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Bail Reform Town Hall Scheduled in Portsmouth

Bail Reform Town Hall Scheduled in Portsmouth

Community Will Discuss the Need for Reform and Review Introduced Bipartisan Legislation

(Portsmouth, OH) - Community members, faith leaders, and allied partners will present a town hall to discuss Ohio’s current bail reform policies and two proposed bipartisan bills that would enact reform.

“All Ohioans deserve to be treated fairly in the criminal legal system,” said Lewis Wright, an Organizer with River Valley Organizing. “Ohio’s pretrial system needs to be fixed so that our freedom isn’t dependent on how much money we have or our ability to pay cash bail.”

The town hall will be held on December 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 610 4th St, Portsmouth. The event will also be able to be watched virtually. The virtual event details will be announced at a later date at rivervalleyorganizing.org.

The event’s speakers will discuss their personal experiences with the pretrial system and how Ohio has an opportunity to end unfair wealth-based detention thanks to bipartisan bail reform bills Senate Bill 182/House Bill 315. 

“Together, we can use our voices to ensure money doesn’t determine our freedom or case outcomes,” said Wright.

ACLU Ohio, Faith in Public Life, and River Valley Organizing will host the event. For event updates, visit River Valley Organizing’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/RiverValleyOrganizing. To learn more about Ohio’s pretrial system, visit ohbailreform.com