Ohio Senate president views prison farm shutdown favorably


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio Senate is speaking favorably of a proposal to shut down Ohio’s prison farms.

Senate President Keith Faber (FAY’-bur) says the state isn’t an efficient operator of farms and few inmates go into agriculture upon release.

The Republican from Celina (suh-LEYE’-nuh) said Wednesday that it might be more appropriate to use farm resources on rehabilitation programs to help prisoners.

Ohio prisons director Gary Mohr said Tuesday that the state will shut down its 10 farms in a move to raise millions of dollars to fund new rehabilitation and job-training programs for inmates through land sales.

Mohr says the state will continue farming this year but will prepare to auction off livestock and stop farming by 2017.

The union representing prison workers is against the idea.

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