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Press Releases and Other Information from the Office of the Ohio Public Defender

OPD Supporting National Guilty Plea Campaign

Of the 337 people who have been exonerated by DNA nationwide, nearly 10 percent had pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit.

OPD and our Wrongful Conviction Project are participating in a national effort to raise awareness of this phenomenon, and to take the first steps in fixing the problem, the Guilty Plea Campaign. Follow OPD on Facebook and Twitter, and the Wrongful Conviction Project on Twitter to learn more about the Campaign.

Cuyahoga County Seeking Public Defender

The Cuyahoga County Public Defender Commission is seeking applications for the Cuyahoga County Public Defender position. Candidates must be an attorney with at least two years of experience in the practice of law and be admitted to the practice of law in Ohio at least one year prior to appointment. Interested attorneys may view the job description and application for employment here. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Jan. 31, 2017.

Announcing: The Criminalizing Poverty Homepage

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.

Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit Replay Now Available

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.

Office of the Ohio Public Defender - New Website

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.