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A hallway at the Pickaway Correctional Institution in Orient.

For Ohioans Who Committed Crimes Before July 1996, Chance Of Parole Is Slim

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MANSFIELD, Ohio (WCPN) — Charles Crawford is 70 years old. In 1988 he was sentenced to a prison term of 12 to 80 years. “They’re not going to let me go. I don’t feel that they are,” said Crawford, on the phone from Mansfield Correctional Institution. Sindrick Tucker is 59. Back in 1984 he was… Read More

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

Prison Bars

Is There Finally Some Agreement On The Need For Bail Reform In Ohio?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — In the early 1980s, Robin Turner got caught up in the world of drugs. She was arrested and incarcerated pending trial until her brother helped her post bond. “I lost my housing. I had to pack up and move and move back in with my mom,” she said. Today, she is… Read More

Body Camera

In Ohio, Videos Are Public Records But Sometimes Police Refuse To Release

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (ideastream) — Over the past few years, police departments across the country have grappled with what to do when a video in their possession captures the use of deadly force by a police officer. After 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by a Cleveland police officer in 2014, the city of Cleveland initially withheld… 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