Ohio Public Defender: News Archives
Below is an archive of all news and announcements released by the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. Please see our home page for our most recent news releases.
Relief may be available. Ohio is offering a six-month amnesty program beginning January 31, 2019 and ending July 31, 2019 for many of these outstanding fees. This program will offer reductions, and in some cases, total waivers for fees.
After 10 years and seven months of incarceration, Tim Howard—an innocent man—was freed from prison on July 8, 2017. Tim's release was made possible by the Office of the Ohio Public Defender Wrongful Conviction Project's hard work and relentless pursuit of justice.
On June 21 and June 23, the Office of the Ohio Public Defender is co-sponsoring a workshop entitled "Working with Clients with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disability." This one-day course is free of charge and is offered by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence. The program is funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The course is designed to provide tools, material, and knowledge to lawyers to better represent clients with mental illness or intellectual disabilities.
May 15th, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in In re Gault
, 387 U.S. 1. In conjunction with this celebration, the Children’s Law Center, ACLU of Ohio, and Ohio Public Defender are requesting an amendment to Ohio Juvenile Rule of Procedure 3 to strengthen a child’s right to counsel. Read more about the proposed amendment
, the amendment itself
, a letter of support for the amendment
from the National Juvenile Defender Center, and some statistics on the problem
this rule aims to fix. Read on to learn more about the Gault
The Wrongful Conviction Project and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender support and adopt the statement released by the Innocence Project on the death of an unarmed black youth killed recently by police in Dallas.
For 13 years, the Office of the Ohio Public Defender and Children’s Law Center have partnered to bring Ohio’s juvenile defense bar together and work toward achieving the best outcomes for the children in Ohio’s juvenile justice system. This year, for the 13th annual summit, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision In re Gault and the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Ohio's In re C.S., which strengthened the right to counsel for Ohio’s youth.
Of the 337 people who have been exonerated by DNA nationwide, nearly 10 percent had pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit.
In the past few years, our nation has become increasingly aware of the phenomenon known as the "criminalization of poverty." When facing criminal charges, indigent defendants can be held in jail simply because they cannot pay for their freedom. Poor defendants can subsequently feel coerced into pleading guilty as a way to restore their freedom as quickly as possible. Ultimately, indigent defendants can be forced to pay hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in court costs and fees, thus perpetuating—and deepening—their financial straits. To help address this problem, the Office of the Ohio Public Defender has launched the Criminalizing Poverty Homepage
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender and the Children's Law Center co-hosted the 12th Annual Ohio Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit this past September. The demand for training exceeded the number of available seats; therefore, a video replay will be available on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Ohio Department of Transportation Auditorium at 1980 W. Broad Street, in Columbus. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the program will run from 9:30 until 4:30 p.m. For more information, see the training opportunities
resource on the Policy & Outreach page.
Welcome to the Office of the Ohio Public Defender’s new website! Our old website served its purpose well for some time, but did not fully reflect the true nature of our agency’s work and commitment to our mission. And while it contained a wealth of information, it lacked the cohesive and organized structure it once had. So we decided to renovate our website to better demonstrate our commitment to serving our clients and improving indigent defense; enhancing the user experience; and ensuring that the website’s content is organized and accessible.