A new report on changes to Ohio sentencing laws says reform efforts may have saved 500 million dollars over several years but more is needed to reduce the state's prison population.
The joint report was produced by the Alliance for Safety and Justice, the Koch brothers' advocacy group Americans for Prosperity and the Buckeye Institute. The report says changes were meant to drop the inmate population to 47 thousand 500, but instead it stands at just over 49 thousand. The report says lawmakers should change simple drug possession to a misdemeanor offense and reduce the number of people incarcerated for minor violations of probation. The report also says the state must do more to help ex-offenders, such as sealing records and offering rehabilitation programs.