How OJPC is trying to free at-risk prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic

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By: Lily Meyer The lawyers and staff of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center were concerned about Ohio prisoners’ health long before the coronavirus pandemic began. OJPC’s flagship Human Rights in Prison program advocates for adequate access to health care for all incarcerated Ohioans. Before this March, fighting for prisoners’ medical rights meant advocating and […]

Where are they now? Former OJPC intern Holly McCabe

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By: Holly McCabe In the summer of 2019, I spent my summer as an intern at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. I was thrilled when I was offered an interview, and then so much more elated when I was offered a position. I was excited, but I had no idea what was truly in […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Jayla Rodgers

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Written by OJPC volunteer Kathryn Wallace Jayla joined the ranks of volunteers at OJPC in January of 2020.  In that short time, she has become an integral part of our team. She starts the day at OJPC with a smile that brightens the day for all of us. Even though she is working on her degree in […]

Second Chance Month: People need the opportunity to do better

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I used to interview people, mostly teenagers, to work in food service at a local amusement park over the summer. I had to ask everyone about their criminal history and let them know that a disclosure would not prevent them from becoming employed. Only one person ever disclosed their criminal history to me. He was […]

Mark Vander Laan’s second act: Litigation on behalf of Ohio’s prisoners

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Written by OJPC Volunteer Lily Meyer The attorney Mark Vander Laan, who serves as the Ohio Justice & Policy Center’s Litigation Director, is not the firebrand I expected to meet. His demeanor is calm and thoughtful; he is a considered talker, given to weighing and contextualizing each idea as he shapes it. Listening to him describe […]