Reagan Tokes Act a Positive Step for Criminal Justice Reform

Sep 27, 2017

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Daniel J. Dew made the following comments regarding the Reagan Tokes Act, which was unveiled today by State Representatives Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), and State Senators Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) and Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta). The act would move away from determinate sentencing and move toward indeterminate sentencing for certain offenses.

“Incentives matter, and the Regan Tokes Act takes a step in the right direction in keeping dangerous criminals in prison longer and incentivizing inmates to get the rehabilitation and training necessary to become contributing members of society upon release,” said Daniel J. Dew, legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center and an expert in criminal justice reform. “Ninety-seven percent of all offenders sent to prison will re-enter our communities someday, and indeterminate sentencing incentivizes rehabilitation which will help keep our communities safer.”