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On Dec. 5, 2019, Cincinnati City Council Member Chris Seelback, the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati in Roselawn, and Dj. J. Dough will hold an expungement clinic at the New Prospect Baptist Church to help individuals navigate the process of sealing or clearing some non-violent felony records.

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The Ohio Justice and Policy Center has made headlines advocating for the wrongfully convicted. But the legal team takes on many cases where its client's guilt is not in question.

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Hamilton County's sheriff has proposed reopening the Queensgate facility to alleviate jail overcrowding. Jim Neill says the Justice Center is currently housing about twice as many prisoners than it was designed for.

Public Defender Ray Faller is instead calling for bail reform for non-violent, non-sexual misdemeanor charges.

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Late last December, four individuals were indicted in one of the most extensive human-trafficking cases in Hamilton County. 

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Earlier this month, President Barack Obama granted clemency to 72 people incarcerated on the federal level, shortening their sentences. Obama has granted a total of 944 people clemency over his presidency. 

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University of Cincinnati College of Law’'s Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice provides experiential learning, research and interdisciplinary inquiry on issues of race and gender in the law. It allows students to form relationships with their communities on a local, national and global scale. 

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According to U.S.  Department of Justice, more than 600,000 individuals return to American neighborhoods after serving time in federal and state prisons, and another 11.4 million cycle through local jails. One of the main challenges these individuals face in their reentry to society is finding employment; many businesses are reluctant to hire former offenders.

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The Ohio Transformation Fund is a newly-launched funding collaborative initiated to address criminal justice reform and reduce the number and racial disparity of youth and adults incarcerated in Ohio. The Fund was created to leverage a significant investment in the state by the Ford Foundation

Each year hundreds of thousands of inmates are released from American prisons. It is often extremely difficult for these individuals to re-integrate into society, and one of the main obstacles they face is finding gainful employment.