The ACLU of Ohio is very concerned about the impact of COVID-19, aka coronavirus, in Ohio's prisons, jails, youth, and ICE detention facilities and how it may and will affect people locked up in these locations.

We recognize it is frequently difficult for incarcerated individuals to report problems behind bars to those outside. With COVID-19, we understand it will be even more difficult. For that reason, we encourage families, loved ones, facility staff and others to report to us problems they are aware of, concerns, and observations using Our plan is to use this information to most effectively advocate for those incarcerated and identify trends so we can protect the civil liberties of all. (Please note: e-mailing does not offer or guarantee legal representation or advice. If you are seeking legal assistance, please submit a complaint for review through our Need Legal Help page.) Link to Department of Rehabilitation and Correction information about current visitation policies plus DRC’s own phone number and email regarding COVID-19 concerns can be found here.

COVID-19 IN PRISONS, JAILS, & Youth facilities

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COVID-19 & Immigration Detention

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COVID-19 & Voting Rights

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COVID-19 & Abortion

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COVID-19 Related action Alerts

COVID-19 Related Efforts

For a list of actions taken by other organizations, please visit our Partner Action page.