On this episode of Broad & High, an artist profile: Dennis DeVendra, a blind woodturner. Also a look at Dangerdust, the anonymous chalk artist duo from Columbus College of Arts and Design, Helping Hands Center an arts & autism based in Clintonville, Petali Teas and D’Art the Gallery Kitty at Dublin Arts Council.
There are problems with maggots, food shortages and contraband in state prisons, and the committee that inspects those facilities is blaming a private vendor hired by the prison system.
Ohio has unveiled a large solar project at a prison aimed at saving $245,000 in annual energy costs while training inmates to install and maintain the panels as a route to future jobs.
The private company charged with feeding Ohio prison inmates says maggots were found in food and serving equipment at two Ohio prisons.
Two Mansfield boosters are headed to prison after pleading guilty to stealing tens of thousands of dollars. With that case in mind, WOSU’s sports podcast After the Score asked Ohio Attorney General MIke DeWine if the state has enough oversight of booster clubs.
The state of Ohio has settled with the federal government in a dispute over the use of solitary confinement as discipline for juvenile inmates with mental health disorders.
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich has granted clemency to a condemned inmate scheduled to die this month after being convicted of killing a Cleveland produce vendor.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says it is cracking down on cellphones smuggled into the state’s prisons. New electronic equipment is able to track down the phones.
Inmates and their families pay a lot of hidden costs for basic items and services. The state and private vendors are making a lot of money as they provide these services. One private company collected $21 million last year on prison calls in Ohio.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says the new inmate return rate of 27.1 percent is far below the national rate of 40-44 percent.
An Ohio prison official says the new execution process in the state first used in January worked “very well.”