Press Releases

  • 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
  • 05.13.11

    ACLU Calls on Morgan High School Officials to Reconsider Censorship of Iconic Play

    'Mockingbird' Teaches Tolerance and Critical Thinking

    MCCONNELSVILLE, OH – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio urged Morgan High School Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe to reconsider the cancellation of a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The production was canceled because it contained a racial epithet. The Zane Trace Players, a local theatre troupe, was scheduled to perform the play for Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 05.11.11

    OCSEA, Policy Matters Ohio, and ACLU to Address Prisons for Profit at Programs Across Ohio

    CLEVELAND – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, and Policy Matters Ohio announced today they will co-sponsor a six stop tour of Ohio to discuss problems with prison privatization. As part of the biennial state budget proposal, the state would triple the number of private prisons, and be allowed Read more…

    General Civil Liberties
  • 05.10.11

    Election Laws Should Make Voting Easier, Not More Difficult, Says ACLU

    Bills Would Burden Voters and Threaten Privacy

    COLUMBUS – This week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio calls on state legislators to reconsider a pair of bills that restrict access to the ballot box for thousands of Ohioans. Legislators will hear testimony on House Bill 194 and Senate Bill 148, both of which will drastically change state election laws to shorten Read more…

    Voting Rights
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