Report: Ohio prison population increased over decade

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report by a legislative prison watchdog agency says that the number of inmates in Ohio prisons has increased over more than a decade.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) that the report released Friday by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee says that the number of inmates increased 15.1 percent from 2005 to 2016.

During that time, prison overcrowding hit 132.1 percent, up from 114.8.

Director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Gary Mohr says that by July 1, the state will set an all-time historic record of incarcerated Ohio residents.

The record is 51,273, set in November 2008. The population stood at 50,899 on May 2.

Mohr has said that he will not build another prison during his time as director, which could end in 2018.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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