Criminal Justice & Policing

In 2021 the death penalty faded further in Ohio, U.S.

BY: - January 4, 2022

In 2021, the death penalty faded further in Ohio, U.S.

Ohio economists mixed on the benefits of legalized sports betting

BY: - December 27, 2021

The economic benefits of sports-related activity continue to get mixed reviews from Ohio economists.  In a survey released this week, 10 of 23 academic economists said they believed the economic benefits of legalized gambling on sports would outweigh the costs. Four said they expected costs to outweigh the benefits and the other nine were uncertain. […]

Upton says background checks and anonymous reporting can curb gun violence after Oxford

BY: - December 21, 2021

The day before 17 people died in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was visiting Portage Central High School while it held a live shooter drill. “That never happened when I was a student,” Upton said during a phone interview with the Michigan Advance. “It was pretty scary […]

Senate votes to allow concealed carry of guns without training or background checks

BY: - December 16, 2021

The Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday that will allow any Ohioans 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon, so long as they’re allowed to possess it under state and federal law. Currently, Ohioans must pass a background check and demonstrate proof of eight hours of training to obtain a concealed carry license. Senate Bill […]

Gun rights advocate at rally

Senate committee votes to scrap training, background checks for concealed carry permits

BY: - December 15, 2021

The hearing began with a moment of silence to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, in which a young man shot and killed 20 children and six adults. It ended with Republicans on the Veterans and Public Safety Committee voting to send to the Senate floor legislation to remove training […]

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House GOP passes bill removing training, background checks for concealed guns

BY: - November 17, 2021

The Ohio House passed legislation Wednesday allowing Ohioans aged 21-and-up to carry concealed weapons without undergoing any background check or firearms training. Under current law, Ohioans must complete eight hours of training and pass a background check via their local sheriff for a five-year, concealed carry  license. The legislation would remove the requirement to seek […]

Armed teachers bill passes out of committee

BY: - November 12, 2021

A bill allowing the arming of teachers with school board authorization passed through an Ohio House committee on Wednesday. The House Criminal Justice Committee passed House Bill 99 without any testimony, and with quick rebuff of amendments brought by Democrats. The bill seeks to allow teachers to carry weapons with a minimum amount of training, […]

Committee passes GOP bill boosting penalties for protests that become ‘riots’

BY: - November 11, 2021

An Ohio House committee passed legislation Wednesday that would amplify criminal penalties against people who attend protests that devolve into what the law considers a “riot.” House Bill 109 is one of several pieces of legislation written in response to protests that formed in the summer of 2020. They occurred after footage captured a Minneapolis […]

Gun rights advocate at rally

House committee passes bill allowing for concealed carry of guns without training

BY: - October 29, 2021

An Ohio House committee passed legislation Thursday that would allow most Ohioans who are 21 years of age and up to lawfully carry a concealed firearm. Current law allows Ohioans to carry concealed weapons after completing eight hours of training and submitting an application to their county sheriff, who conducts a background check. House Bill […]

Legislation refiled putting AG in charge of lethal use of force investigations

BY: - October 29, 2021

A measure in the Ohio Senate would put the Attorney General’s office in charge of investigating officer involved shootings. The idea, sponsored by Cleveland Democratic Sen. Sandra Williams, has been filed in every session going back to 2016, but has yet to gain traction. It was the very first recommendation offered by an Ohio Supreme […]

Cuyahoga grand jury declines to charge officer in January shooting

BY: - October 25, 2021

East Cleveland police officer Larry McDonald will not face charges in the January shooting that left Vincent Belmonte dead. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the Cuyahoga County grand jury’s decision Friday. The incident stems from a traffic stop on the morning of Jan. 5, this year. McDonald was on traffic patrol, training fellow officer […]

‘Aisha’s Law’ on domestic violence passed out of committee

BY: - October 25, 2021

A proposed law named for a Shaker Heights woman who lost her life to domestic violence was approved by a House committee on Thursday. Aisha’s Law was passed out of the House Criminal Justice Committee after receiving even more testimony on its importance, and despite arguments against it by a criminal defense association. The bill […]