Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 May 1, 2003

STATE FUNDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION/RENOVATION OF FULL-SERVICE JAILS

COLUMBUS--Reginald A. Wilkinson, Director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) today announced that Paulding County will receive funding for the construction of a full-service jail. The amount of state funding for the jail project represents $35,000 per inmate bed for new construction. The funding became available as a result of Monroe County rescinding their 2000 jail construction grant.

Paulding County                       $1,820' 000                                                 52 Beds

"The State of Ohio is pleased to be able to assist Paulding County in helping to improve their justice process," said Wilkinson. "The disbursement of these jail construction funds is a good demonstration of state and local partnerships."

For additional information, please contact the Public Information Office, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction at (614) 752-1150.