Dayton Correctional facility under investigation for misuse of funds

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio’s Inspector General is investigating how the Dayton Correctional Institution operates.

It received a complaint from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction concerning management and how it spends certain funds.

The investigation revealed that management oversight allowed administrators to increasingly ignore spending policies and procedures.

According to Deputy Inspector General Carl Enslen the investigation revealed more than $77,000 was spent out of the prison’s industry and entertainment fund over a period of about 18 months.

“There is some broad discretion in how the money can be used. Sometimes it’s for art classes or pottery classes,” said Enslen. “Essentially the use that was being found here was it was for music bands.”

Included in the 44-page report was the amount paid to different performers. 2 NEWS learned one person was paid $34,000 between 2011 and 2012.

Enslen said authorization for the spending was tracked to the prison’s business administrator, David Ragland, who has since retired.

2 NEWS talked to Ragland by phone. He said he did nothing wrong and all of the spending was legitimate.

Department of Corrections officials said they are in the process of reviewing the report and will have 60 days to determine what, if any action, will be taken such as criminal charges or changes in policy.

“The natural question is, “could there be more?” said Enslen. “The answer is, there could be. The main thing is you stop the bleeding immediately and address the problem. It appears there has been ample evidence provided in this investigation that they need to start managing more closely”.

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