Time Bomb Waiting to Explode
Ohio's Protective Custody Prisoners Fill Cells at Lucasville
By Clarence Bogan, Prisonersolidarity.org
Oct. 17, 2006
Recently I received a copy of a small pamphlet called "Life
After Life" (http://www.prisonersolidarity.org/LifeAfterLife.pdf),
by Kunta Kenyatta. Mr. Kenyatta was a very good friend of mine while
he was incarcerated, and often consulted me regarding "the
law." The two of us shared our writings with one another. It
was truly a delight for me to read his pamphlet and to see how great
he was doing now that he has regained his "freedom."
of freedom, I too am about to finally regain my liberty, after twenty-five
years behind bars. My stay behind these bars has been so horrifying
that I truly believe that it is by the good grace of our Heavenly
Creator that I'm able to still breathe and to walk towards my future
having several court orders, and orders from ex-Congressman Louis
Stokes and my ex-Ohio Senator Jeffery Johnson, barring my being
ever housed in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, the Ohio
Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) has moved, and
continues to deliberately house me, here. Prior to my recent return
to SOCF on July 13, 2006 I was safely housed in the protective custody
unit of the Toledo Correctional Institution (TOCI). Without receiving
any of the proper legislative due process that governs pc inmates,
or the due process that governs classification and transfers, I
was packed up, put in a van/bus, and sent to a protective custody
block of SOCF.
to the ODRC perpetually violating the court orders that would bar
my transfer here, I have now been brutally stabbed upon numerous
occasions (one time it occurred because staff here allowed inmates
to send me an unauthorized mass to work). And I also max out my
entire sentence on November 18, 2006. Prior to my being transferred
here, my case manager, Chad Lee, at TOCI called my family and they
were going to come from Cleveland, Ohio to the Toledo Correctional
Institution (To.C.I) to pick me up on 11/18/06. But because of the
great distance to SOCF (in Lucasville, Ohio) they cannot drive down.
Mrs. Shirley Pope has a thick file of my correspondence about the
wicked behavior of the SOCF staff towards me and others. Myself,
Kunta Kenyatta and others have put in many years trying to shed
light on the ODRC corruption -- these people kill inmates directly
and indirectly. They brutalize us savagely, tamper with our food
and mail, etc., etc... and the main reason why I am writing to you
now is because I think that, with my being so close to regaining
my liberty (which will put me into a more favorable position to
expose the ODRC's corruption) it is in the best interest of the
Department of Rehabilitation to have me here, so that they can arrange
my death and cover it up. That's why it's very important that you
publish this entire letter and let "Free Society" know
that even after the riot of 1993 the Ohio Department of Corrections
is still behaving wantonly and sadistically towards the inmates
you taxpayers are paying them to house.
to the State Law of Ohio's Title SI Chapter 5120, the ODRC has a
legislated duty to ensure that all inmates are given health care,
which includes mental care. How can I be given mental care in an
institution that is responsible for my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Bringing me back here has increased the problem ten times over!
Secondly, as I stated herein, I will max out on November 18, 2006.
I asked the staff if I could receive pre-release programming (which
helps prepare inmates for re-entry into society, finding jobs, state
identification cards, etc.). They told me "no"! So, I'm
letting you all free civilians know that after having done TWENTY-
FIVE years in prison, the O.D.R.C. intends to send me home without
my Pre-Release Programming! And society wonders why the recidivist
rate is so high in Ohio. It's that way because society hands the
ODRC its funding and then looks the other way!
legislation was formed "by the people" (you all) and for
the people (including all prisoners). Our law clearly requires the
State of Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation to REHABILITATE its
inmates. Denying me Pre-Release Programming after all of the time
I have done (mostly on the maximum security level) is not rehabilitation,
it's de-habilitation, and a calculated move by the O.D.R.C., to
ensure either death or a return customer to its house. What else
could it be?
taxpayers must understand what was really behind the massive transfer
of the plc inmates from WCI, MCI and To.C.I. to the notoriously
violent prison, SOCF:
SOCF is the state's maximum security prison, located almost in Kentucky,
putting it far out of reach for the families of most of the inmates
it houses, thus providing the savage staff members with plenty of
leverage to do almost anything to inmates and then cover it up ...
SOCF lost a lot of its population, between inmate fighting in the
courts over their security levels, which had been deliberately held
higher by malicious conduct report writing and staff dereliction,
to do timely security reviews (used to reduce inmates' statuses).
The mass exodus from SOCF left four entire blocks on the "L-Side"
empty (the blocks that had been rebuilt with taxpayer money after
the 1993 riots). This created a ripple effect in the amount of money
that Ohio could get from the federal government (as well as its
own legislative branch within the state). In fact, most recently,
the ex-director, Reginald Wilkinson had approached the Ohio Senate
seeking more funding and was denied ...
So the O.D.R.C. manipulated the security level of Ross Correctional
Institution from a part-medium and close security prison to one
housing just medium security levels. Then came down an order that
the ODRC would now be removing its two blocks of "PC Inmates"
from WCI, to make room for the RCI's close security inmates. The
empty block of To.C.I. (called "C-Block") would also finally
open up to house close security level inmates (it had been closed
since 2000). Then, the ODRC closed the Protective Custody (PC)Unit
at MCI and began housing medium security level inmates at the "M-Block."
So, you ask, what became of all of the PC inmates?
The ODRC then rounded all of the protective custody inmates up (including
the medium and minimum-security inmates, and sent us all here to
the maximum-security prison called SOCF, in Lucasville, Ohio! A
lot of inmates have court ordered separations from here, but the
ODRC has chosen to pick and choose whose court order to honor ...
For instance, inmates in the SOCF riot who hurt other inmates (and
were partially responsible for the guards' injuries and death) were
maintained in the PC unit at the Toledo Correctional Institution
(ToC.I). But other inmates that have court orders (and that had
nothing to do with the '93 riot here), and those that may have been
brutally hurt in this same prison, were deliberately transferred
here! Why is the ODRC putting inmates' lives are at risk?
if the ODRC can house minimum, medium, close security, and maximum
security pc inmates at this maximum security prison, then a very
serious question looms: Wouldn't it have made more sense to have
the "close security" inmates from Ross Correctional placed
in SOCF, instead of sending 3/4 of the protective custody inmates
here? The ODRC has opened up the door for all PC inmates to be verbally
and physically harassed by staff (I myself have witnessed this).
The ODRC has made PC expendable, while it uses PC inmates to fill
up its empty blocks at SOCF. The ODRC has now entirely repopulated
the SOCF, which in turn requires the state and federal governments
-- at the very least -- to restore the financial levels back to
what it had been prior to all of the empty beds.
PC inmates' lives be put at risk so that cells can be filled and
funding acquired, and so that staff can keep their jobs?
the ODRC be permitted to determine which inmates' court orders will
be acknowledged? A court-ordered separation from SOCF is exactly
this, regardless of which inmate possesses it, am I correct?
let me ask where the media is. Why did they not notice the mass
exodus of PC inmates into a horrendous prison like the one such
as the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility? Surely, this should
have generated some interest? But it appears that we're all just
prisoners and -- as long as we're locked up behind bars -- "Free
Society" doesn't mind dishing out huge sums of funding without
actually getting its money's worth.
urge you to print this in its entirety, share it with the news media
and television stations and to email it to DATELINE and 60 Minutes.
Contact the ACLU offices. I invite everyone to come and interview
us all. Do we have to wait for someone to be harmed, or even killed?
closing, I want to thank you for your time in reading this. And
if you happen to see my friend, Kunta Kenyatta, please let him know
that I am pleased with his successful re-entry into society and
am still fighting for inmates' rights (I'm old now, but am a young
warrior in my heart)!
Grace be upon you all --
Bogan III, # A169688
PO Box 45699
Lucasville, Ohio 45699
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