News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Don Drumm Studios


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


ACLU says Ohio prison power shutdowns threaten inmates and staff
Ohio says ratcheting back power makes money for the prisons and inmates are protected
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and LYNDSEY SCHLEY


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Ohio says the shutdowns are worth it and prisoners are protected.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the state to stop turning off the power in 24 prisons during heat waves to make money.
LISTEN: The arguments over the planned power cutbacks

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:38)


The power company, KOREnergy, pays some of its customers, including the state, to cut back on electricity during peak periods.

Mike Brickner with the ACLU says when prisons turn off lights and fans, they create a dangerous environment for inmates that is not worth the money.

"No matter what amount of money it is, it does not excuse us from treating them humanely," Brickner says. "And it also doesn’t excuse putting staff members in a possible dangerous situation."

He also says prison fights rise in summer months, even with the power on, and points to a major fight in prison in Conneaut on Monday as evidence.

Ricky Seyfang of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says shutting off the power has earned the department almost $1.4 million since 2010. The money will be used for energy conservation in the prison system.

Seyfang says shutting off the power lessens strain on the grid during heat waves, preventing brown-outs. She also says the prison living quarters do not usually have air-conditioning and the prisons have programs to keep the inmates safe during these shut-downs.

"They make available water and ice and they educate the staff with how to prepare and identify signs and symptoms of stress due to heat-related situations and they monitor these situations," Seyfang says.

But Brickner says, though the state does take sick prisoners to climate-controlled areas, some inmates with conditions such as asthma that worsen in the heat told the ACLU they were denied access to air-conditioned areas 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
It is more than disturbing that charter schools, which seemed like a good idea years ago, have begun to cripple public school education.

DEVO mural in Akron is now on display downtown
The installation is not at the former site of Chili Dog Mac. CDM was one block north on the other side of Main St.

New report shows growth in white collar jobs for Northeast Ohio
Unfortunately, there are fewer jobs in comparison to the number of professionals applying for them. I have been had a full time job since June 2012. In order to...

Advocacy group: Ohio could lead in clean energy
Ohio Legislators, You are supposed to be our leaders but you're not taking us where we want to go - where we need to go!

Campaign for and against marijuana legalization begins
Cannabis legalization needs to happen as soon as possible! But not if it gives monopolies to a selected few to grow and sell the herb. Responsible Ohio's mono...

Heinen's in downtown Cleveland sponsors a contest for food entrepreneurs
Love that this took place right here! What a way to support local. Thank you Heinens! Love this quote, as a small local biz, I agree, it's big!! "To be a small...

Pluto: How the Indians' blockbuster deal went bust
Terry, As a long time reader of yours I am generally on the same page - and we're also about the same age. Anyway, like many, I am dismayed at the greedy and en...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University