Study Finds Ohio Probation System Fragmented

By: By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press Writer Email
By: By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press Writer Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A study released Monday says Ohio spends more than $130 million annually on programs trying to keep people out of prison with no information on whether the programs actually work.

The report from the Council of State Government Justice Center also says the state spent $189 million in 2008 housing more than 10,000 inmates in prison with average sentences of just nine months.

The study says Ohio's numerous probation agencies overlap, aren't coordinated and have different training standards, and that there's no useful information collected statewide that could help improve the probation system.

The state governments council spent months reviewing county and state data to produce the report.


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