COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The operator of the nation's first privately-owned state prison is scrambling to correct dozens of safety, health and security issues uncovered in a recent Ohio audit.
Corrections Corporation of America has been firmly rebuked by Ohio officials for conditions identified at Lake Erie Correctional Facility in Conneaut during the September management review. The audit report said cells were dirty, inmates lacked clean laundry and blankets, pots and pans weren't clean, doors were standing open, and keys were missing.
CCA purchased the prison from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in a January deal worth $72.7 million.
Department spokeswoman JoEllen Culp said Ohio finds the audit results unacceptable and CCA has presented a plan for remedying deficiencies.
A message with left with a CCA spokesman Friday seeking comment.