Friday, June 4, 2021 4:23 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio prison system is piloting the use of body worn cameras by guards and parole officers. The agency is currently seeking proposals for cameras for guards at Chillicothe Correctional Institution in southern Ohio and the supermax Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown. It's also piloting the cameras' use for adult parole officers in Cleveland and Dayton. Annette Chambers-Smith is the director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She told The Columbus Dispatch that she believes the cameras will reduce assaults on staff and improve staff accountability. The cameras would be on top of the 6,500 security cameras across the system.