Toledo Correctional Institute Approved For $60,000 In Facility Upgrades
Local business to conduct smoke inspections, clean HVAC system

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $60,000 in state funds to the Toledo Correction Institution (ToCI) to obtain fire damper inspections and exhaust system cleaning from Toledo-based VC Systems, LLC. The state funding was approved today by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“Since its inception, Toledo Correction Institution has been committed to not only recruiting dedicated, hardworking staff, but also preparing its inmates to return to be active members of society and possess the skills needed for today’s workforce,” said Ashford. “The state investment approved today will help ensure the continued safety of the institution’s staff and volunteers.” 

Opened in 2000, the Toledo Correctional Institute currently houses approximately 1,200 inmates and is staffed by 409 employees. The funds approved today will help provide fire and smoke dampers inspections and the cleaning of exhaust systems, as required by Ohio safety codes every four years. The dampers and exhaust systems were installed sixteen years ago when the facility first opened and are due for cleaning and inspection. 

ToCI offers a wide range of programs and services to inmates to prepare them to successfully transition back into society and reduce recidivism. Programs include: Academic, GED and Adult Basic Education (ABLE) programs; apprenticeship programs for dog handling, maintenance work and more; and community activities like arts and crafts. 

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