Ohio Justice & Policy Center

We don’t write people off.

OJPC is a non-profit law firm that fights for those lacking support within the criminal legal system.

We demand equal justice and fair treatment for all people at every stage of incarceration — because a person deserves dignity after their conviction and freedom after their sentence.

We offer a spectrum of free legal services, programs, and resources for people in Ohio as they navigate the complex and often expensive criminal justice system.

With your help, we can do more

As a nonprofit, OJPC operates and pays its staff thanks to the support of generous donations and grants. Every dollar allows us to continue to provide high-quality legal assistance free of charge — and to pay our employees a living wage.

Is a criminal record locking you out of life?

Our Second Chance Legal Clinics provide the best quality, most accessible legal advocacy, advice, and education to people with criminal records.

NOTICE: OJPC is now hosting virtual legal clinics in place of in-person clinics to keep our staff and our clients safe.

Register for one of OJPC’s virtual legal clinics here.

Now live: Our new resource library!

Thanks to funding from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, our website now houses a resource library built to accommodate returning citizens, people with criminal records, students, and legal professionals.


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NEWS RELEASE: Bipartisan death penalty repeal bill introduced in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH—State Senators Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced a bipartisan death penalty repeal bill Thursday morning during a virtual press conference. The Senators were joined by several colleagues from both the House and Senate including Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), Senator Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township), Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), Representative Adam […]

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Legislative Update: SB3 passes the Senate, HB1 should be next

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Protests and the Pandemic: Recommendations for a more equitable Cincinnati

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How OJPC is trying to free at-risk prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic

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How OJPC is trying to free at-risk prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic

By: Lily Meyer The lawyers and staff of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center were concerned about Ohio prisoners’ health long before the coronavirus pandemic began. OJPC’s flagship Human Rights in Prison program advocates for adequate access to health care for all incarcerated Ohioans. Before this March, fighting for prisoners’ medical rights meant advocating and […]

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From Child Sex Trafficking Victim to Capital Offender

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Ohio Lame Duck session: How you can help right now

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Where Are They Now? Former OJPC intern Ben Ranz

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