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With the country in the throes of an epidemic, communities across the nation are being forced to confront the harrowing, and often fatal, effects of opioid abuse. But solutions — such as creating intervention programs in Ohio, providing access to treatment in Alabama, or investing in prevention initiatives in Missouri — cost money.

The U.S. Justice Department said it has "no comment" on whether its Office of Legal Counsel has reviewed any of President Trump's executive orders, which have met with criticism this week because of vague language and possible conflicts with legal precedents.

The department's own website says:

"All executive orders and proclamations proposed to be issued by the President are reviewed by the Office of Legal Counsel for form and legality, as are various other matters that require the President's formal approval."

Phasing Out Private Prisons

Aug 23, 2016
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Today at 10am

Since the 1980s, the Corrections Corporation of America has had its stake in the prison system, attempting to cut costs and make a profit. The Department of Justice has recently announced the end of renewing contracts with private prison, with the goal to completely phase them out of our penal system. The decisions does not directly change anything in Ohio as our state contains no federal prisons. 

Death Penalty Task Force

Apr 15, 2014

10:00 Under current Ohio law, aggravated burglary and kidnapping are potentially punishable by death. Ohio's Death Penalty Task Force has spent two years reviewing the state's capital punishment regulations, and it recently published recommendations based on its findings. We'll discuss whether the report offers necessary reforms, or if it goes too far. Guests

  • Timothy Young, Ohio Public Defender
  • Alan Johnson, reporter for the Columbus Dispatch