Second, it removes a judge’s discretion to order prison time for offenders who violate the rules of probation. If a judge orders an individual into drug treatment, the judge cannot enforce it. If an individual chooses to never go to treatment and to continue to use there will be no consequence.
Third, the amendment shortens prison sentences up to 25 percent except for murder, rape, and child molestation. Crimes eligible for early release include manslaughter, armed robbery, arson, burglary, kidnapping, felonious assault, vehicular homicide and endangering children.
Fourth, this proposed constitutional amendment is primarily funded by a few rich people in California and Washington, D.C. including Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros. Millions of dollars from out of state are being spent to change the Ohio Constitution by people who think they know better how to run Ohio than Ohioans.
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Fifth, if passed, Issue 1 will be a huge financial burden on our municipal courts. The courts in Fairborn and Xenia will be inundated with new misdemeanor drug prosecutions and no additional resources to handle the case load.
Sixth, the proponents of Issue 1 touted its potential to save the state money. However, a fiscal analysis by the Office of Budget and Management reports that Issue 1 could result in additional costs into the “tens of millions.”
As a community, we should always strive to do more to help those in need, but Issue 1 is not the way. It undermines the courts. It removes incentives for addicts to complete treatment. It puts our community at unnecessary risk. As your prosecutor, I’m telling you that Issue 1 is scary and absolutely wrong.
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