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Troubled Cuyahoga County Jail To Get Monthly State Inspections


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered the state to conduct monthly inspections of the troubled Cuyahoga County Jail. 

DeWine is more than doubling the size of the jail inspections team following a reviewprompted by discrepancies in reports about the lockup where eight inmates died in 2018. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's 2017 report showed few issues other than overpopulation. But a year later, a U.S. Marshals Service report found "inhumane" conditions and civil rights abuses. DeWine says adding more staff will allow inspectors to conduct more comprehensive reviews. He wants inspectors to be able to conduct unannounced inspections. He also wants jails to be required to tell inspectors when there's an inmate death or violence behind bars.