Our mission is to create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal justice systems through zealous client-centered advocacy, innovative policy reform, and cross-sector community education. We use diverse forms of community lawyering in a three-plank strategy:
- Substantially and safely reduce the size and racial disparity of the prison population. This plank includes research, legislative and policy advocacy, collaboration with community organizers, and possibly litigation to directly remedy Ohio’s prison overcrowding crisis.
- Expand the freedom of people with criminal records to participate fully in their communities. This encompasses our Second Chance Community Legal Clinics and Classes, our CIVICC database, and legislative and policy advocacy to improve reentry in Ohio.
- Protect the human rights and dignity of incarcerated people. This contains all of our individual and class-action litigation to protect incarcerated people, policy efforts to limit the use of the death penalty, litigation on voting rights for certain jailed people, and our Constitutional Litigation Clinic (for 3L students from nearby law schools).