Gary Daniels

Security outside of the Franklin County Board of Elections on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio's spring election saw the shuttering of polling places and the extension of absentee voting as COVID-19 spread throughout the state. To avoid confusion before the November election, voting rights groups are asking lawmakers to change voting laws now, but the two groups aren't necessarily on the same page when it comes to making reforms.

A cell inside the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Prisons and jails have emerged as one of the hot spots of the coronavirus crisis in Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday announced an inmate has died from COVID-19 at the Pickaway Correctional Institute, the first inmate to die in the state prison system.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Nineteen people have been tested for coronavirus in four Ohio prisons, with 15 results coming back negative and the rest pending. Those inmates are in isolation.

gun in holster
Eric Gay / Associated Press

The ACLU of Ohio is raising concerns about a bill that would mandate more reporting of information into a database used for gun background checks.

Karen Kasler

One of the state’s leading civil liberties organizations is opposing Issue 1 – the victims’ rights constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law.

State Funds Athletic Group With Religious Ties

Jul 1, 2015
WOSU Archive

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says it’s awarding a $300,000 grant to the group Athletes In Action.  The Xenia-based organization is an off-shoot of Campus Crusade for Christ.  The Ohio ACLU says attorney general Mike DeWine is walking a fine line. 

The Militarization of Police Forces

Aug 21, 2014

10 am

SWAT teams and Humvees are essential to diffuse crisis situations, but increasingly, local police departments are using military equipment for routine law enforcement. In light of the clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, we'll look at a new study on the militarization of American policing, and how Ohio's forces are gaining a military feel.


Drones: Applications and Legal Questions

May 21, 2014

10 am

Journalists, farmers, and filmmakers see exciting potential in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones. But the FAA claims they are unsafe and violate the civil air-space. Until those questions are decided, drones will continue to occupy the skies. This hour we'll talk about the applications for drone technology, and implications for freedom of speech and privacy.


10:00 Our first amendment rights to speech and religion are among the pillars of the American democratic republic... But what about the idea that, with freedom, comes responsibility? On this hour, we'll take a look at free speech and hate speech. Guests

  • David Goldberger (Professor Emeritus of Law at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University)
  • Gary Daniels (Associate Director of the ACLU of Ohio)
  • Haris Parin (Director of the Washington D.C. Office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council)