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Fri. 11:49am: Ohio prisons use force more often against blacks

July 12, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

COLUMBUS (AP) - Prison staff members use force more often against black inmates than whites, according to new state-commissioned report.

The report by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee released Thursday showed that nearly 65 percent of "use of force" incidents in 2012 involved blacks, who make up about 46 percent of the total prison population. Force incidents involving white inmates, who make up about 52 percent of the prison population, accounted for about 34 percent of the incidents.

Overall, there was a drop in the total number of use-of-force incidents last year. The 4,203 incidents were a 17 percent drop from 2011, The Columbus Dispatch reported in a story Friday.

The committee that produced the report was created by the Legislature to help oversee the state prison system. The numbers came from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said the racial disparity in use of force is "a concern to us and something we will be looking at."



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