ACLU

Redistricting fights in Ohio begin, this time with an open records request

BY: - July 19, 2021

The redistricting process still has a long way to go, but a battle to keep track of public records during the process has already begun in a court case between the ACLU and the Ohio House of Representatives. The ACLU asked the Ohio Supreme Court to compel employees within the Ohio House and the offices […]

Bill barring ‘divisive concepts’ targets race discussions in Ohio schools

BY: - May 12, 2021

A bill in the works in the Ohio legislature would prohibit “teaching or advocating divisive concepts” on race, color, nationality, or sex, according to the sponsor of the bill. In an email request for cosponsors, state Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Chesterland, mentioned critical race theory as one of the “divisive concepts” she’d like to see kept […]

Supreme Court to hear case of woman charged with possession after newborn tests positive

BY: - April 9, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court is taking up a case in which a woman was convicted of drug possession, but the only drugs she possessed were in her blood system and the blood system of her newborn. Kelly Foreman was charged in Seneca County on felony drug possession charges “despite the fact that she was never […]

Women’s health clinics: Abortion disposal law creates ‘impossible situation’

BY: - March 11, 2021

A bill signed into law mere months ago regarding the disposal of surgical abortion tissue is being challenged in court, with women’s health clinics saying the bill creates “an impossible situation” for them. The complaint, filed in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, women’s health clinics across the state […]

After ‘pesky’ issues on voting day, election protection advocates push for more improvements

BY: - November 4, 2020

While election protection groups reported no major issues on election day, misinformation about curbside voting and some intimidation at the polls joined technical issues in affecting voter experience at the polls, they said Wednesday. Record turnout encouraged groups like the Ohio chapters of the ACLU and the League of Women Voters, who held a media […]

COMMENTARY

New fiscal impact analysis shows Ohio can save big with bail reform

BY: - September 18, 2020

On any given day in Ohio, as many as 12,000 people are held in jail pretrial. Most are jailed not because of what they’ve allegedly done, but because of what they don’t have. This is due to Ohio’s reliance on cash bail, which creates a two-tiered system of justice in which those with resources go […]

As COVID-19 cases surge, ACLU urges release of misdemeanor offenders from jail

BY: - August 7, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio is urging state criminal justice officials to eliminate money bonds and release eligible people from Ohio’s jails amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases.  In a letter sent to over 450 legal personnel on Tuesday, the ACLU outlined recommendations to mitigate the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

3 Republicans join House Democrats in passing sweeping police reform

BY: - June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a sweeping police reform package Thursday night in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality. The package cleared the chamber largely along partisan lines, with 236 lawmakers (mostly Democrats) voting for it and 181 lawmakers (180 Republicans and one Independent) voting against it. Three Republicans sided with Democrats […]

COMMENTARY

Reimagining a broken system of policing

BY: - June 26, 2020

America’s criminal legal system is broken. Policing is part of that system and is no exception. In fact it’s where it all begins. It’s hard to imagine that any system with roots in slave patrols, groups of armed white men who enforced slave laws, can be just. So it’s no surprise that we have seen […]

Ohio Supreme Court restores voting rights proposal after Republicans split it in four

BY: - April 15, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled a decision from Republicans on the Ohio Ballot Board, ordering them to certify that a proposed voter-access referendum only spans a single issue. The Ballot Board — chaired by Secretary of State Frank LaRose — sliced the referendum into four parts in March. This quadrupled the number of […]

COMMENTARY

Decarceration goals can and should be Ohio’s new normal

BY: - April 1, 2020

The United States has the largest incarceration rate in the world. If the average daily population of those held behind bars in the United States were a city, it would have a larger population than Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Dayton combined.  While mass incarceration has always had devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities, it […]

Judge temporarily halts abortion ban as part of coronavirus health order

BY: - March 31, 2020

A judge has temporarily halted enforcement by the state saying surgical abortions are non-essential services under a coronavirus health order. Judge Michael R. Barrett of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Western Division issued the temporary restraining order Monday.  The ACLU announced Monday they would be taking the Ohio Department of Health to […]