Workers Picket Plan To Close Ohio Prison Towers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lucasville, Ohio (AP) -- Corrections workers are protesting a plan to close guard towers at an Ohio prison that was the scene of a deadly 1993 riot.

Officers and other union employees planned to stage informational picketing Wednesday and Thursday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Officials want to stop using six of the prison's eight towers and reassign the guards to duties inside the facility.

Ohio prisons spokeswoman Julie Walbern says the move would not compromise public safety.

But the Ohio civil service employees association calls the towers the last line of defense between inmates and the community.

The union said its members would be joined on the picket line by a man held hostage during the riot, which left nine inmates and a guard dead.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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