OH Judges’ Errors Free Inmates With No Parole Supervision


More than 1,000 Ohio convicts scheduled to be released in the next 60 days may walk out of prison with no follow-up oversight because judges haven’t been imposing sentences correctly, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Statewide, thousands more offenders – some still behind bars, some already under supervision – may fall under a decision that says judges have to specify in the sentence if an offender would be supervised by the parole authority and for how long.

If the judges do not specify, their supervision requirements are not valid. “These offenders include felony one and felony two and violent felony three offenders as well as sex offenders who would certainly benefit from supervision in the community,” said Julie Walburn of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction “There is some concern about these offenders being in the community unsupervised.”

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