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The Appeal of the Repeal: Why Ohioans Are Ready and Motivated to End Capital Punishment

Source: OJPC

The first report in a forthcoming series about the death penalty in Ohio, why it doesn’t work, and why now is the time to repeal it.

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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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What is Bail?

Source: OJPC

1-minute explainer video: What is bail, and why do justice advocates want to reform (or repeal) it?
Video series funded by the Ohio State Bar Foundation

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Ohio Bail Reform Fiscal Impact Analysis

Source: ACLU of Ohio

Ohio’s bail system does not promote public safety— it simply allows some people to buy their release, regardless of what threat they may pose. It is also burdensome to taxpayers who end up footing the bill for long, unnecessary jail stays. Bail reform is needed to end wealth-based detention, bring Ohio’s courts into compliance with the United States Constitution, save money, and truly promote public safety.

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CIVICC Ohio

Source: OJPC

CIVICC: Civil Impact of Criminal Convictions database

This website provides an online database and search tools for anyone who wants to learn more about the collateral consequences of conviction in Ohio.

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$42,000 for a Courthouse Hour

Source: OJPC

The Cost of Processing Adult Criminal Cases in Hamilton County, Ohio. (2010)

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Stress on the Streets: Race, Policing, Health and Increasing Trust, not Trauma

Source: Human Impact Partners with The Ohio Justice & Policy Center and The Ohio Organizing Collaborative

“This report draws upon existing research throughout the nation, as well as data from a survey of 470 Ohioans and information from eight focus groups held as part of the report. It explores the relationship between police-community relations and health, and identifies specific actions state and local-level decision makers can take to improve public health and public safety.”

(2015)

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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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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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Missouri, Ohio, and Georgia are getting “smart on crime” (2019)

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

In response to the “tough on crime” era, some states this year continued a national trend to get “smart on crime” instead.

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