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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.

Advocates Call For Parole Of “Old Law” Prisoners

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One of many signs crafted by protesters calling on the state to parole all of Ohio's "old law" prisoners unless they've gotten in trouble behind bars.
7:29AM
April
13, 2012

Ohio has about 3,200 prisoners who were sentenced before the state passed a mandatory minimum sentence law. Advocates say those “old law” prisoners should be paroled.

Former Ohio Legislator Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

7:21AM
March
13, 2012

The sentence comes after Michael A. Fox pleased guilty to charges of helping an attorney get a $1 million contract with a southwest Ohio county.

Marion Prison Officials Readying For Transfer of Power

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The North Central Correctional Institution in Marion.
12:24PM
December 29, 2011

Privatization of the North Central Correctional Institution is part of a state restructuring that state leaders say will save $13 million a year.

Ohio Law to Shrink Prison Population Takes Effect

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New law gives judges more sentencing options.
2:05PM
September
30, 2011

A law aimed at shrinking Ohio’s prison population to about 47,000 inmates by 2015 takes effect Friday, part of an overhaul of the way Ohio punishes criminals and sentences them to prison.

Ohio Lawmakers Plan Committee Hearings

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Most of the action this week is set for legislative committees, not for actual floor votes in the House and Senate.
12:00AM
May
15, 2011

Most of the action this week is set for legislative committees, not for actual floor votes in the House and Senate. A new proposed $55 billion state budget, already OK’d in the House, is set for four hearings in the Senate finance committee.

Prisons Director Answers Critics On Concerns About Privatization

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Delaware County Jail and Sheriff's Residence
12:00AM
April
23, 2011

The plan to privatize five prisons has some critics worrying – they’re wondering how it can jibe with the goals of prison sentencing reform.

Faith-Based Program Helps Women Make Transition from Prison

12:00AM
March
14, 2011

The Divine Mercy Ministry provides women recently released from prison housing, job skills and addiction recovery.

Ohio Considers Changes To Inmate Mental Health Treatment

12:00AM
January
26, 2011

The treatment of the mentally ill has been in the news a lot lately. Ohio is considering changing how it treats prison inmates with mental illness. Some health professionals say it could put inmates’ lives at risk.