Ohio Lawmakers: End the Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline


The Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline is the practice of introducing and/or passing bills to create new crimes, enhance existing penalties, and expand current laws that result in more people going to prison or jail.

Our new report shows that from January 2019 to December 2020, 1,194 bills were introduced in the Ohio General Assembly. Of those, 112 or 9.4% are what we consider “Prison Pipeline” bills. That is nearly 1 out of every 10. It’s time to send a clear message to Ohio lawmakers that we cannot incarcerate our way out of every issue. They must stop contributing to this problem with a never-ending pipeline of bills.

Take action! Send a message to your State Representative and State Senator urging them to:

  1. Stop introducing bills that create new crimes or place additional penalties into state law.
  2. Instruct caucuses not to advance legislation already introduced that creates new crimes or criminal penalties.

Message Recipients:
Your State Senator
Your State Representative

Take Action - End Ohio's Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline
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Dear Ohio officials,

I urge you to acknowledge the existence of the Statehouse-To-Prison Pipeline and do your part to end it.

Support criminal justice reform by ending the Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline.


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