OJPC’s current #1 strategy is to “safely and substantially reduce the size and racial disparity of the state prison population.” Ohio currently incarcerates almost 51,000 men and women in 32 prisons designed, collectively, to hold about 38,000 people. The only way to significantly reduce this dangerous overcrowding is through sentencing reform that lowers the number of people sent to prison each year, and shortens the average length of stay. OJPC is helping Ohio policymakers find ways to do that, while preserving public safety. This can and must be done.
OJPC’s best avenue for achieving deep sentencing reform is the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee. Created in 2014 by the General Assembly, this committee is charged with reviewing and recommending changes to Ohio’s entire criminal code. We were honored to have our executive director, David Singleton, named to the committee. He is working hard to ensure that far-reaching reform comes out of this committee’s recommendations, due in September 2016. Check back to our website often for updates on this work.