criminal justice

Ohio Republicans introduce bill that would criminalize ‘swatting’

BY: - May 17, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A new bill in the Ohio Senate would criminalize ‘swatting,’ which […]

Hundreds rally at Ohio Statehouse for more crime victim protections

BY: - March 18, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   More than 100 crime survivors and families of killed loved ones […]

Cranley, Fedor tout social justice platform in Columbus campaign stop

BY: - March 7, 2022

“There’s no bull crap with them. They tell the truth. They tell it like it is.” That’s the one good thing about prison, Robert McClendon explained. You get a good radar for bull crap. You can see it coming from around the corner, he said, and there’s none of it when it comes to the […]

COMMENTARY

Social workers could bolster emergency services

BY: - January 10, 2022

In 2019, more than one in seven calls received by the Shaker Heights Police Department were related to mental health — over 5,000 mental health calls in total. Shaker Heights Police Chief Jeff DeMuth expects this number was even higher in 2020 due to increased stress and depression caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To deal […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

Millions paid out to Ohioans who were wrongfully convicted, imprisoned

BY: - June 15, 2021

The state of Ohio will pay a Cleveland man nearly half a million dollars as compensation for wrongly imprisoning him for nearly two decades. Anthony Lemons will receive $491,000 for the 17 years he spent in prison following a wrongful conviction for murder in 1995.  Lemons is among a growing list of exonerated former prisoners […]

Marriage shouldn’t negate rape, bill supporters say

BY: - May 28, 2021

Supporters of a bill removing a loophole for spousal rape and sexual assault say the state needs to stop the double-standard that exists when it comes to sex crimes. Heather McComas-Harrison said she spoke from experience when imploring a House committee on Thursday to pass House Bill 121, to remove language in Ohio law that […]

Chauvin trial begins with opening statements focused on cause of death, police training

BY: - March 30, 2021

By Max Nesterak, States Newsroom Attorneys in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin laid out their case on Monday before 14 jurors who will decide if Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. The opening statements from the prosecution and defense indicate […]

The family court judge who threatened a mother with contempt for getting her child a COVID-19 test

BY: - February 11, 2021

By Marshall Allen, ProPublica, and Rachel Dissell for ProPublica ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This article was originally published by ProPublica which worked in partnership with Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Sign up for […]

Unfinished business: 5 legislative priorities in Ohio pushed to 2021

BY: - December 29, 2020

The 133rd Ohio General Assembly wrapped up its term with a flurry of lame-duck activity last week, closing out a challenging year of legislating amid a global pandemic.  Lawmakers hurried to get priority bills passed and sent to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk for a signature before the two-year term ended. There were, however, a number […]

Study: Undocumented immigrants may actually make communities safer, not more dangerous

BY: and - October 28, 2020

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Undocumented immigration does not increase the violent crime rate in U.S. metropolitan areas. In fact, it may reduce property crime rates. These are the key findings from our recently published article in the Journal of Crime and Justice, co-authored by Yulin […]

Chief Justice: Virtual courtrooms, broken barriers the future of justice

BY: - September 14, 2020

The true nature of justice lies in its ability to change when society calls for it, according to the head of Ohio’s highest court. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said that change is coming in the form of safety measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic and rethinking the justice system in light of […]