Saturday, June 30, 2012


The first in a new series of essays by Staughton Lynd, leading up to the 20th Aniversary Conference of the Lucasville Uprising in April of 2013. Reviewing this background page and this timeline might help provide a context and more general understanding for the detailed information contained in Staughton's essays.

Factual Timeline Based on Evidence Presented at Trial


Sunday, April 11, 1993

3:00 p.m. As prisoners returned from the yard at the end of recreation period,

disturbance began in L-block.

4:45 p.m. Prisoners released Officer Harold Fraley through the end of L-8 stairwell with
severe head injuries.

6:46 p.m. Johnny Fryman, a prisoner, was put on the yard, severely beaten.

8:05 p.m. Prisoners placed Officer John Kemper on the yard, severely beaten.

9:17 and 9:27 p.m. The dead bodies of prisoners William Svette, Bruce Vitale, Franklin
Farrell, Albert Staiano, and Darrold Depina were placed on the yard. Prisoners “Itchy” Walker
and Andre Stockton were placed on the yard with severe injuries.

11:02 p.m. Officer Robert Schroeder was placed on the yard with severe injuries.

First night, time unknown. Prisoner Earl Elder died of stab wounds in L-6-60.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jason Robb Suspends Hunger Strike After 9 Days

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jason Robb Suspends Hunger Strike After 9 Days

Sunday, June 17th, 2012, Youngstown, OH- Last Friday, Jason Robb a death sentenced prisoner at Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) suspended his hunger strike demanding transfer to death row at Chillicothe Correctional. Jason's description of his meeting with Warden David Bobby is below.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Please Sign the Petition in Support of Jason Robb's Hunger Strike - Thank you!

Please sign by clicking here:

Text of the petition to Warden D. Bobby:

On June 6th, Jason Robb began a hunger strike with one simple demand: to be transferred off Level 5 super max status and housed with and treated like other Death Row prisoners at Chillicothe Correctional.

Jason has spent the last 19 years in 23 hour a day lock down at Ohio State Penitentiary and Mansfield Correctional (before OSP was built).

In his 13 years of isolation at OSP Jason has completed many programs, received no violent or serious conduct reports, and, in the warden's own words "displayed good interaction with staff and other inmates".

Jason is wrongly convicted of complicity in murders that occurred during the 1993 Lucasville Uprising at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF).
Thank you for signing!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Jason Robb Declaration of Hunger Strike

written by Jason Robb, Wednesday June 6th, 2012, on the first day of his hunger strike.

Jason Robb Starts Hunger Strike

Jason Robb is on a hunger strike beginning with the evening meal on June 6. He is demanding that he be transferred to Chillicothe Correctional Institution and treated like any other death row prisoner. Chillicothe CI currently houses all but six of Ohio's death row prisoners.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

20 Year Anniversary Conference

A weekend of speeches, workshops, lectures, call-ins, art,  and discussions about the 1993 Lucasville Uprising at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, it's causes, the aftermath, and how it relates to mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.

Details and registration coming soon.

If you'd like to host a break-out session, lead a workshop, or contribute to the effort, please contact