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The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) thanks Gov. Mike DeWine for signing S.B. 310, which includes funding support for county jail construction and renovation. CCAO applauds and appreciates Gov. Mike DeWine, Senate President Larry Obhof and House Speaker Bob Cupp for their efforts in partnering with counties on this key priority.

“This jail construction funding continues our work in building a stronger state-county partnership,” said CCAO President Carl Davis. “These vital funds will assist counties with construction and renovation costs to help us meet the challenges of providing safe and secure county jail facilities that help to ensure public safety.”

Ohio’s county jails by their nature are faced with continued costly updates and repairs to the structural, mechanical and operating systems in order to provide an environment that is capable of addressing and managing the challenges of the inmate population. CCAO has expressed concern that in many instances our county jails are unable to adequately perform their mission within the criminal justice system due to their age and structural conditions. State capital funding for county jail construction and renovation, therefore, has been a major priority for counties.