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Fewer People Returning To Ohio Prisons

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.
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

53-year-old Dennis McGuire was executed in January with a two-drug cocktail.
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.
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.
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.
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

An inmate who escaped a Mansfield prison is back behind bars.
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

Christopher Mabe says prisons need millions of dollars more to hire more guards and provide services that make lockups safer.
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.

State Budget Cuts Would Force Closure Of Four Prisons

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11, 2012

State prisons director Gary Mohr says the propsed 10 percent cuts would force him to close three large state prisons and a smaller facility in Hocking County.

Death Row Inmate Ready To Die To Give Victims Justice

Donald Brown was sentenced to death for murdering two people in 1989.
September 14, 2012

In a rare death row interview, Donald Palmer says he’s ready to die next week for murdering two people in 1989.

Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Gets 28 Years In Prison

Jimmy Dimora (middle in brown blazer) is seen in happier times during a bridge opening alongside Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (grey suit).
1, 2012

Jimmy Dimora was convicted of racketeering, bribery and other counts. His trial capped an investigation that led to more than 50 convictions involving county officials, employees and contractors who traded bribes for government jobs and contracts.