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60 Moments: Lucasville Prison Riot

By: Mike Huff Email
By: Mike Huff Email

On Easter Sunday, April 11, 1993, 450 prisoners in cellblock l at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility rioted, killing five inmates and taking eight correctional officers hostage.

Over the next ten days, the rioting prisoners killed four other inmates and one of the hostage officers, Robert Valandingham. The town of Lucasville, Ohio became the temporary home for hundreds of news crews from all across the country.

The rioters caused more than 40 million dollars of damage to the prison. Following the riot, the state beefed up security at Lucasville and other prisons around Ohio, and moved Ohio's death row to the supermax prison at Youngstown.

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