ProgressOhio is currently part of a lawsuit with OCSEA against the State of Ohio over prison privatization.
Conditions at the privately owned and operated Lake Erie Correctional Institution are " unacceptable" and "won't be allowed to continue," a state prison official said yesterday after the release of a critical audit.
An internal audit by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found that the prison in Conneaut, Ohio, in Ashtabula County, met only two-thirds of state operating standards for prisons. It houses about 1,500 inmates.
In addition to numerous health, sanitation and security problems, staff members and inmates at the private prison told auditors they had "safety concerns" and do not feel secure.
The state sold the Conneaut prison last year to Corrections Corp. of America of Nashville, Tenn., for $72.7 million. The state pays CCA $44.25 per inmate per day to house, feed and clothe them and provide programs, plus a $3.8 million annual fee for maintenance. The company is obligated to run the prison at a savings of $3 million per year compared with state operation.