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Repeat Offenders in Ohio

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Theodore Decker and Alan Johnson report in the Columbus Dispatch:

Backed by a new study showing that a small group of repeat violent offenders is responsible for a third of all violent-crime convictions, Attorney General Mike DeWine will propose legislation to keep such felons behind bars much longer.
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The study was done at DeWine's request by Deanna L. Wilkinson, an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Ohio State University. Wilkinson tapped crime statistics from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation database and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for 1974 to 2010.

She found that 230,288 people, or 2.62 percent of all Ohioans, were charged with violent felony offenses in Ohio over 36 years.

People convicted of three or more violent offenses accounted for less than 1 percent of the population but 33 percent of all violent-crime convictions over nearly four decades, Wilkinson's study found.

It will be interesting to see what kind of "three strikes" law DeWine comes up with based on research.  Regrettably, California's three strikes law had to be rammed through in the wake of a horrific crime.  That's all you can do when your legislature is run by the thug-huggers.

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Good for Mike DeWine. He will likely save a lot of lives with that approach.

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