COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials plan to spend $200,000 for a consultant to help reduce inmate sexual assaults in the state's youth prisons.
The money will be spent to develop a "zero-tolerance" culture for sexual assault in juvenile prisons in Ohio, which have been labeled among the worst in the nation for the attacks.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ejDVoD ) reports that the state Controlling Board on Tuesday authorized the Ohio Department of Youth Services to spend $74,930 this year and $124,930 next year to get expert help in complying with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
A report by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics ranked Ohio among four states with the highest rates of sexual assaults against juveniles. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) responded by setting up an emergency task force.