Showing posts with label jason robb. Show all posts
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Man in Solitary Goes on Hunger Strike After Ohio Prison Limits Access to Books, Music


Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00 By Jack Shuler, Truthout | Report
(Photo: Old Books via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO)(Photo: Old Books via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO)

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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Behavior Modification. Ohio Supermax Level System.

Jason Robb wrote and drew a zine about how the ODRC is manipulating prisoners to circumvent a supreme court ruling and keep beds filled at their supermax facility.

Behavior Modification. Ohio Supermax Level System.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Interview with Jason Robb on Richmond Independent Radio

This interview with Jason Robb occurred spontaneously immediately after a screening of The Shadow of Lucasville at an anarchist house in Richmond, VA. It's a unique account of the uprising, and great opportunity to hear Jason's perspective in his own voice.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Shadow of Lucasville Tour

D Jones' documentary about the uprising The Shadow of Lucasville will be touring the country over the next few months. Ben Turk from Insurgent Theatre will be screening the film in various cities alternating with performances of Insurgent's new play, Know Your Enemy.
Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Kieth Lamar and Jason Robb will be calling in to the events to answer questions from the audience.

The Shadow of Lucasville

Follow-up to the award winning documentary film, The Great Incarcerator, part 1: Dark Little Secret

Directed by D Jones - 60 minutes

The Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S. history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure through inmate uprisings in response to mass incarceration and dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. The film will be followed by conversation with death-sentenced survivors of the uprising, who will be calling in from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Ohio's supermax prison.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Re-Examining Lucasville Conference Recap


On April 19-21, supporters of the Lucasville Uprising Prisoners held a three day conference to raise awareness and tell a more complete story about what happened twenty years ago at SOCF, and the legal repercussions that have deeply damaged many lives.

Jason Robb Conference Statement

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hunger Strike Continues into Third Week.

Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Greg Curry continue their hunger strike into it's 3rd week. Jason Robb, Kieth Lamar (aka Bomani Shakur) and the three others who joined in solidarity have resumed eating. They hope to have gained attention so that people on the outside can continue to pursue gaining media access through other means. 

Warden David Bobby says he has spoken with central office and will be meeting with the hunger striking prisoners this afternoon, but would not comment on the possibility of an agreement. The four prisoners began refusing food on Thursday April 11th, the 20th anniversary of the Lucasville uprising. They have all been held in solitary confinement since the uprising on convictions they maintain were manufactured by the authorities. Their single demand is for the ODRC to grant media requests for on camera sit-down interviews. 

One other prisoner at OSP is currently on hunger strike with completely different personal demands. Supporters can call or email Warden Bobby at OSP, or JoEllen Smith, the communications director at ODRC central office.

JoEllen Smith: 614-752-1150 or Warden David Bobby 330-743-0700 x 2006 or

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

OSP Prisoners Join Hunger Strike in Solidarity

Tues April 16th, 2013, Youngstown, OH- At least twenty one prisoners at Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) refused all three meals on Monday, April 15th in solidarity with the four Lucasville Uprising prisoners who've been on hunger strike since April 11th.

Warden David Bobby says no additional prisoners are officially hunger-striking, because none have refused nine consecutive meals, but he said numerous prisoners have refused meals off and on during the hunger strike.

Friday, April 12, 2013

20th Anniversary Hunger Strike Press Release

PHONE:  614-704-4699

For Immediate Release: Four Lucasville Uprising Prisoners on Hunger Strike.

April 11th, 2013, Youngstown, OH- Four prisoners housed at Ohio State Penitentiary began refusing food today. Greg Curry, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Bomani Shakur, who have been housed at OSP since it opened, are demanding that media outlets be allowed to come for sit-down on-camera interviews with them. In a recorded announcement, Bomani Shakur described the hunger strike as a "protest [of] the state's unfair and unreasonable refusal to grant us access to the media... I am an innocent man. This is injustice, the state of Ohio is trying to kill me."

Numerous news sources have recently contacted the prisoners because of their involvement in the Lucasville Uprising twenty years ago. The hunger strike was timed with the anniversary of the uprising, along with a conference focused on taking another look at what happened in 1993.

"There are two important reasons for media access. The first is to humanize the prisoner... the second... [is to give] the prisoner a way to contribute to the search for truth about his alleged crimes" wrote long time prisoner advocate Staughton Lynd. "[When] a journalist and a prisoner can speak face to face... the reporter [can] ask follow-up questions as in a courtroom cross-examination." Lynd also cites legal opinions that advocate a right for prisoners to speak to the media. See Staughton's full statement at
The prisoners announced the hunger strike during a brief informal telephone interview with The Associated Press, who ran an article on the eve of the hunger strike. Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Jason Robb were convicted of complicity in the murder of the hostage guard officer Vallandingham and condemned to death. They maintain their innocence and argue that as negotiators of the agreement that ended the uprising, they actually avoided further loss of life.  Bomani Shakur (also known as Keith Lamar) and Greg Curry both surrendered on the first day of the uprising, but were charged and convicted of killing perceived snitches in the first hours of the disturbance. They both also maintain their innocence. Curry is serving a life sentence. Shakur has appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Supporters of the Lucasville Uprising Prisoners have planned a three day conference memorializing the Lucasville Uprising and re-examining the investigations and prosecutions that produced these convictions. The Re-Examining Lucasville conference will take place at Columbus State Community College on the weekend of April 19th-21st.

Advocates are also encouraging supporters to call Warden David Bobby at OSP and request that he negotiate with and allow media access. Warden Bobby can be reached at 330-743-0700 ext 2006. Supporters can also write to the prisoners at the following addresses.

Greg Curry 213-159
Siddique Abdullah Hasan R130-559
Jason Robb 308-919
Bomani Shakur (Lamar) 317-117


Thursday, April 11, 2013

4 Lucasville Uprising Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike

Greg Curry, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Bomani Shakur will begin refusing food on April 11th. They are demanding that media be allowed access to sit-down interviews with them. These interviews are essential to  humanizing the prisoners and allowing them to contribute to the search for truth about his alleged crimes. A face to face interview permits follow-up questions and a more direct and thorough interaction than other forms of interview.

The Associated Press Columbus has written an article on the hunger strike, which is getting national attention.

Supporters can call OSP and demand that the Warden grant media requests for sit down, on camera interviews with the Lucasville Uprising prisoners.

Warden David Bobby 330-743-0700 ext 2006

 RedBird has been involved in setting up The Re-Examining Lucasville conference Please come, learn, participate.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Solitary Confinement Testimonials...

Jason Robb asked me to re-post some testimonials on solitary confinement that have made it into the news recently. Jason, Namir, Bomani, Hasan, and Greg Curry have all been in solitary confinement for 20 years in Ohio's Super-Max Prison, Ohio State Penitentiary.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Convict Unity and Full Contact Visits

Written by Ben Turk of RedBird Prison Abolition, during the first week of full contact visits, Sept, 2012.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011