Ohio takes big step by sending body cams to all its prisons

FILE - Annette Chambers-Smith, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, speaks during a groundbreaking celebration for the Alvis House expansion and renovation project Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio prisons system has announced its plan to deploy more than 5,000 body-worn cameras in all state prisons and adult parole authority offices. Chambers-Smith said Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, the cameras are another tool for the agency to help protect both staff members and inmates. .

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will deploy more than 5,000 body cameras in all 28 prisons and its adult parole authority offices by May, the state corrections agency director said Thursday.

The agency signed a five-year contract with Scottsdale, Arizona-based Axon for the cameras worth $6.9 million the first year and just over $3 million annually in the future, a cost that covers the cameras and remote storage of footage.

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