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ACLU Sues Cleveland Over RNC Protest Rules

Jun 15, 2016
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The ACLU of Ohio is suing the city of Cleveland over regulations for protests during next month's Republican National Convention.  

ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link says one of the suits calls for the city to reduce the size of the so called “Event Zone” which covers more than 3-square miles of downtown. Link says people within the zone, particularly the homeless, would be restricted from carrying items such as sleeping bags, canned food and coolers.

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The ACLU of Ohio and Cleveland officials are to meet tomorrow to try to iron out differences over planning for protests and other issues surrounding the Republican National Convention.

  Last week, the city spent hours reassuring national and local reporters that Cleveland is “all in” on a plan to ensure safety during the Republican National Convention, which is now less than six weeks away.

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The ACLU of Ohio and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center have released a report detailing recommendations for criminal justice reform in the state.

The recommendations include limiting mandatory minimum punishments; making rehabilitation a priority; and ticketing people accused of low-level, nonviolent offenses rather than automatically arresting them.

The report also recommends reducing court fees that it says trap offenders in a cycle of poverty; and eliminating post-release consequences, such as limits on where people can live.

Advocates For Reducing Prison Population Challenge Ohio Legislature

Oct 8, 2015

Advocates who want to decrease the prison population in Ohio say reforming the criminal justice system is just one step—first, they’ll have to put an end to an influx of new bills that include prison time.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Cleveland on behalf four people arrested during protests following the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer on voluntary manslaughter charges. The organization says the lawsuit has big implications for the next 18 months.

The lawsuit maintains the city has acknowledged it jailed 70 people for two days to prevent them from rejoining the protests – something it feared could disrupt the Cavs playoff game on that Memorial Day weekend. 

Group Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Over Voting Rules

May 12, 2015
Jon Husted is Ohio's 53rd Secretary of State
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In advance of the 2016 presidential race, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted faces another lawsuit over the state's voting rules. 

The lawsuit was filed by a group called the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

Among the provisions it challenges are rules limiting each county to one early voting location, as well as the elimination of Golden Week, when voters can register and cast ballots the same day. The suit alleges African-American, Hispanic and student voters are disproportionately affected.

Following Agreement, Early Voting Will Be Easier For Ohioans

Apr 20, 2015
Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Ohio may see an end to the long debate over early voting access after advocates reached a deal with the state’s top elections official. 

Ohio voters have more opportunities to vote early and in-person starting this November because of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. 

The expanded schedule includes a full work week where polls will be open until 7 p.m. And Mike Brickner with the ACLU says voters will also have another Sunday open for voting during next year’s presidential election.

An American Civil Liberties Union report on police departments' increased use of license-plate scanning notes that the scanning policy of the State Highway Patrol in Ohio is more protective of privacy than some.

The report released Wednesday found scanners affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings around the country capture license plate images providing records of people's location and movement. That information often goes into databases that can be reviewed much later.

There’s a bill in the Ohio legislature that would give public school students credit for taking religious classes. The legislation is drawing criticism from people who worry about unintended consequences of it.

Democratic State Representative Bill Patmon says it’s time for public schools to encourage students to take part in religious instruction.

"It’s an attempt on our side to give exposure to God and religious which seemingly has been completely exorcised from our schools," says Patmon.

Some parents and a civil rights group oppose policies to insert creationism and other religious issues into a western Ohio school district's classrooms.

The Dayton Daily News reports the Springboro School Board took comments on the proposed policy changes at a meeting Thursday night attended by parents, students and teachers.

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter Thursday to the board urging members to abandon the plan to list to add creationism and evolution as discussion issues appropriate for students.