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.

"On the 15th of June I met with the Warden and Deputy Warden. During this meeting I raised the issue that no one had been able to tell me what I could do to move from isolation to death row at chillicothe. The Warden explained that throughout Ohio's control units they had been setting up a step-down program so inmates could work their way to general population. I explained that this was not the case for death row inmates in Ohio control units. He stated their plan to start allowing long term death row prisoners in the control units to participate in congregate activities with other similarly situated prisoners to demonstrate ability to be housed in death row at Chillicothe, such as congregate recreation with another inmate and contact visits with friends and family. These activities allow inmates to demonstrate positive meaningful interaction with others in a controlled setting. Further, they will be reviewing death sentenced prisoners in the control unit every 6 months for release to death row population instead of every 12 months. These changes are to take place in the next 30 days time. At which time, I agreed to start eating once again as I felt this is the first time in 19 years we long termers have been able to have meaningful human contact that could show that we do not belong at OSP, but housed at death row at chillicothe general population. I would like to thank everyone for their time and support, letters and cards, as it raised me up when I most needed it. Always forward, never back. In the struggle, Jason Robb."

Jason Robb has been held in isolation for 19 years, on a conviction based on unreliable informant testimony following the Lucasville Uprising at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in 1993. More information about him and other prisoners in similar situations can be found at LucasvilleAmnesty.org.

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