The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (OSJCL) is a peer-evaluated, faculty-student cooperative venture published by the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Published semi-annually, it is a forum for important scholarship written by academics and professionals in the criminal justice field.
The Journal‘s purpose is to provide useful, interesting, and provocative commentary on critical issues of interest to the national, and even international, criminal justice community. Each issue includes solicited scholarly articles, in a symposium format with a Guest Editor, written by experts on the subject. Past topics have included policing corporate conduct, capital juries, and the criminal justice system post-September 11th. Each issue contains a Commentary section with briefer essays.
The Journal publishes high-caliber student essays, reviews of books, empirical studies, criminal justice reports, and even reviews of movies and other media.
Jeremiah Bourgeois, author of “The Irrelevance of Reform” in the upcoming 11.1 Issue of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, was sentenced to life in prison when he was fourteen years old. Mr. Bourgeois has served eighteen years of that sentence and in his words: “I’m never getting out of prison. I’m going to die in prison. For the act I committed when I used to think like that.”
Mr. Bourgeois recently gave a speech to prison inmates about the sentencing of juveniles and a video of that speech is provided below (Mr. Bourgeois starts speaking at 2:50). The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law is honored to be giving such an important voice the opportunity to be heard by an even larger audience. Publishing this kind of article is why we exist.