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Southern Ohio Correctional Facility

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility

1724 State Route 728, Lucasville (OH), 45648, United States

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(740) 259-5544

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Description The Southern Ohio Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison located just outside Lucasville, Ohio, United States. The prison was constructed in 1972. The current warden is Ronald Erdos.1993 riotOn Easter Sunday, April 11, 1993, 450 Lucasville prisoners, including an unlikely alliance of the Aryan Brotherhood and Gangster Disciples, rioted and took over the facility for 11 days. The main causes, were serious overcrowding and mismanagement of the facility and Muslim frustration stemming from mandated tuberculosis testing. In the Netflix documentary series Captive, inmate Siddique Abdullah Hasan claims that Muslim prisoners refused the test because it contained phenol, and therefore goes against Islamic restrictions concerning the consumption and handling of alcohol. Investigations conducted after the riot found that the gangs were also collaborating to murder inmates accused of being informants. Nine inmates and one corrections officer were killed.During negotiations, the inmates did not feel they were being taken seriously, and there was discussion of killing a Corrections Officer in retaliation. Though the group never reached a decision on the killing, one of the prisoners decided it was time to take action. According to the prosecution, Officer Robert Vallandingham, who had been taken hostage, was handcuffed and strangled with a dumbbell from the prison weight room. However, testimony by Dr. Richard Fardal, Franklin County Deputy Coroner, disputed the claim that Officer Vallandingham was killed by a weight, saying that there was “no injury to the voice box or the trachea” and that “Mr. Vallandingham died solely and exclusively as a result of ligature strangulation.” Testimonies vary as to which prisoner was responsible for his murder. During those eleven days, representatives from the Sunni Muslims, Aryan Brotherhood, and Gangster Disciples met every day in an improvised leadership council.
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