Ohio prison works to reduce inmate assaults

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says inmate-on-inmate assaults increased nearly 100 percent in two years at a north-central Ohio prison, higher than the statewide average.

The report says disturbances at Mansfield Correctional Institution also went up, while guards at the 2,500-inmate facility say morale is low.

The analysis by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee notes the prison has a challenging inmate population with frequent gang-related incidents and numerous inmates transferred in because of discipline problems.

The report was issued just days before a convicted rapist escaped from the prison Wednesday only to be captured 24 hours later.

The report says conditions are improving under Warden Terry Tibbals (TIB’-uhls) and that Mansfield is the only prison of those with the same security level statewide to reduce its total violent incident rate two years running.

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