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Death Of Prison Inmate Leads To Increased Cameras

Karen Kasler

10 prisons workers are named in an investigation into the beating and subsequent death of an inmate at the Correctional Reception Center in Pickaway County in February. Two have quit and eight are facing disciplinary action, and Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the incident has led to some changes throughout the system.

It’s hard to see what exactly happened to 55 year old Michael McDaniel behind some stairs after he was removed from his cell in a video the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction released of its investigation. Prisons Director Annette Chambers Smith said that made her angry.

“When I saw that, I was just as disgusted as you were. And I ordered blind spot filling for that institution and all the others. That’s ridiculous.”

Chambers Smith says cameras at all prisons are being upgraded to hold up to 45 days of video, and DRC is in the process of putting body cameras on corrections workers. McDaniel died of a heart attack and it’s been ruled a homicide, and the Pickaway County prosecutor now has the investigation from DRC and the Highway Patrol..

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