Ohio Justice & Policy Center

In September OJPC hosted a three day virtual conference on capital punishment featuring keynote speaker Sister Helen Prejean. 

This event was made possible through the generosity of our sponsors and with the participation of our talented speakers.

We don’t write people off.

OJPC is a non-profit law firm that fights for those lacking support within the criminal legal system.

We demand equal justice and fair treatment for all people at every stage of incarceration — because a person deserves dignity after their conviction and freedom after their sentence.

We offer a spectrum of free legal services, programs, and resources for people in Ohio as they navigate the complex and often expensive criminal justice system.

View our 2020 annual report

With your help, we can do more

As a nonprofit, OJPC operates and pays its staff thanks to the support of generous donations and grants. Every dollar allows us to continue to provide high-quality legal assistance free of charge — and to pay our employees a living wage.

Is a criminal record locking you out of life?

Our Second Chance Legal Clinics provide the best quality, most accessible legal advocacy, advice, and education to people with criminal records.

NOTICE: OJPC is now hosting virtual legal clinics in place of in-person clinics to keep our staff and our clients safe.

Register for one of OJPC’s virtual legal clinics here.

Now live: Our new resource library!

Thanks to funding from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, our website now houses a resource library built to accommodate returning citizens, people with criminal records, students, and legal professionals.


Forthcoming series of reports to examine death penalty in Ohio

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center will release a series of reports to examine why it is time to end the death penalty in Ohio, and how we can repeal it this legislative session. These forthcoming death penalty reports are timely for several reasons: First, the public opinion polling has dramatically shifted and we want […]

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NEWS RELEASE: Bipartisan death penalty repeal bill introduced in Ohio

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Legislative Update: SB3 passes the Senate, HB1 should be next

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Protests and the Pandemic: Recommendations for a more equitable Cincinnati

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How OJPC is trying to free at-risk prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic

By: Lily Meyer The lawyers and staff of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center were concerned about Ohio prisoners’ health long before the coronavirus pandemic began. OJPC’s flagship Human Rights in Prison program advocates for adequate access to health care for all incarcerated Ohioans. Before this March, fighting for prisoners’ medical rights meant advocating and […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Da’Wyna Pearson

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Forthcoming series of reports to examine death penalty in Ohio

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