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Criminal Justice for All: OJPC Recommendations for Reform

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Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) Executive Director David Singleton and Deputy Director Sasha Naiman discuss OJPC's advocacy.

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This presentation will focus on criminal justice in Ohio and the work done by the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. OJPC is a nonprofit law firm, whose mission is to create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal justice systems. For over 20 years, the organization has been a statewide leader in improving the criminal legal system, in Cincinnati and statewide—serving incarcerated people as well as those with criminal records in the community. Executive Director David Singleton and Deputy Director Sasha Naiman will discuss how OJPC works to safely, substantially reduce the number of incarcerated people and to eliminate racial disparity in the criminal legal system. The presentation will also address OJPC’s experience protecting the rights and dignity of incarcerated people, as well as helping people in the community to overcome criminal-records-based barriers to employment, housing, education, and full community integration. David and Sasha will explain how OJPC advocates for public policies that create safe, fair communities statewide—sharing OJPC’s current policy goals and advocacy efforts, and suggesting ways that audience members can become champions for justice.

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Attorney David A. Singleton is the Executive Director at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. David received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his A.B. in Economics and Public Policy, cum laude, from Duke University in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, David received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless in New York City, where he practiced for three years. He then worked as a public defender for seven years, first with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. After moving to Cincinnati in the summer of 2001, David practiced at Thompson Hine before joining OJPC as its Executive Director in July 2002. David is also a Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Attorney Sasha Naiman is the Deputy Director at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. Sasha Naiman oversees OJPC’s organizational operations, assists in setting organizational strategies, and represents people with criminal records, both in prison and in the community. Sasha launched OJPC’s initiative offering trauma-informed legal assistance, education, and policy advocacy for survivors of human trafficking. While at OJPC, Sasha has worked with Second Chance Project, helping people overcome barriers to employment, housing, education, and community reintegration. Her work includes educating employers about the benefits of hiring people with criminal records and supporting OJPC’s criminal-justice-policy advocacy. She completed her B.A. at Boston University and her J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to her work at OJPC, Sasha serves on multiple Boards and Committees in the Greater Cincinnati community.

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