Issue 1, one of two statewide issues that Ohioans will vote on in the general election, was proposed in March after an Ohio Supreme Court opinion in January.
Toledo, Ohio — Problem 1 is one of two statewide problems facing Ohioans. vote in the general electionIf passed, judges will have to consider public safety along with other factors when setting bail.
The proposed constitutional amendment would Ohio Supreme Court Decision It was back in January after $1.5 million bail was set for a Cincinnati man accused of shooting a man during a robbery.
The court ruled that the bond was excessive and upheld the lower court’s decision to set the bond at $500,000.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost endorsed the issue because he was one of the key people who helped write Ohio’s first issue.
“It’s just common sense,” Yost said. “Judges are supposed to conduct trials, and one of the inclusions is fairness between public safety and the rights of the defendant.”
Senator Theresa Gavarone of R-Bowling Green is also in favor and helped draft the proposal with Yost in March.
“We need to ensure that judges are competent to determine the propensity of criminals to harm and make bail decisions based on what best protects society,” Gabarone said. said.
She said the law would force courts to consider public safety, the seriousness of the crime, and previous criminal records when setting bail.
pete van reel Policy matter, an organization that seeks to build a sustainable and inclusive economy, opposes this measure. He said those with access to large amounts of cash would have an unfair advantage.
“Courts now have the ability to hold someone without resorting to bail if they pose a danger to an individual or community,” Van Lier said.
He also said the amendment, if passed, would prolong the wealth-based attention system.
Emily Cole, Executive Director Ohio Families Unite for Political Action and Change An activist against police brutality and gun violence, she agrees with what she said she works for people who may not be able to afford excessive bail.
“Many of the people I have had the honor of working with are low-income, minority, black or brown Ohioans, and problem one is to them 100% It will have a disproportionate impact,” Cole said.
Cole said there are many other remedies available, so she’s against Problem 1. She doesn’t think it makes Ohioans safer.
But supporters like Yost said just because people are poor doesn’t mean they stay in prison.
“That’s what people want: a fair bail, a presumption of innocence, and protection for our community,” he said.
Voters will decide whether or not Number 1 passes. Early voting is underway for him on November 8th.
https://www.wtol.com/article/news/politics/elections/supporters-opponents-on-ohio-cash-bail-reform-issue-1/512-71f1ad4a-0446-4b5b-ab4b-2fdc0e8fcd0c Proponents, Opponents Debate Ohio Cash Bail Reform Based on Issue 1