COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's prisons director tells Gov. John Kasich's administration that a 10% budget cut would mean closing up to four state prisons.
In an Oct. 1 budget request, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr (moor) said four facilities, including three large prisons, would need to be closed if budget cuts reached 10% of current levels. The contents of the request were first reported by Gongwer News Service.
Mohr also said the small, stand-alone Hocking Correctional Facility that houses older inmates would need to be closed due to Ohio's shrinking prison population. But a spokeswoman said Monday that increased population projections since fall will require keeping the facility open.
Mohr's other cost-cutting ideas included privatizing food service, selling timber and reducing water and electricity usage.
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