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Gov. DeWine Makes Changes To Ohio's Parole Board

Ohio Parole Board
Ohio Parole Board

After a former member slammed the state parole board for secrecy, a lack of diversity and some work ethics issues, Gov. Mike DeWine has proposed changes and added three new members. 

DeWine wants to allow video conferencing at parole board hearings but allow victims’ statements to be shielded.  He also wants the prisons department to develop a new program to help offenders upon release. And he says the Parole Board itself will undergo training to help it be more effective. 

This comes a few months after former parole board member Shirley Smith said the parole board staff wasn’t diverse and its decisions were often unfair to inmates. And she said parole board members were able to vote on cases without attending hearings, acting "without integrity, humanity or decency."

DeWine has also named three new board members: the state assistant public defender, an assistant prosecutor from Clark County, and Glenn Holmes, who will resign his seat in the Ohio House

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.