Prisons director accused of unfairness

Prisons director accused of unfairness

There are 4 comments on the The Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 30, 2012, titled Prisons director accused of unfairness. In it, The Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A Columbus lawmaker is accusing Gov. John Kasich's administration of playing politics by removing two Ohio Parole Board members appointed by his Democratic predecessor.

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Ohio Wrangler

Kent, OH

#1 Jul 2, 2012
It is about time someone took notice of the parole board. I don't know how they vote, but the present board rarely paroles anyone. I read where the prison did a special program expecting around 7 to be paroled, and the board denied them even though our prison system recommended their paroles. We need people on the board who are impartial and don't bring their opinions to the board. We need people who will look into the records, support, professionals as to whether someone should be paroled, and then make an unbiased decision. If they won't parole because they fear it will come back on them, they don't belong on the board.

Jackson, OH

#2 Jul 18, 2012
The prison system is at its worst. Ted Strickland needs to run for governor again and clean up the mess. They get rid of people that do their job and getting rid of them they are treating the employees terrible and forcing them out on disability leave. They are just passing the buck. It is a mess and Strickland will clean up the mess. It is dirty politics. They are loosing people that are competent and follow the policies and procedures and that can effectively run the prison. The lower staff did not get raises for years but the Wardens got one. When are the current people at Central Office going to get a grip. They let too many people on top have power and then they become crazy with all their power. The frontline staff keeps our society safe. Start treating the frontline staff with respect. If you are not a yes person and do what is right you are out of their. They have also crushed the union. Most institutions don't even have grievances because the employees are to afraid of filing them because they are harrassed and intimated by the upper management. Like Gary Mohr says get back to basics and that is what needs to happen. From top to bottom.

Jackson, OH

#3 Jul 18, 2012
Added to my previous comment: Check it out by notifying OPERS and how many disability cases they have. They are so behind its ridiculous. When is this State going to see the light and do something about all this waste of money and try to keep people working instead of forcing them out. I know people who filed complaints with EEO and Civil rights commission and they say these people whom filed were all treated the same so no just cause for punishment. Its State too. Someone needs to do something about this monopoly.

Leavittsburg, OH

#4 Jul 30, 2012
Prior to the 1996 law change, there were 50,000 (old law) Ohio inmates subject to the decisions of the Parole Board. After the law change, the percentage of inmates facing the Parole diminished. Now, at roughly 3,000 (of the initial 50,000) the Parole Board sees the end of their careers. And so, each "old-law" inmate becomes, not more of a threat, they become more valuable...more precious to the Parole Board...who is clinging to their careers!!!
Years ago...typical 2nd degree murder case would do between 9.5-15 years. Now, the bidding begins at 30 years. Not because their crimes are worse...but because the Parole Board wants to retain their jobs!!

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