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Justice: Ohio judges must help shrink prisons

Published: Thu, September 12, 2013 @ 1:48 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Judges have an important role to play in reducing the number of people behind bars in Ohio, because judges are “part of the problem,” the state’s top judge said Thursday.

Some of the proposals in a 2011 law meant to reduce prison overcrowding have not been as successful as hoped for, requiring more work, Maureen O’Connor, chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, said in a speech.

Any attempt at reducing the number of offenders entering prison is directly tied to sentencing, Justice O’Connor said.

“We as judges must be part of the solution because we are certainly part of the problem,” she said. “We cannot take an attitude of out of sight, out of mind once offenders leave the courtroom.”

Justice O’Connor said she is working with the head of Ohio’s prison system to find ways to lower the number of prisoners.


1Roger_Thornhill(1063 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

She is tiring.

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Hope it means more death sentencing.
Best way I know how to lower the number of prisoners.

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3redeye1(5609 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This woman has to be a liberal . I guess the best thing to do is not send anyone to prison for about 20 yrs. or until the present prison starts to die off. As a cell becomes available we can send someone in to fill it. That would appease all liberals I guess. But I must say I do agree with her on one point and that is, the judges are part of the problem. they reduce charges or plea bargain sentences for someone.

Freeatlast is right, Fry a few more everyday until the cells become empty

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