Here’s Governor Kasich during his State of State Address:

Republicans and Democrats have long favored sentencing reform. Oh, we didn’t get to this because we were afraid also. Forty-seven percent of our inmates sit in our state prisons for less than a year and they sometimes sit next to hardened criminals. It raises the recidivism rate, costs taxpayers a fortune. Again, to everyone who’s here, 47 percent of people are in that prison for less than a year and we’re sticking them in there next to somebody who’s been a hardened criminal, a murderer, or God knows what else. And then they get out and their lives in too many cases are ruined. It doesn’t even make any sense. And the reason we haven’t changed it is because of fear.

Well, Seitz, you didn’t work with me on the last bill, but you’re going to get some sentencing reform in this budget bill, and –(Applause)

And, Seitz, I have to tell you, if you whine or complain, I’m taking your name off this, okay? It’s wiped out.

But you know what? We need to restrain them in a setting — restrain them in a setting that makes sense. We’ve got to keep the public safe. But think about if we can keep them somewhere where we save money, reduce the recidivism rate and they can be rehabbed and go out and get a job.

Bill Seitz has pushed for two straight budgets for criminal sentencing reform that would, among other things, get rid of Ohio’s nonsensical disparity in treatment of powder cocaine and crack cocaine possession.  A disparity that results in harsher sentences overwhelmingly for African-Americans that has no rational basis to exist.

Well, today the House Republicans unveiled their substitute bill to the Governor’s budget.  Sentencing reform was totally removed.

Gone.

Gutted.

Will Governor Kasich push back?  Will the Senate?  Or is this just further payback to Bill Seitz for so vocally opposing Senate Bill 5?

Evangelize!
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  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Well if you privatize the prisons — the more inmates you have the more profit right ?
    so if theres no sentence reform–which would make some ( or more of them ) doing community service or doing house arrests instead of incarceration then the private companies will lose money.( thus Kasich and pals make no bucks)
    Sentence reform would save corrections lots of money allowing correction employees to keep their jobs.( but no profits involved here )
    Yes you are right — Bill Sietz once again using the common sense approach and
    thats something Kasich knows not a thing about.
    Just think if Kasich will do this to one of his own — then what will he do to you.

  • Guest

    Payback is a bitch and Prince John is the newest bitch.

  • buckeyekelly

    What’s Seitz’s address? I’d like to send him a formal invitation to join our party considering he has more sense than any of his breatheren.

  • buckeyekelly

    What’s Seitz’s address? I’d like to send him a formal invitation to join our party considering he has more sense than any of his breatheren.

  • Guest

    Right on BK. You are so enlightened. Me not so much. Props to you.

  • Guest

    Right on BK. You are so enlightened. Me not so much. Props to you.

  • Nifty Lawrence

    Even if removed from the budget, these reforms live on as House Bill 86 and Senate Bill 10. Both have been moving through their respective chambers.

  • http://twitter.com/cck0675 cck0675

    Have you seen this latest post related to Bill Seitz? Gotta love it.
    Seitz to Kasich: Tone down the ‘Dirty Harry’ bit | cincinnati.com http://bit.ly/mEeB2o #standupoh #p2 #weareohio #stateSOS #1u

  • Fred Davis

    Even the great Bill Seitz himself thinks your analysis is off:
    from the Enquirer…
    Suggested that Ohio House Republicans’ removal of prison reforms he has championed from the state budget bill could improve the sentencing changes’ prospect of passage. “There’s no reason for any Democrat to vote for the budget” and its deep spending cuts creating “so much pain on so many levels,” Seitz said. By being debated separately, the prison measure has a much better chance for bipartisan support, he said.

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