Press Releases

  • 07.12.11

    Cleveland Heights Curfew Provision Places Unreasonable Restriction on Free Speech, Says ACLU

    Advance Approval from Police Chief Unconstitutional

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward J. Kelley a letter today expressing concern over a portion of the city’s recently enacted curfew that may violate the First Amendment rights of young people. The provision requires youth to inform the police chief 24 hours before exercising Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 06.29.11

    Criminal Sentencing Reform Long Overdue, Says ACLU

    Law Signed By Governor Will Relieve Overcrowded Prisons and Help Ohioans Gain Access to Rehabilitation

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio was pleased that legislators passed legislation that would begin to repair the damage done to the criminal justice system by decades of “tough on crime” policies. Ohio House Bill 86 was passed by nearly unanimous bi-partisan support and will be signed by Governor John Kasich today. Read more…

    Criminal Justice
  • 06.23.11

    Akron Panhandling Proposal Silences the Poor Under the Guise of Safety Concerns, Says ACLU

    100 Foot Ban From Intersections Too Broad

    AKRON – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio urged Akron City Council to reconsider a proposed ordinance that would ban panhandling within 100 feet of a traffic intersection. The ordinance redefines panhandling as those verbally asking for assistance, as well as those who hold signs. According to officials, those who are ticketed under the Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 06.22.11

    ACLU Will File Suit Over Voter Photo ID Law

    Unconstitutional Law Will Disenfranchise Voters, Cost to Obtain ID Amounts to Poll Tax

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio announced today that it will file suit over provisions of Ohio House Bill 194 that require voters to produce state-issued photo identification in order to vote. HB 194 is expected to pass out of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee today, and pass the full Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 06.21.11

    ACLU Warns Cities on Unconstitutional Parade Restrictions

    Communities in Northeast and Central Ohio Wrongly Curtail Free Speech at Community Parades

    CLEVELAND – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent letters to officials in three cities calling on them to remove free speech restrictions during their Independence Day parade. Each of the cities prohibits candidates running for office from participating in the community parade and distributing campaign literature. The cities include two Cleveland-area suburbs: Bedford Read more…

    Free Speech
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