Ohio Public Defender News
Press Releases and Other Information from the Office of the Ohio Public Defender
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking a Deputy Director 3 to serve as the director of the Agency’s Trial Services Division.
The Cuyahoga County Office of the Public Defender is seeking an Assistant Public Defender.
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking an Assistant Public Defender 1 in the Appeals and Postconviction Division of the Agency's Legal Department.
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