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Over a year after Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the country, many are questioning what progress has been made toward racial equity.

A Year In Review: After Countless Cries For Racial Justice, Where Are We Now?

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KENT, Ohio (WKSU) — Last year, streets throughout the U.S. were full of people protesting racial injustices that have tormented the country for years, demanding real change. Since then, task forces, declarations, criminal charges and acts of solidarity have been the result. Despite the efforts of government officials and protesters, the question, “Has anything changed?”… Read More

Participants in the nonprofit organization Truly Reaching You Inc. work at a job site in Akron. The nonprofit provides employment training and housing to formerly incarcerated men.

Paying The Price, For A Lifetime? Collateral Sanctions Create Roadblocks For Formerly Convicted Ohioans

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AKRON, Ohio (WKSU) — More than two decades ago, Perry Clark’s substance use led him down a dark path that resulted in a felony conviction for aggravated robbery. He was luckier than many; he had support when he returned home from prison. “I came home, and by the blessing of God I had my mom… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in Spring

Lawmakers Wrestle with Impact Policies Have on Criminal Justice System

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AKRON, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — When it comes to reforming Ohio’s criminal justice system, changing the laws tends to start at the state-level. But while lawmakers look at shifting sentencing from prison to treatment, there’s also an urge by officials to increase penalties, resulting in what can be a contrasting approach to reform. Ray… Read More

The shadow of a jail door

Advocates Face Challenges In Reforming Ohio’s Sentencing Laws

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — The number of offenses for which someone can be charged with a felony in Ohio has increased more than five-fold since the 1970s. And advocates say criminal sentencing remains uneven and tough to navigate. Ohio’s legislators have been passing bills to help people after they leave prison, but little is being… Read More

Antonio McMullen (left), from the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, with Levi King at the Peacemakers' office in Slavic Village.

Cuyahoga County Gun Court Seeks New Ways To Stop Gun Violence

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (ideastream) — Officially, the new docket in Administrative Judge Brendan Sheehan’s Cuyahoga County courtroom is called the violence intervention program. Unofficially, it’s the gun docket. Sheehan got into the details of their lives with several of the program’s participants during recent hearings, asking each: Where are they working? Are they getting their high… Read More

A gavel on a set of scales

Ohio Chief Justice Convenes Wrongful Conviction Task Force

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is convening a task force to study the process for dealing with wrongful convictions. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor says the committee will analyze how Ohio and other states review cases after convictions. O’Connor says the Task Force on Conviction Integrity and Postconviction Review… Read More