Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:39

New laws help ex-inmates in Ohio find jobs

Hundreds of individuals are released from prison and back into communities annually across Ohio, and the Rev. Willie Peterson wants them to know where to seek help.

Published in Prisoner Support

A federal judge on Tuesday, Oct. 2, ended the court's oversight of Ohio's prison medical system after finding that health care and services for the nearly 50,000 inmates have greatly improved over the last seven years.

Published in Current Events

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 By German Lopez 

 A state audit of the private prison sold by Gov. John Kasich last year found the prison is only meeting 66.7 percent of the state’s standards. The report, released last week, found a total of 47 violations in a northeastern Ohio prison owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which the state government sold to CCA last year as part of a privatization push set out in Ohio’s 2012-13 budget.

Published in Current Events
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 21:10

Cleeves at Franklin County Jail

The Franklin County man charged with killing three people in Quincy Township on July 20th is now back in Franklin County after being in Ohio.

Published in Current Events

Ohio would readily welcome some ex-inmates back into the workforce under a bill that's expected to be signed by the Governor.

Published in Prison Legal News
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 18:32

Ohio inmates pay for their prison stay

County has collected nearly $30,000 in two months.  The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A southeastern Ohio prosecutor is trying to help the county's budget by pursuing financial restitution from jail inmates who've been convicted of crimes.

Published in Current Events
Jan. 22, 2011
Written by Nancy Averett / Guest columnist
OHIO - Increasingly, experts believe delinquent youth incarceration is harmful, ineffective and wasteful, that it has the exact opposite impact of its intent: promoting public safety. As the Annie E. Casey Foundation noted in its an October 2011 report "No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration," systemic mistreatment of confined youth has been documented in the youth corrections systems of 22 states, including Ohio, since 2000.

Published in Prisoner Support
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 17:03

Art display reveals the human side of prisoners

BY ERICA BLAKE
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Diana Rodriguez stands in front of artwork made a prisoner named Raymond Towler in The Federal Public Defender's office.

Diana Rodriguez stands in front of artwork made a prisoner named Raymond Towler in The Federal Public Defender's office. THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT

For much of his adult life, Raymond Towler was known by a number.

Released last year from Lorain Correctional Institution after a DNA test exonerated him of a rape for which he spent nearly 29 years behind bars, Mr. Towler said many of those days he spent trying to feel human.

Painting helped him accomplish that.

Several of the oil paintings the Cleveland native created while enduring his life behind bars are now on display in the federal public defender's office in downtown Toledo. His are among several pieces by inmates in Ohio's prison system that are on display in the Adams Street office.

"I was forced to use my talents to get by, to survive," Mr. Towler said during a recent open house. "I think an exhibit like this is important to humanize these guys who are otherwise just another number."

Drawings and paintings created in a variety of mediums line the walls in the office. Next to each piece is the artist's name and the name of the work. The reason the artist is in prison is not listed.

Published in Prisoner Support
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 16:33

Courts won’t give up on fines

Judges determined to collect old fees despite a plan to clear ledgers.

COLUMBUSOhio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor says judges and clerks of court will continue to aggressively try to collect unpaid court fines and costs, even if the legislature passes a new bill.House Bill 247 passed the Ohio House by a vote of 92-0 last week, it would allow judges to declare old debts uncollectible and allow them to take them off their ledgers. The bill was introduced in the Senate on Thursday.

Published in Prison Legal News
Thursday, 05 May 2011 14:29

Pay fine or do time

Inmate looking through prison bars made of money
Tom Jackson  
10:07 AM Apr 10 2011

Sandusky, Ohio

Tarah Guy has a simple explanation for why she didn't pay her fines and court costs when she was convicted of a minor alcohol charge.

"Whatever money I was getting was for me and my daughter," said Guy, 21, a Huron resident who has a 3-year-old child. "I didn't have money at all to give to the courts."

If a local resident owes $500 to a big box store, the best the store can do is to turn the person over to a collection agency. The person might have to endure some ugly phone calls and his or her credit rating might suffer. But if the person owes $500 to a court, he or she faces jail time.

Published in Prison Legal News
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