The ACLU of Ohio Action Team is our *NEW* Ohio-based activist community. This grassroots group is working to bring change to Ohio at the state and local level!
The FBI could soon be getting access to Ohio’s law enforcement records, including the state’s facial recognition database.
A recent report by the Government Accounting Office raised serious concerns about how the FBI manages its use of technology. They pointed to failures to determine error rates and test data accuracy, non-existent privacy policies, and an overall lack of transparency and notice to the public about how their data was being used.
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Cash bail creates a two-tiered system of justice in which people who can afford their freedom go home to their families, and those who cannot are forced to suffer in jail. On any given day in Ohio, there are as many as 12,000 people held pretrial! This causes devastating ripple effects for all of us.
- Holding people in jail unnecessarily does not promote public safety.
- Holding people in jail unnecessarily is not fiscally responsible.
- Holding people in jail unnecessarily is expensive for the state and the individual.
What does promote public safety, fiscal soundness, and cost-savings? Bail reform. Real, true, bail reform. In fact, the findings in our new report reveal that if Ohio adopted common sense bail reform our state could save $199-$264 million PER YEAR!
Wealth should never determine anyone’s freedom, and we unnecessarily harm our neighbors and ourselves every day that we let wealth-based detention continue.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Ohio leaders that REAL bail reform saves money… big money.
The ACLU of Ohio is building a groundswell of public support for fair and equitable pretrial systems in Cleveland and beyond.
As a community member you can help push for bail reform by signing this petition to urge Administrative Judge Sheehan and the Criminal Justice Council to eliminate the cost of electronic monitoring for all Cuyahoga County residents. The Cleveland Municipal Court doesn’t charge for its GPS Monitors, and neither should the Court of Common Pleas. Bail reform should not include extracting money from low-income people or over conditioning them under the guise of public safety.
Stop the death penalty in Ohio. Contact Governor DeWine and urge him to halt all executions.
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Are you concerned a judge has acted improperly in a court case? See our step by step explanation of how to file a complaint against a judge.
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Check out our legislative priorities for the Ohio General Assembly this session.
We look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to:
See the current Ohio General Assembly Committee Hearing Schedule for legislation with a civil liberties component.