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  • Legislative Day 2-21-19 Columbus 1:00pm

    FEBRUARY 21, 2019 is Legislative Day in Columbus regarding reforming the Ohio Parole Board. This is hosted by Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry to promote their Proposal to legislators to INTRODUCE and PASS on a fair transparent parole process.

    This is Thursday February 21, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.
    Ohio Statehouse
    1 Capitol Square
    Columbus, Ohio 43215

    All those interested in changes being made to the way the Ohio Parole Board is operating should try their best to attend this meeting. Since Shirley A. Smith, former member of the Parole Board and former Senator, revealed how horrific they actually operate and all the things that need to be changed, it is important for as many people as possible to attend and show that there are many out here waiting for our loved ones to have a fair chance to be released from prison instead of continuously being flopped.They also need to allow an interpreter for those that do not understand English very well. They need to change guidelines so that the first thing they are told to look at is the inmates's prison record and accomplishments. The "nature of crime" should not be allowed to be a reason to keep them in prison as the inmates have already been judged and sentenced for the "nature of crime" by a Judge or Judge and Jury. They can change for the better and accomplish a lot while in prison to become productive members of society again. That's what they should look for.

    Video recordings should be recorded at every meeting and become available to the public for viewing. None of these meetings with the inmates should be private or secret. Everyone should be accountable to someone for their actions and what they say. A panel should be appointed to oversee the appointment of all members of the Ohio Parole Board and their term of office should be limIted to a certain time period - maybe three years. The Board should include people in the mental health field, criminal justice, a diversity to cover any type of problems these inmates may have.

    This is supposed to be a nation of “second chances” but there are very few that get that second chance. When an inmate was sentenced to so many years to life, i,e, 17 years to life, the Judge felt if they did good in prison for those 17 years then they should have a chance to be released. Of course the Board doesn’t look at it like that for some reason. The Parole Board is an appointed body and they have managed to become autonomous, which means: not controlled by others; not subject to control from outside; self-governing; independent without control by others; subject to its own laws only; having the power to make their own decisions; acting or able to act in accordance with rules and principles of one’s own choosing; their decisions are final and cannot be appealed to any court of law or changed by anyone – not even the President.

    The Parole Board was also designed as a way for incarcerated individuals to prove they have been rehabilitated, they are remorseful, and they are ready to be released back into society. They must also have an exemplary prison record while being incarcerated. There is a victim’s advocate at all of the Parole Board meetings which is good. Why is there not an inmate’s advocate to make sure that everything the inmates have accomplished to rehabilitate themselves is brought up and looked at first when the decision of possibly being released is being decided?

    It also costs a lot of money to take care of all the incarcerated inmates, the prisons are way overcrowded, they need to build more prisons which will cost even more. If the Parole Board would start releasing those that have lived up to their end of what they need to do to be released, then maybe the prisons wouldn’t be so overcrowded and maybe they wouldn’t have to build more prisons. Of course the prisons will lose the money that it took to take care of any released prisoners – but, which is worse - depends who you ask.

    We have to FIGHT FOR THE FREEDOM OF OUR INMATES THAT DESERVE TO BE RELEASED!!! THEY CAN'T DO IT SO WE HAVE TO DO OUR BEST TO ACCOMPLISH THIS FOR THEM!!! ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!!!

    Jerry and Nancy A
    Parents of an Ohio Inmate


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