Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Proposed jail standards in Ohio limit prisoner's access to meals

Proposed minimum standards for 20,000 inmates in Ohio jails would allow sheriffs to limit prisoners to two meals a day, reduce showers to every other day and shorten visitation time, reported the Columbus Dispatch.
The new rules also would greatly improve treatment of mentally ill inmates but would dramatically reduce mandatory training for jail employees and potentially allow sheriffs to better fend off prisoner lawsuits.  
The proposed changes result from a 2012 statewide jail survey and assessment.
Enforcing the standards is another matter. After more than four years with no jail inspections, now only two state employees are assigned to inspect 92 full-service jails, 13 minimum-security jails, 90 12-day jails, 18 12-hour jails and 136 temporary holding facilities.

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