The ACLU of Ohio sent a letter to Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, in response to his public solicitation for thoughts and ideas regarding sentencing and criminal justice reform in Ohio.

"To the extent any of these plans, legislation, or additional input from other stakeholders improves Ohio's criminal justice system the ACLU of Ohio will be at least generally supportive. All reform is welcome reform, and we sincerely appreciate your desire to further improve a system with significant challenges and needed changes at all levels.

That said, the ACLU of Ohio encourages the Ohio General Assembly to think big. Ohio's prisons have been overcrowded for decades. Reform bills passed over the last several years have not resulted in meaningful reductions in prison numbers."

Read the full letter sent to Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof. (Opens a .pdf)

The two reports referenced in, and sent with, the letter to President Obhof:

  • Blueprint for Smart Justice Ohio (September 2018)
  • Looking Forward: A Comprehensive Plan for Criminal Justice Reform in Ohio (March 2016)