Ohio sold the Northeast Ohio prison to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in 2011; a recent audit revealed that the private prison is meeting only 66.7% of the state’s standards, including low staffing, lack of training, overcrowding (mattresses on floors), lack of santitaion, and–most worrisome perhaps–inadequate contraband services.
These oversights create an unsafe environment for both staff and inmates.
Why isn’t there an “in loco parentis” standard for citizens whose lives the state now controls? We have that standard for students–who can at least move back home. According to Cinncinati’s City Beat,
“ODRC Director Gary Mohr might have decided to stop privatizing Ohio’s prisons. On Sept. 25 — the same day the audit was mailed to Mohr’s office — Mohr announced his department would focus on sentencing reforms to bring down recidivism instead of saving costs by privatizing more prisons. The news came during the week CityBeat’s cover story on private prisons was in stands.”