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I have a criminal record. Can I vote?

Source: OJPC

Some states put up roadblocks that make it more difficult for people with criminal records to cast a ballot. Here are the rules in Ohio.

Video funded in part through a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

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Three things to do after getting out of prison

Source: OJPC

1-minute explainer video with helpful tips for returning citizens looking for a fresh start.

 

Funded by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

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Resources for Returning Citizens in Cincinnati

Source: OJPC

Reentry after prison can be difficult. Many people leave prison with little no financial savings, job prospects, or affordable housing options.

While there are many unfair structural obstacles to reentry, here is a spreadsheet with groups of nonprofits and service organizations located in Greater Cincinnati that provide food and meals; furniture; housing and utility assistance; job training and education; medical, dental and mental health services; and transportation.

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A Guide To Finding Housing After Incarceration

Source: MyMove.com

Whether you were recently released from prison or you have an incarcerated loved one and you’re wondering what to expect when an inmate comes home, we’ve built this guide to help. It’s loaded with information about finding housing for returning citizens. We’ve linked to plenty of resources to help jumpstart the best life after prison.

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Ohio Parole Board application for executive clemency

Source: Ohio Parole Board

Application for individuals interested in applying for executive clemency in the State of Ohio.

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Shining a Light on Solitary Confinement

Source: ACLU of Ohio

“Solitary confinement is not rehabilitative. It does not prepare people for transition to the general prison population or back into the community. It does not make prisons – or our communities – any safer.” (2016)

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State Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

Postsecondary education in prison puts people on a path toward a brighter future by disrupting the cycle of poverty and incarceration. But it has not been offered at scale due to the numerous barriers—including the 1994 ban on Pell Grants to people in prison—that prevent students and postsecondary institutions from accessing state and federal funding programs. And so, while the majority of people in prison are interested in pursuing postsecondary education, only a fraction are able to enroll.

By: Lauren Hobby, Brian Walsh, and Ruth Delaney

(July 2019)

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Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm in Jail

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

Suicide is the leading cause of death in jails across the country. At a time when the public is paying closer attention to local jails and their primary role in mass incarceration, it is critical to shine light on the problem of jail suicide and the steps jails can take to prevent future deaths.

By: Jason Tan de Bibiana, Therese Todd, and Leah Pope

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Ohio Prison Arts Connection

Source: Ohio Prison Arts Connection

An organization that tracks and assists art programming in Ohio’s prisons.

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Ohio Prison Correspondence FAQs

Source: Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding correspondence with individuals incarcerated in Ohio state prisons.

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