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In the News: Ohio Seeks to Stem Spike of Women in Prison
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Ohio programA recent article in The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio seeks to stem spike of women in prison, outlines how Ohio plans to move women offenders out of prisons to community programs and house arrest.

Highlights from the article include:

  • The Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, which didn’t have a perimeter fence until the 1980s, is now home to more than 2,600 inmates. The explosion in the number of women incarcerated is blamed on the drug trade.
  • “Drug possession is the No. 1 sentence for women coming to prison,” Ohio Prisons Director Gary C. Mohr said. The top five sentences are all directly or indirectly related to drugs: drug possession (16.3 percent), theft (12.7 percent), drug trafficking (9.7 percent), burglary (8.8 percent), and illegal manufacturing of drugs (8 percent).
  • A provision in the state budget empowers Director Mohr to move nonviolent, low-level felony drug offenders out of prisons and into community programs or electronically monitored house arrest if they have less than a year remaining of their sentence.
  • The provision marks the first time the prisons director, and not a judge, has been authorized by legislators to shorten prison sentences. Qualifying inmates first must go through a demanding preparation program of eight to 10 hours a day for two weeks.
  • While men still far outnumber women in Ohio prisons — 46,394 to 4,258 — women will get first priority for the new program.

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Posted Tue, Jan 19 2016 9:39 AM by Susan Powell
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