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Warden meets Youngstown mayor over private prison lock down

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After a lock down at Youngstown's private prison last week Youngstown's mayor, the city's police chief and law director met with the warden and others at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center.

As we told last week a representative from the private prison traveled here to Youngstown from Tennessee. This after hearing that Mayor John McNally and State Representative Bob Hagan had concerns about why the city was not notified immediately about last week's sit-in by inmates, upset over issues with food and healthcare.

According to the mayor the issue that initially involved 40 to 50 inmates evolved into about 240 inmates, but it was peaceful.

But the bottom line according to the McNally, peaceful or not the prison has an obligation contractually to let the city know what's going on at the facility. ...And the meeting today was designed to make sure that was made perfectly clear for the overall safety of the greater Youngstown community.

"It was very productive with the facility wrapping up the final stages of it's investigation into the matter and I expect in the future if anything were to occur similar to this that the notifications that we're required to get will occur," Mayor McNally said.

On Friday, State Representative Bob Hagan and members of the Corrections Institution Inspection Committee will also sit down and meet with the Warden and other members of Youngstown's private prison.

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