Today, state Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) reintroduced the Reagan Tokes Act to change how Ohio monitors felons after they have been released from prison. The bill, which Senator O’Brien first introduced during the past General Assembly, is jointly sponsored by state Senator Nathan Manning (R-Ridgeville).
“Our bill reforms GPS monitoring procedures and post-release controls to ensure that the actions and movements of felons are monitored more closely after their release from prison,” said O’Brien. “This will decrease the chances that a heinous crime, like the one committed against Reagan Tokes, would happen again.”
Ms. Tokes was abducted, assaulted and murdered in Columbus in February 2017. The perpetrator had recently been released on parole from prison. Despite being monitored via a GPS ankle bracelet, he committed a string of crimes before Ms. Tokes’ murder.
The legislation requires the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) to create a reentry program for violent and dangerous felons who are released from prison and have been rejected by private reentry programs. It also requires ODRC to establish guidelines providing a maximum workload for parole officers and to establish so-called inclusionary and exclusionary restrictions, which are respectively locations where the offender must be and is not allowed to be during certain hours of the day. Finally, the bill allows parole officers to gain easier access to crime databases so that they can check whether any crimes were committed in the inclusionary and exclusionary zones of the offenders they are monitoring.
Last year, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 201, which made changes to felony sentencing laws following Ms. Tokes’ murder.