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Ohio Considers Changes To Inmate Mental Health Treatment

12:00AM
January
26, 2011

The treatment of the mentally ill has been in the news a lot lately. Ohio is considering changing how it treats prison inmates with mental illness. Some health professionals say it could put inmates’ lives at risk.

Ohio Prison Officials Brace For Budget Cutbacks.

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12:00AM
December 3, 2010

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 Inmates Cope with Overcrowding

A view inside one of the general population dorms. 141 inmates live in this dorm.
12:00AM
May 19, 2009

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.

Mansfield Prison Guards Optimistic Conditions Will Improve

12:00AM
April
8, 2009

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.

Union Officials: Guards Targeted at Mansfield Prison

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April
1, 2009

A union leader says some corrections officers are being targeted for potential violence amid rising tensions at a state prison in north-central Ohio.

Criminal Sentencing Reform Gets Mixed Reactions

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February
12, 2009

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.

Prison Workers Picket over Job Cuts

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May
30, 2008

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

Rebecca Hill holds a picture of her fifth child, Elijah Paul Barnes, who was stillborn in 2007.
12:00AM
March 31, 2008

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

Rebecca Hill hold a picture of her fifth child, Elijah Paul Barnes, who was stillborn in 2007.
12:00AM
March 31, 2008

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.

Incarcerated moms get to spend a special Christmas day with their children

Alice Torres(upper right) and her family
12:00AM
December 24, 2007

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.