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Rep. Boggs testifies on Reagan Tokes Act to address shortfalls in the criminal justice system

April 15, 2021
Democratic Newsroom

State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today gave sponsor testimony before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee on House Bill (HB) 166, the Reagan Tokes Act, which addresses criminal sentencing and corrections. 

“The Reagan Tokes Act provides commonsense measures to support the rehabilitation of people on post-release control while keeping communities safe,” said Rep. Boggs. “Ohioans assume their tax dollars are already paying for these changes that are necessary to prevent any further senseless tragedies. It’s time to make this a reality.”

The Reagan Tokes Act would: 

  • Require GPS monitoring to specify restrictions, including inclusionary zones and necessary exclusionary zones;
  • Require the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) to establish a reentry program that ensures offenders won’t be released homeless;
  • Require the Adult Parole Authority to establish maximum workload and caseload standards for its parole and field officers and have enough trained officers to comply with the standards;
  • Require the State Criminal Sentencing Commission to appoint an Offender Supervision Study Committee to study and review all issues related to post release control monitoring;
  • Provide law enforcement with real time access to GPS information.

HB 166 now awaits further hearings in the House Criminal Justice Committee.