Monday, April 27, 2015

Never Dormant on Death Row


Sacramento Prisoner Support and other friends put together this zine of Hasan and Bomani's conversation about the Ferguson rebellion and The Black Lives Matter Movement.

Into from the zine:
On April 11, 1993, the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, OH, was rocked when prisoners took control in what was the longest prison uprising in U.S. history. Prisoners were fighting back against a long string of new, harsh policies being implemented by the new warden, Arthur Tate. Mandated Tuberculin skin testing mandated with injections containing alcohol, which Muslim prisoners politely requested an alternative testing method to. Tate’s refusal to comply, along with his utter disrespect of Muslims, was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Rising as one, with racial differences ignored, the prisoners took control of the facility. Several guards were taken hostage in the process. For eleven days a standoff existed. During that time, nine prisoners and one guard were killed

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hunger Strike Results Update

    Two of four safety floor mats have been installed in showers.

    Some improvements have been made regarding food service already. Others have been promised.

    The chaplain told a former hunger striker who is on level 5B that he is on the list for religious services.

    Sindrick Tucker came off the hunger strike on Monday, April 20.  He was kept in the infirmary for two days before he was returned to his cell.  He lost about 39 pounds, down to about 130.  He was "cool" with Ensure.  He was reassigned to a medical handicap cell with a shower in the cell.  His religious books were returned.

    Tucker had been trying to have the doctor see him for nearly a year.  The warden brought the doctor to see him.  His medication needs are being met and an MRI is pending.

    When he was being transferred from C-block to D-block [during the first week of the hunger strike] he was kicked by an officer.  The officer was disciplined.  Tucker had been given a conduct report and put on commissary restriction, but the officer's action was in retaliation for Tucker's being on hunger strike so the RIB disposition was thrown out.

    Tucker was given an opportunity for a long phone call with his mother.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Last Hunger Striker Resumes eating.

Sindrick Tucker #117-137 has come off the hunger strike, is back in his regular cell and is doing okay. More details coming soon.

Tucker continued his hunger strike after the others suspended theirs because he has been receiving inadequate medical attention from the OSP doctor. We're not sure, but he may have been transferred to the Correctional Medical Center (CMC) near Columbus due to the hunger strike, where he at least got examined by other DRC doctors, who may or may not have attended to his other medical issues.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Solitary Watch Article on Recent Hunger Strike and Conditions at OSP.

From SolitaryWatch.com
Last week, men incarcerated at Ohio’s supermax prison, the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, brought a month-long hunger strike to a close. Between 30 and 40 men had refused all meals since March 16 to protest new restrictions placed on already severely limited recreation and programming for those in solitary confinement. On Wednesday, April 15, all but one of the men agreed to suspend the hunger strike after a meeting with the warden at which the prison agreed to lifting some, but not all, of the new restrictions.
The Ohio State Penitentiary, or OSP, opened as Ohio’s first super maximum security facility in 1998. Conditions for the over 400 men held there are more restrictive than on Ohio’s death row. Even under policies that now exclude people with serious mental illness from placement there, the men incarcerated at OSP include those with mental health needs, including people with depression, dementia, cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Radio Interveiws on the Hunger Strike

While the hunger strike was going on, Hasan did an interview with The Final Straw out of Asheville NC, and supporter Ben Turk did an interview with Block Report, about Sean Swain's recent hunger strike, as well as the larger OSP hunger strike that followed it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

ACLU of Ohio on The OSP Hunger Strike

From ACLUOhio.org

04.13.15

Extreme Conditions At State Penitentiary Must End, Says ACLU

ACLU Asks for Independent Investigation of Policies That Allow Dangerous Isolation of Prisoners
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio today calls for action on the ongoing hunger strikeat the super-maximum (super-max) security prison in a letter to Gary C. Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and Jay Forshey, the warden of the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown. Since last month, a number of prisoners have protested harsh policies resulting from a December 2014 assault on a corrections officer.
“As a just society, we have a responsibility to ensure that our prisons treat those incarcerated fairly and humanely,” said Mike Brickner, senior policy director at the ACLU of Ohio. “These restrictions represent a dangerous level of solitary confinement that will substantially harm prisoners’ mental health. While the restrictions were a response to security concerns, they ironically pose an even greater threat to the safety of prisoners and staff. Extreme solitary confinement will only make individuals less stable and more desperate.”
Learn more about what solitary confinement is like in Ohio prisons.

ODRC Rally Report Back



On Tuesday April 14th, protestors gathered at the ODRC Central office to show solidarity with the hunger strike.
More pics and reportback