Advocacy in Action presents a bipartisan look behind the scenes of the state legislature, concluding in a mock judiciary committee hearing in front of two esteemed Ohio senators. Barb Wright offers testimony in favor of legislation to establish a petition for youthful offenders for removal from the register, and Wendy Tarr offers testimony in opposition to the violent offender registry as originally introduced in Ohio. Although both bills are real, the mock hearing focuses on the process, not the substance, of advocating for reform. A Q&A period follows, allowing the audience to ask the senators and panelists questions about the process. The hearing is conducted by Senator Eklund, sitting as the Chairman of the Mock Committee. Senator Eklund is a well-respected and influential legislator in the area of criminal justice reform. Senator Eklund was a member of the Ohio Criminal Justice Re-codification Committee and is the primary sponsor of bills to modify criminal sentencing and corrections law.
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