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Prison System To Resume Jail Inspections

Ohio prisons officials haven't completed annual inspections of local jails since 2008 but plan to resume the checks soon on a biennial basis. The corrections department stopped doing the inspections after the number of inspectors dropped from four to one because of budget cuts. Administrator Roger Wilson says the state checks jails in response to complaints but has focused instead on creating better standards for jails, which processes hundreds of thousands of people annually. Critics say the lack of inspections at the 349 county and city jails in Ohio could jeopardize inmates' health and safety.