Congratulations to Ali Hatheway and Kari Bloom!
A great criminal defense lawyer knows the ins and outs of the legal system, and may be able to spot certain arguments and factors that could mitigate or even negate a potential crime.
The Ohio Senate last week passed Senate Bill 256, which abolishes life without parole for juveniles and provides sentencing reform consistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent to allow for parole hearings for juvenile offenders after a specified time spent in prison.
State Sen. Nate Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, co-sponsored the bill. The bill had broad support among its other co-sponsors, Republicans and Democrats alike.
“If our prisons are truly meant for rehabilitation, then we should let them rehabilitate these young adults because they do have the capacity to change and mature,” Manning said in a statement announcing the bill’s passage. “Thank you to my Senate colleagues and those who joined us in working on this legislation to help move Ohio’s juvenile justice system forward.”
The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life in prison with no chance of parole. Manning and Lehner said the bill will bring Ohio in line with 22 other states that have taken steps to comply with U.S. Supreme Court rulings declaring it unconstitutional for a child to be given a sentence of life without parole.
S.B. 256 would provide juveniles the opportunity for parole review after serving 18 years in prison, or 25 years if the juvenile has committed one or more homicide offenses.
An offender who is serving time for an aggravated homicide offense, or for the offense of terrorism when the most serious underlying offense in the terrorism was aggravated murder, would not be eligible for parole review unless it is a part of their original sentence.
“Life without hope may be one of the cruelest punishments, and life without parole offers no hope, no motivation to work hard, seek forgiveness, or change to become a better person,” Lehner said. “If we can provide hope for our troubled children, we may see more redemption in our prison system.”
The bill received support from Ohio’s Judicial Conference, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, the Ohio Conservative Juvenile Justice Network, the Alliance for Safety and Justice and other youth sentencing and justice organizations.
We have an important update regarding the free virtual training on Bail Advocacy schedule for Thursday, October 22 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. When we originally emailed you the invitation, we asked that you register via a Zoom link. However, since that time the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has graciously agreed to allow us to use their technological platform to provide this training. We apologize for the inconvenience, but are certain providing the training via OSBA will result in a more smooth process than via Zoom. If you have already registered and received a link to participate via Zoom, please disregard that email.
Anyone interested in attending this training should please use the following link to access the training next week: https://onlinexperiences.com/Launch/Event/ShowKey=119266. There is no need to register ahead of time and you will not receive another link. To ensure you get CLE credit, please review the live Stream viewing instructions attached to this email.
The agenda for the training is as follows:
I. Brief Opening Remarks & Introductions – Elizabeth Miller, Office of the Ohio Public Defender
II. Bail and the Federal Constitution (60 minutes) – Alec Karakatsanis, Civil Rights Corps
III. It’s Time to Rethink Bail (60 minutes) – The Honorable Judge Routson
IV. Bail Advocacy (60 minutes) – The Honorable Judge Dankof
The presenters will also allow time for questions during their presentations. Looking forward to seeing you next week!
The Board of Elections is still looking for poll workers on Election Day, November 3rd. The need is particularly great this year because of the Presidential election.
As public defenders, we know the importance of citizens doing their civic duty by appearing for jury service. We also have a civic duty to vote. Without competent people working the polls on election day, we can’t have successful elections.
Please take the time to consider making the commitment to work for the BOE on Election Day. You don’t need to be an attorney. You don’t need to be a Hamilton County employee.
You will be paid for taking the required training and you will be paid for working on Election Day.
Here’s the link which has all the information you need: https://votehamiltoncountyohio.gov/become-poll-worker/