ACLU wants state help for privatized Ohio prison

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union wants state help with an increase in criminal activity around an Ohio prison privatized about a year ago.

The ACLU said Friday that policing the perimeter of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut (KAW'-nee-awt) along Lake Erie is overburdening local authorities and creating unsafe conditions.

A Conneaut councilman has written Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) regional liaison citing three recent arrests for contraband, including one where a local officer was injured. He said the State Highway Patrol has typically handled such duties.

A September audit found dozens of safety, health and security issues at the prison. In November, an inmate was found dead.

Messages seeking comment were left with the state and Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America, the prison's private owner.

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