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.
Secretary LaRose is asking a panel of lawmakers that control state funds to let his office pay return postage for absentee ballots. If granted, this would be a BIG win for Ohio voters.
Advocates like you have been calling on the General Assembly for months to make improvements to the election processes in November. Thanks to your hard work we have the chance to achieve something remarkable, but there’s one more thing we need to do. Contact Governor DeWine, House Speaker Cupp, Senate President Obhof, and Senators Peterson and Dolan and tell them to support pre-paid return postage at the next Controlling Board Meeting!
The Ohio Controlling Board meets next Monday, August 24 to decide the fate of pre-paid return postage. A vote to support pre-paid return postage is a win for voter safety, a win for voter access, and a win for democracy itself.
There are no more excuses, no more kicking the can down the road. Tell Governor DeWine, Speaker Cupp, President Obhof, and Senators Peterson and Dolan to show they believe in free and fair elections by granting Secretary LaRose’s request and voting to support pre-paid return postage.
State Senator Steve Huffman made inexcusable, racist remarks against people of color and he must be held accountable. The ACLU of Ohio calls on him to step down from office. Join us in asking his colleagues in the Ohio General Assembly to do the same.
During a hearing on whether to declare racism a public health crisis, Steve Huffman asked if the ‘colored population’ is hit harder by the coronavirus because ‘perhaps they don’t wash their hands as well as other groups.’
This is what systemic institutionalized racism looks like; this is how systemic institutionalized racism manifests itself and oppresses the day to day lives of people of color.
Take action NOW and urge Ohio elected officials to denounce this hateful rhetoric and call on Senator Steve Huffman to step down from public office.
Ohio lawmakers are considering several legislative proposals to make improvements ahead of the November general election after a very chaotic and confusing Primary. It is imperative that the ultimate plan protect both public health and our democracy, without diminishing turnout or disenfranchising eligible voters.
Take action NOW to strengthen Ohio elections! Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy – Ohio lawmakers must do everything in their power to ensure that the November general election is fair, accessible, and secure.
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!
With the rise of COVID-19, fear is once again driving racism and creating an environment rampant with acts of hate and violence in which many Asians in America are afraid to go out to seek basic necessities. It is the duty of public officials to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, income, or any other protected characteristic.
DENOUNCE THE SPREAD OF XENOPHIBIA AND RACISM! Tell Ohio officials to issue statements declaring that hate, racism, harassment, and discrimination against Asians in America are unacceptable.
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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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.