Ballot Issue 1 and Criminal Legal Reform - 9-26-18

<div class="content"><p><b>Ballot Issue 1</b>&nbsp;is a proposed state constitutional amendment that is sparking heated debate across Ohio.&nbsp; If passed by Ohio voters in November, the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment will:</p><ul><li>reclassify non-violent, low-level drug possession offenses from felonies to misdemeanors</li><li>eliminate imprisonment for technical probation violations</li><li>provide up to 25% reduction in prison time for participation in rehabilitation programs; and</li><li>invest money saved from reduced prison usage in expanded treatment programs.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Advocates describe Issue 1 as necessary to reduce the state’s incarceration rates.&nbsp; Opponents raise concerns about separation of powers issues and about risks of increased crime. Learn more about the issues and the community impact.</p></div>