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Public Defender News

Prisons are ‘new asylums’ in U.S.

(The Columbus Dispatch © 4/10/2014)

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Reinforcing their role as the “new asylums,” U.S. prisons now house 10 times as many seriously mentally ill people as state psychiatric hospitals do, a new national report shows.

There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than in State Hospitals

(MotherJones.com © 4/8/2014)

Severe mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are brain diseases—biological conditions like heart disease or epilepsy.

Public Defenders, Bolstered by a Work Analysis and Rulings, Push Back Against a Tide of Cases

(The New York Times © 2/18/2014)

On a typical recent morning Colleen M. Polak, a St. Louis County public defender, ran upstairs and down and up again and in and out of four courtrooms, simultaneously representing clients in 10 cases.

In debt and in jail

(Akron Beacon Journal © 1/8/2014)

Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court took a welcome step toward eliminating what many consider an archaic, long-forgotten institution — debtors’ prison.

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Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE)

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center has created a step-by-step guide to applying for a CQE.  If your criminal convictions are affecting your ability to get a job, you may want to consider applying for a CQE, which can erase some barriers to employment.


CLE for Appointed Counsel

Memorandum regarding Indigent Criminal Defense Training Opportunities

Upcoming - Indigent Criminal Defense Training Seminars

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Death Row Updates

Where Ohio got its execution drugs

(Miami Herald © 2/20/2014)

Ohio's most recent batches of lethal injection drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment, records show

Gregory Lott should not be put to death: Phillip Morris

(The Plain Dealer © 2/9/2014)

It took eight painful days for 82-year-old John McGrath to die.

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