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Richardson Urges Action on Private Prisons

Last week, Cincinnati attorney and candidate for Ohio Treasurer, Rob Richardson sent a letter to current Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel urging him to conduct a fiscal and economic impact study into Ohio’s prison system.

“I’m writing out of a deeply personal concern about one of the most devastating trends over the last decade in Ohio. With the rise of for-profit, private prisons, Ohio now has one of the highest levels of mass incarceration in the country, tearing families apart and costing taxpayers $1 billion every year,” writes Richardson. “Taxpayers have a right to know how much of their tax dollars are being used to line the pockets of private prisons. This money could be used to more adequately invest in education equality, affordable healthcare, and better paying jobs. By re-focusing our state’s resources into lifting people up, rather than locking them up, we can keep more families together and grow our state’s economy.”

Rob Richardson is a former chairman of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees. During his tenure he established the UC Scholars Academy for students in Cincinnati Public Schools, where he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for student scholarships. He also founded the 1819 Innovation Hub, where university students have the chance to interact with the private sector, helping to design, test, and improve products and processes for private companies.

Richardson has been a longtime advocate for workers’ rights as a marketing construction representative. He also serves of counsel with the law firm Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, where he specializes in securities litigation.


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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:12 -0700.

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