Does the state have mandatory minimum sentences? Yes. Click here to see the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission's list of drug sentencing laws, including mandatory minimums, current as of 2007.
Does the state have a sentencing commission? Yes, the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission.
Does the state have sentencing guidelines? Yes. Ohio’s sentencing guidelines are statutory and have been codifed at Chapter 2929 of Title 29 of the Ohio Revised Code. Click here to read them. You can also read the Sentencing Commission's Felony Sentencing Table and Felony Sentencing Quick Guide to get a better sense of how Ohio's sentencing system works.
If yes, are the sentencing guidelines voluntary/advisory or mandatory? Voluntary/advisory.
Does the state have drug courts? Yes. Click here to learn more.
Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Reducing Spending on Corrections and Reinvesting in Strategies to Increase Public Safety (2009, The Council of State Governments)
Governor John Kasich
Ohio Department of Corrections
Ohio Parole Board
Ohio Executive Clemency (pardons and commutations): Handled by the Ohio Parole Board.
Ohio General Assembly (state legislature)
Ohio Court System
Ohio Drug Courts
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Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in the State
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