The program that allowed some inmates from Ohio lockups to work at the Governor's Residence remains on hold right now while state leaders take a look at problems with its operations. But a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services says the work that was being done by the inmates cannot be put on hold. Ron Sylvester explains five state employees who have already been working at state buildings have now been re-assigned to work at the Governor's residence. And he says a couple more people will likely be hired soon to take care of some of the duties that were being done by inmates in recent months. Sylvester says while the program is on hold for now, there is not a desire to stop it forever.
Problems with the inmate program surfaced earlier this year when questions were raised about inmates using it to smuggle contraband back to the prison. The inmate work program was finally suspended indefinitely when one of the inmates abused alcohol at residence so badly that he had to be treated at a medical facility.