Criminal Justice

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Staff complacency, supervision problems, and outdated security policies and orders are among problems identified at Ohio's highest-security prisons following an attack on a correctional officer earlier this year that landed the officer in the hospital for weeks with multiple stab wounds, according to a report.

While a new report calls the state's cash bail system "unfair" to poor defendants, both the Ohio Bail Agents Association and the ACLU of Ohio disagree with a plan to reform the system – for very different reasons.

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A state lawmaker says the way bail is set for people who are arrested can sometimes be a backwards process. He proposes a way to overhaul the system and base it on risk rather than resources.

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After Reuters published footage from 22 incidents in four U.S. jails, watchdogs at the United Nations are urging U.S. authorities to investigate criminal charges against jail officials in Ohio and three other states for torture. 

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Franklin County’s jails are overcrowded and old. The downtown jail is 46 years old, and the jail on Jackson Pike is 31 years old. Neither functions properly for today's needs, jail officials say.

A new facility would replace both jails, and change how the county approaches inmate-guard interactions.

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While Wired Magazine is calling coding "the next big blue-collar job," Ohio may be creating a barrier between that industry and the people who could benefit most from employment.

Ohio Prison Oversight

Apr 14, 2017
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The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, which oversees prison operations in Ohio, will soon likely be closed with its workload shifted to the inspector general's office. The committee was established in 1977 to provide legislative oversight to the state’s prison system, and last year its director was forced to resign under pressure. Today we'll take a look at what this means for the future of Ohio prison oversight with a panel of guests.

Ohio Prison Oversight

Mar 23, 2017
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The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, which oversees prison operations in Ohio, will soon likely be closed with its workload shifted to the inspector general's office. The committee was established in 1977 to provide legislative oversight to the state’s prison system, and last year its director was forced to resign under pressure. Today we'll take a look at what this means for the future of Ohio prison oversight with a panel of guests.

A state panel is recommending changes to Ohio court practices that often keep defendants in jail because they can't afford bail. 

The city of Columbus and a group that works to free wrongly convicted people ended a years-long fight this week. 

Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

May 19, 2015
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A recent study of the Franklin County criminal-justice system has revealed that jail inmates who are mentally ill are kept in jail longer and return to jail more often. Coming up:  how the criminal justice take on mental health is changing to better serve the public and reduce recidivism. Also, the connection between serious mental illness, the criminal justice system and homelessness.

Criminal Justice: Ohio's Parole Board

Jul 10, 2014

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We're continuing our series on Ohio's criminal justice system, with a look at the process behind granting prisoners parole. The state has a very low parole rate, and many favor the alternative "judicial release," where inmates' sentences can be greatly reduced, but others fear it puts dangerous criminals back on the streets. We'll get a rare look this hour.

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Criminal Justice and Media Frenzy

Jul 12, 2011

O.J. Simpson in 1995 addressed the judge on Court TV during his murder trial, as is seen on tape. One of the first instances of intense media-coverage used in courtrooms.

The 24/7 media frenzy over the Casey Anthony case is the latest example of sensationalistic coverage of criminal trials and investigations.

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