New rules for Ohio jails vote Monday

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Voting with a criminal record (WDTN Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New standards for Ohio’s jails are up for a vote that cover everything from meals to emails.

The rules up for review include revised mental health standards and changes for suicide prevention.

A state committee of lawmakers will vote on the proposals Monday. It will be the first time Ohio’s jail standards have been updated since 2003.

One proposed change would allow jails to serve inmates two meals each day.

Several mental health agencies are supporting revisions that they say would improve treatment for mentally ill inmates.

Other changes would allow jail staff to review prisoners’ emails for security reasons and monitor and record inmate visits. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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