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Sitting on death row, inmates complain about birds

A prisoner gives a victory sign from the

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio says it plans to install screens on windows in prison cells for death row inmates to keep birds from flying inside.

The move by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction follows complaints from inmates about birds and bird droppings because of the open windows.

Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says the mesh screens were ordered before Monday's release of a report by a prison inspection committee about the problem.

Smith says the goal is to have the screens in place by July and to block birds from flying in while allowing airflow to continue.

The report released by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee also found that many inmates like the fact that windows are open and let in fresh air.

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greatbirdusa May 20 2014 at 9:22 AM

I'd rather see AOL post coverage of the VA hospital (s) killing off Vets with
what can only be considered Obamacare type healthcare....
Why are there No Screaming Headlines
about the hundreds of thousands of Vet being mistreated?
How about an updated count of how many Vets have died due to VA Obamacare?
Especially since Barack Obama knew prior to his first election and promised to "fix this"!
The President Bush administration found and suspected there were many more when 400 cases of abuse were found just prior to President Bush's end of last term and informed Obama's team of all they found and Obama made this a campaign 'speach' promise to fix.
Now over 1.5 million abused Vets later, Obama said "he did not know about this".!
Where was America's President the past 6 years and why did Obama 'speak' of it when running for President then saying "I know nothing -- nothing"..?

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robyn May 19 2014 at 7:27 PM

i am not sure how this is going to work. they had removed the wire meshing due to inmates using it to make weapons. they also had to move all hiv positive inmates to a faucility which did not have bird issues for their health. i worked for the prisons in medical here in ohio for many years and the inmates keep getting more and more rights. trust me, i am not for treating them like animals. i think everyone there is there to do their punishment for what ever they did and should be treated as respectful as we can, but i also dont think the should get any special rights or privilages because they are inmates there for a crime. seems the courts have been bending more backwards more and more to meet their so called rights. we forget the victims also had rights,and are forgotten once the court case is over.this is not suppose to be the hilton. this is not ment to be fun or comfortable. it is a punishment.

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kkahn9dodge robyn May 19 2014 at 7:39 PM

I worked in a mens prison in IOWA and I always felt they had to many rights while in prison, sad situation how well they get feed,medical treatment compared to ANY working person!!

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BoniLu kkahn9dodge May 20 2014 at 1:03 PM

Really? Well fed? I happen to know through reliable sources that in the majority of prisons, the food is pure garbage. Yes, those that break the law should pay for their crime, but would you want your brother, sister, mother, or father eating slop every day? Tax payers pay for the prison meals, so what they do with the money is important to me. Cutting corners with the food is not the right thing to do. While they do not need to eat steak or top of the line meals, they shouldn't be eating from the bottom of the barrel either.

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jrwolfman1 robyn May 19 2014 at 11:32 PM

I worked in a Medium and Minimum WR Prisons in NC.

Some were murderers and they worked their way to those prisons. A few of them protected me during a lockdown when I was in training. The Officers in the control room noticed a fight was brewing and even the 3 inmates came to me as soon as the doors locked me in their pod.

I may have been a US MArine and at the time was awaiting to get accepted into the US Army but no match for 50 inmates in a pod that wanted to get at my baton, cuffs and anything else. Only God knows how it would have turned out if those three inmates werent there to protect me.

Even though that happened I have no pitty for them. The death row inmates need to be executed along with every inmate that murdered, raped, molested children and terrorists.

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lrrp67 May 19 2014 at 7:25 PM

So they're main concern is ..birds??? Maybe they could request to move their date up and would no longer have a bird issue!!!

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Franco lrrp67 May 19 2014 at 7:58 PM

The request would go unanswered. Even if they want to end it, they can't. They even take their shoe laces away. Death row, a real torture for anyone that wants to end his/her own misery!

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lorraine.usa May 19 2014 at 11:50 PM

Birds flying free while the inmates are in a cage sounds alot like karma.

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FIESTA & SIESTA lorraine.usa May 20 2014 at 12:16 AM

I like that analogy!

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abcstarfox lorraine.usa May 20 2014 at 12:33 AM

Lorraine....You got that right.
Poetic justice / Karma.

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saftyblitz May 20 2014 at 9:39 AM

Waste more of our hard earned money. How about helping these poor Vets. Screw the death row inmates!

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jrb359 saftyblitz May 20 2014 at 10:14 AM

I couldn't agree more.

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ljcjersey May 19 2014 at 7:22 PM

I agree with the problems that the inmates are having. To fix this, move these inmates to the basement where they belong. No fuggin' problem!!!

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mjmsr630 May 20 2014 at 9:37 AM

Duh you are on death row for a reason who cares suffer

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Mr. Gonzo May 20 2014 at 9:37 AM

Why are they complaining? They are on death row not a damn day spa.

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caprice420 May 19 2014 at 7:32 PM

Aww - the death row inmates don't like the birdies!! Aww . . . too darn bad!!

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david3830 May 19 2014 at 8:50 PM

They should not be on death row to start with, they were condemed so they should have had the needle the next day.

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