LIMA — Staff members at Ohio prisons are being permitted to work at other penal institutions throughout the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, but only with the understanding that such a move will be permanent for as long as fears associated with the virus continue.
“Staff are being permitted to work at other facilities where there is an increased need,” DRC spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said in an email response to questions posed by The Lima News. “Staff have to willingly agree to work at the other facility indefinitely while the agency is managing the challenges associated with COVID. They are aware that they will not be able to work at one location on one day and return to their home institution on another day,” Smith said.
Jodi Factor, assistant to the warden at Lima’s Allen Oakwood Correctional Facility, said two staff members initially had indicted a desire to pick up overtime hours working at another institution but are reconsidering their requests.