Ohio appears ready to pass a requirement that judges consider a persons’ military service when deciding a sentence in a criminal case. Sub. S.B. 330, proposed by Senator Joe Schiavoni would apply to both misdemeanor and felony charges. “They have been through things that most of us haven’t,” Schiavoni said. “It’s so, so important we consider that before they get thrown into jail and their problems aren’t handled properly.” Schiavoni says the bill has bipartisan support from both legislators and judges.
Here is one version of the key language in the bill requiring consideration of military service at sentencing:
(F) The sentencing court shall consider the offender’s military service record and whether the offender has an emotional, mental, or physical condition that is traceable to the offender’s service in the armed forces of the United States and that was a contributing factor in the offender’s commission of the offense or offenses.
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