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Ohio Death Row Moving to Youngstown

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction officials announced Tuesday that nearly 200 death row inmates will be moved from Mansfield to the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown. Officials say moving the site of death row to the administrative maximum prison in Youngstown is a cost-saving measure. Two inmates attempted to escape from the Mansfield Correctional Institution last month. However, prisons department spokeswoman Andrea Dean says, security at Mansfield was not a factor in the decision to remove death row. About half of the 486 inmates currently at the Ohio State Penitentiary are classified as maximum security or higher. The average annual cost of housing an inmate at the Penitentiary is $57,549.20.

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