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Six Ohio Prison Escapees Indicted

August 13, 1998

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) _ Six inmates who escaped last month from the state’s only privately operated prison have been indicted by a federal grand jury, a prosecutor told state lawmakers Wednesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Katzman disclosed the indictments while testifying before the Legislature’s Correctional Institution Inspection Committee.

The group is reviewing the operations of the privately owned Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.

The 1,700-bed prison is operated by the Corrections Corporation of America based in Nashville, Tenn., and houses inmates from Washington, D.C.

Some legislators have suggested closing the prison or taking it over in the wake of the escapes and other security problems.

Five of the inmates who escaped July 25 were recaptured within two days. The sixth, who was serving time for armed robbery, remained at large Wednesday.

Prison officials have said errors by the staff helped cause the escape.

Katzman said the six inmates were indicted Tuesday on escape charges. If convicted, each could face a five-year prison term.

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