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Gary Mohr, Director of the ODRC: Reverse the Illegal Privitization of Prisoner's Accounts.
  • Petitioned Gary Mohr,

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Director of the ODRC
Gary Mohr,

Gary Mohr, Director of the ODRC: Reverse the Illegal Privitization of Prisoner's Accounts.

    1. ben Turk
    2. Petition by

      ben Turk

      Columbus, OH

Starting September 17, 2012, JPay, a private corporation took over processing all prisoners’ money orders. We, the undersigned object to this new policy for the following reasons:
1. JPay will charge a processing fee of $1.50. This fee amounts to an illegal tax on prisoners’ family and supporters. The legislature must approve all taxes. There is no guarantee that JPay won’t increase this tax in the future.
2. Prior to September 17th, interest from prisoner’s accounts goes into the “I&E” fund, that helps pay for prisoners’ entertainment, recreation equipment, and going home funds. The new scheme allows JPay, a private company, to invest the prisoner’s money and take interest as profits. What will happen with the “I&E” funded programs? Who is insuring that the prisoners’ money will be safe if JPay’s investments fail and they go bankrupt?
3. How can prisoners resolve complaints with JPay? Would it cost a prisoner to mail a complaint to JPay?
4. JPay's system is only accessible to prisoner visitors and with the use of internet connection. This reduces access for friends and family, particularly elderly, low income and non-visitors from being able to send funds or maintain connection with prisoners.
5. Most importantly, why has the ODCR handed over personal information of prisoners’ friends and families to this private company? That is illegal. ODRC claims JPay will not have access to the information, but it is impossible for JPay to process and verify the authenticity of the funds without this information.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • doug matler CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Unfair competition, permitting no room for other vendors to conduct business

    • anita pearson CLEVELAND, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      There should be no fees and no private info should be passed along

    • Cindy McElvain LANCASTER, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      I have loved ones inside and their families don't have internet or can't read or write enough to use the internet to send funds.

    • christopher knecht CINCINNATI, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      The Ohio Prison Project is interested in litigating over this issue. If this is a tax issue it should be challenged in court. Our address is above to help facilitate such.

    • Genelle Denzin COLUMBUS, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      It is unethical and illegal to collect this kind of data and charge fees like this. Basically you have a state-sponsored slavery system where inmates generate free labor and support multiple industries that have exploited their needs to contact the outside world not only with this corporation, but with the phone charges as well. This is a brutal attempt to steal from the poorest of the poor.


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