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Prison employee union says Ohio’s lockups are dangerous
Union leader says that the violent conditions are comparable to the '90s
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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The leader of the labor group that represents most of Ohio’s prison employees says conditions are ripe for another riot like the one that was waged in Lucasville two decades ago. Christopher Mabe says a new report shows lockups are unsafe.

Prison employee union says Ohio’s lockups are dangerous

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“The corrections inspections committee this week came out with a report that the influence of security-threat groups is on the rise, with one in six inmates being affiliated to a prison gang. ... Violence in the prisons has also risen in some key areas, particularly violence against staff, and that’s just not acceptable.”

Mabe says prisons need millions of dollars more to hire more guards and provide services to make lockups safer.

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