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HPIO resource page informs voters on ballot issue

HPIO has created an online resource page on Issue 1, a statewide ballot initiative that will be decided by voters in the Nov. 8 general election.
Issue 1, if passed, would add language to the Ohio Constitution requiring Ohio courts to consider public safety when setting bail amounts, including the seriousness of the offense, a person’s criminal record, the likelihood a person will return to court and any other factor that the Ohio General Assembly may prescribe. It would also remove the requirement that the procedures for establishing the amount and conditions of bail be determined by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Since voters are policymakers in the case of a ballot initiative, HPIO created the resource page to make information on Ohio Issue 1 easily accessible. The resource page includes background on the initiative, information on the connections between criminal justice and health, research and analysis of Issue 1 and media coverage of the issue. The page also includes position statements from both proponents and opponents of the initiative.
HPIO’s recently released policy brief “Connections between Criminal Justice and Health: Pretrial Incarceration and the Bail System” includes research that indicates that money bail negatively affects the health, safety and well-being of incarcerated people, their families and their communities. Poor jail conditions, such as overcrowding, lack of sanitation and inadequate nutrition, contribute to poor health among people in jail, and pretrial incarceration exposes more people to these effects.