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Private prison inmates protested about food, medical care



Published: Thu, August 21, 2014 @ 8:54 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Last week's 14-hour protest at the private prison on city's East Side that stemmed from inmate complaints about food, medical care and other issues ended after a prison team showed force and then offered inmates a last chance to clear the yard.

Northeast Ohio Correctional Center was placed under lockdown after the incident and more than a week later, the private prison, owned by Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America, remains under restrictions. Candace Rivera, a spokeswoman, said there's a process for returning to normal operations as investigations are concluded.

Family members of inmates, however, can contact prison officials any time with concerns, she said.

An incident report from the Aug. 12 episode at the Youngstown-Hubbard Road facility provided to the city shows that the protest began about 2:15 p.m. with 393 inmates in the recreation yard. The group was primarily composed of Dominican inmates.

Read more in Friday's Vindicator.


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1Tyler922(1 comment)posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

I was a prisoner in this prison for 7 days in 2012. It was beans and rice for every meal, and I couldn't receive my needed meds the entire time. The prisoners must realize that this is a privately owned facility, trying to make a profit, unlike the state and federal pens, who have the country club atmosphere!!

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2goodoldboystown(14 comments)posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

They are getting fed, have a place to sleep and access to medical care for free. If they do not like the surroundings, do not do the crime. It is not a vacation. It is prison. It is not meant to be a country club. Why does everyone feel so entitled? Prison is not suppose to be warm and fuzzy or everyone would be a criminal.

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3topper11(103 comments)posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Ok just don't feed them . Let their Family members buy and bring in the food and pay for their medical care . That's what they do in a lot of the rest of the world .
Sometimes coping is a good thing !!!!
Or just give then bread and water and two aspirins for pain if their Family members do not show up

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