Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction


JANUARY 21, 1997


(Columbus) -- The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) today announced a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by inmates after the 1993 Lucasville riot. The agreement creates a settlement fund for three groups of inmates: those who were killed, those who were injured, and those who lost property. Prisoners who were convicted of riot-related crimes were excluded from the settlement. The State has agreed to pay $4.1 million into the fund. This fund will also cover legal fees for the inmates' lawyers, which are expected to be substantial.

"We feel this settlement is in the best interest of the citizens of the state, the Department of Correction, and the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville," said DRC Director Reginald Wilkinson. "The cost of a lengthy trial and possible appear would far exceed the cost of settlement. The last three years have shown not just a rebuilding of the physical plant at the Lucasville prison, but a significant improvement of its operations and the very successful prosecution of those responsible for the riot," Wilkinson said. SOCF Warden Terry Collins added, "I am very pleased with daily operations at the prison. Putting this lawsuit behind us will further enhance our ability to move forward."

The settlement also includes language regarding DRC policy. Most of the policy language has been in place since the conclusion of the riot when several committees reviewed the circumstances surrounding the disturbance and made recommendations to DRC officials. Inclusion of these changes in the settlement agreement serves to ensure they will remain in effect.

For further information, please contact Joe Andrews or Andrea Dean at the DRC Public Information Office at 614-752-1150.

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