Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00 By Jack Shuler, Truthout | Report
Keith LaMar is being held in solitary confinement at the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) in Youngstown, a supermax prison. LaMar has been in solitary for over 22 years. For 19 of those years, he was not allowed to touch his visitors, including his friends and family.
Since November 9, LaMar has been on a hunger strike - along with fellow prisoner Jason Robb who joined him on the second day - because a new warden has decided to limit his access to music and books. Specifically, he will only be able to keep 15 books and CDs in his cell.
LaMar says this may seem like "petty stuff to people who don't know about solitary," but that the ability to read books and listen to music keeps him alive. Currently, he has amassed over 100 CDs and 30-plus books. Because the prison considers him a security risk, he has been denied access to JPay Players, digital devices that hold thousands of songs and offer limited email access.