bail reform

COMMENTARY

We need cash bail reform to help fix the broken justice system in Ohio

BY: - July 27, 2021

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” I remember the first time I watched the Wizard of Oz. I was fascinated by the storytelling, mesmerized by the bright colors and exciting action, and terrified of “The Great and Powerful Oz.” That is until Toto, Dorothy’s adorable and fearless dog pulls back the curtain […]

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Bail reform could reduce disparities and save money

BY: - June 3, 2021

Last month, state Sens. Rob McColley and Steve Huffman introduced a bill to reform the bail system in Ohio. Ohio has already had some counties dip their toe in the bail reform water. Toledo’s Lucas County released twice as many defendants in 2015 in its first year using a new bail-setting system based on risk […]

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New fiscal impact analysis shows Ohio can save big with bail reform

BY: - September 18, 2020

On any given day in Ohio, as many as 12,000 people are held in jail pretrial. Most are jailed not because of what they’ve allegedly done, but because of what they don’t have. This is due to Ohio’s reliance on cash bail, which creates a two-tiered system of justice in which those with resources go […]

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Bail reform needs to be more than words on paper

BY: - December 19, 2019

The Supreme Court of Ohio is still in the process of amending Criminal Rule 46, the rule that governs bail-setting practices for all state courts in Ohio. This is a big deal, because through these changes, the Supreme Court of Ohio could choose to implement bail reform. Or, it could dodge the responsibility and allow the […]