Governor Reviews Prison Inmates to be Released, SNAP Benefit Expansion


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Ohio Governor Mike Dewine used Tuesday's press conference regarding the Coronavirus outbreak to outline his plan to release some prisoners, and to expand the state's food stamp program, also known as SNAP.

DeWine says he will request that about 160 inmates be released from prison to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 behind bars. All of the inmates on his list are either at minimum-security prisons, and within 90 days of their scheduled release date, or are over age 60 and have conditions that make them especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Also on Tuesday, DeWine says everyone who is on the SNAP program will get the maximum benefits, and anyone who did not receive their maximum for the month will get an additional payment.

DeWine says recipients will also be eligible to receive food from their local food bank.