"When you are afraid, when you are angry, when you allow a fear and anger to shape policies, you will abuse other human beings, you will treat people unfairly and you will create injustice."
The Policy & Outreach Division is the agency’s public face outside of courtrooms, handling the agency’s media and social media, legislation, and administrative policy. The Division also serves as the main point of contact for county indigent defense systems and oversees reimbursement to the counties. Policy & Outreach is responsible for enforcing the Ohio Public Defender Commission’s standards and the agency’s guidelines. The Policy & Outreach Division is made up by the County Assessment and Reimbursement Department, the County Support and Training Department, the Data Analysis and Reports Department, and the Legislation, Administrative Policy, and Media Department.