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Grafton prison gets new warden


GRAFTON - Former Lorain Correctional Institution Warden Margaret A. Bradshaw is returning to Lorain County, but this time as warden of Grafton Correctional Institution.

Bradshaw, 45, said she is excited about returning to the Grafton area and she hopes to increase the re-entry opportunities for offenders.

Her goal will be "to provide as much programming for inmates as possible," she said.

A 20-year veteran of the corrections department, Bradshaw currently serves as warden of the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

A native of Canton, Bradshaw is a graduate of Walsh University in North Canton, where she earned a bachelor of arts in history, and Kent State University, where she earned a master`s degree in corrections.

She said she always was interested in criminal justice, and a professor at Kent urged her to pursue corrections, saying there were good opportunities for women.

Bradshaw, who began her career in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, said there have been a lot of changes over the years.

"There have been tremendous breakthroughs for offenders to get rehabilitation opportunities," she said.

Bradshaw`s salary is $78,291, according to JoEllen Lyons, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Lyons said Grafton, often the last stop before release from the prison system, also is one of the more crowded prisons in Ohio. Its population is at 161 percent capacity versus 133 percent capacity statewide, she said. Lorain Correctional is the state`s most crowded, at 263 percent capacity.

Bradshaw replaces the current warden, Carl S. Anderson, who goes to the Toledo Correctional Institution, which has 1,118 inmates. Anderson`s yearly salary is $74,610, Lyons said.

Grafton Correctional will be the fifth institution where Bradshaw has been at the helm. Previously, she was warden of the Mansfield Correctional Institution, Richland Correctional Institution and Lorain Correctional, where she served from 1998 to 1999.

While warden at Mansfield, Bradshaw was one of about a dozen employees to receive reprimands in 2005 in connection with the attempted escape of death row inmates Maxwell White and Richard Cooey, who were found in a recreation area after they pulled a homemade ladder from under a pile of snow, scaled a wall and dropped to the ground outside.

Cooey, who was convicted in the 1986 killing of Dawn McCreery of North Ridgeville and Wendy Offredo, were captured as they tried to scale additional fences.

Investigators singled out the chief of security and its death row manager for blame and said a confidential informant twice told a unit manager White and Cooey were planning the break, but the chief of security did not give the material to the warden or deputy warden.

Lyons said Bradshaw`s letter of reprimand was removed from her file after six months.

Bradshaw called the incident involving White and Cooey "a learning experience."

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