- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The ACLU of Ohio and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center have released a report detailing recommendations for criminal justice reform in the state.

The recommendations include limiting mandatory minimum punishments; making rehabilitation a priority; and ticketing people accused of low-level, nonviolent offenses rather than automatically arresting them.

The report also recommends reducing court fees that it says trap offenders in a cycle of poverty; and eliminating post-release consequences, such as limits on where people can live.

The report also recommends creating a uniform, statewide system of community control, the system used as an alternative to incarceration.

At issue are efforts to streamline Ohio’s laws to ensure public safety while reducing the number of people sent to prison, especially for low-level crimes.

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