The Lucasville Uprising was a rebellion against oppressive and racist policies at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, OH. Nine inmates and one guard died during the uprising in April of 1993. Today, many people are serving time or condemned to death by the state of Ohio in relation to the uprising. We demand amnesty for all of these inmates. The conditions at SOCF were (and still are) intolerable and unconscionable.
We sent a copy of Condemned to Sean Swain, who read it and then sent it on to Governor Kasich, along with this letter.
April 22, 2014
Dear Governor Kasich,
Please find enclosed Condemned by Keith LaMar. It was sent to
me nearly a month ago so that I could write a review. It took prison
officials 24 days to get it to me. I received it at mail call yesterday.
I had it read in under a day, and I am now sending it to you.
If you can read this, cover to cover, without tears of rage rolling down your face, you don’t have a pulse.
Last month you praised the three women who survived the brutal
captivity, held for years by Ariel Castro. You spoke passionately about
their courage and heroism. Read Condemned and you’ll be convinced that Keith LaMar is just as deserving of the medals you gave those three surviving women.
Mosi Paki has maxed out his uprising sentence and is among friends and family in Cleveland. He's adjusting to life on the outside after decades in prison, but hopes to attend upcoming events and participate in organizing.
Pictured here with Kunta Kenyatta, who was held in Lucasville in 1993, but in a different cell block during the uprising.