Commentary

  • 08.11.20

    Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Not in Ohio

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        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?  Bail is supposed to be a means of releasing someone whomore »

  • 08.06.20

    7 Rights Every Student Should Know Before Returning to School

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        *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 universitiesmore »

  • 07.27.20

    Police and Schools – a Bond Needing to be Broken

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      Since the end of May, protests have rocked the nation after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, resulting in incredible responses on many levels. They have included Confederate statues coming down, Minneapolis agreeing to dismantle their police force, and companies across many different areas committing to equity and racialmore »

  • 07.27.20

    An Open Letter to Judges in Cuyahoga County

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      An Open Letter to Judges in Cuyahoga County, Ohio is bearing the weight of a crisis right now: not just the crisis of COVID-19, but the crisis of cash bail. Through a system that prizes money over justice many residents of Cuyahoga County are faced with a crippling alternative when they are detained: eithermore »

  • 07.26.20

    More Ohio counties should immediately expand their ‘cite and release’ policing policies

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    This originally appeared on Cleveland.com on Jul 26, 2020. CLEVELAND — Our country is at a crossroads, forced to recognize that the police charged with keeping us safe often act as state-sanctioned vehicles of violence disproportionately perpetrated against communities of color. Our taxes pay for the weapons they use against us. Cleveland’s own use ofmore »

  • 07.20.20

    Sub. House Bill 680 – Opponent Testimony

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      Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Sub House Bill 680. This was delivered to the Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee on July 21, 2020. To Chairman Coley, Vice Chair Huffman, Ranking Member Craig, and members of the Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee, thank you for this opportunity tomore »

  • 06.25.20

    The First Pride Was a Riot

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      The police murder of unarmed African American George Floyd at the hands of white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin ignited literal firestorms of protests, rallies, and marches demanding an immediate and abrupt course correction of how Black bodies are treated by far too many white folks in possession of badges, guns, and governmentmore »

  • 06.25.20

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

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    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 themore »

  • 06.16.20

    My COVID-19 Experience on the Inside of Marion Correctional Institution

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      It was never a matter of if COVID-19 would infiltrate Marion Correctional Institute, but when. While the state and outside world braced itself for the coronavirus, this administration chose not to take the proper steps early on that would have ensured the safety of its prison population and staff. Governor DeWine enacted what hemore »

  • 06.10.20

    House Bill 381 – Opponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on House Bill 381. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on June 9, 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 Billmore »