Report: fights up at private prison in Ohio - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Report: fights up at private prison in Ohio

Posted: Updated:

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A new report says fights and disturbances have increased at a now privatized state prison in northeast Ohio.

The Correctional Institutions Inspection Committee's report documents findings from a surprise committee visit last month to the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut.

The report says the committee found a high presence of gang activity, illegal substance abuse and frequent extortion among other problems. The report also says prison staff hesitated to use appropriate force and noted low staff morale.

The Dayton Daily News reports a Corrections Corp. of America spokesman disputes the findings. He says there have been significant security upgrades and gang activity declined since the company took over the prison last January.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • East Palestine football players raise awareness about ALS

    East Palestine football players raise awareness about ALS

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:42:18 GMT
    One local high school football team took the ALS ice bucket challenge to new heights Thursday night.More >>
    One local high school football team took the ALS ice bucket challenge to new heights Thursday night.More >>
  • UPDATED

    Jury finds Youngstown man guilty of murder

    Jury finds Youngstown man guilty of murder

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:14:38 GMT
    Janero MitchellJanero Mitchell
    A jury has determined that 29 year old Janero Mitchell is guilty.More >>
    A jury has determined that 29 year old Janero Mitchell is guilty.More >>
  • Police announce arrests in Youngstown homicide

    Police announce arrests in Youngstown homicide

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:23:12 GMT
    The Youngstown Police Department has made an arrest in the Sunday August 17th murder of Shawn Cortez.Police plan to hold a conference Friday, August 22nd at 1p.m. to announce the criminal charges being filed against the 9 adult and 4 juvenile defendants. 21 News will carry the press conference live here on wfmj.com.The Mahoning County Grand Jury secretly indicted 14 people on Thursday in connection with Cortez's homicide.Seventeen-year-old Cortez was murdered in a shooting on Winona Ave.Polic...More >>
    The Youngstown Police Department has made an arrest in the Sunday August 17th murder of Shawn Cortez.Police plan to hold a conference Friday, August 22nd at 1p.m. to announce the criminal charges being filed against the 9 adult and 4 juvenile defendants. 21 News will carry the press conference live here on wfmj.com.The Mahoning County Grand Jury secretly indicted 14 people on Thursday in connection with Cortez's homicide.Seventeen-year-old Cortez was murdered in a shooting on Winona Ave.Polic...More >>
  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

    Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:04:19 GMT
    A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.More >>
    A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.More >>
  • State won't sell naming rights for Ohio Turnpike

    State won't sell naming rights for Ohio Turnpike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:30:13 GMT
    Ohio will pursue opportunities to collect revenue through sponsorships along the state turnpike but will not sell naming rights for the 241-mile toll road.More >>
    Ohio will pursue opportunities to collect revenue through sponsorships along the state turnpike but will not sell naming rights for the 241-mile toll road.
    More >>
  • Ohio State president meets with band leaders

    Ohio State president meets with band leaders

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:23:42 GMT
    Courtesy:  NBC NewsCourtesy: NBC News
    Student and staff leaders of the Ohio State marching band have met with the university's president to share concerns over the firing of a popular band directorMore >>
    Student and staff leaders of the Ohio State marching band have met with the university's president to share concerns over the firing of a popular band directorMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms