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Advocates for Prisoners in Ohio’s Lockups say Thousands Should be Released Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has its first inmate death due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine says an inmate at the Pickaway Correctional Institution has passed away. Last week, a corrections officer at the Marion Correctional Institution died from the illness. Governor Mike DeWine has recommended more than 200 prisoners be released from Ohio’s… Read More

Sherry Russell discusses the death of her son at the Gallia County Jail in southern Ohio at her medical care business in Rio Grande, Ohio.

Families of Inmates Who Died, Hurt at Gallia Co. Jail Seek Answers

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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) — Families of inmates who died or were seriously injured at a small Ohio county jail in the last year are seeking answers about what happened to their loved ones. Records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with former inmates and family members of deceased prisoners show evidence of uneven care… Read More

This Feb. 20, 2019 file photo, shows the exterior of the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center in Cleveland.

Probe: Guards, Gang Members Smuggled Drugs Into Jail

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Prosecutors say guards at the troubled county jail in Cleveland worked with gang members to sell drugs to inmates. State prosecutors on Wednesday charged two corrections officers and one gang member with running a criminal enterprise inside the Cuyahoga County jail. The indictment says the two guards, Stephen Thomas and Marvella Sullivan,… Read More

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Profiting Off Prisoners: State Inmates Mean Big Bucks for Local Jails

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Rural jails in Kentucky are increasingly relying on income derived from payments for holding state prisoners in county facilities, according to a new report by a think tank that advocates for criminal justice reform. To address overcrowding, states make payments to counties to hold convicted prisoners and pretrial detainees. States save money, and counties get… Read More