Tue., 6:12 pm: Youngstown prison on lockdown

YOUNGSTOWN — A disturbance at a Youngstown prison has put the facility on lockdown, according to a spokeswoman for the facility.

“The Northeast Ohio Correctional Center is currently on lockdown status as a precautionary measure after a group of inmates on the smaller recreation yard refused orders to return to their cells,” Quality Assurance Manager Candace Rivera said in a news release.

“All staff and inmates are accounted for and facility management is communicating with the inmates to resolve the matter peacefully. There have been no incidents of violence. The facility is secured and the community is not in danger.”

Unconfirmed reports called into Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News claim that prisoners threatened to kill a female guard, who afterward was escorted out for her safety. Twenty to 30 prisoners remain in the rec area and the warden is talking with them to try and end the situation, according to the unconfirmed reports.

The privately owned facility on Hubbard Road houses male inmates for the U.S. Marshals Service. According to website of the Corrections Corporation of America, who has owned and maintains the facility since 1997, the prison is low-security and holds 2016 beds.

In June the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio called for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to end its contract with CCA to house immigration detainees. This came after the group reported that the for-profit prisons “create dangerous atmospheres with a severe lack of oversight and do little to encourage rehabilitation.”