Auditor recommends analysis of Ohio prison system’s fleet

Pickaway Correctional Institution. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Pickaway Correctional Institution. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor is recommending Ohio’s prison system collect data on its fleet of hundreds of vehicles as a way to cut costs.

Auditor David Yost says the agency should study vehicle mileage and use, maintenance and repair expenses, and fuel use and expenses.

Yost also recommends the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction put in place a system that allows the agency to continually track vehicle use.

Yost says a real-time data tracking system could save the agency about $200,000 a year as it studies mileage, fuel and maintenance costs and engine hours.

The prisons department has about 1,200 vehicles, most of which are cars, vans, pickup trucks and minivans. 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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