On June 29, 2011, 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.

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:

November 18, 2013

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Prison Reform Bill

As federal prison and detention costs continue to skyrocket, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) are pushing legislation that would help lower costs and reduce recidivism.  The Senators recently introduced the Recidivism Reduction & Public Safety Act of 2013 (S. 1675), which would allow inmates to earn sentence-reduction credit for completing programming… Read more »

October 26, 2013

Prison Population, Costs Rise Despite Reforms

Two years ago, Ohio legislators and state officials thought they had finally figured out how to reverse the tide of costly incarcerations in the overcrowded state prisons with the passage of the landmark sentencing reforms in House Bill 86. Read more