In these first two segments, we’re going to learn about Jerrie Mock—and about local artists who helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of her pioneering flight around the world.
Dozens of state agencies are telling Ohio legislative leaders and Governor-Elect John Kasich that they will have to order drastic layoffs and other cuts in services if the looming state budget crisis forces them to trim their spending by 10%. The scenario from the corrections department is especially startling.
Ohio prisons are overcrowded, more than 130 percent above capacity. And prisoner to guard ratios are the highest among any of Ohio’s neighboring states. But, numbers fail to accurately reflect day-to-day operations at a state prison. WOSU recently traveled to a medium security prison in Chillicothe for this look behind prison doors.
A spokesman for the union that represents prison guards working at state lockups says he’s optimistic that conditions will improve at the Mansfield Correctional Institution.
A union leader says some corrections officers are being targeted for potential violence amid rising tensions at a state prison in north-central Ohio.
Ohio’s prison population is close to an all-time high — nearly 51,000. In a few more years, it’s projected to grow to 65,000. Governor Ted Strickland is proposing ways to stem the rising tide, by diverting more non-violent convicts away from state prisons to community-based programs…and by letting some prison inmates out early, if they improve themselves. But some of the governor’s plan is meeting with mixed reactions. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
About 20 prisons workers Friday picketed the Corrections medical Center south of Columbus.
Former Ohio prison inmate thinks stillborn could have been prevented; Prison and hospital officials say otherwise
In November 2006 a woman from Tipp City entered Ohio’s prison system – she was about four months pregnant. By the end of February the eight month old fetus was dead. Hill alleges the prison system and hospital should have done more to try to save her unborn child. But officials say they took every necessary precaution. In the second part of a two-part series, WOSU asks the prison and hospital if inmates get top notch care.
A former Ohio prison inmate who had a stillbirth in 2007 says more should have been done to save the baby
The pitter patter of little feet racing around a house is an unmistakable sound for parents, especially moms. It’s a sign the child is growing from tiny, helpless infant to independent toddler. This time last year a mother of four from Tipp City was looking forward to these kinds of milestones for a fifth time. But something went wrong. WOSU tells this woman’s story about having a stillbirth as an Ohio prison inmate.
Moms all across Ohio will wake up tomorrow morning and give their children big Christmas hugs. They’ll watch as their little ones tear open presents. Later they’ll dine on turkey and ham. But for some Ohio mothers their Christmas came earlier and was much less conventional. WOSU’s Mandie Trimble spent part of a Saturday morning earlier this month at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. There she witnessed what Christmas is like for moms behind bars.
Ohio’s penitentiaries are well beyond their intended capacities. In the second part of a two-part series, WOSU asks judges and lawyers what they think the causes and solutions are to the bulging cell bars.