CCNO Issues Brought To Light

Hous­ing addi­tional pre-trial offend­ers at the Cor­rec­tions Cen­ter of North­west Ohio (CCNO) to alle­vi­ate poten­tial over­crowd­ing at the Lucas County Jail in Toledo was dis­cussed in depth dur­ing a spe­cial exec­u­tive com­mit­tee board meet­ing held Mon­day.

Jim Den­nis, CCNO Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, said the option is being prompted by a rul­ing expected any day now, by Judge James Carr of the United States Dis­trict Court, North­ern Dis­trict of Ohio, regard­ing over­crowd­ing at the Lucas County Jail. If Judge Carr imposes a hard cap on the Lucas County Jail pop­u­la­tion, it could result in the back door at the Lucas County Jail being closed to Lucas County law enforce­ment offi­cers.

CCNO Board Chair Dave Westrick voiced con­cern that Toledo police offi­cers would be taken off the street for longer peri­ods of time if they have to trans­port offend­ers to CCNO. Sher­iff Westrick asked offi­cials from Lucas County and the City of Toledo to reach a com­pro­mise on the out­stand­ing issues.

Den­nis said CCNO will work with Lucas County Jail staff to accept pre­trial non-violent mis­de­meanants from Toledo and other munic­i­pal­i­ties in Lucas County. He also said on Mon­day, that CCNO would accept some non vio­lent offend­ers that are cur­rently detained at the Lucas County Jail.

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