Sunday, November 9, 2003

Prosecutor sues state to block paroles

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason has sued Gov. Bob Taft and the Ohio Parole Board, seeking to block the early release of violent criminals from prison.

Mason said he tried for months but failed to work out a plan with the board that would have allowed his office to intervene in parole hearings for more than 2,500 of the state's most hardened inmates, roughly half from Cuyahoga County.

"They've been putting us off, and we can't do anything about it," he said.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections said on Friday that officials had not seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.

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