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Lucasville Riot Tab $34 Million Plus

The 11 day rebellion at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, OH, which began on Easter day, 1993, left cell block L in ruins. So far it has cost the state $19.2 million to repair cellblock L alone. It cost $32.5 million to build the entire maximum security prison in 1972.

The $34 million dollar tab to date, cited by state officials, includes costs such as the special prosecutors hired to pursue rebellion related criminal cases; the purchase of tear gas, gas masks and body bags; court costs, etc. This figure does not include the potential awards of damages to the guards and prisoners who have sued the state for injuries resulting from the rebellion.

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