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Fewer Ohio inmates, but judges want law fixed

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By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
AP Legal Affairs Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A law that has helped Ohio reduce its inmate population is being criticized as too restrictive by judges seeking more leeway in sentencing.

The state prisons agency says the inmate population has remained under 50,000 since January, levels not seen since 2007.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction also says the law, enacted a year ago Sunday, has reduced the number of people incarcerated for low-level offenses such as drug possession and failure to pay child support.

Prisons director Gary Mohr says more remains to be done, including boosting the number of inmates earning credit for good behavior.

And records show that at least 22 judges have asked the prisons system for helping finding a place for inmates who under the old law would have gone to prison.

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