Governor asks for review of state's jail inspections process

Posted at 11:56 AM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 11:56:56-04

CLEVELAND (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has asked for a review of the state's jail inspections process after discrepancies in reports about a county jail where eight inmates died in 2018.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's 2017 report showed few issues with Cuyahoga County's jail other than overpopulation. reports U.S. marshals in 2018 found "inhumane" conditions, including civil rights abuses, attacks on inmates and staff withholding food and water from inmates.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish says he relied heavily on state inspections in determining jail safety. The Democrat asked for the marshal's inspection after seven inmates died.

Ohio recently reported the jail out of compliance with 84 standards

DeWine says Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction director will review the inspection process and report to him.