One of the stated missions of OACDL is to serve as a public policy resource for the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government, seeking to promote the formulation of sound criminal justice law-making and responsible law enforcement. To that end, OACDL is committed to an active role in pending criminal justice legislation and rules governing practice and procedure in the courts of Ohio.
Providing an independent, expert resource to Ohio criminal justice policy-makers and journalists covering criminal justice issues is an important OACDL function. Requests for information and advice on pending policy issues will receive a prompt and thorough response.
OACDL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
FULL AND FAIR DISCOVERY
FAIR TRIAL: Greater disclosure of pretrial evidence assures fairer trials and fewer false convictions.
COURT EFFICIENCY: Delays in pretrial disclosure of evidence is a major financial cost factor resulting from delays in the resolution of criminal cases.
JUDICIAL DISCRETION IN SENTENCING
NON-MANDATORY SENTENCES: Justice requires that judges be permitted to exercise discretion in determining what punishment fits the crime.
DNA EVIDENCE PRESERVATION: Standards should exist providing for the preservation of all evidence suitable for DNA testing.
RECORDED INTERROGATIONS: All custodial interrogations should be subject to mandatory videotape or audio recording.
RELIABLE LINE-UP IDENTIFICATIONS: Police must utilize procedures which assure reliable line-up and photo identifications of suspects.
Barry W. Wilford, Esq.
Sarah M. Schregardus, Esq.
OACDL Public Policy Chairs
492 City Park Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
OACDL Executive Director
2720 Airport Drive, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43219
Telephone: 614.418.1824 or 800.443.2626
The OACDL Executive Committee has taken a position on the following pending bills:
HB 469: (Johnson & Scherer) Annie's Law - OVI Interlock Device
Among other things, the law would require all those accused of OVI to obtain an Interlock Device. The Ohio Judicial Conference opposed this legislation.
HB 349: (Hackett) Destiny's Law - Sentencing Specification
The law would create a specification that would add 5 to 10 years of mandatory time to anyone convicted of a violent felony who causes serious permanent physical harm.
[OACDL opposed; testified against (Read Testimony Here); House Judiciary Committee approved 09/30/14]
HB 508: (Butler) Controlled Substance Aggravated Murder
This bill would create a new form of aggravated murder where anyone who provides a controlled substance to someone who subsequently dies, would be guilty of aggravated murder. This would be a strict liability offense. There would be no defense that the consumer voluntarily took the substance, and there would be no requirement that the controlled substance have been sold.
[OACDL opposed; testified against (Read Testimony Here); House Judiciary Committee approved 10/8/14]
HB 447 Testimony by OACDL Legislative Co-Chair, Sarah Schregardus. This bill greatly expands the right of the prosecutor to appeal, including interlocutory appeals.
HB 86 Testimony by OACDL Legislative Director, Barry Wilford.
SB 10: (Austria) Adam Walsh Implementation Act
(Introduced 2/20/07; effective 6/30/07)
Implements federal legislation regarding SORN laws for adult and juvenile offenders, and repeals much of Ohioâ€™s prior SORN legislation. Retroactive application for all offenders under SORN jurisdiction prior to the effective date.
[OACDL opposed; testimony given by Jay Macke]
SB 17: (Grendell) OVI
OVI offender w/ Single-prior w/in 6 yrs. is required to attend Driver Intervention Program in addition to all other sentencing mandates. In addition to forfeiture of operated vehicle, expands vehicle immobilization of all vehicles owned by the offender from 90 days to one year, and impoundment of all plates of offender-owned vehicles for same time period. Expands the 'hard suspension' (no occupational privileges) of single-prior offenders from 90 days to one year. Expands the 'wrongful entrustment' provision to remove the element of proof that the lender 'knew or had reasonable cause to believe' that the offender had no operating privileges or that his operation would constitute an OVI offense. Requires judge setting bail to a single-prior OVI offender to include conditions that defendant not consume alcohol and that they must wear a continuously monitoring alcohol detection device.
[OACDL opposes the hard suspensions and wrongful entrustment provisions]
SB 18: (Clancy) Expungement/ Importuning
(Introduced 2/20/07; effective 8/30/07)
Adds Importuning and other sex offenses committed against a juvenile-victim to non-expugnable offenses.
[OACDL opposed in original form. Bill amended based on OACDL testimony/ recommendation to limit reach of bill to offenses committed after the effective date of the legislation.]
SB 145: (Stivers) Fleeing police on foot
Enacts new felony offense of fleeing police by any non-vehicle means. Misdemeanor-2. If the underlying offense is a felony: F-4. If serious physical harm to persons or property caused or risked: F-3.
SB 183 (Shaffer) Importuning/Mandatory sentence
Adds Importuning to the list of mandatory sentence offenses, if the offender uses a telecommunications device.
SB 208 (Grendell) Repeat Offender Specification/Maximum Sentencing Presumption
Bill creates a new specification for an offender charged with any felony offense who has been convicted of 2 or more felonies in the past. Guilt of the offense and specification changes the felony sentencing ranges to:
F-1: 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 18 or 20 years
F-2: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 years
F-3: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 years
F-4: 12, 14, 16,18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36 months
F-5: 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 months
Also creates a sentencing presumption in favor of the longest sentence for any offender (except death/life or mandatory sentences) who has been previously convicted of a felony.
SB 228 (Stivers) 'Roberta's Law'
Strengthens the victim notice requirements for judicial release proceedings and Parole Board actions. Provides that Manslaughter committed with a sexual motivation is a sexually oriented offense (Tier III) for adults and juveniles. Amends the evidentiary provisions of the Open Full Board Parole hearings to allow the victims to be able to present a five minute video of the victim.
HB 130: (White/Yancy) DRC Omnibus Bill
Expansive legislation regarding DRC operations. Provisions include removing the 10 year cap on Judicial Release eligibility, and expanding transfer of inmates to other countries pursuant to U.S. treaties.
[OACDL supports these two provisions]