Judges Seek Changes To Drug Sentencing Bill

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press, Uncategorized

–Gongwer News Service Members of the judiciary spoke out Wednesday against a Senate priority bill to overhaul the state’s drug sentencing laws. The measure (SB 3) is too lenient on dangerous drugs like cocaine and opioids, according to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia, who provided interested party testimony on behalf of the Ohio Judicial Conference. Judge Matia also took issue with the proposition that a felony conviction is a barrier to employment. “The reason that some people with felonies cannot find work is that they have an incomplete education, many jobs are too far away from a bus line, they lack the motivation to get up in …

AS OHIO SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARS TESTIMONY ON “NEXT STEP ACT,” JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK RELEASES NEW POLL SHOWING OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM PACKAGE

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press

Senate Bill 3, Sponsored by Sens. Eklund (R-18) & O’Brien (D-32), Includes Sentencing Reforms, Record Sealing & Expungement Fixes (Columbus, Ohio) – Today, as the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 3, Ohio’s most significant bipartisan sentencing reform package in years, the Justice Action Network released poll results that show Ohio voters overwhelmingly support major criminal justice reforms, with 87% of respondents supporting sentencing reforms. Titled “Next Step Ohio,” a nod to the “First Step Act,” federal prison and sentencing reform legislation signed into law by President Trump late last year, Ohio’s Senate Bill 3 reduces penalties for some low-level, non-violent offenses, particularly drug possession offenses. Under …

WITH WHIP COUNT ON FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM BILL DAYS AWAY, BIPARTISAN JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS VICTORIES OF STATE LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, Minnesota, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal levels, saw their state legislative champions of justice reform pull off impressive victories last night. With a Senate whip count on the federal prison and sentencing reform package just days away, these state success stories could help persuade members who are still on the fence about the political viability of criminal justice issues. “From our Dignity bill sponsor in Kentucky, to Clean Slate supporters in Pennsylvania, and from sentencing reform advocates in Minnesota, to pretrial reform champions in Ohio, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who supported …

Ohio Legislature Approves Vital Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press

The Justice Action Network Commends the Ohio Legislature for Passing Senate Bill 66 with Strong Bipartisan Vote FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, commended the Ohio legislature today for approving Senate Bill 66, a bill that expands access to record sealing, expands eligibility for critically-needed drug and alcohol treatment programs, promotes rehabilitation as an alternative to prison, allows for alternative sanctions for violating terms of parole, and modifies the way in which a court calculates jail time credit. The bill overwhelmingly passed the Ohio House 84-2 …

With Unanimous Vote on S.B. 33, Commonsense Justice Reforms Move to the Governor’s Desk

Amir Ohio, Press

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 concurred on Senate Bill 33. “With the unanimous concurrence of Senate Bill 33, Ohio has taken another step forward in right-sizing an out-of-control justice system,” said Holly Harris, the Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “Thanks to the leadership of Senate President Larry Obhof, Sens. John Eklund, and Kevin Bacon, this commonsense legislation will create a safer Ohio, reducing recidivism rates and ensuring that valuable taxpayer resources are focused on true threats to our communities.” “But our work is far from over. …