Criminal Justice

31 dead, thousands infected in Ohio prisons; counts climb at five...

The outbreaks in Ohio’s prisons worsened Wednesday as COVID-19 illnesses turned to deaths in two facilities and a newer outbreak snowballed in another. Two prison...

Nearly 80% of inmates have COVID-19 at two Ohio prisons 

Nearly 80% of the inmates in two Ohio prisons — some 3,500 people — have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the virus that causes...

Ohio Supreme Court: Previous sexual activity protected under rape-shield law

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled this week that previous sexual activity can’t be used as evidence against an accuser in rape cases. In an opinion...

Union leader accuses top prison official of coronavirus ‘negligence’

The president of a public workers union lambasted “flat out ineffective” leadership at Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. In a letter to union members,...

Rep. Galonski: I’m too busy to prosecute Trump at The Hague

As it turns out, threatening international prosecution against the president is a lot easier said than done. State Rep. Tavia Galonski, D-Akron, appears to be...

‘Ambulances leaving at all hours’ from Ohio federal prison, a COVID-19...

Craig Wilson, 42, is about halfway through a 10-year prison sentence for possession of methamphetamine and a firearm.  He’s afraid he won’t survive until early...

Video shows crowded prison; inmates and families warn social distancing not...

As Ohio’s government orders businesses closed and residents inside for their own safety, state prisons facing spiraling outbreaks remain crowded and cramped, videos and...

Ohio correctional officer dies from coronavirus; 19 prisoners and 53 staff...

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday a correctional officer died of COVID-19 as more employees and inmates test positive for the disease. John Dawson, 55, an...

‘We’re not essential, we’re sacrificial.’ Prisoners and prison workers frightened as...

In the Toledo Correctional Institution, Rufus Bowman keeps his two rescue inhalers and hand sanitizer close. He has severe, chronic asthma, leaving him especially vulnerable...

‘Much worse than a cruise ship’: Prisoners’ lives at risk from...

WASHINGTON — More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States. That’s more people than there are living in major U.S. cities like Phoenix...
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