Ohio Justice & Policy Center

Why it’s time to repeal the death penalty

Written by OJPC volunteer Lily Meyer Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio, a Democrat representing the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, has introduced legislation that would ban the state’s death penalty every General Assembly since she was elected in 2011. This year, though, something changed. In a press conference held via Zoom in February, a beaming Sen. Antonio […]

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 […]

NEWS RELEASE: Bipartisan death penalty repeal bill introduced in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH—State Senators Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced a bipartisan death penalty repeal bill Thursday morning during a virtual press conference. The Senators were joined by several colleagues from both the House and Senate including Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), Senator Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township), Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), Representative Adam […]

From Child Sex Trafficking Victim to Capital Offender

How Lisa Montgomery Entered the Cycle of Violence By: Verjine Adanalian, OJPC staff attorney It is understandably uncomfortable to learn that sex trafficking can (and does) occur in our very own backyards. What is especially difficult to accept is how much sex trafficking involves children—and that victimization can take many forms. Child sex trafficking victims […]

Record Sealing in Ohio: FAQs

What does it mean to seal a record? How is that different from expungement? Sealing a record means that it should no longer be available through publicly available records or background checks, though it may still be available to some employers, such as many schools or health-care providers, through government-issued BCI/FBI background checks. Expungement, on […]