Ohio Prison Population near Record, Efforts Failing to Reduce Number of Inmates

Population in Ohio prisons is near record, number of inmates is about to reach 51,000 in June and more than 53,000 in the year 2019. Prisoners’ capacity in 28 prisons of Ohio is about 38,500 and rapid increase in the number of inmates is increasing problems. Majority of inmates are in prisons due to the drug related crimes, other are because of risk reduction sentencing. All efforts of state to reduce number of prisoners are failing. Reason of rapid increase in the number of prisoners is state’s new law of sentencing effected since 2011. Read more about increasing population of Ohio prisons.

Ohio prison population nears record high

Ohio’s already crowded prison system is projected to climb to more than 51,000 inmates by the end of June, raising concerns that the crowding could lead to violence. Prison officials project the number of inmates will reach a record 51,601 by June 30, more than 4,100 higher than predicted by state officials in 2012, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1kvg5un ). By 2019, the number of inmates in Ohio’s 28 prisons is expected to climb to 53,484 inmates.

The director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Gary Mohr said drug crimes especially related to heroin are the cause of increased population of prisons.

Ohio’s efforts to reduce prison population failing

Ohio’s prison population is expected to grow from about 50,500 now to more than 51,000 next June, reported the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Current statewide prison capacity is about 38,500. Gary Mohr, the director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said an increase in convictions for drug crimes, especially heroin, have contributed to the rise in prisoners.

Capacity of Ohio prisons is far less than the number of inmates living there, read more about the issue in the article below.

Ohio Prison Population Rising, Inmates “Packed In Like Sardines”

The inmate population in Ohio’s already crowded prison system is projected to reach a record 51,601 by June 30, more than 4,100 higher what state officials predicted in 2012, reports the Northeast Ohio Media Group. By 2019, the population is expected to climb even higher to 53,484 inmates, or 139 percent above what the prison system was designed to accommodate.

Ohio prison guard told about the condition of inmates living there, two to three prisoners are sharing cell made for one. Increased number can cause increased violence in the prisons. Phil Morris, a corrections officer at Lebanon Correctional Institution and president of the local union for prison guards and staff depicted the situation of prisoners in Ohio jails saying, “You’re packed in there like a can of sardines,”.

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