Criminal Justice Legislation

HB 457 – Electronic Monitoring Fees (2011-2012)

Link to Bill:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_457
Status:
Failed
Summary:

This bill will authorize a sheriff whose office is electronically monitoring a youth or adult offender to charge the offender a fee for the monitoring.

Primary Sponsors:
Committee:
Judiciary and Ethics (H)
LSC Legislation Status:
http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0457?OpenDocument
Jurisdiction/Legislation Level:
State
Our take on this bill:

The ACLU of Ohio opposes efforts like HB 457 that have offenders billed for serving their sentences. Individuals who have found themselves in the justice system are largely vulnerable, often facing tremendous obstacles in finding, securing, and maintaining employment. HB 457 adds the additional burden of a daily fee for electronic monitoring for both children and adults, creating further barriers to successful re-entry back into society.