History of Legislation

Ohio enacted legislation that repeals mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenders, requires first-time nonviolent offenders to be sent to community control, job training or treatment programs instead of prison, and allows for shorter sentences for low level trafficking and possession offenses. 

SB 143 allows counties to establish community alternative sentencing centers to serve as work-release detention centers for people sentenced to 90 days for a misdemeanor. Previously, only those sentenced to 30- or 60-day sentences were eligible, and counties were only authorized to plan for the creation of the centers.


   Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections Budget: $1.27 billion 

   Total Prison Cost per year: $1.32 billion 

   Avg Annual Inmate Cost: $25,814 

   State Population: 11.59 million people

   Prison Population: 50,899 people


How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:

April 5, 2017

New Ohio law designed to stop repeat drunk drivers goes into effect

As seen via NBC4i A new law — called Annie’s Law — designed to protect people from repeat drunk drivers took effect Tuesday. The new law increases penalties for first-time offenders and implements a new system to stop repeat offenders. It is named after Annie Rooney who was hit and killed by a repeat drunk driving offender… Read more »

March 7, 2017

Kasich Pleads With Judges To Soften Sentences

Originally seen in The Columbus Dispatch. With an opiod-addiction crisis on one end and over-packed state prisons on the other, Gov. John Kasich concedes that Ohio needs help from all quarters — including the state’s judges. Kasich addressed the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association on Wednesday night, calling on the jurists who handle felony cases… Read more »

March 7, 2017

The Resurrection of Ohio’s Justice Reinvestment Act

Originally seen in The Buckeye Institute. Justice Reinvestment may finally be coming to Ohio. On February 22, 2017, Senators John Eklund (R-Munson Township) and Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced policies that take a huge step towards fulfilling the promises of Ohio’s 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act known as House Bill 86.  House Bill 86 was designed to… Read more »

March 7, 2017

ACLU To Ohio Lawmakers: Hold Off On Crime Bills, Please

Originally seen in Dayton Daily News. While experts conduct a top-to-bottom review of Ohio’s criminal laws, legislators continue to push tough-on-crime bills that send more people to prisons and jails, the ACLU of Ohio said Thursday in a new report. Nearly one in 10 bills introduced in the General Assembly are designed to create new… Read more »