According to the Columbus Dispatch, the 2004 lawsuit filed by Alphonse Gerhardstein and Kim Tandy of the Children’s Law Center forced the Ohio Department of Youth Services to “add more prison psychologists and social workers, increase medical care, expand career and technical opportunities, reduce use of solitary confinement, and send more offenders to community corrections facilities. ” In 2008, the State of Ohio entered into a settlement agreeing to these changes. The settlement was supervised by the federal court, and that supervision ends today, seven years later. Since the lawsuit was filed, the Columbus Dispatch recognized that “the agency has undergone a dramatic transformation.”
The New York Times has cataloged over 70 cases where suspects stated “I can’t breathe” before dying in police custody. One of the featured cases...
Al Gerhardstein and Iris Roley offer immediate actions to respond to the call for reform in Cincinnati. Gerhardstein said, “If we take these steps it is down payment on a more just City.”