A bill prompted by the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 21-year-old Ohio State University senior was approved by Gov. John Kasich today, allowing for better monitoring once inmates are released.
The Reagan Tokes Act brings back indefinite prison terms for first or second-degree felonies, according to the legislation signed by Kasich.
“This legislation is the first step to make Ohio safer by ensuring that the most violent offenders who have demonstrated while in prison that they continue to pose a danger to society, are not automatically released back into our neighborhoods,” State Rep. Kristin Boggs has said in a written statement.
It also allows the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, with approval of the sentencing court, to reduce the minimum term for exceptional conduct or adjustment to incarceration and allows the corrections to keep offenders in prison up to the maximum term if it makes certain findings.
The legislature is expected to consider another part of the Reagan Tokes Act in 2019, which proposes the state come up with a way to keep closer tabs on parolees, improve GPS monitoring and hire more parole officers.
In March, Brian Golsby was found guilty four counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, one count of kidnapping, one count of rape, one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence.
Golsby kidnapped Tokes after she left a restaurant in the Short North where she worked.
Prosecutors say he forced Tokes to withdraw money from an ATM, raped her and then shot and killed her at Scioto Grove Metro Park.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.