Increasing prison transports highlighted Wednesday’s meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio. Also, board members took time to tour newly painted units within the 638-bed facility.
CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis told the board that Lucas County officials had expressed concern about the number of prison runs CCNO is providing. In 2009 the prison runs were reduced from two to only one per week to reduce costs, he said, amounting to a projected savings of about $65,453 per year.
It was done because in addition to CCNO transporting offenders to state prisons, they are also bringing back offenders from prison for court hearings.
Also, a judge in Williams County is using video conferencing to avoid having offenders being brought back for judicial review and requiring the family to transport if the offender is released from prison. Mr. Dennis said there are 33 prisons in Ohio and the majority are located in the southern portion, requiring a 12 to 16-hour road trip.
A six-year study revealed that CCNO transported an average of 1,323 offenders per year to and from prison.