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Proposal Would Grant Judges More Power To Choose Community Control Over Prison Time

Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, standing with co-sponsors of the bill Sen. Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) and Sen. John Eklund (R-Chardon)
Andy Chow
Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, standing with co-sponsors of the bill Sen. Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) and Sen. John Eklund (R-Chardon)

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling for a plan that they think will help reduce Ohio’s busting prison population. 

The bill would give judges more discretion when it comes to sentencing people who have committed fourth- and fifth-degree felonies. The plan would allow judges more flexibility on choosing community control over time behind bars.

Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, says steering people away from prison will have better long-term results.

“The community providers do a better job than we do in prison unfortunately we allow many people to become acclimated to others that are going to be criminally engaged for the rest of their lives,” said Mohr.

Community control can take all sorts of forms from a treatment facility to monitoring an offender from their own home.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.