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Rule 5120:1-7-03 | Introduction to minimum standards.


(A) Nothing contained in the "Minimum Standards For Jails In Ohio" shall be construed to prohibit a city, county, or combined city and/or county agency operating a local detention facility from adopting standards and requirements governing its own employees and facilities, provided that such rules meet or exceed and do not conflict with these standards.

(B) Pursuant to section 5120.10 of the Revised Code, a facility shall comply with the standards except that the director of the ODRC, or designee, may grant a variance when it is determined that:

(1) Strict compliance would cause unusual practical difficulties or financial hardships;

(2) Existing or alternative practices meet the intent of the standards, and the granting of a variance would not seriously affect the security of the facility, the supervision of inmates, or the safe, healthful operation of the facility.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5120.01, 5120.10
Amplifies: 5120.10
Five Year Review Date: 1/8/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 1/2/1981, 1/1/1983, 9/1/2011