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Bill Makes Ohio Requirement Of Presentence Report Optional

A bill approved by the Ohio House to modify presentencing requirements is on its way to the Senate.

The Ohio House has approved a bill aimed at saving money and the amount of time some inmates spend in jail before sentencing.

The bill makes the preparation of a presentence report optional if both the prosecution and defense agree.

Co-sponsor Greta Johnson, an Akron Democrat, says preparing a report can cost up to $800 and take three to six weeks, during which time an offender is often still in jail.

 The bill passed by the House Tuesday and now headed to the Senate eliminates that requirement when an offender will be sentenced to some type of probation rather than prison time, though a judge can still order it.

The Ohio Supreme Court has called presentence investigations in felony cases not involving prison "excessive and unwarranted."