On May 3rd, the U.S. Justice Action Network hosted the first in a series of panels featuring all-star justice reform champions in Columbus, Ohio. The panel featured Ohio State University football legend Maurice Clarett who shared his personal experiences with the justice system to emphasize why Ohio can’t afford to punt on common-sense reform. Clarett was joined by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr and the president of The Buckeye Institute, Robert Alt, for a discussion on how commonsense policies can keep people safe and improve outcomes across the state.
If you missed the event you can watch the video and catch the recap below:
Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed by Maurice Clarett: Column: Route to ‘village’ started in Toledo prison cell
“Change didn’t come immediately. I spent the first year angry. I was stuck in a prison cell in Toledo when I thought I should be out on the football field doing what I did best. It took me a long time to accept that that part of my life was over.”
Bleacher Report: Maurice Clarett: From football to prison to justice reform advocate
“Sports are no longer Maurice Clarett’s business, or his primary interest, but he can’t escape the terminology of the game. The nonprofit he co-founded last year in his native Youngstown, Ohio, to help the city’s families and at-risk youth? It’s called The Red Zone. He equates the role of warden in a correctional facility with that of a head coach; both, he says, are tasked with developing the skills of the people under their charge. Discussing the social and economic factors that lead to high recidivism rates, he sounds like a pundit scouring a box score: “The numbers,” he insists, “don’t lie.”
“For Clarett, getting on the right track started during his three-and-a-half years in a Toledo prison where he received help for mental health and substance abuse issues.”