Change in Plans for Reed Jail Sentence


(Zack Reed reported to the Solon Detention Center on Sept. 25, 2013/Courtesy: Solon Police Department)

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SOLON, Ohio — Cleveland city council member Zack Reed was scheduled to report to the Cleveland House of Corrections in Highland Hills Wednesday morning, but that did not happen.

Earlier this month, Reed was convicted of OVI and a large part of a 180-day sentence was suspended, leaving Reed to spend 10 days behind bars.

Reed will serve at the Solon Detention Facility instead.  He arrived there around 8:15 a.m.

A jail manager at the Cleveland House of Corrections said the change was made due to staffing and safety issues.

The City of Cleveland sent a statement via email that said:

“The City of Cleveland requested that Mr. Reed serve his time at a facility better designed to house a high profile prisoner. The dormitory style House of Corrections may have put the Councilman at risk because he may have been sharing quarters with individuals who were the subject of complaints by the Councilman or may have been impacted by laws Mr. Reed helped enact. While there was no specific threat, this decision was a proactive move to better ensure Mr. Reed’s safety during incarceration.”

The Solon Detention Center is a full-service, 26-bed jail that houses pre-sentenced and sentenced offenders.

The city of Solon said it is not unusual for the city to house prisoners by contract because of unique security needs or other circumstances.

In doing so, the city generates revenue to offset operating costs.

Reed had said he was looking forward to serving his time and putting the matter behind him.

He also said this was a wake-up call and he is working to get help for his self-admitted drinking problem.

Reed’s conviction did not affect him in the primary election, however.  He garnered more than 900 votes with the next closest opponent receiving less than 100.

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