Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said, Wednesday, he will run for Mayor of Columbus next year.
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.
The plan to privatize five prisons has some critics worrying – they’re wondering how it can jibe with the goals of prison sentencing reform.
The Divine Mercy Ministry provides women recently released from prison housing, job skills and addiction recovery.
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.
Dozens of state agencies are telling Ohio legislative leaders and Governor-Elect John Kasich that they will have to order drastic layoffs and other cuts in services if the looming state budget crisis forces them to trim their spending by 10%. The scenario from the corrections department is especially startling.
Ohio prisons are overcrowded, more than 130 percent above capacity. And prisoner to guard ratios are the highest among any of Ohio’s neighboring states. But, numbers fail to accurately reflect day-to-day operations at a state prison. WOSU recently traveled to a medium security prison in Chillicothe for this look behind prison doors.
A spokesman for the union that represents prison guards working at state lockups says he’s optimistic that conditions will improve at the Mansfield Correctional Institution.
A union leader says some corrections officers are being targeted for potential violence amid rising tensions at a state prison in north-central Ohio.
Ohio’s prison population is close to an all-time high — nearly 51,000. In a few more years, it’s projected to grow to 65,000. Governor Ted Strickland is proposing ways to stem the rising tide, by diverting more non-violent convicts away from state prisons to community-based programs…and by letting some prison inmates out early, if they improve themselves. But some of the governor’s plan is meeting with mixed reactions. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
About 20 prisons workers Friday picketed the Corrections medical Center south of Columbus.