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Jail Hostage Situation Resolved Without Injuries

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Officials say the inmates grabbed and handcuffed the officer Wednesday afternoon at the Trumbull County Jail in Warren and held him for several hours.
7:24AM
April 24, 2014

A correction officer taken hostage by three inmates at a northeast Ohio county jail has been released unharmed, and the inmates have been taken to a maximum-security facility.

Former A.G. Raises Questions About Conviction

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8:53AM
April
8, 2014

Former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro says a man serving a life prison sentence may have been wrongly convicted.

Lancaster Jail Overcrowded, Fails To Meet State Standards

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Sheriff Dave Phalen says the three jail buildings in Lancaster should hold up to 133 inmates but regularly hold about double that number.
9:18AM
June 10, 2013

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.

Poor Ohioans Jailed For Non-Payment Of Court Fines

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The Ohio ACLU accuses some municipal and mayor's courts of not following state law by denying defendants' right to a hearing to determine whether they're financially able to pay fines.
4:24PM
April
4, 2013

The Ohio ACLU said some Ohioans are being wrongfully jailed because they’re too poor to pay court-imposed fines. WOSU reports seven courts received letters Thursday detailing the allegations.

Franklin County Settles Another Four Taser Complaints

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The Ohio Legal Rights Service, a state agency that claimed deputies were violating the constitutional rights of prisoners, filed the suit in 2010.
10:27AM
October
4, 2012

The settlements were tied to a federal class-action lawsuit that accuses Franklin County jailers of using excessive force with stun guns.

Prison System To Resume Jail Inspections

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The corrections department stopped doing the inspections after the number of inspectors dropped from four to one because of budget cuts.
8:29AM
May
7, 2012

The corrections department stopped doing the inspections in 2008 after the number of inspectors dropped from four to one because of budget cuts.

“Second Chance” Program For Ex-Felons Gets Bipartisan Support

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The program would help felons leaving prison by giving them a shot at many professional licenses issued by the state.
7:31AM
April 26, 2012

The program would help people leaving prison by giving them a shot at many professional licenses issued by the state.

Controversial Landlord Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail; Fine

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12:47PM
April 11, 2012

The controversial landlord whose rental home caught fire in December killing three people went to jail Wednesday afternoon. WOSU reports the families of the victims were not satisfied with the sentence.

Escaped Inmate Captured In Fayette County

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Jeremiah Searles was being held on several charges, including a deviant sexual assault warrant from Missouri.
8:31AM
February 21, 2012

31-year-old Jeremiah Searles reportedly escaped from an annex outside the Southeastern Correctional Institution by climbing a razor wire covered- fence late Sunday. He was taken back into custody Wednesday evening.

$1 Million Bond Set For Former OSU Quarterabck

12:00AM
April
8, 2011

A Franklin County judge set bond for former Ohio State quarterback who has been charged with felony theft.