COLUMBUS– State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp.) this week reintroduced the Reagan Tokes Act which modifies the corrections law, including reentry and GPS monitoring. This legislation was named for the Ohio State University student, Reagan Tokes, who was kidnapped, raped, and killed in 2017 by a recently paroled man who was not being closely monitored by his parole officer or his GPS tracker.
“Reagan would still be alive today if the policies in our bill were in place,” said Rep. Boggs. “No one should lose their life because of inadequate staffing issues or shortfalls in the way Ohio monitors parolees with GPS tracking. It is my hope this bill will be passed immediately to prevent any further tragedies.”
“Ohio clearly needs to better manage the re-entry of dangerous individuals into society,” remarked Rep. Carfagna. “In addition to providing law enforcement with real-time access to GPS information, it’s also crucial that we ensure parole officer workloads are reasonable and allow for the proper levels of monitoring.”
This legislation would:
Require the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) to establish guidelines providing a maximum workload for parole officer cases;
Require DRC to create and recommend a reentry program for violent and dangerous felons being released from DRC that are rejected from private reentry programs;
Require every GPS monitor assigned to an offender released from prison to have an inclusionary restriction;
Provide that law enforcement will have real time access to GPS information without having to request a subpoena to obtain the necessary information to investigate criminal activity.
The bill now awaits further hearings in the House Criminal Justice Committee.