Criminal Justice

  • 04.30.21

    Here’s Why Mass Incarceration Should Be Seen As A Public Health Crisis

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    Money overlaid on a gavel

    Since March of 2020, the rapid spread of Covid-19 in Ohio’s prisons has given us a terrifying, tragic, visceral example of how mass incarceration is a public health issue. Stories like this one, shared last June by a brave individual inside Marion Correctional Institution, highlight not only how dangerous the pandemic was within the prison, but it also shined a spotlight on the inadequate, inhumane health care that incarcerated people received in response.

  • 04.29.21

    Montgomery County: Where do your Candidates and Officials Stand on the County’s Jail Problem?

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    Montgomery County Jail Coalition Questionnaire Results

     

    The Montgomery County Jail Coalition circulated a questionnaire for a variety of public officials surrounding plans for new jail construction. The survey was created to assess the views of sitting elected officials as well as candidates for office with respect to Montgomery County’s plans for the County Jail, which was built to house 443 people but whose capacity regularly runs near 800.

  • 04.28.21

    House Bill 101 – Interested Party Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ interested party testimony on House Bill 101. This was delivered to the House Infrastructure and Rural Development Committee on April 27, 2021.


    To Chairman Stoltzfus, Vice Chair Dean, Ranking Member Brown, and members of the House Infrastructure & Rural Development Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide interested party testimony for House Bill 101.

  • 04.22.21

    New Data Shows Over-policing and Lack of Accountability in Cincinnati Public Schools

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    Police and Schools

     

    Multiple members of the Cincinnati school board have acknowledged that CPS discipline needs reform. Our data confirms that police presence in Cincinnati schools has horrific effects on the well-being of students.

    Recently, we filed public records requests with both Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) and Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) to obtain all records relating to SROs and student discipline from 2016 to present.

  • 04.20.21

    [Content Warning] I Witnessed a Police Shooting in 2008. 13 Years Later, I Can Still See It.

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    ICE agents searching people

     

    In 2008, I was a junior in college at West Virginia University. I didn’t have class on Fridays which made it easy to visit my sister in Pittsburgh, PA for a long weekend. On May 23rd I did just that.

  • 04.14.21

    SROs and Cincinnati Public Schools: My Story of Harm Left Untreated

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    Police and Schools

     

    In the last year, we’ve seen countless articles about School Resource Officers (SROs) in schools and how they exacerbate the school-to-prison pipeline for students of color – and especially Black students. However, we rarely hear from the students themselves, for many reasons.

  • 04.01.21

    We’ve updated our Privacy Statement.

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Originally sent via email from the National ACLU office on 4/1/2021.


    The ACLU cares deeply about data privacy and security, and your individual choice regarding the use of your personal information.

    As of April 1, 2021, we’ve updated our Online Privacy Statement to provide more information on the data that we collect and how we use and protect your personal information – including:

    • More details on how we share your personal data with service providers that support ACLU operations
    • An outline of choices you can make with respect to your personal information
    • Expanded options to update your communications preferences

    Rest assured, these updates do not change our commitment to your privacy.

  • 03.25.21

    House Bill 55 – Proponent testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on House Bill 55. This was delivered to the House Government Oversight Committee on March 25, 2021.


    To Chairman Wilkin, Vice Chair White, Ranking Member Sweeney, and members of the House Government Oversight Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide proponent testimony for House Bill 55.

  • 03.16.21

    So You Want To Submit A Public Records Request…

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    ICE agents searching people

     

    March 14th kicked off Sunshine Week – a national initiative all about raising awareness around the importance of open government. This weeklong celebration brings advocates, activists, news media, and others together to highlight the importance of having laws that keep government records and official meetings open and accessible to the public.

  • 03.16.21

    House Bill 22 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on House Bill 22. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on March 16, 2021.


    To Chairman LaRe, Vice Chair Swearingen, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide opponent testimony for House Bill 22.

  • 03.12.21

    Introducing Our Columbus Police Contract Negotiation Toolkit

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    ICE agents searching people

     

    Police practices gained national notoriety this summer in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. But for those of us paying attention, we know that indefensible police violence against people of color is hardly new. And since this summer, Ohio has seen others tragically killed at the hands of the police allegedly charged to protect us.

  • 03.11.21

    Ohio Counties Need to Cut Ties with ICE

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    ICE agents searching people

     

    When President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021 it ignited a number of conversations about what’s first on the new administration’s agenda. One topic that rose quickly to the top was immigration. While the federal government has authority over immigration policy, state and local governments play an active role in implementation.

  • 03.10.21

    Dear Cleveland, We Need Bail Reform. Now.

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    Money overlaid on a gavel

    Although coronavirus is ever present in our daily lives and occupies space constantly in our news and everyday activities, there are other plagues that haunt us. Black, Brown, and poor communities are not given the attention they deserve and the issues that plague them are often not addressed as critical, because of institutional racism and systemic inequality.

  • 03.10.21

    House Bill 8 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 8. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on March 11, 2021.


    To Chairman LaRe, Vice Chair Swearingen, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide the following proponent testimony for House Bill 8.

  • 02.18.21

    School Resource Officers Exacerbate the School-To-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color

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    Police and Schools

     

    Our fight for racial justice doesn’t stop at the figurative “schoolhouse gate.” The school-to-prison pipeline is yet another way that Black and Brown bodies are funneled into negative interactions with law enforcement at a young age, far too often resulting in arrest and the irreparable consequences of getting caught up in the mass incarceration system.

  • 02.08.21

    Senate Bill 25 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Senate Bill 25. This was delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 9, 2021.


    To Chairman Manning, Vice Chair McColley, Ranking Member Thomas, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide the following opponent testimony on Senate Bill 25.

  • 12.28.20

    2020 Was A Lot. This Is Why We’re Hyped For 2021.

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    Bail Reform Now - Vile and Needle - Voting Arrow

     

    Between the COVID pandemic, the Black Lives Matter revolution, and the 2020 General Election (and the ensuing drama afterwards), 2020 has been quite the year! And that’s not even mentioning the multitude of other things that have happened, such as the heartbreaking loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  • 12.16.20

    What’s Going On with the Cleveland Consent Decree?

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    Money overlaid on a gavel

    It’s been over five years since the city of Cleveland entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), mandating that Cleveland make specific, compressive reforms to its police department. The agreement, or consent decree, was initially projected to last five years.

  • 12.15.20

    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 House Health Committee on December 15, 2020.


    To Chairman Lipps, Vice Chair Holmes, Ranking Member Boyd, and members of the House Health Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide the following testimony opposing Senate Bill 260.

  • 12.15.20

    House Bill 796 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on House Bill 796. This was delivered to the House Civil Justice Committee Committee on December 16, 2020.


    To Chairman Hambley, Vice Chair Patton, Ranking Member Brown, and members of the House Civil Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide the following opponent testimony on House Bill 796.

  • 12.10.20

    Electronic Monitoring, Pretrial Policy, and Bail Reform in Cuyahoga County

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    Money overlaid on a gavel

    Despite broad consensus that Cuyahoga County’s bail system is in desperate need of reform, early bit of momentum from elected officials fizzled in 2020. Aside from pilot pretrial program at the Cleveland municipal level in which Judge Michelle Earley integrated call and text reminders of court dates and no jail time for the majority of low-level, non-violent offenses, little progress was made.

  • 12.02.20

    Senate Bill 27 – Opponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Senate Bill 27. This was delivered to the House Civil Justice Committee on December 3, 2020.


    To Chairman Hambley, Vice Chair Patton, Ranking Member Brown, and members of the House Civil Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present opponent testimony on Senate Bill 27.

  • 12.02.20

    House Bill 277 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 227. This was delivered to the Senate Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee on December 1, 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 277.

  • 11.19.20

    Sub. House Bill 369 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Sub. House Bill 369. This was delivered to the House Civil Justice Committee on November 19, 2020.


    To Chairman Hambley, Vice Chair Patton, Ranking Member Brown, and members of the House Civil Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on Substitute House Bill 369.

  • 11.10.20

    Sub. Senate Bill 3 – Proponent Testimony

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    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Sub. Senate Bill 3. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on November 10, 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 proponent testimony on Substitute Senate Bill 3.

  • 10.12.20

    FAQ: Role of Justices on The Supreme Court of Ohio

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    Ohio Supreme Court

    FAQ about the Role of Justices on The Supreme Court of Ohio. 

  • 09.21.20

    FAQ About Sheriffs

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    FAQs About Sheriffs

    FAQ about sheriffs, their powers, and the information I need to hold them accountable.

     

  • 08.13.20

    Voter Suppression Lessons Learned from the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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    Woman at the ballot box

     

     

    August 18 of this year will be 100 years since the last of the 36 ratifying states that were required to secure adoption were confirmed, and the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification to include voting for women came to be.

    Led by activists Susan B.

  • 08.11.20

    Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Not in Ohio

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    Students walking to school

     
     
    Ever think about what might happen if you get arrested upon suspicion of committing a crime?  Our Constitution guarantees we are innocent until proven guilty, right?  Perhaps not.

    Let’s go back to the basics and talk about bail… So, what is bail? 

  • 08.06.20

    7 Rights Every Student Should Know Before Returning to School

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    Students walking to school

     

     

    *Explanations of students’ rights in this article are not legal advice. If you feel that your rights as a student may have been violated, please speak to and/or obtain a lawyer.

    Though it seems like we likely won’t find out about whether we’ll physically be able to return to schools, colleges, and universities until it is literally time to begin classes, the fact of the matter is that as college and high, middle, and elementary students, we must know our rights so that if they are ever infringed upon, we can stand up for them.