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Support Common Sense Sentencing Reform in Ohio

    1. Petition by

      Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families

Currently, more people are incarcerated in Ohio’s prisons than almost any other time in its history.  If this trend continues (and there is no reason to believe it will not), our prison population will go from its current number of slightly over 51,000 inmates to nearly 56,000 in the next ten years.  These numbers appear dire as our prisons presently operate at 132% of their capacity, already causing considerable hardship to staff and inmates alike.

Among these tens of thousands of inmates we imprison, 57% of them serve sentences of less than one year.  Many in this category are locked up for non-violent offenses like non-payment of child support and low-level drug possession.

In response to this situation, Senate Bill 22 (SB 10) was introduced in the Ohio General Assembly by Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) and Senator Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) on February 2,2011.  Representative Louis Blessing, Jr (R-Cincinnati) and Representative Tracy Heard (D-Columbus) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives (HB 86) on the same day.  The bills were introduced to address the overcrowding that currently exists in Ohio's prisons and the budget challenges that accompany that overcrowding. 

SB 10/HB 86 contain a number of recommendations targeting low-level non-violent offenders that will result in significant cost savings in the State budget and reduce overcrowding in the State’s prisons.  In addition, low-level non-violent offenders will remain in their local communities, ensuring that they are held accountable for continuing and/or seeking employment, paying taxes and child support, and maintaining family support and responsibilities. 

Click here for a summary of the key provisions of Senate Bill 10 and House Bill 86.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Traci Utley FAIRBORN, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Please sign the petition.. this is an answer to all the crime and re-offending inmates. This is what I think they should have been doing for years!

    • Robert Gill CANTON, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      "Tough on Crime" only leads to longer, less effective sentences and increased recidivism. Be smart, putting someone in the corner for a time out isn't going to make them change their behavior - especially when prison isn't a scary place after all once they get there. Rehabilitation and behavior modification is the key to reducing recidivism. Locking people up for extended periods and then kicking them out without changing their behavior doesn't work.

    • S C CANTON, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Govenor I think you have really turned on the people by what the news papers say.Prisons were sold before you even said anything and now pay their own electric take away their drinks what is next we really need Prison Reform

    • S C CANTON, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      What about first time offenders, or the mentally ill,ones who have truley learned there lesson and copletted all programs they are Fathers to


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