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Council Reduces Penalties for Low-Level Marijuana Possession

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Reduces Penalties for Low-Level Marijuana Possession

Columbus City Council has taken marijuana reform into their own hands. The Council on Monday night voted unanimously to reduce penalties for marijuana and paraphernalia possession as well as fund a record-sealing program aimed at ending barriers to employment for those who already have convictions. “We are not endorsing drug use. But while folks in […]

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Year-Long Revision of Police Policies is Just the Beginning, Participants Say

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Year-Long Revision of Police Policies is Just the Beginning, Participants Say

Following the criticism and controversy that has encircled the Columbus Division of Police over the last several years, the City has been in the process of reforming the department’s priorities, practices and procedures.  With the help of the Community Safety Advisory Commission, a 17-person group comprised of local interested parties, and California-based Matrix Consulting Group, […]

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Video: Pride, Criminal Justice, and How they Connect

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Video: Pride, Criminal Justice, and How they Connect

Though the festivities have come to an end, Pride month is still in full swing. To commemorate, CU invited Black Queer and Intersectional Collective (BQIC) co-founder Dkèama Alexis to discuss issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community, black communities and communities at the intersection. Learn the story of CeCe McDonald, the violence that queer and trans women […]

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City Council Seeks to Address Marijuana Reform

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Seeks to Address Marijuana Reform

Over the last decade or so, political and moral ideas about marijuana have undoubtedly changed. More than 30 states have legalized the drug, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, and the burgeoning weed industry is already raking in billions of dollars. In the mean time, criminal justice and civil rights experts have noted that while […]

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National Prison Strike Calls for End to “Modern-Day Slavery”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega National Prison Strike Calls for End to “Modern-Day Slavery”

The debate around criminal justice reform has long been limited to the manner by which potential suspects are arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced for their crimes. In mainstream conversations, not much has been said about the treatment of those who are already incarcerated, what kind of wages they earn for the labor they do, what […]

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New Marijuana Laws Could Bring Criminal Justice Reform to Ohio

Travis Irvine Travis Irvine New Marijuana Laws Could Bring Criminal Justice Reform to Ohio

As Ohio slowly moves toward implementing its medical marijuana program this fall — and full legalization could potentially be on the ballot next year — it’s worth looking into how criminal justice reforms are being enacted around the nation with the plant’s newfound legal status, and how these same reforms could possibly come to the […]

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The Only Gubernatorial Candidate Talking About Criminal Justice Reform

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega The Only Gubernatorial Candidate Talking About Criminal Justice Reform

Against a party favorite, Kucinich and Samples create a campaign based on relatability and criminal justice reform.

In the race to be Ohio’s next governor, progressive candidate Dennis Kucinich and his running mate Tara Samples are running a familiar campaign. Their pro-laborer platform, one centered on a $15 minimum wage and healthcare for all, calls back passionate, Brooklyn-tinted speeches heard during Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president. They face party favorites, too, in […]

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