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Shannon Evans came to prison earlier this year after a three-year spiral into drug addiction. As she puts it, she used to be a “goody-two-shoes” and never imagined she’d end up strung out on heroin. But her story isn’t uncommon: the problem with prescription drugs and heroin has spiked in Ohio in the last few years, and the proportion of women killed by drug overdoses has also gone way up.

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During WYSO’s community voices course at Dayton Correctional Institution, the topic of prison food kept coming up. Dayton Correctional Institution gets its official prison food from a service that’s been wracked with controversy, but residents with funds available are able to supplement with commissary items. Aimee Wissman, one of the students in our class at the prison, told us she makes her own Chinese food in the microwave by “frying” rice in butter and orange pop.

Nikkia Sullivan Wanted To Become A Kingpin, And Almost Succeeded

Apr 17, 2016
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Nikkia Sullivan grew up wanting to be a kingpin. At 13 she set out to make her dream come true. In this story she talks to fellow inmate LeShae Landry about what it was like growing up in that lifestyle

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“My day started at 8 p.m. That’s when my day started. Call my homeboys, whatever the case may be, like, you all got any licks for me? Ya got some money for me?”

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Ohio women make about 78 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts, according to a new study by National Partnership for Women and Families.

That difference amounts to an overall salary disparity of about $10,600 annually. That’s in line with the national gender pay gap, which is about $10,700.

A Decade Of Dope: One Woman Recalls Seeking Out Heroin

Apr 3, 2016
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Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Aimee Wissman is three years into an eight-year sentence at Dayton Correctional Institution for crimes related to her heroin addiction. As an artist, she idolized famous musicians and writers who were known heroin addicts, and she thought that particular drug would be her ticket into their glamorous lifestyle.

In this story, Aimee Wissman is interviewed by fellow DCI resident Melody Williams about her decade of drug addiction.

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For One Mother, Visiting Her Daughter In Prison Brings Back A Painful Memory

Mar 6, 2016
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Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Shannon Evans is in the first year of a four-year term at Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI). She came to prison after falling into the depths of a heroin addiction. Previously, she’d been a schoolteacher and what she describes as a “goody-two-shoes.”

In this audio story, Evans talks to fellow DCI resident Melody Williams about how a piece of her own family history came full circle when she was sent to prison.

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Ohio hopes to help curb rising numbers of women inmates in the state's prisons through a program focusing on community alternatives.
 
The Columbus Dispatch reports a state budget provision allows the director of Ohio's prisons to move nonviolent, low-level felony drug offenders out of prison and into community programs or electronically-monitored house arrest if they have less than a year remaining of their sentence.
 

History Talk: Violence Against Women

May 9, 2015

Violence against women has a long history in human communities. Yet, we live in a time when people across the planet are beginning to give greater attention to this problem and, at times, to stand against misogynistic violence in all its forms. Recently, the United Nations created the "He for She" campaign, which highlights that violence against women remains a global problem that exists at "alarmingly high levels."

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A state representative from Miami Township is calling on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to investigate Dayton Correctional Institution after a recent state inspection of the women’s prison turned up multiple troubling allegations.

Women's Hours In the Wellness Center

Dec 20, 2014

The Antioch College Wellness Center has recently started to include women’s only swim time in its schedule and is also considering the possibility of implementing some women’s only hours of the entire facility. In this episode of the Antioch Word, Miller Fellow Wyatt Souers talked to class of 2018 student Layla Saad, Class of 2017 student Taylor Larson, Wellness Center Director Monica Hassek, and Dean of Community Life Luis Rosa about the reasons behind including women’s only hours in the Wellness Center and whether or not it will be possible to include them in the schedule.

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