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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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Tell governor dewine he must act now to stop coronavirus in ohio’s jails

Like you, the ACLU of Ohio is seriously concerned about the impact COVID-19 has on incarcerated Ohioans. We have taken numerous steps to share information, make recommendations, and learn more about what is going on behind bars. What is now abundantly clear is Ohio’s jails are systemically failing to adequately address COVID-19 concerns and realities. To date and despite our repeated urging, the only apparent action Gov. DeWine has taken is to temporarily end jail visitation. Much more needs done!

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Tell Senate president larry obhof people not prisons – sb 3 must pass!

Senate Bill 3 was introduced in February 2019 and it still hasn’t left committee! Our lawmakers must seize this opportunity to pass this bill that would lower Ohio’s prison population, save the state millions of dollars, and help more Ohioans rebuild their lives after going through the court system.

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protect trans youth!

Ohio lawmakers are targeting trans youth with an ill-conceived and dangerous bill that runs counter to medical science, prevailing standards of treatment, and basic human dignity. This is a hideous nationwide trend, and Ohio is the latest state to introduce legislation that will harm trans youth and undermine the medical community at large.

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Eliminate the cost of gps monitoring for pretrial defendants in cuyahoga county

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.

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Tell the Supreme Court of Ohio to Adopt Our Recommendations for Bail Reform

Our recommendations for reform ensure the practice for setting bail is standardized, constitutionally sound, and favorable to pretrial release without financial conditions.

Contact the Supreme Court of Ohio and urge them to adopt all of our recommendations for bail reform to strengthen Criminal Rule 46!

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Tell the House Civil Justice Committee to Advance the Ohio Fairness Act!

With the Ohio Fairness Act, Ohio lawmakers have the opportunity to extend basic protections to the LGBTQ community.

Contact the House Civil Justice Committee and urge them to advance the Ohio Fairness Act!

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Cleveland officials:
we need a long-term plan for police oversight

There won’t be a federal judge overseeing Cleveland Police forever. To make sure the reforms stick for the years to come, Cleveland must set up a structure for strong, independent, community oversight of the police department.

Urge City Council to hold a hearing and collect input from the public so we can move forward together!

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Advance the Ohio Fairness Act

With the recent introduction of the Ohio Fairness Act (Senate Bill 11), Ohio lawmakers have the opportunity to extend basic protections to the LGBTQ community. This bill would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Contact the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee Chair and Ohio Senate President and urge them to advance SB 11 through the committee process and onto the Senate floor.

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Make Ohio’s Mayor’s Courts Fair To All

Mayor’s courts highlight some of the darkest truths about our criminal justice system. We uncovered many mayor’s courts that were geared more towards turning a profit than delivering justice.

Send a message urging the Ohio General Assembly to read our report and make Ohio’s mayor’s courts fair to ALL!

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Stop the death penalty in Ohio. Contact Governor DeWine and urge him to halt all executions.

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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.

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