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Profiting Off Prisoners: State Inmates Mean Big Bucks for Local Jails

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Rural jails in Kentucky are increasingly relying on income derived from payments for holding state prisoners in county facilities, according to a new report by a think tank that advocates for criminal justice reform. To address overcrowding, states make payments to counties to hold convicted prisoners and pretrial detainees. States save money, and counties get… Read More

State Patrol: Prison Inmates Planned Possible Escape, Riot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The State Highway Patrol says inmates at an Ohio maximum security prison were plotting “a possible escape attempt and possible riot” when the plan was interrupted. The patrol is investigating the Feb. 12 incident in which authorities confiscated three fake handguns, drawings of handguns, and a fake explosive device. Prison officials… Read More

Executions In Ohio On Hold For Now

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Gov. Mike DeWine says there won’t be any executions in Ohio in the near future. DeWine told reporters at an Ohio Associated Press event that a federal court has ruled Ohio’s existing death penalty drugs are cruel and unusual punishment.  That’s why he delayed the execution of Wayne Keith Henness weeks ago. And now DeWine says he has put… Read More

Report: Lawmakers Contributing To Prison Overcrowding

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Once again, the ACLU of Ohio is pushing for criminal justice reform with a new report on what it calls the “Statehouse to prison pipeline”. The ACLU’s Gary Daniels says the report shows too many Ohioans are being locked up. “Our prison system is about 11,000 to 12,000 people above capacity right now,” Daniels says. Daniels says lawmakers have loosened penalties… Read More

DeWine Nominates First Woman To Lead Ohio’s Prison System

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Governor-elect Mike DeWine announced the nomination of Annette Chambers-Smith as the next director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. If confirmed, Chambers-Smith would be the first woman to lead the DRC. DeWine says the two have discussed criminal justice reform, which includes prison overpopulation and recidivism. “As we move toward prison reform, which… Read More

Report: Widespread Fraud Within Prison Industries Agency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state lawmaker says free furniture received by his office was promptly returned when allegations arose that the table and chairs were provided improperly. The state’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that an employee of Ohio Penal Industries wrongly provided the furniture to GOP Rep. Larry Householder at no… Read More

Eastern Kentucky Prison Moves Forward As Opponents Consider Challenge

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The Bureau of Prisons has issued a record of decision signaling that it is moving ahead with plans to build a federal prison on the site of a former strip mine in the hills of Letcher County, Kentucky. But local opponents of the prison say they’re not giving up and are considering a legal challenge to prevent… Read More

The Prison Builder’s Dilemma: Economics and Ethics Clash in Eastern Kentucky

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You are Letcher County, Kentucky. You are rural, mountainous, and in the heart of the central Appalachian coalfields. Your economy is not in good shape. Fox News has called your largest town “the poster child for the war on coal.” You are offered funds to build a new federal prison. It could bring jobs but… Read More