Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                       


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            September 22, 2005


 Prison System To Dedicate Memorial for

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility

(Columbus) On Thursday, September 29, 2005, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will dedicate a memorial for the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF).  The dedication ceremony will take place at the Orient Correctional Complex Employee Recognition Memorial Park, Orient, at 1:00 p.m.

 This memorial will serve as a permanent tribute to the sacrifices made during the 11-day disturbance at SOCF in April 1993.  DRC is honoring the bravery and courage of those involved with this tragedy, as well as remembering the many changes that resulted from the disturbance.  The memorial was constructed by many generous donations made from DRC employees and other supporters.

 For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at 614-752-1150.

 Directions to Site:

 (From Columbus)  Take I-71 South to the Orient exit (U.S. Route 62).  Turn South (left) on U.S. 62 and follow signs to State Route 762.  Turn left onto State Route 762 and go into the Orient Complex.  The Employee Recognition Memorial Park will be to the left of the four-way stop signs.