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Ohio prison reform slower than expected

(December 13, 2012) — Decrease the number of inmates in Ohio’s prisons and save taxpayers money. That was the idea behind a sentencing reform law backed by state legislators on both sides of the aisle. It took effect last September, but more than a year later, WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports the legislation hasn’t worked as quickly as some had hoped.

Stats show Ohio had more inmates than expected in July. The law was projected to decrease the prison population to 49,200 by July 1, but that projection was off by more than 500.

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