Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               April 11, 2003


Solemn Ceremony Provides Chance to Focus on the Future

(Columbus) – At a ceremony held today, Reginald A. Wilkinson, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), was joined by local and state officials to remember the eleven-day riot that took place at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility ten years ago.  The Lucasville riot, the longest riot in U.S. history, resulted in the tragic deaths of Correction Officer Robert Vallandingham and nine inmates.

The memorial and dedication service held at the DRC Employee Recognition and Memorial Park, located in Orient, provided a chance for those who were involved to reflect on the lessons and progress that have taken place within DRC since April 1993.  A rendering of a special memorial that will be built in honor of the victims of the riot was unveiled during the ceremony. 

“There are some days that will live with us forever, and Easter Sunday, 1993 is one of those days,” stated DRC Director Reginald A. Wilkinson.  “Today we gathered to pay tribute to those who were victimized, but also to commit ourselves to a productive future.  DRC employees continue to embark upon an incredible journey of success that has placed us among the top correctional agencies in the nation.”

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