Legislative Update: House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 3

Posted Posted in Latest, Policy Reform, Reducing Collateral Sanctions, Sentencing Reform

Legislators have heard us loud and clear: We want real reform that safely decarcerates Ohio’s overcrowded prisons and recognizes Ohio cannot incarcerate its way out of the drug epidemic. In the first six months of the 133rd General Assembly, OJPC has been a force for change in the legislature. We’re pleased to see a number of […]

Ohio’s “Wasted Assets” — a new report on unemployment and underemployment due to criminal convictions

Posted Posted in Blog, CIVICC, Latest, Policy Reform, Reducing Collateral Sanctions

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center is honored to work with Policy Matters Ohio and The Fund for Our Economic Future analyzing how collateral sanctions to criminal convictions are affecting Ohio’s workforce. The report finds that an estimated 1.3 million Ohio jobs are either completely or partially off limits to Ohioans with previous criminal convictions. That […]

Do new criminal record sealing laws in Ohio apply to YOU?

Posted Posted in Reducing Collateral Sanctions, Resources, Second Chance

An exciting new record sealing law just went into effect in Ohio. Until now, most Ohioans with criminal records could never clear away the stigma of their past. But, Ohio’s new record sealing law will allow many deserving people to finally have a fresh start in life. The Ohio Justice & Policy Center zealously advocated for this […]

Cleveland Plain-Dealer: “Stop ‘boxing in’ former Ohio offenders so they can find work”

Posted Posted in CIVICC, Fair Hiring, News, Reducing Collateral Sanctions

OJPC’s Stephen JohnsonGrove joined the Faith & Freedom Coalition and the U.S. Justice Action Network to write this op-ed on fair hiring in Ohio—writing, “The idea behind “banning the box” was to expand the available talent pool for public employers and support individuals’ redemption by opening the door to good state jobs.”