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Ohio prisons agency: Record low number of inmates returning after release

from The Associated Press via The Republic

The number of inmates returning to Ohio prisons upon release has hit a new low, a trend the state attributes to a focus on keeping inmates in the community and the involvement of groups that work with inmates before their release. The drop comes even when the number of people serving time for drug and property offenses has risen in the state, despite efforts to reduce the numbers of low-level offenders in prison. A three-year review of inmates released in 2009 found that only 29 percent returned to prison, compared with the previous low of 31 percent, said Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. more


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