Tension between guards and inmates at the Ohio’s Lucasville state prison is growing volatile again, 12 years after a riot killed 10 people, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Assaults on guards have increased, along with the number of times guards have used force on inmates. About 150 inmates want to leave the southern Ohio prison and transfer to the tougher Ohio State Penitentiary near Youngstown. Attorneys say prisoners want to be closer to their families in Northeast Ohio and away from what critics and guards call a powder keg in Lucasville. “Unfortunately, the hostility between correctional officers and prisoners before the 1993 rebellion appears to have continued,” said Staughton Lynd, an attorney for inmates. A committee appointed by state legislators cited guard-inmate relationships as a major problem that needs to be addressed.
The state plans to unveil a memorial today to the 1993 uprising, which lasted 11 days and left nine inmates and one guard dead. Terry Collins, assistant director of the prison system, disagrees that another riot could be brewing at Lucasville. “You can go to any prison in the state and find an inmate who says there are problems there,” he said. A large share of the prison system’s problems occur at Lucasville, state records show.