By AMY GAREIS    News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – The implementation of Ohio House Bill 86 was designed to help reduce overcrowding within the state prison system, but officials are finding problems trickling down to the local level.

An Ohio bill designed to reduce overcrowding in state prisons is causing a trickle-down effect of problems on the local level. Law enforcement and judicial leaders say low-level felony cases such as theft, DUI and drug trafficking cannot be sentenced to prison unless Community-based control sanctions, formerly known as probation, is not available. That leaves many offenders to reside in county jails with locals bearing a brunt of the cost. The change impacts first-time offenders and those who have not committed a misdemeanor violent offense within two years.

Details of HB 86 and its impact on the county can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

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