Criminal Justice

  • 03.11.20

    ACLU of Ohio Expresses Concern in Letter to Gov. DeWine Regarding the Prevention & Management of COVID-19 for Incarcerated Ohioans

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    Person washing their hands

    On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Ben Guess and Legal Director Freda Levenson sent Ohio Governor Mike DeWine a letter urging an immediate plan of action regarding the state’s prevention and management of COVID-19 and its impact on incarcerated Ohioans.

  • 02.26.20

    Sub. House Bill 215 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Sub. House Bill 215. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on February 26, 2020.


    To Chairman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present opponent testimony on Substitute House Bill 215.

  • 02.26.20

    Senate Bill 260 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Senate Bill 260. This was delivered to the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee on February 26, 2020.


    To Chairman Burke, Vice Chair Huffman, Ranking Member Antonio, and

    members of the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present opponent testimony on Senate Bill 260.

  • 02.26.20

    House Bill 431 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Senate Bill 260. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee Committee on February 26, 2020.


    To Chairman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present opponent testimony on House Bill 431.

  • 01.30.20

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

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    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.

  • 01.22.20

    House Bill 1 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 1. This was delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 22, 2020.


    To Chairman Eklund, Vice Chair Manning, Ranking Member Thomas, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Bill 1.

  • 01.21.20

    House Bill 285 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 285. This was delivered to the Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee on January 21, 2020.


    To Chairman Manning, Vice Chair Brenner, Ranking Member Maharath, and members of the Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Bill 285.

  • 01.21.20

    House Bill 158 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 158. This was delivered to the Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee on January 21, 2020.


    To Chairman Manning, Vice Chair Brenner, Ranking Member Maharath, and members of the Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affair Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Bill 158.

  • 01.10.20

    We Fought to Curtail Abusive Homelessness Policies in Cincinnati. And We Won.

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    David Carey and Joe Mead

    Hamilton County has one of the highest rates of homelessness in Ohio.  In the City of Cincinnati alone, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that over 7,500 people—about 1,800 of whom are children—will experience homelessness in any calendar year. 

  • 11.20.19

    Senate Bill 140 – Proponent Testimony (Written Only)

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Senate Bill 140. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on November 21, 2019.


    To Chairwoman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, I write to express the ACLU of Ohio’s support for Senate Bill 140.

  • 11.06.19

    House Bill 263 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 263. This was delivered to the House Commerce & Labor Committee on November 6, 2019.


    To Chairwoman Manning, Vice Chair Dean, Ranking Member LePore­ Hagan, and members of the House Commerce & Labor Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Bill 263, The Fresh Start Act of 2019.

  • 11.01.19

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

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    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.

  • 10.23.19

    Substitute Senate Bill 18 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Sub. Senate Bill 18. This was delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 23, 2019.


    To Chairman Eklund, Vice Chair Manning, Ranking Member Thomas, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on Substitute Senate Bill 18.

  • 10.22.19

    Senate Bill 155 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Senate Bill 155. This was delivered to the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee on October 22, 2019.


    To Chairman Burke, Vice Chair Huffman, Ranking Member Antonio, and members of the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present opponent testimony on Senate Bill 155.

  • 10.15.19

    Senate Bill 40 – Interested Party Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Senate Bill 40. This was delivered to the Senate Education Committee on October 15, 2019.


    To Chairwoman Lehner, Ranking Member Fedor, and members of the Senate Education Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present interested party testimony on Senate Bill 40.

  • 10.10.19

    Senate Bill 55 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Senate Bill 55. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 10, 2019.


    To Chairman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present opponent testimony on Senate Bill 55.

  • 09.23.19

    House Bill 285 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 285. This was delivered to the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee on September 17, 2019.


    To Chairman Green, Vice Chair McClain, Ranking Member Sheehy, and members of the House Transportation & Public Safety Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Bill 285.

  • 06.25.19

    House Bill 158 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 158. This was delivered to the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee on June 25, 2019.


    To Chairman Green, Vice Chair McClain, Ranking Member Sheehy, and members of the House Transportation & Public Safety Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Bill 158.

  • 06.20.19

    House Bill 205 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 205. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on June 20, 2019.


    To Chairman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Bill 205.

  • 05.30.19

    House Bill 1 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 1. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on May 30, 2019.


    To Chairman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Bill 1.

  • 03.29.19

    On Police Violence, Our Legal System and Community Members Disagree

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    Police Cars

    It was a Saturday in August 2017 when I drove across town to gather in Euclid with family and friends of Luke Stewart, a young father who was killed by Euclid Police after they found him sleeping in his parked car.

  • 03.08.19

    ACLU of Ohio Urges Improvements to Cleveland Police’s Search and Seizure Policies

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    Police Cars

    As part of its consent decree process, the Cleveland Division of Police is revising its search and seizure policies, which govern when and how officers can stop, arrest, and detain community members. Although its 2018 revised drafts represent an improvement, there are still changes that must be made for the policies to comply with basic best practices.

  • 02.19.19

    “Why Are Our Prisons So Overcrowded?” Asks Lawmaker As He Votes For Sentence Enhancement Bill

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    Ohio Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline

    I wish this was a satirical headline published by The Onion. But it’s something we actually see and hear in the halls of the Statehouse from the officials we Ohioans have elected to represent us.

    Because of policy decisions, our state’s incarceration rate has more than quadrupled since 1970.

  • 01.28.19

    Cuyahoga County Running an Inhumane Facility – It’s Not the First Time

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    Cuyahoga County Jail Protest

    Protest photo outside of Cuyahoga County Justice Center – Tuesday, January 8, 2019

     

    You’ve likely seen the headlines: seven people died in the Cuyahoga County jail between June and October 2018, prompting a U.S. Marshals investigation and then, scathing report detailing the shocking conditions people are subjected to at the hands of the County.

  • 10.10.18

    No Safety Without Justice: Recommendations for a Toledo that is #SafeForAll

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    Toledo Safe For All

    When we first met with Toledo city officials to discuss safety it was the summer of 2017, and it had just been announced that Toledo would partner with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on an anti-violent crime initiative. Less crime, less violence – what could be bad about that?

  • 07.05.18

    “How Did We Get Here?” An Historical Reconciliation

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    To usher in the summer of 2018, the state of Ohio distinguished itself in vigorously enforcing the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, and the detention of families. In the first week of June, 114 people were captured at Corso’s Flower and Gardening Center in Sandusky.

  • 04.17.18

    When a Call For Help Can Lead to Your Eviction

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    When someone calls 911, they expect that a first-responder is going to arrive and provide assistance.  One wouldn’t expect that an eviction notice could arrive shortly after multiple calls for help, because it simply doesn’t make sense. For some Ohioans living in 50 cities with so called “nuisance” orders, this is their reality.

  • 03.19.18

    We’re Seeing Growing Support for Bail Reform in Cuyahoga County

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    This morning the ACLU of Ohio delivered hundreds of petitions to Judge John J. Russo from residents in Northeast Ohio who support expedited bail reform policies in Cuyahoga County. The petition delivery followed the release of a report from the Cuyahoga County task force on bail, which was released on Friday, March 16.

  • 02.22.18

    What is a Mayor’s Court?

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    A mayor’s court is a local-level court that hears cases about traffic violations, minor misdemeanors, and other offenses that cannot result in jail time, and they only operate in Ohio and Louisiana. In Ohio, someone does not have to be a judge, or even have a law degree, to hear cases in mayor’s courts.

  • 02.05.18

    Cleveland’s Youth Deserve Justice; Systemic Failures of the Cuyahoga Juvenile Detention Center

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    In September of 2017, Cleveland.com released shocking surveillance footage of officers at Cuyahoga County’s Juvenile Detention Center standing guard as teenagers fought each other. Grainy footage shows a gray industrial common area, adorned in concrete and linoleum, as a burly detention officer enters with two young men.