Report: Most Ohio Prison Killers Had Violent Crimes in Past

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A report on Ohio prison homicides in the past 15 years says most killers already were serving time for violent crimes, including several with some version of a murder charge.

The report also says most homicides happened in higher security facilities and involved weapons less than half the time.

The survey released Wednesday by a bipartisan correctional oversight committee also found most homicides were committed by offenders serving longer sentences.

The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee report says 26 inmates were killed in Ohio prisons from 2000 through 2014.

All victims were men and the majority were white inmates, while perpetrators were equally likely to be black or white.

The report says Ohio’s prison homicide rate is lower than the national average.