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NASW Ohio endorses "yes" vote on Issue 1 in Ohio.

Friday, October 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
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On November 6th, Ohio voters will decide on Issue 1, a major criminal justice reform that would reshape how criminal charges related to drug possession are handled in Ohio, shifting investment from incarceration toward treatment. Read a summary of NASW Ohio’s position on Issue 1 at


If you still have questions, check out this video where NASW Ohio staff and Stephen JohnsonGrove with the Issue 1 campaign outline the proposal. See below for a summary of the questions asked, and where in the video you can find the answers.

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You can find the full text of the amendment, with a helpful summary at this link.
For further questions, or to get involved with the campaign email NASW Ohio's Practice Associate Colleen Dempsey at


  • Topic: Allocation of funding including the evaluation of programs, grant process, etc.

Start: 9:36 and again at 18:45

  • Topic: Infrastructure to support the needs of those incarcerated who will be eligible to petition for a retroactively reduced charge, and the needs of those leaving incarceration.

Start: 13:43

  • Topic: Origins of the amendment including who helped craft the language and the funding sources. and the credentials of the speaker.

Start: 20:39 and again at 38:38

  • Topic: The impact that Issue 1’s passage would have on drug courts and the necessity of the “stick” of a felony conviction to compel participants into treatment.

Start: 24:09

  • Topic: The impact of Issue 1 on the safety of victims of domestic violence and stalking. Will the amendment inappropriately limit the ability of courts to sanction offenders who violate stay away orders or safety-related terms of probation?

Start: 26:58

  • Topic: Fentanyl possession and Issue 1’s impact on trafficking charges.

Start: 30:39

  • Topic: Earned credit during incarceration- how Issue 1 could impact the use of recovery and rehabilitative programs within jails and prisons.

Start: 34:36

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