Florida Gov. DeSantis Asks Supreme Court to Define ‘Completion of Sentence’ in Felon-Voting Dispute

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Florida Supreme Court to issue an advisory opinion on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before their voting rights are restored under Amendment 4, the November 2018 ballot measure approved by 64.5 percent of state voters.

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Kim Kardashian Steps in to Help Ohio Inmate Serving Life Sentence

  Kim Kardashian West is spreading the word about Kevin Keith, an Ohio inmate serving a life sentence at Marion Correctional Institution for a 1994 triple homicide. His supporters, however, believe he’s innocent and are in the process of creating a documentary to prove their case. “I heard about Kevin…

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Reclassifying Low-Level Drug Offenses Could Save Ohio Nearly $33 Million a Year

by Todd DeFeo   A bill to reclassify some low-level drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors aims to give Ohioans a chance at staying out of prison, but it could have the added benefit of saving the state money. Proponents of Senate Bill 3, which is pending before the Senate…

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Ohio House Considers Bipartisan Bill to Expand Access to Treatment in Lieu of Convictions

  The Ohio House is considering a bipartisan bill that would make it easier for non-violent offenders to receive treatment for drug addiction in lieu of a criminal conviction. The legislation, House Bill 1, was proposed May 21 as part of a package of bipartisan bills. “The goal is to…

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Ten Laws That Spell Major Changes for Ohio in 2019

In terms of legislation, 2018 may be considered one of Ohio’s most impactful years in recent history. From the approval of the first medicinal marijuana dispensary to new abortion limitations, 2019 will see a dramatic change for many Ohioans. Compiled below are ten of the most significant changes coming to the…

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Issue 1 May Be Dead But Lawmakers Have New Plan to Reform Ohio’s Drug-Sentencing Laws

Voters didn’t just reject Issue 1 in Tuesday’s election, they crushed it, with 63 percent voting against the ballot measure that sought to convert most drug-possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors, and remove the option of jail time from a judge’s list of sentencing options. But, according to a report in…

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