Ohio State Jails
Ohio, the 34th largest state by area in the U.S, is surrounded by Ontario and Michigan on its northern border, by West Virginia and Pennsylvania on the east, by Kentucky and West Virginia to the south and by Indiana to the west. The 7th-most populous has almost 11.5 million residents.
Throughout Ohio's 88 counties there are 118 jail facilities with a combined rated capacity of 20,052 inmates. A state jail inspection and standards program is administered by the Ohio Bureau of Adult Detention, part of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Population in Jail:
The Division of Parole and Community Services, part of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, provides statewide parole services and probation services in 43 counties. In 45 counties, local court probation agencies supervise probationers. There are 260,962 probationers and 19,119 parolees.
The crime rate in Ohio is about 2% higher than the national average rate. Property crimes account for around 90.7% of the crime rate in Ohio which is 6% higher than the national rate. The remaining 9.5% are violent crimes and are about 24% lower than other states.
Ohio has a rate 37% higher than the national average number of probationers per 100,000 people, whilst their average number of parolees per 100,000 people is 31% lower than the national rate.
In 2009 taxpayers paid 10% lower than the other states per inmate at a cost of $25,868 in comparison to the national average of $28,689
In 2010 Madison Correctional Institution in London and 31 other state prisons introduced a new system that allows inmates to receive e-mails which may help the state to save money and cut down on contraband. The state is setting up a system to allow inmates to view e-mail messages from friends and family. Ohio became the 13th state, along with Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania, to use the e-mail system. The system will in the long run dramatically reduce the 14.7 million pieces of mail flowing in and out of the prisons each year and relieve pressure on staff members handling mail.
Inmates do not have Internet access; friends and family members register online with a private contractor and pay a fee ranging from $1 to $12 per month, depending on how many messages are sent. The e-mails are printed at prisons and delivered to the inmate, who can make a handwritten response that is scanned and sent electronically by prison staff.
JPay Inc., the Miami-based private contractor, eventually will install kiosks in prisons where inmates can type an e-mail reply. Even then, however, they would be able to respond only to someone who sent them an e-mail.