Webinar: An Ohio “Second-Look” Statute


Fighting for a Second Look: Efforts in Ohio and Across the Nation 
Sept. 2, 2-3:00 p.m. EST

Draconian sentencing laws and practices, stretching back decades, have yielded countless excessive prison terms nationwide. As public awareness of this problem mounts, legal advocates and scholars, including the American Law Institute, have urged new legal mechanisms to allow courts to revisit unnecessarily long sentences.

In that spirit, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center and Drug Enforcement and Policy Center teamed up to create a writing competition for law students and recent graduates to propose such a “second-look statute” for Ohio. This webinar brings together leading advocates to discuss efforts across the country to create second-look provisions, as well as to announce the winner of this writing competition. 

Find more information and register for the webinar here:

Webinar panelists:

  • Shakyra Diaz, managing director of partnerships/Ohio state director, Alliance for Safety and Justice
  • William Johnston, senior program officer, Open Society Foundations
  • Nicole D. Porter, director of advocacy, The Sentencing Project
  • Michael Serota, associate deputy director, Academy for Justice, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • David Singleton, executive director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center


  • Douglas A. Berman, executive director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law