Ohio Criminal Justice Wins in 2020

Ohio makes big leaps forward on criminal justice changes

Springfield News-Sun | by Laura Bischoff | Feb 7, 2021

Advocates for criminal justice reforms scored multiple wins in the closing weeks of 2020 that they say will give thousands of Ohioans a second chance.

Incarcerated pregnant women will no longer be shackled to hospital beds as they deliver their babies. Poor people will be able to perform community service as a way to get their driver’s licenses back instead of paying huge fees. Ohioans who made mistakes will have an easier time getting professional licenses to advance their careers. People suffering from serious mental illnesses at the time of the crime will not be executed. Teens who commit terrible crimes will serve their time but will still have the hope of making parole someday.

 

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SB 3: Reform Drug Sentencing Laws

Senate Bill 3 reclassifies some low-level, drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors to ensure that people struggling with addiction receive treatment rather than jail time.

Tell the members of the House Criminal Justice Committee to pass Senate Bill 3!

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SB 256: Regards sentencing offenders under 18 when committed offense

We're hearing several committee members aren't sure how to vote on SB 256. SB 256 would ban life imprisonment without parole for children under 18 The bill has likely one final hearing to come to a full vote of the committee at next week's hearing, otherwise, it might have to start over in the next General Assembly. 
Tell members to vote yes!
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Death Penalty Update

The Ohio Senate voted 27-3 Wednesday (12/9/20) to pass HB 136. legislation that ends the death penalty for persons who suffered from a “serious mental illness” at the time they committed murder. 
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