With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.
Ohio has over 50,000 individuals incarcerated in its 32 state prisons, with these prisons currently being 30% over their capacity. Realizing the need to remedy this situation, the General Assembly created the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee to reform the penalties for certain crimes and seek ways to reduce the state’s prison population. 2017 presents an opportunity for the Ohio legislature to implement these changes.
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Prison Fellowship’s victories include contributing to the passage of House Bill 86 in 2011, which sought to achieve proportional punishment and create a constructive culture within the state’s justice system by reforming penalties for certain drug and property crimes and increasing the incentives provided for positive change during incarceration.
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