Spring is a time of renewal, a time when we plant seeds we hope will one day flower. For twenty years, OJPC has planted seeds of a different sort: seeds of criminal justice reform.
OJPC began in 1997 as a one person operation dedicated to reforming the prison system and providing free legal representation to incarcerated men and women. In 2004, through its Second Chance Legal Clinics, OJPC expanded to provide representation to people with criminal records who faced barriers to employment and housing as a result of their legal troubles. And in 2006, OJPC founded the Constitutional Litigation Clinic in partnership with NKU Chase College of Law to give law students in their final year the opportunity to represent prisoners in federal civil rights cases. We started the clinic in part to grow new advocates for criminal justice reform in the region.
Over the years, OJPC has developed into a respected voice for criminal justice reform – at the local, state and national levels – and has been instrumental in bringing smart, progressive and redemptive justice reform to Ohio.
More and more, we are seeing our work as about families – about supporting people to open up opportunities for themselves and their families. Please see Sasha Naimain’s, deputy director and new mother, reflection on Mother’s Day to get a sense of what we mean.
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