After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 this week, state lawmakers are ready to move forward on criminal justice reforms, legislative leaders said Thursday.
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Ohio is planning a deep dive into crime data — arrests, convictions, sentencing, probation, incarceration, behavioral health and more — to help answer some vexing questions, such as why the state has such a high prison population and why so many people here are on probation?
In Columbus, state leaders and criminal justice experts announced the launching of a new effort to reduce Ohio’s prison population through an examination of crime, courts, probation and incarceration. The Associated Press reported that a yearlong study by the Council of State Governments Justice Center will analyze thousands of records to examine how sentences imposed for serious crimes affect not only prison populations but also life after prison.
State leaders and criminal justice experts are launching a new effort to reduce Ohio’s prison population through an examination of crime, courts, probation and incarceration.
Medina is the first county in Ohio to set up a local version of a new state probation database that will show how legislation that prioritized rehabilitation over prison for some felons has impacted recidivism rates.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is on the verge of a dubious milestone. Despite the DRC’s efforts and resources, Director Gary Mohr said at a statewide conference in May, “I think it’s a pretty safe bet that by July 1 of this year, we will set an all-time historic record of incarcerated Ohioans.”
Incarceration has become the norm despite clear evidence that many nonviolent offenders can be held accountable and supervised more effectively through alternatives such as drug courts and job reporting centers.