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Angela Larsen

  • Hosted by Ohio Justice & Policy Center
  • Sponsored by Jones Day Foundation, Procter & Gamble Co.
  • Service location Ohio
  • Law school Columbia Law School
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform, Prisoners' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Angela (she/her) will litigate on behalf of incarcerated individuals in Ohio’s state prisons to secure their constitutional and human rights and seek reforms.

There are over 40,000 people in Ohio’s state prisons, and Black Ohioans are incarcerated at a rate 5.5 times higher than white Ohioans (Prison Policy Institute). Many are subject to excessive force, sexual abuse, and deliberate indifference to their serious medical needs. Incarcerated people are overwhelmingly indigent and lack access to counsel. Angela will represent incarcerated people in civil rights actions to address constitutional violations, and develop significant impact litigation to reform the Ohio prison system as a whole.

Angela is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati and a proud Midwesterner. Prior to law school, she learned from civil rights attorneys in Cincinnati like OJPC founder Al Gerhardstein, that litigation is one of the most effective ways to secure the rights of those who are politically powerless and as a result, chose to pursue a legal career to advocate for those affected by mass incarceration.

Fellowship Plans

Angela will file civil rights lawsuits on behalf of individual incarcerated individuals and seek systemic reforms by developing impact and/or class-action litigation. Additionally, with the Ohio Justice and Policy’s Beyond Guilt project, she will advocate for the release of over-sentenced individuals by filing motions for resentencing and helping them navigate the parole and clemency process.

My Equal Justice Works Fellowship has afforded me the opportunity to serve people living inside Ohio’s prisons. I am honored to become a part of an organization that has spent decades fighting on behalf of people impacted by the criminal legal system and believes that no one should be written off.

Angela Larsen /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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