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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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Certificates of Qualification for Employment: What Employers Need to Know

Source: OJPC

Employers who hire CQE-holders have the opportunity to maximize their applicant pool,

overcome mandatory hiring barriers under Ohio law and
gain immunity from negligent hiring liability.

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  • CQE
  • fair hiring
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Ohio Parole Board application for executive clemency

Source: Ohio Parole Board

Application for individuals interested in applying for executive clemency in the State of Ohio.

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  • sentencing
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Avoiding the Box, Banning the Box, Reframing the Box

Source: TedX Marion Correctional

Stephen JohnsonGrove (former policy director at OJPC) delivers this talk on CQEs and CAEs and how they can open doors to employment for people with criminal records.

(2014)

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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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State Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

Postsecondary education in prison puts people on a path toward a brighter future by disrupting the cycle of poverty and incarceration. But it has not been offered at scale due to the numerous barriers—including the 1994 ban on Pell Grants to people in prison—that prevent students and postsecondary institutions from accessing state and federal funding programs. And so, while the majority of people in prison are interested in pursuing postsecondary education, only a fraction are able to enroll.

By: Lauren Hobby, Brian Walsh, and Ruth Delaney

(July 2019)

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Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm in Jail

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

Suicide is the leading cause of death in jails across the country. At a time when the public is paying closer attention to local jails and their primary role in mass incarceration, it is critical to shine light on the problem of jail suicide and the steps jails can take to prevent future deaths.

By: Jason Tan de Bibiana, Therese Todd, and Leah Pope

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No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

This report outlines the ways in which people experiencing homelessness are vulnerable within the system and how this leads to negative outcomes at each justice system decision point. It also highlights the urgent need for alternate approaches to break the cycle.

By: Madeline Bailey, Erica Crew, and Madz Reeve, Aug. 2020

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New Guidance on Criminal Records and Housing (April 2016)

Source: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

While this guidance should be read in its entirety, there are two important points to emphasize.  Landlords should not deny housing based on an arrest alone, as arrests without convictions do not justify the denial. This guidance also prevents the use of blanket restrictions related to certain types of convictions. Accordingly, convictions should be considered on a case-by-case basis, in light of mitigating factors, such as the person’s age at the time a crime was committed, evidence of good behavior since the crime was committed, and how long ago the conviction occurred.

(current as of April 2020)

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