Overview of Offenders Serving One Year or Less (Drawn from Intake 2008 Sample)
Group: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Ohio has a sentencing structure that allows judges to sentence felons to the prison system for terms as short as six months, and there are sentences at the Felony 5, 4, and 3 levels that can be one year or less. Given that most offenders spend at least a few days in jail, and that time is reduced from the time to be spent in prison, this means almost all sentences of one year or less will spend less than 12 months in prison. As will be noted below, under half of those sent to prison will spend less than 12 months in prison, and many will spend only a few months. In recent years the percentage of short term offenders has been even higher. This pattern allows Ohio to reserve most of its prison capacity for more serious offenders, who typically spend many years in prison.
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