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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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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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Housing Access for People with Criminal Records

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

Housing Access for People with Criminal Records

By: Elayne Weiss, Senior Policy Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition

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Pretrial Basics

Source: ACLU of Ohio

Answers to frequently asked questions, definitions and additional resources for those interested in issues of pretrial justice.

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Ohio Prison Correspondence FAQs

Source: Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding correspondence with individuals incarcerated in Ohio state prisons.

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Recommendations to minimize the scale and spread of the coronavirus in the criminal legal system

Source: OJPC

This is a list of recommendations of ways for public officials to slow the spread and scale of the coronavirus crisis in Ohio’s jails and prisons.

While social distancing is nearly impossible inside a jail or prison, there are ways to mitigate the spread of the virus inside these state institutions. We have identified measures to (1) safely and drastically cut the size of the prison and jail populations; (2) halt the rapid flow of new people entering the criminal legal system; and (3) relieve citizens, judges, and court personnel of unnecessary obligations to show up in-person to court.

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Protests and the pandemic: Recommendations for a more equitable Cincinnati

Source: OJPC

On June 4, 2020, 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 the two imminent threats to the livelihood of Black citizens: police brutality and the current pandemic.

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Ohio Revised Code

Source: State of Ohio

Link to the Ohio Revised Code.

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Bail Reform Animated Explainer

Source: ACLU of Ohio

Ohio’s reliance on cash bail has created a two-tiered system of justice where wealthier people accused of a crime go free while poorer people accused of the same crime stay behind bars. This animated short breaks down Ohio’s cash bail system.

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