Prisons in Ohio have a large population of people addicted to heroin and painkillers, an official told the state Senate Finance Committee this week.
State Prisons Director Gary Mohr said judges send offenders to prison after they relapse several times, the Associated Press reports.
“They kept coming back, and at some point in time, judges said, ‘I have to vacate this probation and send you to prison,’” Mohr said.
Mark Schweikert, Director of the Ohio Judicial Conference, agreed judges are sending some drug-addicted people to prison in an effort to save them. “They continue to use and the only way they can keep the person drug-free for a considerable period of time is send them to prison.”