Ohio Measure Could Reduce Drug Crime Penalties and Impose Shorter Sentences
In this upcoming November election, Ohioans will be voting on whether or not penalties for non-violent drug crimes should be reduced and if current inmates can obtain shorter sentences.
Issue 1 would reduce the charges of possessing, purchasing, or using a multitude of drugs from felonies to misdemeanors for non-violent offenders. This issue would also enforce that jail time can't be imposed until the third offense. For those who are currently incarcerated, this measure could create an opportunity to partake in work, education, and rehabilitation programs to minimize their sentences. Murderers, rapists, and child molesters would not be included in this opportunity.
This controversial measure has many supporters as well as many opponents. Read more about this story on The Columbus Dispatch.