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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
The Ohio House of Representatives passed the Ohio Fair Hiring Act (House Bill 56) on a vote of 89-1. They affirmed the critical importance of allowing rehabilitated people with old criminal records to have a fair shot at public employment.