Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                                                     

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                             Governor Bob Taft

TAFT ANNOUNCES $2.2 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT FOR OHIO JAILS

COLUMBUS (December 17, 2002) ó Governor Bob Taft today announced that four Ohio counties will receive a portion of a $2.2 million grant for the construction or renovation of full-service jails.  The funding was made available through the Federal Governmentís Violent Offender/Truth-In-Sentencing grant program and will be administered by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

 ďIím pleased that these federal funds will help us in our efforts to maintain and provide safe and adequate jail facilities,Ē Taft said. 

The following counties will receive funds:

Belmont County                            $1,290,000

Cuyahoga County                         $   270,000

Darke County                               $   701,860

Stark County                                $     27,000

Total                                            $2,288,860

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Contact:  Andrea Dean, DRC Public Information Office, at (614) 752-1150; or

               Joe Andrews, Governorís Office, at (614) 644-0957.