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Justice: Ohio Judges Must Help Shrink Prisons

Ohio's top judge said the judicial system must cooperate with efforts to reduce the state's soaring inmate population. Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court said judges' involvement must continue even after defendants leave their courtrooms. O'Connor said Thursday she is working with the head of Ohio's prison system to find ways to lower the number of inmates. She said a 2011 plan to reduce Ohio's prison inmate population is not yet having the hoped for impact. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Ohio's already high population of 50,000 could soar to 52,000 in two years and top 53,000 in six years.