WKYC’s Rachel Polansky led the charge on a series of exclusive stories about a COVID-19 outbreak at Ohio’s only federal prison, Elkton. As families of Elkton inmates were met with silence, Rachel exposed prison conditions and explained how the federal prison essentially became a death trap.

Later, Ohio’s state prisons would also meet the same fate. Rachel continued shining a light on these often untold stories, talking with more families of inmates as well as the lawyers who were trying to force prisons to release “medically vulnerable” inmates during the pandemic.