LIMA — The life Mark Wangler enjoyed as a doctor is gone forever with only prison ahead.The doctor title will be replaced by an inmate number. He'll have no luxuries in prison, just a bed, three meals and a shower.Initially and perhaps for many years, he will be under tight security with very few freedoms.Wangler, who has gone on a hunger strike after Wednesday's guilty verdict, is expected to be taken to the state prison system sometime in the next week. He will be taken to one of the department's two reception centers, where he will remain for several weeks before he is assigned to a parent institution, which likely will be his home for many years.Prison intake will ask him numerous questions to gain a better understand of his needs for a successful prison life. He will be asked questions such as whether he is married, on medicine, how much education he has, how he feels about being in prison, whether he has any special needs, which may include remaining on suicide watch as he is in the Allen County jail after his conviction for aggravated murder in the 2006 carbon monoxide death of his first wife, Kathy Wangler.“They also look at your traits, if you're nasty, if you're cooperative, what you're physical and mental conditions are,” said Lt. John Allen, who runs the Allen County Jail where Wangler is held until he is taken to prison.Allen said prison life will be much different for Wangler than anything he has ever experienced. Allen, who spent more than 11 years working at a local prison before taking over the county jail, said Wangler likely will end up in a higher security prison and be there for a long time because of his life sentence that has the chance for parole after serving 25 years.With the strong possibility Wangler will spend the rest of his life in prison, those who set a security classification for him will consider that as a factor, as well, Allen said.Sometimes high-risk inmates with life sentences go to a maximum security prison but not always, Allen said.“I don't think he will be a candidate for Lucasville just because he's doing aggravated murder,” he said.There's a good chance the former doctor's first assignment will be a close-security prison where he is locked down in a block with a small group of inmates, such as 40, Allen said.Inmates earn their way to lower security prisons through good behavior and based on the amount of time they have until they could be released. Wangler could stay at a prison that is highly restrictive for more than a decade before he even has a chance to be considered for something less, Allen said.If he behaves and follows all the rules, he eventually could earn a lower-security classification, which could lead to a transfer to a prison where he will have more freedoms such as a medium-security facility. In that style of prison, he would be able to walk outside his dormitory, have access to an exercise room and be watched less by the guards.“With his time, it's going to take a while,” Allen said. “He has too much time to do before his first parole hearing.”Wangler's ability to stay in contact with his family will have more limitations that won't change until his security classification does. The higher security destinations don't allow contact visits. Visitations take place looking through glass and using a phone. Obtaining a lower-security classification also could mean moving to a prison closer to his hometown so his family has less travel time.Should Wangler earn his way to a medium-security prison with more freedoms he also could work jobs that appeal more to his interests. While he will never be used as a doctor in prison, he could be a teaching assistant or tutor other inmates, Allen said.“They may use him as a college course tutor,” Allen said.A close-security prison also will offer more protection for the doctor who enters an environment where the strong prey on the weak. Wangler will face inmates seeking money, commissary and even sex, Allen said.“In prisons you have the haves and the have-nots,” Allen said. “The hardest part in prison isn't getting along with the guards, the hardest part in prison is getting along with the other inmates.”You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.
Doctor will become an inmate number
Doctor will become an inmate number
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