Prison Crowding Taking Toll In Ohio

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lancaster, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's Prisons Director says crowding at state correctional facilities is getting worse.

Terry Collins, who heads the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, says prisons across the state are at 132 percent of capacity.

He is pushing for sentencing reforms that he says will help.

He's scheduled to testify in the state senate on Wednesday.

During a recent tour of the Southeastern Correctional Institution in Lancaster, up to 268 men were seen packed into dorms outfitted with bunks stacked two high.

Towels, jackets and laundry bags hanging from the beds make the cramped space feel even tighter.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Beth Location: Ohio on Apr 30, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    i know for a fact that the Prison in Lancaster is massively over packed.The inmates don't have hardly any elbow room at all.And,it gets hard on them to move let alone have any place to keep what personal belongings they are aloud to have.A tight space causes inmates to get frustrated and feeling cramped. And it is very hard for the Corectional Officers to keep the peace and enforce the laws.When you have little space and small amount of Officers to keep the peace. Things can get really uptight and very hard to keep the law enforced and peace between the inmates.I only know this because i have a family member in the Lancaster Prison.
  • by Combat Vet Location: Ohio on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    So, who cares,certainly not most of the law abiding taxpayers.Ohio spends almost $50,000 per prisoner per year to make sure they are accomodated.If Mr. Collins would listen,i would be glad to enlighten him about real world ways to decrease the prison population---make prison life so unbearable that they would never,ever want to do time.Evidently,we have a bunch of spineless wimps running this country.Ever see the movie--"Cool Hand Luke" Mr. Collins??
  • by Just Me Location: McConnelsville OH on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    Empty out the prisons by sending the baby rapers and the killers overseas to war. Tell them that if they don't fight we will cut their thing-a-gig off and if they refuse to go -cut it off also. So if they think they would go over there and not fight or get away - then let them stay there...prisons will empty out in a hurry. This should be done in every jail. Rapers and murders and child molesters GONE!!! They have it toooooooo good in jail - eat better than some outside prison. Guilty - Goodbye Prisoner!
  • by Wow Location: Ohio on Apr 28, 2009 at 09:29 PM
    If the police would stop putting people in Prison for little things and concentrate on the rapists and drug dealers then you wouldn't have that problem. Leave people alone to live their lives.
  • by Anonymous Location: Parkersburg on Apr 28, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    What does that tell you about our society??? I think it says that we cannot handle the freedom that we have. I think that law makers should make things illegal that have proven to increase crime. For example all these gambling joints, strip clubs, porn shops. Do away with things like that and I think you will see the prison population decrease.
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