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Second Chance Month: People need the opportunity to do better

I used to interview people, mostly teenagers, to work in food service at a local amusement park over the summer. I had to ask everyone about their criminal history and let them know that a disclosure would not prevent them from becoming employed. Only one person ever disclosed their criminal history to me. He was […]

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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 […]

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Protests and the Pandemic: Recommendations for a more equitable Cincinnati

On June 4, after more than a week of protests across the United States and almost three months into a global pandemic, The Ohio Justice & Policy Center and the Cincinnati Black United Front released a list of eight recommendations. These are concrete ways for law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and local governments to respond to […]

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Honey Badger News: Policy Update

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Forthcoming series of reports to examine death penalty in Ohio

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Bipartisan death penalty repeal bill introduced in Ohio

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Where Are They Now? Former OJPC intern Ben Ranz

I spent the summer of 2019 as an OJPC intern after my first year of law school. OJPC had been on my radar even before law school began. I was drawn to their commitment to not only address one-on-one client issues, but also to make large-scale systemic policy changes to prevent future client issues from […]

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Where Are They Now? Former OJPC intern Ben Ranz

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Why fight the symptoms of mass incarceration when you can change the system itself?

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