Up To 500 Ohio Inmates Restricted To Bunks After Fights


UPDATED: Tuesday April 9, 2013 1:39 PM

Nearly 500 inmates have been restricted to their bunks following two weekend fights at a privately operated prison in northeast Ohio.
    
The restriction involves one of three housing units at the 1,700-inmate Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut.
    
Spokesman Steve Owen with Corrections Corporation of America in Nashville, Tenn., said Tuesday that one inmate injured in a fight required hospital treatment and was returned to the prison. Owen says the fights were unrelated.
    
The CCA-owned and operated prison, located in northeast Ohio about 25 miles from Erie, Pa., houses inmates under contract with the state of Ohio.
    
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio in a report Tuesday said inmate fights and attacks on guards are up sharply at the prison since the private takeover and blamed overcrowding.

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