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House Bill 86 - Sentencing Reform
What has become known simply as House Bill (HB) 86 is a multi-faceted reform of many aspects of the criminal justice system that became law on September 30, 2011. A major focus of the legislation is sentencing reform.

As originally conceived, HB 86 was designed to reduce recidivism by increasing rehabilitative treatment, improving education and teaching employment skills to low-level, non-violent offenders.

By emphasizing rehabilitation over punishment, the legislation attempts to advance societal understanding of treatment and prevention.

Through changes in sentencing for low-level, non-violent crimes, the changes are meant to divert criminals away from the prison system and into programs that are designed to integrate them as productive citizens.

The major provisions of HB 86 that relate to reentry can be found here.

You can find the complete legislation here.

Federal Legislation Information

The Ohio Fair Hiring Act

Senate Bill 88 (pending legislation)
TAX CREDITS (Tavares, C.) To create a tax credit for the employment of individuals who have been convicted of criminal offenses. Am. 5726.98, 5747.98, and 5751.98 and to enact sections 5726.58, 5747.391, and 5751.55

Senate Bill 337 - Sealing of Records and Collateral Sanctions Reform
  • Establishes the Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) to provide relief from certain bars on employment and occupational licensing
  • Expands eligibility for sealing criminal records to include a person who has: 
    • not more than one felony conviction, or
    • not more than two misdemeanor convictions if the convictions are not of the same offense, or
    • not more than one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction
  • Adds a member to the Ex-offender Reentry Coalition who must be an ex-offender appointed by the Director of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Makes many changes to procedures in the juvenile justice system
  • Modifies child support calculations for incarcerated individuals
A detailed summary of SB 337 can be found here.

The complete bill can be found here.