Hagan on prison response: They did some things wrong

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Correctional Inspection Committee will tour the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (CCA) in Youngstown in the wake of an inmate demonstration earlier this week.

A meeting was held Friday between Youngstown Mayor John McNally, State Representative Bob Hagan and CCA officials to discuss Tuesday’s incident where about 140 inmates refused to come in from a recreation area in protest to inmate treatment and food service at the prison. The demonstration ended peacefully several hours later.

Hagan and McNally discussed the closed-door meeting with reporters saying it was “cordial” and new procedures have been set in place.

“There were some things they did not do right. From this point forward, there is a clear understanding that they are going to do everything that is required of them, both at the state level and the contractual level at the city,” Hagan said.

A contract between the city and CCA requires prison officials to call police immediately when disturbances or other unusual events take place. It took CCA officials almost 24 hours to contact city officials after Tuesday’s incident.

Hagan, who sits on the Ohio Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, attempted to enter the prison shortly after the protest but was turned away. He said after Friday’s meeting, CCA officials assured him that he would be welcome to sit in on any investigation or interviews regarding the matter.

Lawmakers sitting on the Ohio Correctional Institution Inspection Committee will tour the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on Friday, August 22.

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