Households imagine the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections ought to be doing extra to maintain inmates and workers secure.
TOLEDO, Ohio — As COVID-19 numbers have continued to surge not too long ago, issues have been raised concerning the security of inmates and workers on the Toledo Correctional Establishment.
In accordance with knowledge launched by the Ohio Division of Rehabilitation and Corrections on Saturday, 28 inmates on the jail are in quarantine with a further 31 at present testing optimistic for the illness.
The jail homes roughly 1000 inmates.
Toledo Correctional Establishment workers are additionally being affected by COVID-19. The identical report says that 83 workers members have been sick with the coronavirus this yr, with 48 at present testing optimistic.
The report doesn’t say if inmates or school caught the virus on the jail.
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Nonetheless, this does not sit properly with Chazidy Bowman, whose husband is serving time at Toledo Correctional.
“I’m deeply involved for the security of my husband,” stated Bowman. “Lives lay within the stability. I am involved for all of them in addition to workers.”
Robinson believes jail officers at Toledo Correctional can do extra to maintain inmates and workers secure from COVID-19.
She believes jail officers have not been forthcoming concerning the issues they’ve in coping with the pandemic.
“I believe TOCI/ODRC officers ought to one be clear about what is de facto occurring within the services. Cease permitting them to attend recreation and chow corridor collectively,” stated Bowman.
Bowman isn’t alone, family members of inmates have been expressing frustration with circumstances contained in the state’s prisons because the starting of the pandemic.
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In accordance with the Ohio Division of Rehabilitation & Correction web site nevertheless, numerous insurance policies are being carried out to maintain jail workers and inmates secure.
These embrace quarantining people to assist management unfold, the suspension of the Medical Co-Pay for prisoners with flu-like signs, suspension of pointless transfers and elevated sanitation. ODRC says they’re following tips set out by the Ohio Division of Well being of their remedy of those that have examined optimistic for COVID-19.
WTOL 11 reached out to Toledo Correctional Establishment however haven’t but heard again.