Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Sherrod Brown at Ohio military installation
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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, March 8:

photo of prison bars
WIKIMEDIA

The head of Ohio’s government watchdog agency has found what he’s calling “rampant fraud, waste and abuse” in the inmate vocational training program that operates 33 shops at 13 prisons.

photo of Gary Mohr at cabin
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A new state partnership has formed to increase the number of cabins available at Ohio’s parks -- built by Ohio’s inmates. 

While touring the Ohio Department of Natural Resources park at the Ohio State Fair, visitors can spot a newly built, single unit, air conditioned cabin. The cabin is a prototype of what the state plans to put in about 24 of its parks.

Inmates housed at the Chillicothe prison will be in charge of building more than 60 of these cabins.