STEPHEN A. JOHNSONGROVE, Attorney/Deputy Director for Policy
Stephen JohnsonGrove currently leads a new policy initiative for OJPC to significantly reduce the size and racial disparity of the state prison population.
In 2015, he was instrumental in writing and pushing through a Fair Hiring statute and administrative policy for all state and local government jobs in Ohio, allowing workers with criminal records a fair shot at civil service. Stephen also counseled community activists and government leaders in the 14 cities and counties that passed local Fair Hiring policies before the statewide rules were enacted. In 2011 (HB 86), 2012 (SB 337), and 2014 (SB 143), he helped write and successfully push through three other pieces of state legislation that expanded the freedom of people with criminal records to fully participate in their communities. In 2009, Stephen conceived of and launched our Civil Impacts of Criminal Convictions (CIVICC) Database, now maintained by Pam Thurston. Stephen started at OJPC in 2005, running our Second Chance Community Legal Clinics and expanding them to three monthly sites, which now include the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Cincinnati State, and the Freestore Foodbank. These clinics are now led by Dorianne Mason. In his first several years at OJPC, Stephen was lead counsel or co-counsel with David Singleton on several constitutional cases successfully challenging sex-offender residency restrictions.
Stephen received his J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2001, and his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, with honors, from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997.
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