On Wednesday, Ohio House has approved a bill that would overhaul some inefficient aspects of the state’s criminal justice system. The bill was approved by a 96-2 vote.
The bill would give inmates the chance to earn reduced sentences through completion of rehabilitation programs and would allow nonviolent offenders to serve time in community based centers instead of state prisons.
Further, the bill would eliminate sentencing disparities for convictions involving cocaine and crack. It would also require probation officers be trained in accordance with statewide standards.
Analysts predict the legislation could save taxpayers $78 million a year.
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