Friday, April 19, 2019

Targeted Harassment of D Cannon

Lucasville uprising survivor Derek Cannon has again been target of harassment by staff at OSP.

Please write Derek a letter of support at:

Derek Cannon
#221-663
OSP
878 Coitsville Hubbard Rd
Youngstown OH 44505
Birthday07/21/1960

Here's his story about recent incidents...

Hello and how are you doing? First and foremost, "thank you" for your time, concern and offer of support!

Honestly I don't know what to do, I'm at witts end. It's like, I'm very clear on what I'm up against, but don't really know how nor have the resources to fight it. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Reflection 26 years after the fall, by Greg Curry




Last year on the 25th anniversary the State of Ohio silenced me and my comrades whom are on death row from any communication with the outside world. Afraid our message of truth justice and equality for all would be too radical, as a result, our comrades Ben Turk and Joyce Jones was barred from our visit list. Siddique Hasan has been put on extended communications restrictions and Bomani Shakur (aka Keith LaMar) has officially been given a execution date. I’ve finally been transferred out of Youngstown only to find that the van carrying me out of Youngstown carried a load of ideas on how this prison in Toledo could further harass me.
Just a year ago we recognized 25 years since America’s longest prison riot. By now most of you know the details of the event that immediately brought in a unyielding era of state oppression from the selection of judges, and prosecutors to bribing witnesses to lie on us all while being harassed and assaulted by prison staff. Harassment that has been constant for 26 years now for those of us that speak out, that refuse 2 accept unjust verdicts as legally binding.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Greg Curry T-shirts!

Some of Greg's supporters have designed and are selling tshirts. You can buy one online, all proceeds go directly to Greg.

https://teespring.com/shop/free-greg-curry-shirt#pid=369&cid=6513&sid=back

There are three varieties, comfort, fitted, and tank top, with front and back designs.




 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Government Snitches

Greg Curry asked that we share this recent article from Criminal Legal News about prosecutor reliance on unreliable informant testimony.

Ohio prosecutors relied almost entirely on informant testimony in Greg's case and the other Lucasville Uprising cases. He's raising funds to hire a lawyer to support overturning his conviction on the clear basis that prosecutors illegally lied to the court about making deals with their lead witness, a prisoner informant named Lou Jones. Please share his story with any lawyers you know and ask them to contact Greg for more information on his case.


Government Snitches: Incentivized Witnesses Are the Leading Cause of Wrongful Convictions

by Dale Chappell
Every year, innocent people go to prison, or even death row, because of government informants who lie to get a good deal in their own criminal case. The problem, studies show, is the fact that this horse-trading between the informants and the government is largely informal, unregulated, and highly secretive. On top of that, the informants hold all the cards, because they have valuable information the government wants.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Last August's restrictions on Imam Hasan's communication have not been re-examined or reviewed, despite the many egregious due process flaws in the Serious Misconduct Panel's handling of the conduct report. Please spread the word, write Hasan and continue to keep him and all prisoner organizers in your thoughts.


For Immediate Release: Ohio Fails to Reverse Improper Communication Restriction for Prison Strike Leader.

CONTACT: Ben Turk
PHONE: 614-704-4699
WEBSITE: LucasvilleAmnesty.org


Columbus, OH- Last fall the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) put prisoner-rights activist Siddique Abdullah Hasan on severe communication restrictions in a Serious Misconduct Panel (SMP) hearing that included a number of clear irregularities and violations of due process.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Greg Curry on solidarity with the houseless

HI EVERYONE,

As I watch the snow fall and do my best to stay warm in this prison cell I'm mindful there is houseless people out there in this weather while homes go empty due to greedy lenders. These people need more than a prayer, deserve more than your silence.

Would it be too much for you to give them an old coat you will never wear again? To sew two kids coats together to make an adult coat? Give a pair of pants away that you have outgrown instead of keeping them in your storage space?
 

Perhaps next election houseless people can be a voting issue for you but they need warm clothes NOW.
 

I know its hard to find invisible people, it is made easier once your eyes are open.
 

FREEDOM FIRST, 

GREG

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Appeal of Hasan's SMP conviction to the Ohio Inspector General

Staughton and Alice Lynd have written a thorough and well-reasoned appeal of the ODRC's decision to block Hasan's phone and email access.

Their appeal.

The exhibits.

We are encouraging people close with Hasan and familiar with the situation to write the Ohio Inspector General in support of the appeal. This is NOT a phone zap or a letter writing flood. The Inspector General is not an ODRC official. We are not seeking to annoy or assert mass pressure on him, but to support the arguments made by the Lynds. If you're going to write, please speak truthfully about your unique relationship with Hasan and how this SMP decision has impacted it.

Thank you.



oig_watchdog@oig.ohio.gov

Ohio Office of the Inspector General
30 East Broad Street, Suite 2940
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Below we reprint the email Ben Turk sent to the inspector general, as an example.