Better Roads at a Lower Cost
We advocate for prison reform and voluntary work release programs. For violent offenses, we still want these offenders to have the option to work to benefit themselves and reduce their burden to society. Obviously, we do not want these violent prisoners to be released from a secure facility.
Super-slab and paver roads tend to last longer in the Ohio climate. Super-slabs are large sections of roadways that are made of concrete and delivered to the job site by truck. Super-slabs are manufactured under controlled conditions and cure better than poured in place slabs of concrete. These slabs can be pre-stressed and tend to be stronger and more robust than poured-in-place concrete. It is much faster to build a road from super-slabs than pour in place roads.
The proposal is simple, allow violent prisoners to volunteer to work in secure concrete production infrastructure facilities that produce specific products for the state of Ohio. Will this cost jobs in the private sector? No. Private contractors would still rip out existing roads, grade and prepare the road base in preparation of the slab. They would install Super-slabs that are manufactured by prisoners, and then they would apply a sacrificial layer of blacktop on top of the Super-slab. While some concrete pour-in-place jobs are displaced, due to the pace at which Super-slabs can be installed, more jobs will be created in the private sector. Ohioans will pay less for roads over time, and more roadways are repaired every year.