Washington, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the country, released the following statement after the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 66. The legislation now heads to the House for consideration.
“We often say, ‘As Goes Ohio, so goes the nation,’ and the Ohio Senate’s unanimous approval of Senate Bill 66 is a sign of great things to come,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “Thanks to Senate President Larry Obhof and the bipartisan sponsorship of Senators John Eklund and Charleta Tavares, Ohio proved that lawmakers can still reach across the aisle to enact justice reforms proven to make us safer and save money.
“By broadening treatment options and alternatives to incarceration, reforming certain approaches to technical violations, and expanding record sealing for non-violent offenders, Senate Bill 66 takes a big step towards more opportunity and safer communities. We’re grateful to all our champions in the Senate, and now turn to the House to urge swift action to send this commonsense reform to the Governor’s desk.”
The Justice Action Network recently released national polling on justice reforms, finding overwhelming bipartisan support for these issues across the country.