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Kasich Sides With Parole Board, Commutes Death Sentence

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Kasich reduced Tyler's sentence to life without the possibility of parole, rejecting requests that Tyler be made eligible for parole for possible release.
8:50AM
May
1, 2014

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.

Ohio Prisons Cracking Down On Smuggled Cellphones

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The Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections is cracking down on cellphones smuggled into its prison.
11:22AM
April
25, 2014

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.

Ohio Prisons Cashing In On Inmate Phone Calls

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Prisoners in Ohio are charged a lot to make local phone calls out of prison.
6:40AM
March
17, 2014

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.

Fewer People Returning To Ohio Prisons

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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.
12:28PM
March
5, 2014

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.

Slow Execution With Two-Drug Cocktail Not A Concern

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53-year-old Dennis McGuire was executed in January with a two-drug cocktail.
10:34AM
February 5, 2014

An Ohio prison official says the new execution process in the state first used in January worked “very well.”

Trend Shows Fewer Ohioans In Large Counties Sent To Prison

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Fewer Ohioans face prison sentences in the state's largest counties.
11:15AM
October 24, 2013

Ohio’s largest counties are sending fewer people to prison than a decade ago.

Ohio Prison Suicides Not Limited To Mentally Ill

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Investigation finds prison suicides not limited to mentally ill inmates.
1:44PM
September
23, 2013

A new report finds that suicides by Ohio inmates are not limited to those on prison mental health units.

Lancaster Inmates Get A Fishy Assignment

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Some inmates will get training to raise rainbow trout to sell to the Columbus Zoo.
1:15PM
August 14, 2013

A state prison in Lancaster has joined in a unique partnership with the Columbus Zoo. Inmates at the Southeastern Correctional Complex will raise rainbow trout that will be sold at a cheaper cost to feed the zoo’s bears, penguins and otters.

Inmate Who Escaped Mansfield Prison Is Captured

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An inmate who escaped a Mansfield prison is back behind bars.
9:44AM
July
5, 2013

Authorities say an inmate who slipped away from a north-central Ohio prison where he was incarcerated for kidnapping, rape and other crimes has been captured at a general store less than 10 miles from where he escaped.

Report: Ohio Prisons Ripe For Another Lucasville

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Christopher Mabe says prisons need millions of dollars more to hire more guards and provide services that make lockups safer.
7:52AM
April
5, 2013

The leader of the labor group that represents most of Ohio’s prison employees says conditions are ripe for another riot like the one that was waged in Lucasville two decades ago.