RAC-OH is not a criminal justice organization, but rather a Jewish values organization. We are building power and leveraging our Jewish values in the public space to create real change for Ohio.
Our first issue campaign is dedicated to criminal justice reform. We believe this is a Jewish issue.
New! Center for American Progress named Reform Ohio one of its '10 Faith Leaders and Groups to Watch' for 2018!
Columbus Dispatch: Jewish group lobbies for sentencing reforms
Cleveland Jewish News: Reform Clergy Urge Lawmakers to Support Criminal Justice Reform
USA Today - Cincinnati faith leaders speak out on health care repeal, deliver letter to Sen. Portman
Cincinnati Enquirer - Jail no one simply because he is poor (Op-ed by Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp)
MyJewishLearning - Take Accountability... Now (Op-ed by Rabbi Melinda Mersack)
13th is a 2016 documentary directed by Ava DuVernay. The film explores the intersection of race and mass incarceration in the United States.
Please use our discussion guide below to reflect on this movie, and its implications for criminal justice reform work, with your Jewish or interfaith community.
Teshuvah means a return to our true selves, a return to our community and ultimately a return to our Creator. Citizens returning and making teshuvah after prison face a period of probation and a permanent criminal record viewable by prospective employers, lenders, renters etc.
SB66 returns autonomy to judges to treat probation violators within the community. It provides the options of intervention and treatment in lieu of conviction and makes time in prison for violating probation shorter and less likely.
Thanks in part to Reform Jews across the state of Ohio, after Shabbat fell on Friday night, June 30, Governor Kasich signed the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program (TCAP) into law.
TCAP will keep an extra 3,400 souls a year in their communities receiving the support, treatment, and rehabilitation they desperately need.