment than incarcerating them over Read more…

    Criminal Justice, Prisoners' Rights
  • 02.26.14

    Cuts to Early Voting Hours and Days Another Loss for Voters, Says ACLU

    UPDATE: Ohio Voters Gain Greater Access to Ballot in ACLU Settlement CLEVELAND, OH – Today, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced new restrictive early in person voting hours for the 2014 primary and general elections, nearly eliminating all of the evening and Sunday hours that served voters and elections officials so well in past Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 02.22.14

    A Very Bad Day for Voting Rights in Ohio

    Ohio Governor Signs Two Controversial Voting Bills While Secretary of State Votes to Allow Hamilton County’s Only Early Voting Site to be Moved Miles Away from Downtown Cincinnati

    UPDATE: Ohio Voters Gain Greater Access to Ballot in ACLU Settlement CLEVELAND, OH – Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed two pieces of legislation that will make it harder to vote early in Ohio. Hours later Secretary of State Jon Husted cast a tie-breaking vote that allows the deadlocked Hamilton County Board of Elections (BOE) Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 02.06.14

    ACLU & League of Women Voters Call on Hamilton County to Keep Early Voting in Downtown Cincinnati

    Moving Early Voting Site to Suburbs Limits Access for Inner-City Voters

    CINCINNATI, OH – Today, the ACLU of Ohio and the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area (LWVCA) held a joint press conference, calling on the Hamilton County Board of Elections (BOE) to keep the county’s early voting site in downtown Cincinnati rather than moving it to the suburb of Mount Airy. “The current Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 02.05.14

    Court Takes Swift Action to End Debtors’ Prison

    Ohio Supreme Court Creates Bench Card After ACLU Investigation Found Courts Jailing People Too Poor to Pay Fines

    CLEVELAND, OH – Today, the Supreme Court of Ohio distributed a new “bench card” to all of the state’s judges, giving much needed instructions to avoid the unconstitutional practice of sending people to jail when they owe the court fines and are unable to pay. The card lists the legal alternatives to jail, such as Read more…

    Criminal Justice, Prisoners' Rights
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