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The observation tower at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, which is one of only four prisons not in quarantine for COVID-19. It's a maximum security facility and inmates are housed in cells.

Prison Workers Union says COVID-19 is Creating Chaotic Conditions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — 23 percent of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio are prison workers or inmates, and 31 inmates and workers have died. Ohio is the first state to do mass testing at three prisons. But the union representing prison workers says those facilities are still dangerous. Ohio prisons director Annette… Read More

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Ohio Corrections Director Outlines How Prisons are Coping in this Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — Gov. Mike DeWine used his Thursday briefing on coronavirus in Ohio to provide some insight into what the state’s prisons are doing to battle the pandemic within their walls. Mass testing was conducted at Ohio’s prisons in April. At that time almost 3,800 inmates tested positive for COVID-19, according to the… Read More

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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

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Ohio Now Releasing Daily Numbers on Coronavirus Testing in Prisons

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Seventeen people have been tested for coronavirus in five Ohio prisons – 13 results were negative and the rest are pending, and those inmates are in isolation. Those numbers come from a new daily update that the state is now providing on testing in prisons and youth facilities. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio… 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

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Kentucky’s Overcrowded Jails Full of Nonviolent Offenders

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s overcrowded jails are filled with nonviolent offenders who pose little risk, according to an analysis by the Administrative Office of the Courts reported in the Lexington Herald-Leader. The analysis looked at every defendant in custody on Nov. 1, 2018. It found that of the 6,796 defendants eligible for release, approximately 71 percent… Read More

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State Prison Inmates May be Offered Tattoo Removal Services

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State prison officials say inmates in Ohio prisons may soon be offered tattoo removal services. The Dayton Daily News reports that Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Annette Chambers-Smith says the state is researching costs and logistics of removing tattoos on prisoners’ faces, necks and hands. She says tattoos can hurt inmates’… 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