Power at Ohio prisons restricted during peak hours


Power is being restricted at most Ohio prisons, which for some means warmer temperatures inside facilities.

According to a source at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, 24 of 26 institutions are part of a program in which the facilities must cut power usage during peak periods.

Electric companies need more power due to the current heat wave, and the restriction is to serve that need, according Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith.

London Correctional Institution had its first power restriction Monday. During that time, the prison’s showers were turned off because backup generators were in use.

Prisoner living areas have never had air conditioning, Smith said.

The DRC said to keep prisoners cool water and ice is available and officials turn off the lights and open windows and cell doors wherever they can. They also have ceiling fans, floor fans and outdoor sprinkler areas.

KOREnergy administers the power buyback program, according to the DRC.


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