COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An eastern Ohio lawmaker is urging passage of his bill that would loosen state sentencing law to send more drug dealers to prison.
Democratic Rep. Nick Barborak (bar-boh-RAK') of Lisbon says the 2011 law ties the hands of judges in sentencing at a time when the state's heroin epidemic is worsening.
Barborak, the state Fraternal Order of Police and Democratic attorney general candidate David Pepper on Wednesday called for passage of the bill. It has bipartisan support and passed out of a House committee earlier this year.
The measure would remove a requirement that judges generally must sentence non-violent, first-time offenders to probation-like sentences instead of prison time.
Ohio's prison population remains high despite the 2011 law meant to reduce the number of people going to prison.