Sen. Kevin Bacon (left) introduces the Reagan Tokes Act joined by Sen. Sean O'Brien (right), Rep. Jim Hughes (second from right) and parents of Reagan, Toby and Lisa Tokes, at the Ohio Statehouse.
COLUMBUS - State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) joined state lawmakers today to introduce Senate Bill 201 and Senate Bill 202, the Reagan Tokes Act. This legislation makes various changes to Ohio’s criminal justice system in response to Ohio State student, Reagan Tokes, being kidnapped, raped and murdered in February of this year.

“We learned from this tragic situation that changes are needed in our sentencing and electronic monitoring of violent offenders,” said Senator Bacon.

In addition, a companion bill to Senate Bill 201 and Senate Bill 202, House Bill 365, was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives by State Representatives Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus).
The first component of the Reagan Tokes Act, Senate Bill 201, allows the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction greater discretion to release or retain offenders based on their track record in prison and threat to society at large, while incentivizing offenders to engage in programming and good behavior while in prison in order to be released sooner.

”If you cannot be reformed or choose not to be reformed, you will serve a longer sentence for your crime,” said Bacon.

This bill adopts one of the recommendations of the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee which specifies that first, second and violent third degree felony offenders shall be sentenced to an indefinite sentence.

Second, Senate Bill 202 makes changes to Ohio law governing electronic monitoring and requires the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to bolster the current system of electronic monitoring of former prison inmates convicted of violent crimes after release into society.

“The murder of Reagan Tokes is a tragedy that could have been prevented, had we had the proper procedures in place prior to her suspected murderer’s release from prison,” said Senator O’Brien, who joint-sponsored this legislation. “I place great importance on ensuring that offenders do not offend again once they are released - as happened in the case of Reagan Tokes - so I was happy to join Senator Bacon in sponsoring these important pieces of legislation.”

Senate Bills 201 and 202 as well as House Bill 365 will be referred to standing committees in their respective legislative chambers for further consideration. 
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