Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 28, 1996

PRISON BED CAPACITY CALCULATION TO CHANGE JULY 1, 1996

(Columbus) -- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson today announced the implementation of a new method for calculating prison bed capacity. Capacity figures are used to gauge prison crowding and to maximize the use of resources such as funding, programming and staff.

Ohio's method of calculating capacity has remained essentially the same for the past decade and is based on the premise of single-bunking. In an effort to reflect "true" capacity, and remain consistent with the most recent edition of the American Correctional Association's Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions, the Department has elected to revise the methodology used in calculating capacity.

"Our prisons are not going to be any more or less crowded as a result of this move. Our aim is simply to ascertain an accurate level of crowding so that we can better address it," said Wilkinson. "We have been evolving in this direction over the past few years. Certainly the recent construction of several dormitory-style prisons consciously designed to support double bunking as needed led to the decision to change the way we determine capacity."

The revised calculation system also recognizes that while short-term segregation beds for rule violators should not be included in capacity figures, long-term beds in Administrative and Local Control units, which house serious or repeat offenders for long periods of time, can and should be calculated as permanent bed space.

Prison staff are currently calculating bed space based on the revised standards. The new system will go into effect on July 1, 1996.

For more information contact the Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.


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