Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

OSJCL Amici Board of Advisors

OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Inmates may get 'earned credit'

As part of Gov. Strickland’s budget plan, prisoners will be able to earn credits to reduce their jail sentence, thereby reducing the prison population. The prison population is currently 32 percent over designed capacity. Rather than awarding credit for trouble-free behavior as under the old plan, the new plan would subtract seven days a month from the sentences of inmates who are actively involved in education, vocational and treatment programs. The plan is projected to reduce the prison population by 2,644 beds and save $11.4 million annually.



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