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Vivitrol, a relapse prevention drug.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed a bill giving courts options to divert those charged with drug crimes away from prison and into treatment programs. It now goes on to the Senate, which also has a drug crimes sentencing reform measure of its own.

Lawmakers want to require law enforcement to record interrogations with suspects accused of murder and sexual assault. Backers say this could help avoid wrongful convictions and add support for investigators. 

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

One of the most controversial bills moving through the Ohio Statehouse is the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill. Pro-gun groups support the legislation, which removes the requirement to try and retreat before taking lethal action.

Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

Lawmakers in the Ohio General Assembly are landing on different sides of a debate over the criminal records of human trafficking victims. The question? What measures the state should take to conceal, and even wipe, out those records.

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An outspoken critic of the death penalty says — though yesterday’s lethal injection of Ronald Phillips was problem-free -- he worries that won’t be the case with the more than two-dozen executions scheduled over the next three years.

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.