Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

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2:40 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Prison Inmate Told Chaplain He Was Not Suicidal Prior To Hanging

Lawrence Michael Hensley
Credit Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction/Associated Press

Records show an Ohio prisoner convicted of killing five people including a Bible studies teacher in Shelby County told a prison chaplain he wasn't suicidal before apparently hanging himself. 

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5:13 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Ohio Announces New Rules For Lethal Injection Procedures

The state of Ohio has announced rules for testing lethal injection drugs ahead of executions if it obtains specialty batches of the drugs.  

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7:32 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

State Prisons Agency Rejects Union Proposal To Take Back Cafeteria Contracts

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is renewing a contract to feed the state's 50,000 prison inmates with a company whose early troubles getting the job done led to criticism over privatizing the service. 

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10:04 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Prison Phone Call Costs Will Be Slashed Under New Contract

It will soon cost family members of Ohio prison inmates less to make a phone call. 

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7:16 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Court: ODRC Liable For Inmate's Injuries

Roy Buchanan
Credit cleveland.com

An Ohio Court of Claims magistrate says the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is liable for the injuries of a inmate who fell out of his top bunk. 

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6:55 am
Thu February 12, 2015

ODRC Disciplines Four Employees For September Prison Escape

Credit Toledo Blade

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has disciplined four employees for lapses that helped the Chardon High School shooter and two other inmates escape from the Allen Correctional Institution near Lima last September.

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6:57 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Drug Uncertainy Cancels All Scheduled Executions For 2015

The state has rescheduled executions for seven death row inmates as it tries to find new lethal drugs, meaning no inmate will be put to death in Ohio in 2015. 

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2:51 am
Sun January 25, 2015

State Renews Contract With Troubled Prison Food Service Provider

Public records show the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections agreed to renew a two-year contract with the troubled food-service contractor, Aramark Correctional Services, on October 30th.

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7:35 am
Fri January 9, 2015

ODRC Dropping Two-Drug Lethal Injection Cocktail

The execution of Ronald Phillips is being delayed
Credit wcpo.com

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says it's dropping the two-drug lethal injection cocktail used to execute an inmate last year during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted. 

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7:23 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Report Shows How T.J. Lane Escaped From Prison

T.J. Lane
Credit Geauga County Sheriff

State prison officials say the convicted Chardon High School shooter used a ladder crafted from items in a closet to escape from the Allen Correctional Institution near Lima in September. 

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7:01 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Some "Heartless Felons" Members Indicted On Adult Charges

Credit cleveland.com

A grand jury has indicted 14 teens on adult charges related to their membership in a street and prison gang that terrorized fellow inmates and staff members at the Cuyahoga County juvenile detention center.

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6:56 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Local Health Inspectors To Examine Prison Food Service Operations

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections plans to invite local health inspections of each prison's food service operations in the wake of complaints about problems including maggots in kitchen areas.

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6:48 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Prisons Chief Says Department Shares Blame For Food Problems

Credit State of Ohio

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections director Gary Mohr says his department and the private vendor that feeds inmates share responsibility for conditions that led to the discovery of maggots in meals served at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

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6:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Lawmakers To Get Update On Prison Food Contractor Wednesday

A legislative committee is getting updates on complaints facing the private food vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.

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7:58 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Ohio Prison Solar Installation To Provide Power And Training

Solar panels like these are being installed at the Ross Correctional Institution
Credit solarprisons.org

Ohio has unveiled a large solar project at a prison aimed at saving $245,000 in annual energy costs while training inmates to install and maintain the panels as a route to future jobs.

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7:14 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Records Show Multiple Food-Related Complaints At State Prisons

Maggots in food, staffing shortages and multiple reports of food shortages are among new complaints facing the vendor that won the contract to serve food to Ohio prison inmates.

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6:46 am
Mon July 14, 2014

New Facility Helps Prisoners Reintegrate Into Society

Ross Correctional Institution
Credit Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Ohio has opened a multi-agency, multiservice facility aimed at helping prison inmates better reintegrate into society.

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7:03 am
Fri July 11, 2014

More Food-Related Problems Found At Local Prison

Ohio Reformatory for Women

State prisons department inspectors say they found gnats and ants this week in the kitchen of the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

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8:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

ACLU Asks Prisons Department To End Contract With Food Company

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is calling on the state’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to end its contract with the private company that provides foods to Ohio’s prisons. The A C L U’s Mike Brickner says the food company, Aramark, has a pattern of problems.

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7:32 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Maggots Found In Meals At State Women's Prison

Ohio Reformatory for Women
Credit ODRC

Union County health officials are investigating reports of contaminated food at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

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