Report: cost of lost Ohio inmate property rising

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report says the cost of lost or stolen Ohio prison inmate property rose 28 percent over the past five years.

The report by the state's Correctional Institution Inspection Committee says the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville in central Ohio paid $12,243 in property reimbursements during that time, the most statewide.

The report released Monday says the facilities with the highest reimbursement rates last year were Franklin Medical Center in Columbus and the state's highest security institutions.

The report says prisons reimbursed inmates a total of $128,011 from 2009 through 2013 for property loss, a figure that does not include awards through the Ohio Court of Claims.

The bipartisan prison inspection committee says Ohio is improving the training of guards related to packing up inmates' belongings.

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