Commentary

  • 02.18.21

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

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      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 incarcerationmore »

  • 02.08.21

    Senate Bill 25 – Opponent Testimony

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    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 Billmore »

  • 02.01.21

    Pandemic Or Not, Ohioans Deserve Virtual Testimony

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      It takes nearly three hours to travel from Ashtabula, Ohio to Columbus. It takes over two hours to get from Cleveland, the second most populous city in Ohio, to the state capital – the same amount of time it takes for one to travel from the Appalachian city of Marietta to Columbus. And inmore »

  • 01.19.21

    A Conversation with Repro Rights Expert Professor Jessie Hill on the Future of Abortion

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      As we saw just a few weeks ago, Ohio lawmakers again took lameduck session hostage by prioritizing an anti-abortion agenda above all. This resulted in two new laws being signed by Governor DeWine, one which requires fetal abortion tissue to be buried or cremated and another that banned telemedicine abortions. However, it didn’t endmore »

  • 12.28.20

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

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      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. This is exactly whymore »

  • 12.18.20

    Ohio Lawmakers Again Take Lameduck Session Hostage by Prioritizing Anti-Abortion Agenda Above All

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    The close of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly (OGA) is rapidly approaching. We are in the final stretch of lame duck, a time between the general election and the end of the year when a new legislative session starts. Ohio legislators hurry to wrap up whatever unfinished business they have from the past two years. Mindfulmore »

  • 12.16.20

    What’s Going On with the Cleveland Consent Decree?

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    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. Yet, here we are at the end of 2020, andmore »

  • 12.15.20

    Senate Bill 260 – Opponent Testimony

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    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.more »

  • 12.15.20

    House Bill 796 – Opponent Testimony

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    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 testimonymore »

  • 12.10.20

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

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    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 ofmore »