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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State prisons officials say they are reviewing the contract with a Columbus private ambulance company because of slow response times.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction filed a contract complaint about MedCare Ambulance. Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says the department is reviewing the contract with the Department of Administrative Services. That's the state department that awarded the contract.

The report says MedCare has had several instances of slow response times. One of the latest surfaced this week as a result of investigation of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's hanging death Sept. 3 in his prison cell. The prison report found that an ambulance was significantly slow in arriving, although the delay probably didn't affect the outcome.

A message was left Saturday for MedCare Ambulance.

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