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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Da’Wyna Pearson

Da’Wyna initially came to OJPC looking for help with sealing her record. She talks about how her younger self didn’t have a lot of knowledge regarding the law. If she was stopped by police, she didn’t know much about the criminal justice system and so when she was pulled over that lack of knowledge had […]

More Than a Job

By Caroline Miller, a summer legal intern at OJPC. I was thinking about going to law school after I earned my bachelor’s degree in marketing, but I decided to take a year off while I mulled it over and saved up for school. I took a job in food service management in Louisville, planning to […]

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 […]

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 […]