Author: Claire Chevrier, Author at ACLU of Ohio

  • 06.25.20

    Police Departments Aren’t the Only Criminal Legal Institution Stealing Black Lives

    Ohio Supreme Court

    Around the world, people are taking to the streets to call out the state-sanctioned violence against people of color that has been normalized and protected in this country since its inception. While police continue to respond to protests against police violence with police violence, other parts of our criminal legal system continue to steal the lives of people of color through different means.

  • 06.01.20

    There Are Good and Bad Ways to Decrease Jail Populations

    Jail Yard Gate Open


    Ohio has one of the largest combined jail and prison populations in the country. (Jail is where people are held pretrial or serve time for misdemeanors, while prisons are where people serve time for felonies.) Pre-pandemic, on any given day, over 70,000 individuals were held behind bars, with around 50,000 people in prison, and around 20,000 people in jail.

  • 01.30.20

    Our thoughts on Criminal Rule 46 and why it is NOT enough

    Ohio Supreme Court

    Ohio needs REAL bail reform. Every day in Ohio, thousands of people are kept behind bars, not because of what they have done, but because of what they don’t have. Our state’s overreliance on cash bail sets up a two-tiered system of justice in which those who can afford to buy their freedom go home, and those without deep pockets are pointlessly forced to languish behind bars.

  • 11.01.19

    Everything You Need To Know About the Ohio Supreme Court’s Criminal Rule 46. FAQ!

    Ohio Supreme Court


    Why is Criminal Rule 46 important?

    Criminal Rule 46 is the Rule of Practice and Procedure that provides all state courts with instructions regarding bail-setting procedures. This Rule therefore has the opportunity to implement bail reform across the state of Ohio.