On this episode of Broad & High, Terry Allen’s Deer Sculptures, Jim Arter’s Life Within Art, Artist Profile: Mike Elsass, and The Heart Gallery. They’re just two deer, lounging on the banks of the Scioto River watching the world go by.
Lancaster Jail Overcrowded, Fails To Meet State Standards
The most recent state inspection reports show the Fairfield County jail system often holds twice its maximum number of inmates and doesn’t meet minimum standards.
Overcrowding is the primary reason the Fairfield County jail hasn’t passed a state inspection in 25 years. The newspaper says the problem worsens as more people are sent to jail instead of prison under changes in state sentencing laws.
Sheriff Dave Phalen says the three jail buildings in Lancaster should hold up to 133 inmates but regularly hold about double that number.
Phalen says he expects the county will continue violating standards until it creates a new jail, which has been discussed for years.
Local officials are considering using casino-revenue payments to the county to help fund a jail.