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Ohio Legal Help

Source: Ohio Legal Help

ohiolegalhelp.org is a site with direct access to resources for Ohioans in need of legal assistance for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to housing, families, debt, court appearances, public benefits, seniors, traffic, and more.

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  • housing
  • human rights
  • policing
  • pre-trial justice
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  • a person with a criminal record
  • legal professionals
  • students

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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  • human rights
  • policy
  • second chance
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  • incarcerated individuals

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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  • human rights
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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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  • fair hiring
  • housing
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  • incarcerated individuals

A Comprehensive Plan for Criminal Justice Reform in Ohio (2016)

Source: OJPC and ACLU of Ohio

“The time for modest, incremental steps is over. We must challenge ourselves to imagine a fundamentally different justice system that is truly just, and not merely focused on punishment. We must usher in an era of being smart on crime, not just tough on crime, where accountability does not mean punishment for punishment’s sake. We can create forms of accountability that restore the law-breaker to being a productive member of society while also offering more robust healing and restoration to crime victims.” (2016)

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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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  • clemency
  • human rights
  • sentencing
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  • incarcerated individuals
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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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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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  • pre-trial justice
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  • incarcerated individuals
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No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

This report outlines the ways in which people experiencing homelessness are vulnerable within the system and how this leads to negative outcomes at each justice system decision point. It also highlights the urgent need for alternate approaches to break the cycle.

By: Madeline Bailey, Erica Crew, and Madz Reeve, Aug. 2020

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New Guidance on Criminal Records and Housing (April 2016)

Source: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

While this guidance should be read in its entirety, there are two important points to emphasize.  Landlords should not deny housing based on an arrest alone, as arrests without convictions do not justify the denial. This guidance also prevents the use of blanket restrictions related to certain types of convictions. Accordingly, convictions should be considered on a case-by-case basis, in light of mitigating factors, such as the person’s age at the time a crime was committed, evidence of good behavior since the crime was committed, and how long ago the conviction occurred.

(current as of April 2020)

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