Reagan Tokes Act gets a second chance at Ohio state capitol building

This comes more than two years after the Ohio State student was found murdered off campus.

Reagan Tokes Act gets a second chance at Ohio state capitol building

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Reagan Tokes Act is now getting a second chance at the state capitol, more than two years after the Ohio State University student was found murdered off campus.

Tokes was just three months away from graduating at Ohio State.

She was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a man on parole wearing a GPS monitor.

Brian Golsby is now serving multiple life sentences for Tokes’ death.

Reagan Tokes was murdered in Columbus in 2017.
Reagan Tokes was murdered in Columbus in 2017. (Source: The Tokes family.)

Since then, several state lawmakers have been fighting to change the law, and so has her family.

The Reagan Tokes Act focuses on changing Ohio’s criminal justice system.

Part of it became law last December, changing how violent offenders are sentenced to prison.

Judges can sentence felons to a range of years instead of a set term.

A new bill reintroduced the second part of the Reagan Tokes Act, dealing with life after prison for convicted felons.

It would increase GPS monitoring, allowing law enforcement to access offenders' locations in real time in the case of a crime.

It would also reduce caseload burdens on parole officers, and require the corrections department create a re-entry program for violent offenders who are not accepted at places like halfway houses.

There is a change in this bill from before.

It would use the LEADS criminal background check system already in use by police instead of creating a new database for GPS monitoring.

The bipartisan bill was introduced last week by Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and Sen. Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville).

Tokes’ family started the Reagan Delaney Tokes Memorial Foundation to fund two annual scholarships at Ohio State in their daughter’s name.

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