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Violence up at Lebanon prison, report says

By Laura A. Bischoff - Columbus bureau

A surprise inspection of the state prison in Lebanon shows violence has been escalating over the past two years with more disturbances and assaults. Half of the inmates rate Lebanon Correctional Institution as unsafe or very unsafe and the prison is tied with the prison in Lucasville for the highest number of suicides, inspectors found.

Inmate-on-inmate assaults are up 9 percent and inmate-on-staff assaults increased 7 percent when comparing 2010 to 2012. In the first 11 months of 2012, Lebanon reported seven disturbances, which is more than double the number in 2010.

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