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The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a recommendation that tools used to measure offenders' likelihood of skipping out on court appearances after an arrest be made available to all judges as they make bond decisions.

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A split Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a state law that invalidates a Cleveland ordinance requiring public works construction projects to hire city residents for 20% of the work. If the construction projects didn’t meet that threshold, the city could cut their contract price by 2.5%. 

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Ohio’s courts would take significant steps away from cash bail under a set of recommendations offered by a state Supreme Court task force.

The podcast Serial has called new attention to the power that local judges wield over everything from license suspensions to prison sentences.

“Judges in America are really the only elected public officials that the public invests with the authority to take their property, their liberty and sometimes even their life,” retired Cleveland Municipal Judge Ronald Adrine said.

There are more than a dozen contested judicial races on Cuyahoga County ballots this November, from the state supreme court down to the court of common pleas.

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Voters in Ohio will see one statewide issue on the ballot. Supporters have said this constitutional amendment will steer non-violent drug offenders away from prison and into treatment. But opponents claim it will dismantle the work Ohio has already done to curb the opioid epidemic. 

Democratic Representative Stephanie Howse.
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As groupsassociations, and individual polticians around Ohio line up against a statewide ballot issue to cut jail time for some drug offenders, one group remains steadfast in their support.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
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A woman recovering from drug addiction is joining the Republican candidate for Ohio governor in fighting against a November ballot issue to reduce prison time for non-violent drug offenders.

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The top justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is speaking out on a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot, which would require low-level drug offenders be charged with misdemeanors, not felonies.

10:00 It's been 45 years since Ohio enacted comprehensive judicial reforms, and it might be time for a tune-up. In light of low voter turnout at judicial elections and even lower popular opinion of the courts, Chief Justice of Ohio Maureen O'Connor has unveiled a new plan to strengthen elections, and educate the electorate. This hour, we'll get the details of her new proposal. Guests