GOP Candidates Should Take Criminal Justice Reform Cues from Ohio

justiceaction News, Ohio, Press

August 6, 2015 As the first GOP presidential debate nears, the Cleveland Plain Dealer yesterday published an op-ed by Holly Harris on what candidates can learn on criminal justice reform from Ohio’s leaders. Here are excerpts from the piece: Candidates looking for leadership, inspiration, and ways to take a step ahead of the pack need look no further than the debate’s location: Ohio. Ohio Senate President Keith Faber recently made some unexpected comments on criminal-justice reform, urging a committee tasked with overhauling the state’s criminal code to “swing for the fences” and look for more treatment options instead of incarceration, especially for drug offenses. Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell penned an op-ed urging …

Reforming Ohio’s Criminal Justice System, Starting with “Ban the Box”

justiceaction News, Ohio, Press, Uncategorized

July 16, 2015 Prominent voices from both the left and the right working on criminal justice issues are coming together in an unprecedented effort in Ohio to end overcriminalization, safely reduce the jail and prison population and related taxpayer costs, and break down barriers for those leaving prison to successfully re-enter society. “Our bloated prison population is ineffective and unsustainable and when prisoners re-enter society, they can’t find jobs. This system places an astronomical burden on the taxpayers that can no longer be justified,” said Holly Harris, U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director. “The work begins in the states, and U.S. Justice Action Network chose Ohio as one of our …

Protecting Ohioans from Civil Asset Forfeiture

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

Conservative and progressive groups have come together to make sure no Ohioan’s property can be taken by an agent of the government without due process of the law. Through civil asset forfeiture, federal and state governments can seize property without charging people with a crime. The Fix Forfeiture campaign aims to change laws in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and at the federal level. Said Former Ohio House Speaker Pro Tem Matt Huffman: “Current civil asset forfeiture laws are adversely impacting too many innocent Ohio residents. We need to reform the system and I’m glad Fix Forfeiture will be fighting to ensure that property shall not be forfeited without its owners first …