Ohio Issue 1, Bail Restrictions for Felons (1997)

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The Ohio Bail Restrictions for Felons Amendment, also known as Issue 1, was on the November 4, 1997 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] This amendment provides that a court may deny bail to a person charged with a felony offense where the proof is evident or the presumption great that the person committed the offense and that the person poses a substantial risk of serious physical danger to others.

Election results

Ohio Issue 1 (1997)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,168,949 72.96%
No803,65827.04%

Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

To amend section 9 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the state of Ohio

If adopted, this amendment shall take effect January 1, 1988
"To provide that a court may deny bail to a person who is charged with a felony offense where the proof is evident or the presumption great that the person committed the offense and the court also determines that the person poses a substantial risk of serious physical danger to others."
"To require the General Assembly to pass laws to establish standards to determine whether a person charges with a felony offense poses a substantial risk of serious physical danger to others."
"To provide that a court may at any time determine the type, amount, and conditions of bail where a person is charged with any offense for which the person may be incarcerated."
A majority yes vote is necessary for passage.
SHALL THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT BE ADOPTED? [4]

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