Ohio Legislation to Add Public Safety, More Cash Bail Passes Committee

A push to have Ohio judges consider public safety when setting bail took a step forward when the House Criminal Justice Committee advanced legislation supported by prosecutor and business groups across the state.

House Bill 607 adds the risk of public safety into bail consideration in direct response to an Ohio Supreme Court decision in Debuse v. McGuffey, a ruling that upheld an appellate court’s decision permitting the reduction of a murder suspect’s bail without considering community safety.

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Last Minute House Session Includes Re-Referral of Constitutional Carry

  Sunday’s last-minute House session focused on the quick passage of two budget extension bills. There was also a little-noticed re-referral of House Bill 178, the Constitutional Carry bill, to a new committee – Criminal Justice. The bill sponsors had no comment. Chris Dorr, director of Ohio Gun Owners, a…

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