Author: Lauren Hawkes, Author at ACLU of Ohio

  • 09.21.15

    Racial Segregation in Schools Still Exists

    American flag divided with bridge

    The monumental events of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s gave hope to many African-Americans who desired an end to racial segregation and discrimination. The abolishment of Jim Crow laws ended the implementation of laws that supported racial segregation in Southern states.

  • 07.14.15

    A Day in Drug Court

    Drugs and Handcuffs

    Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Drug Court with fellow ACLU intern, Kyra Schoonover. It certainly was an eye-opening experience for both of us.

    How It Works

    Before the proceedings began, we met with the judge.

  • 05.29.15

    Breaking Up the School-to-Prison Pipeline

    African-American child in front of blackboard that reads 'Black students are punished more harshly and more frequently than white students for the same offenses'

    School provides youth with the necessary skills to develop and mature into adults and citizens, or so we’ve been told by our parents as soon as we were old enough to attend.

    Unfortunately, school administrators have hindered this mission by inappropriately disciplining students for nonviolent behavior.