Drafting Contest: Re-Imagining “Second Chances”

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About the Contest

With the goal of furthering the ongoing debate of how “second chance” mechanisms can be improved in Ohio, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC), and the Collateral Consequences Resource Center sponsored a contest for law students and recent law-school graduates. Specifically, entrants were encouraged to submit a proposal and accompanying commentary suggesting changes to Ohio’s existing statutory provisions that would help people obtain relief from collateral consequences.

Entrants were asked to provide proposals that addressed both substance (e.g., when and to whom would it apply) and procedure (e.g., how would it function). Additionally, proposals could, but did not have to, be drafted as proposed legislative text; a “policy paper” or other like submission was also acceptable, though any submission had to include an actionable proposal for reform of Ohio laws. The proposal could have also included concrete suggestions for making existing tools more broadly and easily accessible, but it could also advocate for wholesale changes to the mechanism and means for relief in Ohio.


Contest Timeline and Awards

This contest is now closed. The winning submission will receive a prize of $1,500, and one runner-up prize of $500 will also be awarded. If a group submission is awarded prize money, it will be divided equally among the group’s members. All winning submissions will be published via DEPC and OJPC’s websites. The full winning proposals may be used in DEPC and OJPC’s ongoing efforts to advocate for improvements in Ohio law.


Questions can be directed to Jana Hrdinova at hrdinova.1@osu.edu or Michael Zuckerman at mzuckerman@ohiojpc.org.