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Ohio Pushing More Money into Jail Renovations, Buildings – Brospar Daily News

By JD Davidson

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state plans to spend an additional $51 million to renovate and build prisons across the state to create an environment that reduces recidivism.

The money is in addition to $45 million the state provided a year ago to six local jails for major construction projects. Additionally, an additional $5 million was used for small projects at six other locations.

“Our continued investment in local Ohio jails is a public safety investment that benefits everyone involved,” DeWine said. “This funding will go a long way toward building safer prisons for communities across Ohio.”

The funding is part of the Ohio Prison Safety and Security Plan included in the state budget by the General Assembly. The program provides grants for the construction, renovation and other infrastructure projects of county jails.

DeWine said the goal of the program is to help local prisons reduce recidivism by creating what he says is an environment that affects positive change. This includes renovations and new construction that meet the needs of the modern criminal justice system and help prison staff better deal with potential issues that can lead to criminal behavior by inmates, such as mental health or substance abuse issues.

These grants will provide the county with funds to purchase property and easements, construct buildings, pay for construction, engineering and professional services, and purchase machinery needed for construction functions.

A year ago, Coshocton County received $10.1 million, Gallia County received $5.5 million, Harrison County received $9.1 million, and Lawrence County received received $16.8 million.

“Upgrading these prisons isn’t just about safety, it’s about providing an environment where positive change can be made,” DeWine said. “These jails have fallen into disrepair because the counties simply cannot afford to rebuild on their own.”

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JD Davidson is a regular contributor Central placeOriginally from Ohio, Davidson is a seasoned journalist with more than 30 years at newspapers in Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and Texas. He has worked as a reporter, editor, editor and publisher.
Photo “Prison Court” by Bart Eversson CC 2.0.

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