Senator Eklund joins Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Director Gary Mohr, who was honored during the 50-State Public Safety Summit in Washington D.C.
 
COLUMBUS - State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) this week attended the 50-State Summit on Public Safety in Washington, D.C. The summit is held to better inform state policymakers on the national landscape for public safety concerns. 

“The time has come for public safety and corrections policy to be driven more by data analysis than by guesswork and suppositions,” said Senator Eklund. “Part of that analysis must factor in the very real impacts that behavioral health issues and the current drug crisis are having on the system."

Leaders from across the country gathered to discuss information about crime, corrections and behavioral health.
Both state and local elected officials recognize the importance of a strong, effective corrections system. As of January 2017, Ohio had a reported 50,362 inmates, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. The Ohio Senate remains committed to improving Ohio's corrections system and working to ensure that inmates can return to society  ready to contribute to their communities.

"Ohio’s numbers are slowly but steadily improving, and thoughtful efforts among the states to make purposeful, positive change will ultimately benefit us all,” added Eklund.

The summit, held November 13 through 14, was organized by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG) in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). 
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“The time has come for public safety and corrections policy to be driven more by data analysis than by guesswork and suppositions,” said Senator Eklund. “Part of that analysis must factor in the very real impacts that behavioral health issues and the current drug crisis are having on the system."