Published: Sun, May 8, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

This past week the Ohio House of Representatives passed a measure to reduce the size of the state’s prison population and the enormous cost of running America’s sixth largest prison system.

The state currently houses approximately 51,000 offenders with capacity for only 38,389 inmates. Those numbers only scratch the surface in terms of the magnitude of Ohio’s prison problem. One in 25 adults in Ohio is either in prison or under community supervision.

Published in Prison Legal News

    Ohio Governor John Kasich could sell or lease six prisons and the state turnpike under the $55.6 billion, two-year budget that passed the Republican-led House of Representatives 59-40 yesterday.

    The plan, which goes to the Republican-run Senate, erases a deficit of almost $8 billion without raising taxes while eliminating an estate levy and maintaining “as much as possible” funding for education and other services, Republicans said. It passed without any support from Democrats.

    Published in Prison Legal News

    Ohio prison imate grabbing his cell bars

    Thursday, May 5, 2011  03:08 AM 
    By Alan Johnson
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH 

    There's work still to be done, but Ohio appears poised to enact a major criminal sentencing overhaul - with uncharacteristic bipartisan support.

    House Bill 96, passed 95-2 yesterday by the Ohio House, is estimated to save the state nearly $78 million annually on prison costs, in part by diverting non-violent offenders to community programs and giving inmates credit off their sentences for participating in treatment and training.

    Published in Prison Legal News

    By LAUREN SAUSSER (AP) 

    CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND — They were unlikely dance partners in an unlikely dance hall: a 29-year-old murderer and a 10-year-old boy doing an impromptu tango as Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father" sounded from a boom box in a prison gym.

    It was one of the lighter moments at the emotional end of a weeklong summer camp where inmate dads and their children reconnected after years apart. Seven fathers — all in prison-issued jeans and blue, short-sleeved shirts — swayed to the song with their children, some openly crying.

    Published in Family Support
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