Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

NEWS RELEASE 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 27, 2000

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AND CORRECTION RESPONDS TO OCSEA ALLEGATIONS

(Columbus)-- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) officials are issuing the following statement in response to allegations made today by OCSEA regarding the operations of the North Coast Correctional Treatment Facility (NCCTF), Grafton, Ohio.

Most of the issues, presented to the media today by OCSEA, had been previously reviewed and resolved by an arbitrator’s decision of July 7, 2000. DRC and CiviGenics, depending on the area of concern have addressed these allegations.

NCCTF is a minimum-security facility, and there are no major security problems at the institution. A contract monitor is on site at the facility and he closely monitors the operations of the prison and addresses issues as they arise. DRC administrative staffs, as well as programming staff, make site visits to the facility on a regular basis.

In opening any new institution there will be problems that arise with equipment, and other maintenance issues. As these concerns have been brought to DRC’s attention, the problems have been rectified. NCCTF is a minimum-security facility that is structured and operating in line with other DRC minimum security camps and a lot of the concerns mentioned by OCSEA are not applicable to this prison.

Staffing issues have all been corrected. All of the current employees at NCCTF have had their drug screenings and all background checks have been completed. Construction crews may have left some construction debris. DRC brought in staff to conduct a thorough search and also utilized metal detectors to make sure all debris was retrieved.

DRC is working closely with CiviGenics to maintain the integrity of the operations of the NCCTF.

For further information please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.

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