State Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) today introduced legislation to decrease recidivism rates while giving assistance to those struggling with substance abuse.
Senate Bill 15 directs the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to explore the creation of a substance abuse recovery prison to reduce relapse and provide prisoners the necessary tools for reentry.

“Drug addiction is a major factor in crime rates across Ohio and particularly in Appalachia”, said Senator Uecker. “Senate Bill 15 seeks to consolidate resources in order to provide better targeted care and successfully help those battling drug abuse as they re-enter into society.”

The department is required to then submit a report to the legislature by December 15, 2015 on how best to implement the prison. The legislation also directs the legislature to examine the expansion of a pilot program created in the last biennium budget that provides medication assisted rehabilitation services to decrease incarceration and support reentry.
Senator Uecker is the Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Corrections.  
Senate Bill 15 will now be referred to a committee for further consideration.

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