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OJPC in 2016

Reclaiming Lives. Renewing Communities. Restoring Justice.

David Singleton: our leading leader

David Singleton leads OJPC with purpose, passion, and dynamic intelligence. A little over 10 years ago, David sat down with Cincinnati’s Citybeat to describe OJPC. “We are leaders,” he said. “We’re not gonna put our fingers up in the wind to see what’s popular.” Things change, and things remain the same.

This August, David joined Cincinnati’s WCPO to discuss our responses to drug epidemics and the public health solutions we have in front of us.


These unique and powerful collaborations in 2016 are springboards for 2017.

The Way Forward: ACLU of Ohio and OJPC.

Comprehensive recommendations for Ohio to safely and substantially reduce the size and racial disparity of the Ohio prison population were authored and released by the ACLU of Ohio and OJPC.

“OUT of the System”: St. Paul Christo Rey High School and OJPC.

Students from DePaul Cristo Rey collaborated with OJPC, Prairie Films, and Cincinnati Works to create this documentary, “OUT of the system,” on second chances for people with criminal records.

Supporting survivors of human trafficking: Ohio State Bar Foundation and OJPC.

This OSBF video highlights our work to provide meaningful paths out of the lingering legal barriers created by human trafficking.

“OJPC & Cincinnati Works”: Cincinnati Works and OJPC.

This story shows the fruits born by OJPC and Cincinnati Works’ powerful partnership.

“From a Death Sentence to Hope”: The Impact Fund and OJPC.

Gary Roberts’s story tells how this partnership helped protect adequate medical care for a serious and life threatening medical condition.

Access to a Second Chance: Montgomery County

OJPC helped Montgomery County amend the fee structure regarding CQEs to make more accessible this employability booster for people with criminal records.

Staff Voices: leading from experience

David Singleton’s talented, diverse staff brings their own passion and experience to our work to reclaim lives, renew communities, and restore justice.

Sheila Donaldson Johnson

Sheila shared 14 lessons from 14 years at OJPC.

Yaacov Delaney

OJPC advocate Yaacov Delaney visited the John Rankin House, former station on the underground railroad, for some living black history.

Stephen JohnsonGrove

Stephen JohnsonGrove brings historical analysis (New Year, Old Beginnings), practical insight (What Election Day Means to Mass Incarceration), and innovative collaboration (The Ohio Transformation Fund: advocating for criminal justice reform) to our work to substantially and safely reduce the size and racial disparity of the Ohio prison population.

Pam Thurston

Staff attorney Pam Thurston reflected on some essential questions behind our work, asking “Why?

Erik Crew

Communications Manager Erik Crew looked at the Stanford case with an intersectional lens.

Future Leaders: we don’t write people off

Dorianne Mason, staff attorney, shares with aspiring lawyers through the KY Bar Associations “Why Law” Program

Each year, talented students in law, undergraduate, and community college receive training and guidance through OJPC’s community education programs.

Brad Haggard: former summer intern, future leader.

Brad reflects on his time at OJPC as he heads to law school for family and self.

Brad and Sons

Nic Hunt: Constitutional Litigation Clinic student, future leader.

CLC student Nic Hunt wins oral argument in Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

2016 Summer Interns: future leaders.

This year’s group of interns return to their studies richer for having spent their summer at OJPC, and our clients are richer for having had their support.

OJPC’s 2016 Summer Interns

Tyra Patterson: zealous, client-centered representation for a woman in Ohio.

Tyra Patterson has spent 22 years in prison for crimes she did not commit. Over 236,000 people have signed the petition to support her as Ohio Governor John Kasich considers using the power only he has, executive clemency, to right this wrong. This year, Tyra gained the support of many, including Holly Lai Holbrook, the victim’s sister who was their 22 years ago, and who corroborates Tyra’s innocence and is urging Governor Kasich to free Tyra.

Tyra spends her 22nd Christmas in prison, but still she celebrates what prison has given her and encourages us all to count our blessings.

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