November 4, 2011
Criminal/Juvenile Sentencing Law Reviewed
Judges and lawyers across the state are studying how Ohio House Bill 86 changes the way they issue sentences in criminal cases and are learning about the new law through training seminars.
House Bill 86 went into effect on Sept. 30, and the changes in criminal sentencing laws include shorter prison terms to reduce prison overcrowding, an increase in the threshold for felony theft from $500 to $1,000, and a thorough review of all parole-eligible inmates who are 65 years or older and have already had at least one parole hearing.
Those in the judicial branch are going to courses and webinar sessions on Dec. 1 during a Judicial College course in Columbus.