Ohio Justice & Policy Center

Honey Badger News: Policy Update

Relapse Reduction Act (SB25) Ohio Bill Aims to “Move the State Forward” in the Fight Against The Opioid Epidemic Last fall the Senate passed the Relapse Reduction Act (SB25). The bill aims to protect patients suffering from substance abuse. It does this by enhancing penalties for people selling drugs within 500 feet of rehab facilities. Republican […]

OJPC Honors Staff In Recognition of 20 Years of Service

CINCINNATI, OH—The Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) has honored Sheila Donaldson Johnson with a day of recognition from Mayor Pureval and the City of Cincinnati for her 20 years of service with the organization and in honor of Women’s History Month. Sheila Donaldson Johnson began working at OJPC in January of 2002 as a […]

Honey Badger News: Policy Update

with volunteer staff writer Courtney Drenan Last month, the Ohio Senate began debating SB288. This nearly 1,800 page piece of legislation has taken more than five years to paste together. It’s a variety pack of criminal justice reforms, incorporating more than a half dozen bills from previous legislative sessions. By updating and codifying the Ohio […]

Lavado Townsend Uses His Experiences to Help Those Recovering From Addiction

Lavado Townsend has a new job. A charismatic, talkative Cleveland native in his early 50s, Lavado recently became a certified Peer Recovery Supporter, and is now a case manager at an addiction recovery center. His first days on the job were pleasantly hectic: running drug tests, moving clients in and out of the center’s sober […]

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 […]