Prison panel suggests changes at private facility

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prisons inspection committee is recommending a broader menu and more attention to inmates' medical concerns at a privately run federal facility in northeastern Ohio.

The committee says the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown should also consider expanding recreational opportunities.

The report by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee last week also recommends lowering commissary prices to reduce costs for inmates.

The report followed a peaceful demonstration by inmates in August with concerns over food, medical care, laundry, recreation, the library schedule and respect from staff.

The facility, built in 1997 and run by Corrections Corporation of America, is a low-security prison housing male inmates for the federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The report commended the prison for its resolution of the August protest.