Petition to Address Grievances Against the Franklin County Criminal Injustice System

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We, the undersigned, are alarmed by the shooting and death of 16-year old Joseph Haynes. We understand that the death of Joseph Haynes inside of a Franklin County courtroom is the result of excessive use of force by a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy.  We hope that extending the prohibition against firearms in the courthouse to include all law enforcement officers will prevent them from killing children.

We, the undersigned, are alarmed by the death of Brent Gibney.  We understand that Brent Gibney was a pre-trial detainee who died from a fentanyl overdose while in the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.  We understand that pre-trial incarceration is a form of advanced punishment in violation of the presumption of innocence.  We understand that the administration of Naloxone (ie. Narcan) would have prevented the death of Brent Gibney and failure to provide appropriate medical care to prisoners is a violation of Articles 6 and 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  We hope to end cash bail and curtail pre-trial incarceration by investing in non-punitive, pre-arrest and pre-trial diversion programs that connect people to social services, health care, substance use support or other wrap around services.

We, the undersigned, are alarmed by the tasing of a pregnant woman named Martini Smith by a Franklin County Sheriff ‘s deputy. We understand this tasing incident resulted in her miscarriage and that parental incarceration increases infant mortality by 40%.  We also understand that solitary confinement is a form of torture used to punish incarcerated pregnant womyn.  We hope to reduce Ohio’s alarming infant mortality rates by banning the practice of solitary confinement, providing pregnant prisoners who are lactating with access to the use of breast pumps and providing them with access to an appropriate diet. 

We, the undersigned, are alarmed by the expansion of law enforcement in Franklin County.  We understand that despite its complicity in human rights abuses, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will receive $139.8 million this year.  That money will predictably lead to more police-involved shootings, more arrests and higher incarceration rates.  We also recognize that Franklin County Commissioners approved a $175-$200 million construction plan to expand a jail system that is complicit in human rights abuses.  We hope to address the root causes of our political and socio-economic problems by divesting from law enforcement and investing in basic necessities including but not limited to permanent housing, open education and health care that doesn't compromise the ethical standards of health care professionals.

We, hereby demand from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners the following:

1. Community involvement in decision-making processes involving strategies affecting our community.  We demand that Franklin County Commissioners attend community-led town hall meetings where the voice and concerns of the disenfranchised are included in any proposed resolutions, policies, etc.

2. Extend the prohibition against firearms in the courthouse to include all law enforcement officers.

3. End cash bail, curtail pre-trial incarceration and invest in non-punitive, pre-arrest and pre-trial diversion programs that connect people to social services, health care, substance use support or other wrap around services.

4. Ban the practice of solitary confinement, provide pregnant prisoners who are lactating with access to the use of breast pumps and provide them with access to an appropriate diet.

5. Ban the construction of any new jails or prisons within Franklin County.  We demand that Franklin County divests from law enforcement and invests in basic necessities including but not limited to permanent housing, open education and health care that doesn't compromise the ethical standards of health care professionals.



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