Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio largest counties are sending fewer people to prison than a decade ago.
An analysis of state prison records by The Plain Dealer newspaper (http://bit.ly/18OpntE ) showed that the number of people sent to prison from the state's largest county, Cuyahoga (KY-uh-HOH'-guh), in fiscal year 2013 was down 38 percent from 2003.
And that number is down 16 percent in Franklin County, 19 percent in Hamilton County, 33 percent in Lucas County, and 6 percent in Montgomery County.
Officials in Cuyahoga County attribute the decrease to several factors, including more programming options for low-level felons, a fall in the overall crime rate, and an end of the crack-cocaine epidemic that once filled prisons.
Officials say those being sent to prison now are the most violent and troubled felons.