More And Bigger Inspections In Governor DeWine Plan

Gov. DeWine is more than doubling the size of Ohio’s jail inspections team. The change comes following a review that was prompted by discrepancies in reports about a county jail in Cleveland, where eight inmates died in 2018. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s 2017 report showed few issues with the facility, other than overpopulation. But a year later, U.S. marshals found inhumane conditions and civil rights abuses. DeWine says announcing the changes will allow inspectors to do more comprehensive reviews of the jails. The governor wants inspectors to be able to do unannounced checks, as well. He’s also wants jails to be required to tell inspectors when there’s an inmate death or violence behind bars.

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