drug crime

The Ohio House in voting session on Wednesday.
Karen Kasler

The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed a bill giving courts options to divert those charged with drug crimes away from prison and into treatment programs. It now goes on to the Senate, which also has a drug crimes sentencing reform measure of its own.

Karen Kasler

The panel that decides the wording of statewide ballot issues has agreed on the language for the only one voters will see this fall.  It’s a resolution to a dispute over Issue 1, which supporters say will prioritize treatment over prison for drug offenders, but opponents say will make communities more dangerous.

Jo Ingles

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would release low-level drug offenders from jail and direct money to treatment instead have cleared one hurdle.