Report Details Percentage Of Prisoners Who Belong To Gangs

Jun 20, 2014


A new report shows the percentage of Ohio inmates in recognized gangs varies sharply between institutions, but remains steady at 16 percent of the overall prison population.

The report by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee shows nearly 82 hundred inmates are classified as gang members. The highest percentage is at the state's supermax prison in Youngstown, where two of every three inmates are in a gang. The highest percentage of gang members is at Lebanon Correctional Institution with 31 percent of the population. The top gang remains the Heartless Felons. Dozens of members were recently indicted on racketeering charges for activity in the Cleveland juvenile detention center.