Ohio prison hit by rising violence

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities at the state prison in Toledo have seen inmate violence continuing to rise despite a series of changes, with four slayings in 13 months.

The Blade reports that (http://bit.ly/GLXO9D ) after the Toledo Correctional Institution's first homicide last year, staffing was increased on nights and weekends and a second investigator added. Then another inmate was killed in his cell this year, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction added nine officers to the maximum-security prison.

There have been two more deadly assaults this year, the latest coming Oct. 6.

Ohio statistics show the four slayings are the most in the past 13 months of any state prison. Authorities say there are more fights, too.

Guard union officials say the staff additions haven't been enough, and more is needed.

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