Ohio Department of rehabilitation and corrections

Marion Correctional Institution is the largest hotspot of coronavirus cases in the country.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

The director of Ohio's prison system has announced that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

At Pickaway Correctional Institution, 110 staff members and more than 1,400 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

A union that represents health care workers in Ohio’s correctional facilities is demanding additional personal protective equipment and staffing policy changes due to what they call “an unacceptable level of risk” during the ongoing pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine used his Thursday briefing on coronavirus in Ohio to provide some insight into what the state's prisons are doing to battle the pandemic within their walls.

An officer at Marion Correctional Institution died of COVID-19 on April 8, 2020.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Widespread coronavirus testing in Ohio prisons fueled a weekend surge in cases, which researchers say could represent the peak of the pandemic in Ohio. There were 11,292 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, and nearly a quarter of those are either inmates or staff at Ohio prisons.

489 inmates and 184 staff in Ohio’s prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. More than 32,000 inmates in 20 of Ohio’s 28 prisons are under full quarantine. And now the head of the union representing those workers is too.

Franklin Medical Center is under full quarantine due to the coronavirus.
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Fourteen state prisons housing 21,000 inmates are now under quarantine due to the coronavirus, which continues to infect inmates and staff throughout Ohio's correctional facilities.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
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Twelve Ohio state prisons, housing nearly 17,000 inmates, are under quarantine as the coronavirus spreads throughout the prison system.

A cell inside the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
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Prisons and jails have emerged as one of the hot spots of the coronavirus crisis in Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday announced an inmate has died from COVID-19 at the Pickaway Correctional Institute, the first inmate to die in the state prison system.

An officer at Marion Correctional Institution died of COVID-19 on April 8, 2020.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

An officer at Marion Correctional Institution has died from COVID-19, the first fatality within Ohio's prison system.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine said he plans to ask for the early release of 141 inmates under Ohio's "Overcrowding Emergency" statute in order to help reduce and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus among the state's prison population.

The Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio.
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While supplies of personal protective equipment remain tight, Ohio prison inmates will be making their own masks. 

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
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Nineteen people have been tested for coronavirus in four Ohio prisons, with 15 results coming back negative and the rest pending. Those inmates are in isolation.

The ACLU of Ohio is collecting complaints from inmates in Ohio through a new hotline and the organization is already pressing the state to play more of a role overseeing county and municipal jails through the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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As Ohio prison officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
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Gov. Mike DeWine says that no executions will take place in Ohio anytime soon, saying the state can’t find a method for executions under state law that would get approval from a federal court. The governor also dismissed a proposal by state Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) to use an illegal opioid for lethal injections.

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