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Criminal Sentencing Reform Wins Bipartisan Support in Ohio

Criminal Sentencing Reform Wins Bipartisan Support in Ohio

By Inimai Chettiar, ACLU & Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 3:41pm
Ohio's legislature has not been the friendliest place for civil libertarians this year. Bills under consideration include the most restrictive photo identification requirements for voters, privatizing six of the state's prisons and some of the nation's most aggressive attacks on reproductive freedom.
Eighteen Months of Sometimes Deadly Screw-Ups: Ohio Must Get Out of the For-Profit Prison Business

Eighteen Months of Sometimes Deadly Screw-Ups: Ohio Must Get Out of the For-Profit Prison Business

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 3:44pm

Eighteen months after the first state-owned prison sold to a for-profit prison company, and there is no doubt that the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is woefully unfit for the job. From dirty conditions, rampant drug use, and staggering increases…

CCA's False Advertising

CCA's False Advertising

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 11:28am

As Mark Twain famously wrote, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." A recent letter sent out by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to 48 governors offering to buy state prisons included a little of each.

Much…

Ohio Governor John Kasich Stops Second Consecutive Execution

Ohio Governor John Kasich Stops Second Consecutive Execution

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 4:44pm

In the second time in as many months, Governor John Kasich has intervened to stop an execution. Today, he commuted John Jeffrey Eley’s sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Eley was scheduled to be executed on July 26.

Ohio Poised to Roll Back Dangerous Voter Suppression Law

Ohio Poised to Roll Back Dangerous Voter Suppression Law

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 3:00pm

It's Super Tuesday and as voters go to the polls in Ohio today, we're reminded that in recent months, the nation has seen a tidal wave of legislation seemingly coordinated to keep some voters away from the ballot box. Ohio, as one of the perennial…

Note to Police: Cell Phones Really Are Hands-Free

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 3:55pm

Today, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking decision in the case State of Ohio v. Antwuan Smith (PDF) requiring law enforcement have a warrant in order to search the contents of someone’s cell phone. This marks the first time a state…

Sorry, We’re Closed: Some Ohio Counties Opt Against Extra Early Voting Hours

Sorry, We’re Closed: Some Ohio Counties Opt Against Extra Early Voting Hours

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 4:59pm

Ohio elections are once again making national news, but not exactly in the way we’d hoped. County Boards of Elections are deciding whether they will be open extended hours on evenings and weekends for early in-person voting. In 2008, many counties,…

Untested Procedures Cannot Solve Ohio's Death Penalty Problems

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 1:14pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

I've heard the expression, "It's like rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic" many times to describe someone's ambivalence towards a monumental problem, but it has never rung as true…

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