Ohio Alcohol and Crime Briefs

September 2011

  • The Governor signed a comprehensive reform package (HB 86) based on recommendations from a report created by the Council of State Governments. Significantly, the new law diverts first time property and drug offenders to probation (with treatment where appropriate), requires community corrections officials to use evidence-based practices, standardizes the use of risk assessment tools, and establishes statewide standards for supervision. Legislators set a goal of reducing recidivism by 10%. The law is expected to avoid approximately $500 million in prison construction and operating costs and save $78 million in correctional spending by 2015, a portion of which will be reinvested in community corrections.

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