With Unanimous Vote on S.B. 33, Commonsense Justice Reforms Move to the Governor’s Desk

Amir Ohio, Press

The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the country, released the following statement after the Ohio Senate unanimously concurred on Senate Bill 33. “With the unanimous concurrence of Senate Bill 33, Ohio has taken another step forward in right-sizing an out-of-control justice system,” said Holly Harris, the Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “Thanks to the leadership of Senate President Larry Obhof, Sens. John Eklund, and Kevin Bacon, this commonsense legislation will create a safer Ohio, reducing recidivism rates and ensuring that valuable taxpayer resources are focused on true threats to our communities.” “But our work is far from over. …

Ohio Continues Advancing Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

Today the U.S. Justice Action Network (USJAN), the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the nation, congratulates the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee on completing their work to identify significant reforms throughout the state’s criminal code that will keep communities safe by reducing those who head to prison and keeping others from returning. The reform package includes many of the policies supported by USJAN, such as diversion and treatment programs for minor drug crimes, expansion of parole and community release programs, and raising the threshold for felony theft. Several of these recommendations are already under consideration by the Legislature. Holly Harris, Executive Director, …

ICYMI: All Star Panel Moves the Ball Forward on Smart Justice Reforms in Ohio

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

Today, Ohioans are reading about Ohio State University football legend Maurice Clarett’s leadership in Columbus once again, this time as an advocate for justice reform. Last night, Clarett joined Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr and the president of The Buckeye Institute, Robert Alt, along with the U.S. Justice Action Network, to share how his personal experience with the justice system motivated him to take action. 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 State All-Star Maurice Clarett: Ohio Can Score for Public Safety, Lower Costs by Moving the Ball Forward on Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

Ohio State University Football Legend, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Joined The Buckeye Institute and the U.S. Justice Action Network to Urge Legislators to Support Smart Justice Reforms in Ohio, Including in Budget Watch Live Video from the Event Read Maurice Clarett’s Oped in Today’s Columbus Dispatch Here Columbus, OH – Ohio State University football legend Maurice Clarett shared his personal experiences with the Ohio justice system today to emphasize why reform is needed. Clarett was joined by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr and the president of The Buckeye Institute Robert Alt for a panel discussing smart-on-crime proposals progressing through the Ohio legislature, including reform …

U.S. Justice Action Network Praises Ohio Senators for Introducing Bipartisan, Commonsense Justice Reforms

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

Group Supports Bipartisan Reforms That Follow the Recommendations of the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee Columbus, OH –  Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the nation, congratulates State Sens. John Eklund and Charleta Tavares on introducing bipartisan reforms to the Buckeye state’s criminal justice system. Their legislation addresses some of the reforms proposed by the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee that identified approaches within the state’s criminal code to reduce costs and keep communities safe. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “We are thrilled to see the Ohio legislature move forward with proposals that will continue …