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Are state's prisons 'about to blow'? | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 20 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 15, 2011, titled Are state's prisons 'about to blow'? | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Violent or destructive incidents involving six or more inmates in Ohio prisons have almost quadrupled in just three years.

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Rastis

Fostoria, OH

#1 Feb 15, 2011
It's hard for victims and victims families to get justice already. This would just be a slap in their faces to promote early releases and early probation.

The possibility of an "earned credit".... They don't deserve to earn ANYTHING except their "EARNED PRISON TIME"!!!!

Also, free drug rehab, free job-training, and free education... Imagine what that would cost you and I??? It is free to them at the taxpayers expense.

Thanks Kasich and Repubs... Aholes!!!
Retired

United States

#2 Feb 15, 2011
In a word "Experience" (most prisons have the good old boys running them, you think politics is bad try being an older guard working in a prison) and go back to things that worked. In a bussiness as old as corrections everything has been tried so finding what worked is easy. Putting convicted felons back on the streed regardles of the supervision has been tried and has failed in all cases. Private citizens have in all cases found them guilty as jurors and now we are going to put them back on the street os a sure way to lose ALL future elections and the state will have to pay more in the long run. THe INMATES WILL DO AS TOLD BUT YOU MUST FIRST HAVE THE GONADS TO TELL THEM! I'm sorry you just can't run a prison with a blackbeurry or an iphone, you have to have personal contact. Yep we got a runaway train here, I can see riots and strikes comming because it has gone on for so long.
Rio Rita

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 15, 2011
The whole prison system needs overhauled. When a person with 4 DUI's and a minor probation violation spends 5 years in prison,something is wrong. No accidents--two violations in his own driveway. Then, someone who is speeding and kills someone. get a slap on the hand. The whole mandatory sentencing policy needs overhauled or discarded. It appears to me you can kill someone while behind the wheel and as long as alcohol isn't involved, you walk. If alcohols is involved you spend a lot of time in jail with no treatment. That is why the recidivism rate is so high. We are creating a whole underclass of people with minor felonies. They can't get jobs. I believe mandatory sentencing should be only for violent crimes--murder, rape,homeviolation, kidnapping, etc. MADD has created an empire of its own. They should b didbanded and the sentencing of DUI's should go back to the judges who can make a one on one decision. Please do something about this mess. Too many peoplee's lives are being ruined for minor violations
Obozo the Clown

Fremont, CA

#4 Feb 15, 2011
Ohio's prison system is a toilet that needs to be flushed. Just don't tell the guards down on Frank Rd. first. They are the biggest turds in the bowl.
Johnny Be Good

Kent, OH

#5 Feb 15, 2011
House Speaker John Boehner Says 'So Be It' On New Job Losses from Republican Budget
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At a briefing this morning, House Speaker John Boehner (OH-08) dismissed the job losses resulting from draconian cuts in the Republican Continuing Resolution as collateral damage and said if jobs are lost "so be it."



House Speaker John Boehner Says 'So Be It' On New Job Losses from Republican Budget: http://dems.me/e44UFw
Collins44

Canal Winchester, OH

#6 Feb 15, 2011
We need more corrections officers on duty and less big money beaucrats, suits and psychobabble types sitting behind desks making six figures. Put all inmates on death row to death and stopping keeping them alive for twenty (20) years (see Butcher of Bucyrus, Kevin Keith as an example). Stop the endless lawsuits by inmates. Get tough on criminals and not on tax payers. Treat inmates like China does and stop all the rights and civil liberties for serial killers, gang bangers and thugs.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#7 Feb 15, 2011
Step 1 - Immediately free all inmates sentenced for any marijuana-related 'crime'.

Step 2 - Give all remaining inmates access to marijuana.
The Observer

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 16, 2011
Republicans are soft on crime.
bear

Bellefontaine, OH

#9 Feb 16, 2011
Obozo the Clown wrote:
Ohio's prison system is a toilet that needs to be flushed. Just don't tell the guards down on Frank Rd. first. They are the biggest turds in the bowl.
Sounds like you are a tard of a inmate
Just Listening

United States

#10 Feb 16, 2011
Inmates should be required to have a crew cut and be clean shaven. The system is too soft. As for this article, why put this man in charge? By his own words he has been out of touch for the last eight years yet he was the perfect choice? Politics at their best.
Elmo C

Reynoldsburg, OH

#11 Feb 16, 2011
Not only should we,the people who have concealed carry permits be allowed to carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol or a bar or saloon that serves food with alcohol. We have been good stewards of the concealed carry law and will be the same people with this law in effect no matter what. I guess if you own a place that serves alcohol and food you can put a sign in you points of inter or exit,saying NO-GUNS ALLOWED,we will stay out of your place. We go into many places with our weapons everyday and nothing happens,so you who think,Blood Will Run In The Streets, it won't happen. If someone starts shooting in a place of business that is a gun free zone,i won't be hurt,because i won't be there. We should be allowed to carry a weapon anywhere we want,schools,hospitals,doctors offices,police stations,court buildings, anywhere.
dan

Perrysburg, OH

#12 Feb 16, 2011
It is aganist Ohio law and federal law to have a firearm in your possiession (even in locked case in trunk) if under influcence of alchol. This carries severe federal penalities. You can't stop for a beer after hunting. For hunders of years most european "shooting fest" beer flowed free and still does. You would nevere see a beer at Camp Perry until guns are cleanead and put away. Camp perry 4000 people with family all withso called assualt rifles. Safest place in america
janicelbaker

Henderson, KY

#14 Feb 20, 2011
it is not simply the state penal systems but the local jails and reformatories and the federal system that is all overloaded and ready to explodes its building destructive powers of hate and rage-those who did do some horrible crime and need the confinements are now the leaders too often of those who were the weak but the powerful called the criminal and locked them away for they caould not really touch the strong who commanded the weak to serve them and supplied them with all that was needed to
which in end meant the little fish caught in net while the big fish swam free-thus those in these places are not the criminal master minds and the killers preying on the city county state nation- and the costs to the working ( now diminishing elements) taxpayers is overburdening the system along with the large law enforcement needed and military needed to keep control so the whole nation does not explode as if someon dropped a dozen nuclear devices across the land
Truth Seeker

Washington Court House, OH

#15 Feb 20, 2011
Take the large percentage of nongang and nonviolent offenders and move them into Prisons that can be turned into Recycling Centers and places to build and create wind power turbines and other State Of Ohio benefiting industries. Take the rest and lock them down into SuperMax Facility, where they can make license plates and bust rocks with little hammers and definately turn death Row into an Express lane.
Tony

Chillicothe, OH

#16 Feb 21, 2011
Why are we training them to take honest people's jobs when they get out?
YOU people

Columbus, OH

#17 Feb 21, 2011
Tony wrote:
Why are we training them to take honest people's jobs when they get out?
Because if we don't, they will continue to just TAKE "honest people's" STUFF?
Retired ODRC

Logan, OH

#18 Feb 22, 2011
Rastis wrote:
It's hard for victims and victims families to get justice already. This would just be a slap in their faces to promote early releases and early probation.
The possibility of an "earned credit".... They don't deserve to earn ANYTHING except their "EARNED PRISON TIME"!!!!
Also, free drug rehab, free job-training, and free education... Imagine what that would cost you and I??? It is free to them at the taxpayers expense.
Thanks Kasich and Repubs...****!!!
The DEMOCRATES made this mess!!! They take an inmates word over Officers, stop searches, and have Warm & Fuzzy Programs for them with our tax money!!!!!
Retired ODRC

Logan, OH

#19 Feb 22, 2011
If you want to save tax money on Prisons in Ohio, demand that out Prisons become PRISONS again!!! Make criminals afraid of going to an Ohio Prison! Put the Uniformed Staff back in charge, and get rid of the high priced Psych's!!!!!
shanyn

Elko, NV

#20 Mar 7, 2011
I believe ,inmates that have comitted crimes 20 + years ago should be released. I feel they have paid their debt to society and they should be released!
janicelbaker

Henderson, KY

#22 Mar 8, 2011
Well many of you are correct as I have worked in the mess-it is good old boys mainly former military
police even- the community is by nature insulated and isolated and the wardens are like kings in small kingdoms and the rest is going Middle Ages- there is no way in modern current status to really
change things to being more humanitarian in long run- if you try to work an inmate this is soon called slave labor and then the competition they bring to out side business with cheaper labot and furnished materials and equipments means they are
shut down as taking away civilian and community jobs and taxes- but also when there is nothing to do to occupy minds and hands then as old saying goes you open a DEVIL's workshop-it breeds and brews double trouble-so there is no way to suit
both the liberal and conservative politics and religions in USA-even in prison run by the book every rule followed to max you will have problems for these are humans who have problems they cannot deal with on their own independent powers outside the incarceration system-one suggestion was best I have heard- be more systematic- really grade the prisons correct and put the same classes of offenders in same units not this crazy mis match and do not knowingly put same or opposing gang lords or soldiers in same locations unless the solitaire is very good and tight-too much idle time to visit among themselves is not good either
so you almost have impossible situation when you are the nation with the largest amount of its own population imprisoned-also mainly from the lower classes and non working or working poor classes-

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