Prison Reform

Issue 1 Drug Sentencing

Oct 10, 2018
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Issue 1 on the November 6 statewide ballot would amend the state constitution to lessen criminal penalties for drug possession. Proponents say that the changes would lower the prison population and increase addiction treatment options.

Opponents caution about amending the constitution, saying that the change would tie the hands of judges, especially those managing specialty drug courts.

Today on All Sides, the pros and cons of Issue 1.  

Prison Strikes and Reform

Sep 12, 2018
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility located in Lucasville, Ohio.
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A nationwide prisoners strike for better prison conditions officially ended September 9. Prisoners are calling for fair labor practices, better facilities and rehabilitation programs.

Prisons went into lockdown or on high alert because of these protests.

Today on All Sides, we discuss inmate strikes and the future of prison reform in Ohio.


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Franklin County’s jails are overcrowded and old. The downtown jail is 46 years old, and the jail on Jackson Pike is 31 years old. Neither functions properly for today's needs, jail officials say.

A new facility would replace both jails, and change how the county approaches inmate-guard interactions.

Filmmaking and Art by Inmates Behind Bars

Aug 31, 2017
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An innovative project worked with incarcerated women at the Dayton Correctional Institution to write and direct their own short films. The shorts will be shown next month at the Wexner Center.

Today we'll look at programs aimed at creating self-expression for those behind bars and the effects the programs have. 

Piper Kerman's Prison Reform Activism

Feb 17, 2017
Cover of Piper Kerman's book, Orange is the New Black: My year in a Women's Prison.

Author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" Piper Kerman has been an advocate for prison reform since she served time in a federal prison. Today we'll talk with Kerman about her work and prison reform both in Ohio and nationwide.

Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman

May 27, 2015

Before it was a critically acclaimed Netflix series, Orange is the New Black was the best-selling memoir of author Piper Kerman's thirteen month stay in a federal prison.  We talk with her about the attention and success her story has garnered and her continuing work as an advocate for prison reform.