I believe Ohio should provide opportunities for non-violent offenders struggling with mental illness and addiction to get help and become a productive member of society. House Bill 1 addresses this issue by expanding the use of interventions instead of convictions so these individuals can enter programs for treatment instead of jail and lengthy prison terms. I’m honored to sponsor this top priority, bipartisan legislation with state Rep. Paul Hicks-Hudson, D-Toledo.
Now more than ever, we need to increase public confidence in the professionalism and integrity of law enforcement. That’s why I’m proud to sponsor House Bill 277 with state Rep. Thomas West, D-Canton. This bipartisan legislation requires audio or audiovisual recordings of custodial interrogation for most major felonies in order to decrease the risk of wrongful convictions.
Most recently, I am planning on introducing legislation that that creates new protocols in several areas of law-enforcement, including hiring, use of force, and officer supervision. It’s vital that Ohio has the proper standards in place in order to get rid of bad officers. Increasing oversight for police certificates will improve community relations and grow public trust.
Today’s climate presents an opportunity for all of us to come together and discuss how we can make each Ohioan feel safe and protected. Elected officials like myself have the responsibility to make sure your voices are heard.
One piece of legislation can’t solve all of the issues we face today, but I am committed to getting these bills signed into law so we can begin seeing positive changes in Ohio’s criminal justice system.
State Rep. Phil Plummer, R-District 40, is the former Montgomery County Sheriff.
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