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To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs

Ohio Ballot Measure - Issue 1

Election: Nov. 6, 2018 (General)

Outcome: Failed

Categories:

Criminal Justice
Drugs

Summary


If adopted, the amendment would:
-Require sentence reductions of incarcerated individuals, except individuals incarcerated for murder, rape, or child molestation, by up to 25% if the individual participates in rehabilitative, work, or educational programming.
-Mandate that criminal offenses of obtaining, possessing, or using any drug such as fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and other controlled substances cannot be classified as a felony, but only a misdemeanor.
-Prohibit jail time as a sentence for obtaining, possessing, or using such drugs until an individual's third offense within 24 months.
-Allow an individual convicted of obtaining, possessing, or using any such drug prior to the effective date of the amendment to ask a court to reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor, regardless of whether the individual has completed the sentence.
-Require any available funding, based on projected savings, to be applied to state-administered rehabilitation programs and crime victim funds.
-Require a graduated series of responses, such as community service, drug treatment, or jail time, for minor, non-criminal probation violations.

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