Lawmaker says sentencing discretion should be returned to judges

TIFFANY L. PARKS | Daily Reporter
Published: 08/30/2013

A Lisbon lawmaker is stumping for a bill that would eliminate the special sentencing mechanism that applies for most fourth and fifth-degree felonies and generally provides for a community control sanction for such offenses.

House Bill 251, which was introduced into the Ohio General Assembly last week, is designed to restore discretion for judges to determine whether fourth or fifth-degree felony offenders should be sentenced to prison.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Nick Barborak, a Democrat.

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