Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Reducing Recidivism Through Treatment

Policy Framework

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Reducing Recidivism Through Treatment

This policy framework outlines recommendations developed as a part of a Justice Reinvestment effort in Ohio in 2017–2018 in collaboration with Ohio's Justice Reinvestment (JRI 2.0) Committee. The recommendations were moved to the legislature to consider in the 2019 session. The aim of these policies was to improve access to effective behavioral health supports and services for people in the criminal justice system; reduce crime; and adopt more cost-effective sentencing, corrections, and supervision policies.

February 2021 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Project Credits

Writing: Patrick Armstrong, Jessica Gonzales-Bricker, Carl Reynolds, CSG Justice Center

Research: Jessica Gonzales-Bricker, CSG Justice Center

Advising: Elizabeth Lyon, Marshall Clement, CSG Justice Center

Editing: Leslie Griffin, Emily Morgan, CSG Justice Center

Public Affairs: Brenna Callahan, CSG Justice Center

ABOUT THE AUTHORS


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Patrick Armstrong
Project Manager, State Initiatives
Patrick Armstrong evaluates state statutes, case law, and court rules, as well as engages stakeholders involved in the justice reinvestment process. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Patrick worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, as well
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as for the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, where he explored avenues to eliminate racial disparities in the criminal justice system. He was also an intern for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in California. As a student-athlete on the basketball team at the University of California, Berkeley, Patrick earned a BA in political science and African American studies. He earned his JD from the New York University School of Law.
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    Jessica Gonzales-Bricker
    Senior Research Associate, Research
    Jessica Gonzales-Bricker designs and manages long-term research projects focused on juvenile justice and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative; she has also contributed to projects related to behavioral health and employment. Before coming to the CSG Justice Center, Jessica was a research
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    specialist with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, where she designed research projects, planned and conducted training for juvenile probation staff, and monitored the data integrity of juvenile probation departments. She also worked as a research assistant for the Texas Education Agency and as an executive assistant and policy analyst at the Texas House of Representatives. Jessica received her BA in political science from Baylor University and her MPA from the University of Texas.
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    Carl Reynolds
    Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Research
    Carl Reynolds helps manage and develop projects related to court initiatives, corrections, sentencing reform, and juvenile justice issues. Previously, Carl served as director of the Texas Office of Court Administration. From 1997 to 2005, he was general counsel for the
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    Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), responsible for prisons, probation, and parole. He also was general counsel to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice—the governing body for TDCJ. Prior to that position, he was the executive director of the Texas Punishment Standards Commission, general counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, director of the Senate's redistricting staff, and a briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Among other projects, he works on the establishment and evaluation of public defender offices and on justice reinvestment strategies. Carl holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, an MA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a BA from the University of Cincinnati.
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