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State Inspector General Report Claims Parole Officers Broke Arrest Policy

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The Ohio Prisons Department has 60 days to respond to the state's Inspector General report which claims that parole officers have been keeping people arrested for longer than policy allowed.

The state's top watchdog says some parole officers have violated policy on how parolees can be detained.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction asked the Inspector General to look into a series of complaints that several Ohio Adult Parole Authority officers were violating rules on holding parolees.

The investigation found those parole officers were keeping people arrested for parole violations longer than the agency’s policy allows, which is 20 business days. And the I.G. said the parole officers were not monitoring the status of parolees enough to prevent them from being detained longer than necessary.

The prisons department has 60 days to respond to the report.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.