Press Releases

  • 06.08.11

    Pay-to-Stay Jail Scheme Wastes Resources, Punishes Those Who Cannot Afford to Pay

    ACLU Begins Investigation Into Monroe County Jail Policy

    WOODSFIELD, OH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a records request to Monroe County Sheriff Charles R. Black asking for information on the county’s pay-to-stay jail policy. The policy charges people housed in the county jail a fee based on the number of days they are incarcerated and the individual’s income level. Read more…

    Criminal Justice
  • 05.31.11

    State Budget Still Lacks Necessary Transparency

    ACLU Urges Senate Finance Committee Members to Include Full Accountability Measures for Private Prisons

    COLUMBUS- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter today to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chris Widener (R-Springfield) asking the committee to amend the proposed state budget bill to ensure private prison operators are held to full accountability and transparency standards. The request follows testimony provided by the ACLU on Thursday, May 19, Read more…

    Criminal Justice
  • 05.26.11

    South Euclid Parade Policy Silences Free Speech

    ACLU Urges City to Lift Ban on Candidates and Political Speech During Memorial Day Parade

    SOUTH EUCLID, OH – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to South Euclid city officials calling on them to remove free speech restrictions during their Memorial Day parade. Officials informed political candidates that they would be unable to participate in the parade as part of their campaign. In addition, attendees Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 05.19.11

    ACLU to Testify in State Senate on Prisons for Profit

    Testimony Before Senate Finance Committee Will Highlight Cost, Safety, and Other Concerns

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio will offer testimony before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on the state’s proposal to privatize and sell up to six public prisons. Following Governor Kasich’s introduction of the state’s biennial budget, the ACLU has been one of many organizations to raise concerns over prison privatization. In Read more…

    Criminal Justice
  • 05.18.11

    ACLU Asks Governor Kasich to Grant Clemency to Condemned Man Scheduled for June Execution

    Death Penalty Supporters and State Parole Board Have Raised Concerns Over Innocence of Shawn Hawkins

    CLEVELAND – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to Governor John Kasich asking him to grant clemency to Shawn Hawkins, who is scheduled to be executed June 14, 2011. The ACLU’s request comes after the Ohio Parole Board voted unanimously to recommend the governor grant Mr. Hawkins clemency. Since his Read more…

    Death Penalty
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