With Ohio prison populations at more than 130 percent of capacity during a budget crisis, state leaders are turning to a nonprofit group to generate solutions, says the Dayton Daily News. The state has contracted with the Council of State Governments Justice Center to collect data on the criminal justice system, then develop possible solutions specifically tailored for the state.
Though Ohio's prison population declined from 1998 to 2004, it climbed 14 percent from 2005 to an all-time high of 41,273 in 2008. It dropped slightly in 2009. If existing policies remain unchanged, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction predicts, the prison population will rise 11 percent in the next decade.