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Woman’s release from prison comes amid focus on sentencing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Early prison release for a woman following an outcry over disparate sentences has come amid a renewed push for a statewide sentencing database. A Cuyahoga County judge on Monday reduced Hopkins’ 18-month sentence for stealing $42,000 from a school district to 43 days in jail. The sentence of Hopkins, who is Black, was compared unfavorably to that of a former Cuyahoga County village clerk, who is white and was sentenced to probation for stealing nearly $240,000. The Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission is building a database meant to help judges reduce such disparities. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner, running to become chief justice, said Tuesday she’d make completing the database a priority if elected.

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