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COLUMBUS — Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) announced today that the state has approved $800,000 in funds to the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for energy conservation, recycling and inmate training programs.

The Energy Conservation and Sustainability Program aims to reduce energy costs, waste disposal fees, and overall water usage in Ohio prisons.

The funds will also be used to provide Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training to inmates in state facilities. This training will improve the chances for employment upon release for inmates.

“These programs will lead to reduced taxpayer expenses, lower recidivism rates and provide job training to individuals who have served their debt to society and are re-entering the workforce,” said Widener.

The approved funds will also be used to expand energy conservation and recycling programs at state prisons. These programs will cut the costs to the state of Ohio through recycling and energy conservation efforts.

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