COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate launched hearings Tuesday on legislation that would solidify the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s decision to sell its prison farms.
SB 364 is a larger land conveyance bill, allowing the sale or transfer of 30 state-owned properties.
The list includes 7,400-plus acres of farmland, formerly operated by prisoners as part of rehabilitation and job-training efforts, in Allen, Fairfield, Lorain, Madison, Marion, Pickaway, Richland, Ross, Scioto and Warren counties.
All the sites are situated near state prison facilities. Some includ agricultural or residential structures.
SB 364 would pave the way for the sale of another DRC site — a single-family residence at 6598 S. Timberidge Ave. in Austintown in Mahoning County. There’s also language allowing the sale of a 2,600-square-foot building at College Street and Pleasant Lane in East Liverpool owned by Kent State University.
Many of the sites would be sold at auction to the highest bidder.