Ohio’s superintendent says the state won’t withhold funding to penalize schools for students opting out of standardized tests this year.
Privatization of the North Central Correctional Institution is part of a state restructuring that state leaders say will save $13 million a year.
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.
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.