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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.

State Budget Cuts Would Force Closure Of Four Prisons

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8:01AM
December
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

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Donald Brown was sentenced to death for murdering two people in 1989.
7:50AM
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

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Jimmy Dimora (middle in brown blazer) is seen in happier times during a bridge opening alongside Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (grey suit).
7:30AM
August
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.

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.