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Isolating gang members in Ohio's prisons
By blog.cleveland.com - Aaron Marshall, The Plain Dealer
Published: 03/12/2012

Whatever happened to Ohio Department of Corrections move to isolate gang members and curb violence?

The new prison-within-a-prison plan designed by the new leader at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to isolate gang leaders and curb gang violence is well underway.

Corrections spokesman Carlo LoParo said already about 60 inmates involved in fights and other violent incidents have been sent to the Lebanon Correctional Institute.

The special unit there is designed to isolate problematic, violent-prone inmates who often have gang ties and lock them up in cells for up to 23 hours a day instead of giving them the freedom of dorm-style prison life.

Vinko Kucincic, the state prison system's Security Threat Group investigations coordinator, said a Sept. 25 article on the plan to curb gang violence has brought a flood of interest.

"Since we did the story I have received correspondence from inmates, phone calls from inmates, from inmates families asking about gang activity or what we have them identified as," Kucincic said. "It's definitely piqued everybody's interest and different people have been coming forward giving different ideas and suggestions."

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