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State-level reform efforts in Ohio are impacting where—and whether—people are incarcerated.

Ohio expanded a pilot program called “Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison,” which provides funding for counties that agree to treat and supervise individuals charged with certain low-level felonies instead of sending them to state prison.

According to the state, “By assisting local communities to manage these low-level offenders as a less costly, more effective alternative to state prison, this funding opportunity from [the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction] helped ensure that these individuals receive the essential treatment they need at the community level, while contributing to the reduction of Ohio's prison population."Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, “Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison (T-CAP),”