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This Jan. 8, 2001. file photo shows the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) in Youngstown, Ohio, the state's highest security prison.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

An Ohio State University analysis of state, county and federal data suggests racial disparities in criminal sentencing have declined. 

(from left to right) Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus), Sen. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) introduce bill to increase penalties for sexual imposition by a health care professional.
Andy Chow

Lawmakers say health care professionals are in a position of power, and should receive increased criminal penalties if they take advantage of that trust to commit sexual imposition.

Reagan Tokes
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The Ohio House passed the high-profile "Reagan Tokes Act" to reform criminal sentencing and strengthen probation monitoring. The bill is in response to the murder of the Ohio State University student last year.

Kari Bloom is a liaison officer for the Ohio Public Defender's office.
ANDY CHOW / Ohio Public Radio

A group hoping to reform criminal-sentencing laws is accusing legislators of relying on bills that create new penalties and extend sentences. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports on new findings from the ACLU.

Idea of “Overcriminalization” Analyzed as Lawmakers Tackle Sentencing Reform

May 28, 2015
Prison cell
Michael Coghlan

When leaders talk about reforming criminal sentencing, some begin to argue that it’s too easy for average Ohioans to break the laws. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on the topic of what’s been called “overcriminalization.”

Lawmakers Look for Ways to Reform Criminal Sentencing in Ohio

May 20, 2015
Ohio Supreme Court
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While much of the focus is still on the budget, Ohio lawmakers are working on many other issues they’d like to address before summer break. Some legislators are taking a serious look at reforming the state’s criminal sentencing structure.