Legislators have heard us loud and clear: We want real reform that safely decarcerates Ohio’s overcrowded prisons and recognizes Ohio cannot incarcerate its way out of the drug epidemic. In the first six months of the 133rd General Assembly, OJPC has been a force for change in the legislature. We’re pleased to see a number of […]
The Ohio Justice & Policy Center is honored to work with Policy Matters Ohio and The Fund for Our Economic Future analyzing how collateral sanctions to criminal convictions are affecting Ohio’s workforce. The report finds that an estimated 1.3 million Ohio jobs are either completely or partially off limits to Ohioans with previous criminal convictions. That […]
Maybe you volunteered with the Issue 1 campaign. Maybe you collected signatures or canvassed your neighborhood or proudly displayed a yard sign. Maybe you voted “yes.” We’re incredibly thankful for all of it. And it wasn’t for nothing. Ohio is energized about criminal justice reform at this moment. We’re talking about sentencing reform, drug policy, […]
We at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center are saddened by the results of tonight’s election with regards to Issue 1. Our team worked tirelessly on this proposed amendment from the first draft to election night. OJPC supported Issue 1 because we saw a problem with our criminal justice system. Our criminal justice system is […]
An exciting new record sealing law just went into effect in Ohio. Until now, most Ohioans with criminal records could never clear away the stigma of their past. But, Ohio’s new record sealing law will allow many deserving people to finally have a fresh start in life. The Ohio Justice & Policy Center zealously advocated for this […]
As we at OJPC work in prisons and with incarcerated people, we’re constantly confronted with the shortcomings of our country’s mental healthcare systems.
The Columbus Dispatch details our report “urging a state panel to propose major changes to criminal law in hopes of putting fewer people behind bars.”