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Ohio

Map of Ohio with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

1

880

1.8k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

7,009

14%

Federal Facilities

568

23%

ICE Detention Centers

78

>100%

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

4,950

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Marion Correctional Institution

State Facilities

1,758230

Pickaway Correctional Institution

State Facilities

1,134178

Correctional Reception Center

State Facilities

1,128203

Elkton Federal Correctional Institution

Federal Facilities

568N/A

Ohio Reformatory For Women

State Facilities

348157

Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard

Data Reporting
& Quality Grade
F*

This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the state department of corrections in Ohio. Read more about our scoring methodology and to see how this jurisdiction compares to other state and federal systems.

Scores assessed as of May 10, 2021. Scores will be reevaluated on a monthly basis.

*

It initially appeared that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction reported the cumulative number of incarcerated people who have ever tested positive for COVID-19. However, we learned in April 2021 that the agency instead removes cases from its data when people are released from custody. This practice obscures the true toll of the coronavirus in Ohio prisons, and we have reduced the agency’s grade accordingly.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
Cumulative Casesnot reported

None

Cumulative Deathsreported at the facility level

By facility

Active Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Tests Administerednot reported

None

Populationnot reported

None

Vaccinationsnot reported

None

Data reporting for staff
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsreported at the facility level

By facility

Active Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Tests Administerednot reported

None

Populationnot reported

None

Vaccinationsnot reported

None

Data quality
Machine ReadableNo

No

Regularly UpdatedYes

Yes

Clearly DefinedNo

No

Contextualized HistoricallyYes

Yes

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID

5

number of courts

11

number of facilities

3

compassionate releases granted

16

filings coded by our team

Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.

For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)Date*Overall population reduction/ total # of releases**Population prior to releases***Known facility capacity****Release detailsSource
AllenAllen County Jailcourt3/23/202065228Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence, Other
ButlerButler County Jailcourt4/19/20202811033
Champaign Madison UnionTri-County jailcourt3/25/202064159Other
ClarkClark County Jailcourt3/25/202090Minor offenses, Other
ColumbianaColumbiana County Jailcourt4/13/202077164200Short remaining sentence, Other
  1. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.

  2. *date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.

  3. **total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.

  4. ***last reported inmate population before releases were realized

  5. ****capacity is often determined differently across jurisdictions and some facilities often report more than one capacity number. In these cases, we report the higher of the figures available.

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal/ externalEffort concernsSource
Marion5/14/2020Ohio Organizing CollectiveMarch/Protest–ExternalInternalAccelerated releases
Columbus StatehouseColumbus6/6/2020SURJ Columbus & Ohio Prisoners Justice LeagueUprising/Protest–InternalInternalAccelerated releases, Testing procedures, Sanitation improvements
Cuyahoga Couny JailCuyahoga5/29/2020Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail and the Ohio Organizing CollaborativeMarch/Protest–ExternalInternalAccelerated releases, Testing procedures, Sanitation improvements
Franklin Medical CenterColumbus4/20/2020People incarcerated at Franklin Medical CenterUprising/Protest–InternalExternalTesting procedures, Sanitation improvements
Marion Correctional InstitutionMarion5/6/2020People incarcerated at Marion Correctional InstitutionHunger StrikeExternalSanitation improvements
  1. You can find our full dataset here.