Northeast Ohio Correctional Center

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Northeast Ohio Correctional Center
Location2240 Hubbard Road, Youngstown, Ohio
Statusoperational
Security classmedium security
Capacity2016 (as of 2014)[1]
Opened1997
Managed byCoreCivic

Northeast Ohio Correctional Center is a private medium-security prison for men located in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, operated by CoreCivic under contract with the United States Marshals Service[2][3] and the State of Ohio.

As of September 2017, the facility has a new long-term contract with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, which will increase to 996 in 2018.[4]

History[edit]

The facility has been owned and operated by CoreCivic and its predecessor, Corrections Corporation of America, since 1997. It opened in May 1997 with a short-term contract with the District of Columbia Department of Corrections to house 900 inmates from their notorious Lorton Correctional Complex.

The combination of an inexperienced, unprepared staff with "young, aggressive, and violent" residents meant immediate friction.[5] There was a serious disruption by May 30. Through 1997 a pattern of disruptions, assaults, and challenges to authority did not deter the District from expanding the contract to 1700 prisoners by October. On February 22, 1998, inmate Derrick Davis was stabbed to death in his cell. United States District Judge Sam H. Bell halted any further transfers of prisoners from the District of Columbia. On March 11, "in a devastating convergence of security lapses," inmate Bryson Chisley was stabbed by a fellow inmate in a high security segregation unit. Chisley's wife had been urging officials to keep them separated and had even gone to the local press. Chisley's killer had "the assistance of the individual who was the principal assailant of Davis three weeks earlier."[6]

In May a surprise inspection by members of the Ohio state Correctional Institution Inspection Committee were turned away at the gate. On July 25, 1998, six violent criminals escaped through a perimeter fence on a Saturday afternoon. All were eventually caught.

A federal report on the continuing crisis was released to the Attorney General on November 25, 1998. The overview of its major findings began with:[7]

The Northeast Ohio Correctional Center has experienced pivotal failures in its security and operational management as a result of seriously flawed decisions by leaders of both CCA and DOC. Expediency and the pressure of short-term objectives often prevailed over good judgement and sound correctional management procedures. Identification and resolution of problems were too often delayed by the failure to perform self-assessment and management oversight. It is reasonable to conclude that certain of the most serious problems which endangered the safety of the public, the staff or the inmates were preventable or subject to mitigation.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons ended its contract in 2014 and removed all its prisoners the following year.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CIIC: Northeast Ohio Correctional Center" (PDF). Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. State of Ohio. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Northeast Ohio Correctional Center". CoreCivic. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Northeast Ohio Correctional Center". Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ "CoreCivic Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results". CNBC. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  5. ^ Yeoman, Barry. "Steel Town Lockdown". No. May/June 2000. Mother Jones. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  6. ^ "REPORT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL INSPECTION AND REVIEW OF THE NORTHEAST OHIO CORRECTIONAL CENTER". United States Dept. of Justice Archives. U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  7. ^ "REPORT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL INSPECTION AND REVIEW OF THE NORTHEAST OHIO CORRECTIONAL CENTER". United States Dept. of Justice Archives. U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ Koff, Stephen (18 August 2016). "Federal prison in Youngstown might not feel effects of private-prison phase-out". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 16 December 2017.

Coordinates: 41°07′53″N 80°37′55″W / 41.131364°N 80.631876°W / 41.131364; -80.631876