News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Knight Foundation

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Crime and Courts


ACLU urges state officials to investigate inmate death
First unnatural death at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution since it was bought by for-profit company, Corrections Corporation of America.
by WKSU's SIMON HUSTED

Reporter
Simon Husted
 
In The Region:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is urging state officials to investigate the death of a prison inmate. Michael Nelson, a 59-year-old Chardon-area native died at Lake Erie Correctional Institution this weekend. The group wants to know whether the prison officials were negligent in the suspected overdosed.

Mike Brickner of the ACLU of Ohio says this is the prison’s first unnatural death since Correction Corporation of America bought the Conneaut facility last year. It was the first time a private company took ownership of a state prison. And since then, Brickner says the Conneaut facility has been riddled with violations. 

Listen to Brickner.

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:22)


“As long as we continue down this path of privatization, we’re going to continue to see these types of problems come up because, again, the private prison companies’ main motivation is making the most money out of these prisoners,” Brickner says. “Providing medical care and providing more training for their staff eats away at their profit.”

A State Audit in September revealed 47 violations at the prison. Prison officials fixed 38 of those, according to a November follow-up audit.

Steve Owen of Correction Corporation of America says the ACLU is playing politics.

Listen to Owen.
Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download
(0:15)


“The simple truth is CCA provides safe, affordable and dependable to governments that face the very real and practical challenges of growing inmate populations, overcrowding, higher recidivism rates and increasing budget pressures,” Owen says.      

Owen also says the company has worked hard with auditors and is pleased with the improvements it has made between the September and November audits.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Farm-to-School: Cafeteria lunch is fresh and local at Tallmadge High School
Great job Tallmadge City Schools! So glad to have a progressive business manager and superintendant!

World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
J'ai une grande admiration pour Daniil Trifonov que j'ai vu en concert deux fois à Paris je ne lui trouve pas d'égal c'est un ange tombe du ciel

Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
There really was too much secrecy behind the selection process. Hopefully the letter by the faculty members will convince the board to provide more information ...

Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
The vessel is registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Not in Belgium ;)

Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
Absolutely loved this story. We lost 3 of our larger ash trees last year due to EAB. Big, beautiful trees are something to be treasured, and many times they tru...

Ohio's rules on fracking and earthquakes are a first
I'm right in the middle of the issue. Like oil independence, but hope there is pre- and current-drilling assurance re dangers from pollution, earthquakes and th...

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University