A new report from conservative think tank The Buckeye Institute says bail reform could save Ohio about $67 million in jail costs.
The group has joined other associations from across the political spectrum in calling for a new way of assessing bail, basing it off of a person’s risk to society.
The Buckeye Institute’s Daniel Dew says a person should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
“Being held pre-trial is an exception to that and it should only be done when a person poses a risk to the community or a judge finds that the person likely won’t come back for court but that should be the exception not the rule,” Dew says.
A bill to change the bail system is pending in the Ohio House.