What you need to know about Ohio Politics and Policy
Rachel Coyle · June 14, 2021
Every day, as many as 12,000 Ohioans who have NOT been convicted of a crime sit in jail, simply because they can’t afford bail. This means they can’t work, pay bills, or take care of their kids.
At the same time, rich Ohioans accused of the SAME CRIME get to pay their way out and go home.
Thanks to two new bipartisan bills (HB 315 and SB 182), we finally have a chance to reform Ohio’s cruel cash bail system. But we need your help.
This week, SB 182 will have a proponent (supporter) hearing at the Statehouse. Wednesday, June 16th, at 3:00 PM, in the North Hearing Room.
Want to testify in support of this bill? Or submit written-only testimony? Follow this simple process:
HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY (in-person OR written-only):
If you’re submitting written-only testimony, that’s it! You’re done! You officially testified! If you’re testifying in-person, see below.
Chairman Manning, Vice Chair McColley, Ranking Member Thomas, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thank you for allowing me to testify today. My name is ________. I am [basic bio about yourself]. I am strongly in favor of SB 182, which would reform Ohio's [cruel / racist / expensive / etc.] cash bail system. [Then tell them why SB 182 is so important! Make it short and sweet - a few paragraphs is perfect. Tell a personal story. Or explain why your job experience gives you perspective on the bill. Maybe cite statistics or studies to back up your claims] I ask you to consider my testimony and vote YES on this [important / life-saving / cost saving / desperately needed / etc.] bill. Thank you again for the opportunity to testify. [IF TESTIFYING IN PERSON] I will now take any questions you may have.
AFTER YOU ARE FINISHED SPEAKING, legislators may ask you questions.
Questions? Email Rachel Coyle: Coyle@InnovationOhio.org
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