Saturday, December 22, 2012

New Contributors

We have received letters from three more men serving time because of the Lucasville Uprising. Rasheem Mathews, Derek Cannon and Thomas Backmon will be contributing to this site, and helping organize the Re-Examining Lucasville Conference next April.

We're glad to be able to share more of the stories of the uprising and the unjust trials and investigations following it. If you would like to write to these new contributors, you can find their information on the contact page.

Rasheem Matthews

 Rasheem Mathews was at Lucasville on a false conviction when the uprising happened in 1993. He was again falsely convicted of murders that occurred during the uprising, and is currently incarcerated at OSP, Ohio's super-max prison. This is Rasheem's story.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Re-Examining Lucasville Conference Call for Submissions

     A group of lawyers, prisoner advocates, family members and supporters will be presenting a weekend conference re-examining the history of Ohio's most notorious prison uprising, the eleven day occupation of L-Block in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville in 1993. 

    The conference will present a comprehensive examination of the facts, stories and legal proceedings from the uprising. We are also interested in exploring the context in which the uprising occurred and the consequences for the people of Ohio. To this end, we are seeking workshops, presentations, participation from the broader community. We'd like you to help us explore relevant issues such as the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, prison conditions, death penalty, solitary confinement, and super-max prisons. Each of these topics is intimately present in the story of Lucasville, and we hope you or your organization can help us provide conference attendees with a broader understanding of how Lucasville relates to so many issues that impact all of our lives. 

    The conference will be held from Friday evening, April 19, through midday Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Columbus State Community College in downtown Columbus. If you are interested in participating, please submit a proposal describing your idea, workshop or presentation to by Jan 18th. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Monday, December 10, 2012


The sixth essay in Staughton Lynd's new series, 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.