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Counties Need Money from State to House Low-Level Offenders

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Governor John Kasich’s plan to cut the state prison budget and keep low-level offenders out of the system has been hailed by officials. However, the plan would result in an influx of offenders at halfway houses and treatment facilities, which need more state money.

Ohio spends nearly $2 billion a year to house more than 50,000 prisoners.

Gov. Kasich’s proposal, which was adopted by the Ohio House and is under consideration by the Ohio Senate, would allow first-time, nonviolent offenders to serve a sentence in a local facility or on supervised probation.

The proposal also calls for the release of nonviolent prisoners who have served at least 85% of their sentences. Those released would then be monitored by local officials.

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