Mayor and Hagan to investigate prison demonstration

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Almost a day after 140 inmates began a protest at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, Mayor John McNally was still waiting to hear directly from officials with the prison about the incident.

Tuesday morning, the inmates refused to come in from an outside a recreation area in a show of protest against what they say is poor food service.

McNally finally got a call from CCA’s corporate offices in Tennessee around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday about the incident, but the company didn’t completely live up to their agreement with the city.

CCA is obligated to notify officials when incidents occur at the Youngstown facility. An agreement between the city and the corporation specifies city police be called in the event of criminal or delinquent acts as well as immediately reporting to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. CCA is to provide written reports on all unusual incidents within 24 hours.

CCA officials indicted in a prepared statement that they notified the Federal Bureau of Prisons and “kept officials apprised through the duration of the incident.”

“I think we are lucky because this seemed to be a situation they were able to handle themselves,” McNally said. “But we need to know how it was handled and the manner in which it was handled and what the issues were.”

State Representative Bob Hagan said he is calling for a full review of the facility by the Ohio Corrections Institute Inspection Committee after he was denied access Wednesday to the prison to meet with inmates to hear their grievances.

The facility remains on lockdown.

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