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(Toledo News Now) -
Toledo City Council is demanding action after four inmates have been killed in the last year at the Toledo Correctional Institution.
Two of those four murders occurred in recent weeks. Council debated the matter at a meeting Tuesday night, and most council member say they can't stay silent any longer.
Eleven of the 12 council members voted for a resolution demanding Governor John Kasich do something to improve safety and the conditions at the prison. Councilwoman Lindsay Webb co-sponsored the measure, saying there's a direct connection between the increased violence and administrative decisions made in Columbus.
Council members say personnel cuts have made the facility dangerous for staff and inmates. Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson says there are more dangerous offenders in the facility now, and she questions the practice of double-bunking the inmates.
Councilman George Sarantou says the governor must look into what changes can be made so no one else is killed or hurt.
"It's our role to try to get our fair share of things from Columbus," Sarantou said. "That's called the prison. Many of us have worked hard to get that, and now it's also our responsibility to make sure it's run appropriately."
Councilman Tom Waniewski was the only one to vote against the resolution. He says the Toledo Correctional Institution is one of the most staffed prisons in the state, and says he'd rather focus on city issues like streets and potholes.