We’re the Ohio Justice & Policy Center

We provide legal assistance to people who are typically discarded in the criminal justice system. We represent clients whose human rights were violated in prison; we assist people with criminal convictions in search of housing, education and employment; we work with Ohio's lawmakers and community leaders to advocate for fair, redemptive criminal justice reform. All of our legal services are free and are provided through a trauma-informed lens.

“OJPC opens up opportunities for jobs, housing, education, and all kinds of progress. With OJPC’s partnership, the women at Off the Streets can truly reclaim their lives.”
—Viann Barnett, Program Director for Off the Streets

“If it hadn’t been for OJPC, I would still be in prison.”

— Bill Blue, OJPC Human Rights in Prison client

“Working with David (Singleton), other Chase Law faculty, OJPC staff, and fellow interns taught me about the importance of responsibility, collaboration, and teamwork. I felt such pride as I presented oral arguments before the Sixth Circuit.”

— Nick Hunt, former Constitutional Litigation Clinic student

“I met the OJPC team and learned about the good work they do on so many issues: human rights in prison, fair hiring and housing, and so much more. I was impressed by their dedication. I offered up whatever skills I might have developed over 50 years to assist the OJPC cause. They put me to work — and I’m enjoying it.”

— Roger Hildebrand, retired police officer and current OJPC volunteer

“I could go on literally forever about how awesome the OJPC staff is, and I can’t thank them enough for how much they’ve helped me grow and mature as a man. I owe you all so much. Thank you for the best and most rewarding internship I’ve ever had.”

— Kaelan Doolan, 2018 OJPC intern
“Stephen (JohnsonGrove) and OJPC have been working with our organizers for almost a decade. We have seen OJPC exhibit an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people impacted by the criminal justice system. OJPC is a model for how policy experts, activists, leaders, and organizers can work collectively to build the people-power necessary to create a justice system that is focused on reclaiming lives, restoring families, and supporting the growth and development of safe and healthy communities.”
—DaMareo J. Cooper, Executive Director of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative
“I am so proud of the work that Tiffanny Smith and OJPC do to help incarcerated survivors of domestic violence. We share an interest in creating systemic improvements in our criminal justice system.”
— Honorable Judge Heather S. Russell, Hamilton County Municipal Court