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.
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.