Inmate attacks at SOCF

By Nikki Blankenship -

Violence has erupted in the Lucasville penitentiary. Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville remains on lock-down after several inmate-on-inmate assaults.

Jo Ellen Smith, head communications officer for the Ohio Department of Corrections, explained that the prison went on modified movement Monday morning. Smith added that she could not verify in which way movements throughout the prison were limited due to security reasons. Modified movement is a broad term meaning a variation of a lock-down in which movements are limited and more heavily guarded.

Since Sunday, there have been a total of three separate inmate-on-inmate assaults. Smith explained that the first incident occurred on Sunday and resulted in two inmates being transported for outside medical care. A second incident on Monday resulted in one inmate being transported for outside medical care. The third incident, taking place Tuesday, resulted in one more inmate being transported for outside medical care. Over three days, a total of four inmates have needed outside medical attention as a result of violence inside the prison.

Incidents are currently under investigation through the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Office, who was unable to comment as of press time.

“I can confirm there have been no deaths,” Smith stated.

SOCF leads Ohio prisons in inmate violence.

“Southern Ohio CF, the state’s primary maximum security facility, continues to lead the state for highest rate of violent rule infractions,” The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reported.

SOCF had 747 violent incidents in 2014 and a total of 2,361 from 2012-2014.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.


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