Strickland Asked To Suspend Inmate Program Where He Lives


An Ohio state senator on Wednesday asked Gov. Ted Strickland to suspend a program that allows inmates to spend their nights in prison and work in Strickland's residence during the day.

State Sen. David Goodman, a New Albany Republican, sent Strickland a letter, saying that the program is out of control.

"This is alarming to me," Goodman said.  "It's something that's a security risk, not only to the people in the neighborhood, but to the Governor and the people who work in our institutions."

WEB EXTRA:  Read Goodman's Letter To Strickland (PDF File) | SPECIAL SECTION:  10 Investigates

10 Investigates' discovered that the inmate program has created a wave of wrongdoing at the Governor's Residence.

We uncovered reports that inmates were left unsupervised, smuggled contraband and even had access to alcohol at some points.

Last week, Ohio Inspector General Thomas Charles issued a report that found much of the same. 

His report indicated that the Governor's Residence had become a "mule station" for contraband, flowing to prisoners and into prison.

Goodman's letter failed to acknowledge the steps the administration has already taken, and continues to take, to improve the program and the security concerns identified in the report. 

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