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

BY: - April 9, 2020

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 officer at Marion Correctional Institution since 1996, died due to the disease caused by the new coronavirus. DeWine said Dawson worked at the control center handing out equipment to staff […]

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

BY: - April 8, 2020

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 to COVID-19. As the new coronavirus that causes the disease continues its steady penetration of Ohio’s prisons, Bowman’s wife is terrified. “This is a death sentence to these people,” said […]