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Inmate Escapes From Ohio Correctional Facility

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An Ohio inmate escapes from Northwest Community Correction Center in Bowling Green on Wednesday night.
11:39AM
September
18, 2014

Authorities say they are searching for an inmate who escaped from a northwest Ohio correctional facility.

Union: Prison Learned Of Escape Plans Day Earlier

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A Union representative says prison officials in Lima were warned the day ahead of a prison escape by convicted killer T. J Lane.
2:33PM
September 12, 2014

The union representing Ohio guards says prison officials were warned about an escape the day before three inmates scrambled over a fence for a few hours of freedom before being recaptured.

Prison Guards Blame Food Vendor For Maggots, Security Problems

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7:29AM
July
31, 2014

There are problems with maggots, food shortages and contraband in state prisons, and the committee that inspects those facilities is blaming a private vendor hired by the prison system.

Solar Panel Array To Help Heat, Power Ohio Prison

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The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction holds tours Wednesday at the prison, 50 miles south of Columbus.
9:40AM
July
16, 2014

Ohio has unveiled a large solar project at a prison aimed at saving $245,000 in annual energy costs while training inmates to install and maintain the panels as a route to future jobs.

Maggots Found In Food At Prisons In Marysville, Trumbull County

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Aramark Correctional Services is a private company with the contract to feed Ohio prison inmates.
8:31AM
July
8, 2014

The private company charged with feeding Ohio prison inmates says maggots were found in food and serving equipment at two Ohio prisons.

Does Ohio Have Enough Oversight Of Booster Clubs?

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state has increased oversight of booster clubs, including making a club file a report with the attorney general's office if the club has more than $25,000 in assets
8:26AM
May 27, 2014

Two Mansfield boosters are headed to prison after pleading guilty to stealing tens of thousands of dollars. With that case in mind, WOSU’s sports podcast After the Score asked Ohio Attorney General MIke DeWine if the state has enough oversight of booster clubs.

Ohio Settles With D.O.J. Over Isolating Youth Inmates

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Ohio's four youth prisons now house more than 400 boys and girls.
12:29PM
May
21, 2014

The state of Ohio has settled with the federal government in a dispute over the use of solitary confinement as discipline for juvenile inmates with mental health disorders.

Kasich Sides With Parole Board, Commutes Death Sentence

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Kasich reduced Tyler's sentence to life without the possibility of parole, rejecting requests that Tyler be made eligible for parole for possible release.
8:50AM
May
1, 2014

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich has granted clemency to a condemned inmate scheduled to die this month after being convicted of killing a Cleveland produce vendor.

Ohio Prisons Cracking Down On Smuggled Cellphones

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The Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections is cracking down on cellphones smuggled into its prison.
11:22AM
April
25, 2014

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says it is cracking down on cellphones smuggled into the state’s prisons. New electronic equipment is able to track down the phones.

Ohio Prisons Cashing In On Inmate Phone Calls

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Prisoners in Ohio are charged a lot to make local phone calls out of prison.
6:40AM
March
17, 2014

Inmates and their families pay a lot of hidden costs for basic items and services. The state and private vendors are making a lot of money as they provide these services. One private company collected $21 million last year on prison calls in Ohio.