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Prison News | Ohio

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Ohio. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.


Education & Rehabilitation

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

  • Ohio Death Row Inmate Has Sentence Reduced To 30-To-Life
    A judge reduced the sentence of an Ohio death row inmate Thursday to 30 years to life after his conviction was overturned based on new evidence suggesting his infant daughter's death was accidental....[more]

Gangs in Prison

  • Members and Associates of Vic Boys Street Gang Arrested and Indicted
    The Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force, an FBI-sponsored task force, announces the arrest of Vic Boys criminal street gang members and their associates after a Mahoning County grand jury returned a 48-count indictment charging nine people for their participation in the Youngstown-area criminal street gang and four others because of their association with the criminal street gang. In addition, three people were charged through the Mahoning County Juvenile Court for their participation in the criminal street gang....[more]

  • Bid to smuggle contraband into Lucas County jail brings 4-year term
    Maples, 19, of 818 Fernwood Ave. was sentenced to four years in prison on one count of conveying illegal drugs into a detention facility...[more]

  • Jail operator sold; to focus on re-entry services
    The companies will work to reduce the repeat-offender rate. ...[more]

  • Do Women Have it Better than Men in Prison?
    A recent study conducted by Ohio and New Mexico researchers found that women in prison have better social supports, and participate in......[more]

Health & Medical Treatment

No recent news for Ohio in this category.

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Escape draws heightens concerns at Ohio prison
    LIMA, Ohio -- The escape by three inmates, including the killer of three students in the 2012 Chardon High School rampage, from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution drew accusations from union officials about inadequate staffing levels and security problems at the facility....[more]

  • Ohio’s prison population expected to increase
    Columbus — Two years ago, lawmakers adopted sweeping reforms to crime and punishment in Ohio on the promise that it would lead to fewer inmates in the state prison system and taxpayers would save big money. But so far the changes have not paid off....[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

Prison Life & Culture

  • Ohio prisons, private vendor, developing new menu
    Inmates and staff were surveyed about current foods they like and dislike, along with items they want eliminated or added, according to a list of responses by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to recommendations by a legislative oversight committee.

    The agency also said it has raised the bar for determining when Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services must take action based on evaluations. Previously, action plans were required if evaluation scores fell below 80 percent. The agency has raised that to 84 percent, according to the recommendations provided by agency director Gary Mohr....[more]

  • Ohio inmates advise students on 'what not to do'
    LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — At one time, the four men standing in front of the roomful of eighth-graders at W.S. Guy Middle School were just like them.

    They were making their transitions from childhood to adulthood — about to step up from junior high to high school.

    They had their dreams about what they wanted out of life. For them, it was careers in law enforcement, engineering, construction and sports....[more]

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio man freed after spending 20 years in prison for a murder that his attorneys say he didn't commit has sued those responsible for his conviction, accusing them of taking advantage of his mental illness and railroading him into confessing.

    The civil rights lawsuit, filed in federal court in Cleveland on Monday, says that Richland County Prosecutor James Mayer......[more]

  • Cleveland man confesses to murders, rapes, sentenced to 445 years
    CHICAGO, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A former neighbor of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro pleaded guilty on Monday to murders and rapes committed nearly two decades ago and was sentenced to more than 400 years in prison with no chance of parole, prosecutors said....[more]

  • Ariel Castro had a Bible open next to him and a list of his children's names next to him when he hanged himself
    Details about Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro’s suicide have revealed that he hanged himself in his prison cell and left notes with Bible verses and the names of his children and grandchildren written beside him....[more]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Castro's victims have 'mixed feelings' about his suicide because of the bond they shared with him for ten years
    Ariel Castro's victims have mixed feelings about the suicide of the man they spent ten years of their life with due to the warped bond they shared with him, MailOnline can reveal today....[more]

  • Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, who held 3 women captive for a decade, will be isolated from inmates in prison
    CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland man sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and raping three women over the last decade will start his term isolated from other inmates....[more]

  • Captor to captive: What's in store for Ariel Castro?
    (CNN) -- Though one of the women Ariel Castro kidnapped, raped and held against her will for 11 years told him during his sentencing hearing that his hell was "just beginning," that may not exactly be the case....[more]

  • Do Women Have it Better than Men in Prison?
    A recent study conducted by Ohio and New Mexico researchers found that women in prison have better social supports, and participate in......[more]

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

  • Ohio Man Jailed, Said He Shot at Jewish Center
    An Ohio man is in jail after police received a tip about an online video where he identified himself as the shooter at a Jewish community center, an incident that hadn’t happened yet. James Reardon, 20, was arrested Friday on charges of telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing, the FBI said, reports USA Today. ...[more]

  • Inmate dies after assault at jail
    DAYTON — An inmate who suffered serious injuries in an assault at the Tri-County Jail died early Friday morning at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton....[more]

  • Ohio inmate walks away from work assignment crew along Interstate 70, search under way
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State prisons officials say an inmate has walked away from a work assignment along Interstate 70 near London, Ohio. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said 28-year-old Spencer Johnson left an outside ......[more]

Suicides in Prison

  • State to pay cost of Cleveland kidnapper autopsy
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state prisons agency has agreed to reimburse county taxpayers for the autopsy of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro after his prison suicide last year....[more]

  • Ohio death row inmate called suicide inevitable
    COLUMBUS, OHIO — An Ohio death row inmate who killed himself just days before his execution called his suicide inevitable in a three-page note and expressed resentment that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro got a life sentence, according to a police report released Thursday....[more]

  • Ariel Castro found dead in prison
    Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has been found dead inside his cell at the Correction Reception Centre in Orient, Ohio, according to prison authorities....[more]

  • Man Who Held Ohio Women Captive Is Found Dead
    Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man sentenced last month to life in prison for holding three women captive in his home for a decade, was found hanging in his prison cell on Tuesday night after apparently committing suicide, officials said. He was later declared dead at the hospital....[more]

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