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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.

Ohio May Offer Prison Inmates Tattoo Removal Services

Jul 29, 2019
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State prison officials say inmates in Ohio prisons may soon be offered tattoo removal services.


An inmate at Franklin Medical Center has been hospitalized after contracting Legionnaire's disease.

Jamie Monghan is a prisoner at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. She lives in the Tapestry Unit for women in addiction recovery.
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Heroin ran Stephanie Pollock's life. She woke up in the morning with heroin on her mind, her day revolved around it, and everything else including her three kids and her own well-being paled in comparison.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
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Discrepancies in sentencing among Ohio inmates inspired a recent documentary on the inequities of the U.S. justice system.

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
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Gov. Mike DeWine delayed three more executions set for May, July and September while the state develops a new lethal injection process. 

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found the Cuyahoga County jail in compliance with 51 state standards and in violation of 84 of them.

The state’s report comes nearly three months after the U.S. Marshal’s Service released its report, dated November 21, calling conditions at the jail “inhumane.”

The marshals conducted their review from October 30 to November 1, 2018. The state inspected the jail days later on November 6.

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Fraud was widespread at the Ohio agency that provides prison jobs for inmates, including granting employees improper freebies and discounts on prisoner work and building an illegal shack for smoke breaks, the state watchdog said in a report issued Thursday.

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A substance that led to nearly 30 people at an Ohio prison being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure was a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the State Highway Patrol said.

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While Wired Magazine is calling coding "the next big blue-collar job," Ohio may be creating a barrier between that industry and the people who could benefit most from employment.