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The Untold Story
of a Prison
by Staughton Lynd


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Monthly Review

Victory for Lucasville Prisoners
I have a short report on today’s rally at the Ohio State Penitentiary. But first, I can now report to you the wonderful news that all three have resumed eating because they achieved a victory. The prison authorities have provided a set of conditions that virtually meets the demands set out by Bomani Shakur.
Denis O’Hearn, Bay Guardian
Supermax Torture in America
To little public outcry, tens of thousands of American citizens are being held in equivalent or worse conditions in this country’s super-harsh, super-maximum security, solitary-confinement prisons, or in comparable units of traditional prisons”  – The Boston Review 

Prisoners’ Guerrilla Handbook
Numerous prisons have eliminated or defunded prison education programs, limiting incarcerated individuals’ ability to pursue a GED or higher education while incarcerated. To respond to this situation, the third edition of “Prisoners’ Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs in the U.S. and Canada,” has been published, written by Missouri prisoner Jon Marc Taylor, who has successfully completed a B.S. degree, an M.A. degree and a Doctorate by mail while incarcerated.

Prison Profiteers
Locking up 2.3 million people isn’t cheap. Each year federal, state, and local governments spend over $185 billion annually in tax dollars to ensure that one out of every 137 Americans is imprisoned. Prison Profiteers looks at the private prison companies, investment banks, churches, guard unions, medical corporations, and other industries and individuals that benefit from this experiment with mass imprisonment.
-The New Press, 2007

Lucasville Uprising Anniversary
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15th anniversary of the 1993 Lucasville Prison Uprising.
Ten men died. Five men are on Death Row and many more are serving additional sentences.
The story of the Lucasville Five is a textbook case for what is wrong with the death penalty. The ease with which the state has been able to bring these men to the point of execution will make any viewer want to rethink not only the justification for these convictions, but the legitimacy of the death penalty itself!
“Lucasville: The Play

Martin Luther King Day Rally at Ohio’s Death Row
In what is becoming an annual event to oppose Ohio’s death penalty, the family members, the Lucasville Five Defense Committee out of Cleveland and other prisoner-advocacy groups openly protested executions and prisoner treatment in general inside the walls of the facility that now houses most of the death row inmates.
Warren Tribune Chronicle

Staughton Lynd on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!
Nine prisoners and a hostage officer were killed. A surrender was negotiated, and no sooner was the surrender negotiated with various prisoner spokespersons than the state of Ohio turned around and began to build death penalty cases against those very leaders and spokespersons. They didn’t care who had really done things. They wanted to nail the leaders so that no prisoner would ever have this idea again.

new! Blue Rage, Black Redemption
Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir by Stanley Tookie Williams is a first-hand account of Williams’ personal journey from co-founding the notorious Crips gang to becoming a reformed prisoner and activist for youth from behind bars on California’s death row.

Rethinking Ohio’s Death Penalty
YOUNGSTOWN – About 50 opponents of the death penalty gathered outside the Ohio State Penitentiary to send a message. “We have a new governor,” said Susan Schnur, 49, of Cleveland. “We’re hoping this is a starting point. We want Governor Strickland to see us.” Full article

Prison Forum Coverage
June 10 , 2006, Youngstown State University
Keynote speech, news coverage, conference photos, and more

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ACLU in Ohio calls delayed execution intolerable, demands halt
The Canton Repository
May 25, 2007

Toledo Attorney Angry Over Botched Executions
WTOL-TV in Toledo
May 25, 2007

Behind the Curtain – How Modern Day Executioners
Botch Their Job
By Jessica Ablamsky, The New College Clarion
May 24, 2007

Prisonersolidarity Spring 2007 Newsletter

May 20, 2007

We All Have Diamonds that are Undiscovered
By Damone “Monebone” Johnson,
May 19, 2007

No Parole Rule Rescinded in Ohio!
Alice Lynd,
May 18, 2007

Prisoner-assisted homicide – more ‘volunteer’ executions loom
Amnesty International USA
May 17, 2007

Physicians resist push for execution involvement
By Kevin B. O’Reilly, American Medical News
May 14, 2007

Tennessee Carries Out First Execution
Since Lethal Injection Review
By Theo Emery, The New York Times
May 9, 2007

Calls to abolish the death penalty emerge nationwide
By Stephanie Hoops, The Ventura County Star
May 7, 2007

Raising the quality of justice
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Editorial)
May 6, 2007

My Heart Aches Like the Black Ghetto,
The Big Black Ancient Ghetto

By Kamau Tebogo Zulu Damali,
May 5, 2007

Why Are Muslims Being Discriminated Against?
Ali Khalid Abdullah,
May 5, 2007

Worthy and Unworthy Victims
By Stephen Lendman, Z Magazine
May 3, 2007

The Lethal Injection Quandary: How Medicine Has Dismantled the Death Penalty
By Deborah W. Denno, Fordham Legal Studies Research Paper# 983732
May 1, 2007

Felony sentencing philosophy reflects community values
Jack Palmer, Defiance Crescent-News
April 30, 2007

Doctor: Lethal injections are ‘catastrophically flawed’
But state prison officials testify inmates will be fully sedated before execution
By Jon Murray, Indianapolis Star
April 27, 2007

Aftermath of New Castle riot reroutes prisoners
By Kristine Brite, Hendricks County Flyer (Avon, Ind.)
April 26, 2007

Civil rights attorney Staughton Lynd co-wrote the play
By Guy D’Astolfo, The Vindicator
April 26, 2007

Locked Down But Not Out:
Inmate Activists Strive Toward Prison Reform
By Maya Schenwar, Punk Planet
March-April 2007

Play challenges death penalty views; local man plays killer in ‘Lucasville’
By Joe Pinchot, The Sharon Herald
April 25, 2007

Lethal Injection – Ohio’s Shame
By Jonathan I. Groner MD, OSU Children’s Hospital
April 25, 2007  

Darrow’s birthday celebrated
By Angelique McKowan, The Warren Tribune Chronicle
April 19, 2007

Speed Bumps (From Ohio Death Row)
By Vernon Brown,
April 17, 2007

Life in Solitary Confinement: 12,775 Days Alone
By Brooke Shelby Biggs, AlterNet
April 17, 2007

Smith state Prison Officials Discriminate
Against Muslim Prisoners

By Abdus-Salam Karim,
April 16, 2007

Plays about Lucasville riot, Clarence Darrow spotlight death penalty
By Daniel Sturm, The Athens News
April 16, 2007

The politics of life and death
An inmate’s fate often hinges on luck of the draw
By Dan Horn, The Cincinnati Enquirer
April 15, 2007

Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment
By Prema Polit, AlterNet
April 14, 2007

Referendum to End the Death Penalty in Ohio
Letter to 195 Prisoners on Ohio’s Death Row
Kunta Kenyatta & Laurie Hoover,
April 14, 2007

Support Education And Not Death Row
By James Conway,
April 14, 2007

Letter in Support of a Referendum
By Alva E. Campbell,
April 14, 2007

Averting the Criminalization of Communities
By Thomasina W. James,
April 14, 2007

Guard’s family speaks out on play
By Ryan Scott Ottney, The Portsmouth Daily News
April 12, 2007

Play commemorates SOCF riot
By Ryan Scott Ottney
, The Portsmouth Daily News
April 11, 2007

Staging an appeal
New play invites another look at convictions that followed rioting at Lucasville in 1993
By Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch
April 11, 2007

Death on Stage
The truth about the Lucasville uprising
By Daniel Sturm, The Cincinnati City Beat
April 11, 2007

Play about Lucasville riot touches a nerve
John Caniglia, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 11, 2007

Mortality Play
By Rick Claypool, The Toledo City Paper
April 11, 2007

Play depicting Lucasville uprising on tour
La Prensa (
Ohio & Michigan Latino newspaper)
April 10, 2007

Darrow Day
The (Youngstown) Vindicator
April 9, 2007

Many states rethinking attitude on executions
Kenneth Biros, of Brookfield, is one of 191 killers on Ohio’s Death Row.
By Tim Jones, The Chicago Tribune
April 8, 2007

Rome rally against death penalty
Press TV (Italy)
April 8, 2007

Columbia play focuses on SOCF riot
By Jeff Barron, The Portsmouth Daily News
April 7, 2007

Story of Lucasville Prison Riot Made Into Theatrical Production
New Play Reveals ‘Untold Story’ From Inmates Point of View
Jim Otte, WHIO-TV Dayton
April 6, 2007

Desperately Seeking Justice
A Handful of Supporters Re-examines the Conviction of the Lucasville Five
By Charu Gupta, The Cleveland Free Times
April 4, 2007

Former Black Panther Party leader to speak on case of Ohio death row inmate
By Rick Claypool, The Toledo City Paper
April 4, 2007

Plays examine death penalty
Cincinnati Enquirer
April 2, 2007

Fourteen years since the seizure of L-Block
Interview with Siddique Abdullah Hasan (Part I)
By Martha Grevatt, Workers World
March 29, 2007

Fair and impartial aggravated murder

By Staughton Lynd, The Columbus Free Press
March 28, 2007

The American Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
By Sam Provance,
March 27, 2007

Governor grants Spirko reprieve
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
March 27, 2007

N.H. House rejects repeal of death penalty
By Norma Love, Associated Press
March 27, 2007

Abolish the death penalty
The Chicago Tribune (Editorial)
March 25, 2007

Governor faced with life, death decisions
Capital penalty a heavy burden’
Aaron Marshall, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 23, 2007

The Woman Who Wore Her Hijab
By Mary Uloho,
March 23, 2007

Supreme Court blocks Ohio inmate’s execution
By Erica Ryan, The Associated Press
March 20, 2007

YSU graduate faces execution
Federal appeals court postpones Trumbull County man’s death sentence for 1991 murder
By Ashley Tate, The Jambar
March 20, 2007

Court rules to stop Ohio execution; state appeals
By Dan Sewell, The Associated Press
March 19, 2007

Letter of Rage
By Ali Khalid Abdullah,
March 16, 2007

Abolitionists See Victory in View
Adrianne Appel, IPS
March 16, 2007

Governor denies clemency to death row inmate
The Associated Press
March 16, 2007

Strickland not cutting budget for Ohio prisons
By Mark Niquette, The Columbus Dispatch
March 13, 2007

Assistant AG asks House to end death penalty (Montana)
The Associated Press
March 10, 2007

Ohio attorney general requests 6th reprieve for
condemned inmate
The Associated Press

March 5, 2007

A Word to the People
By Kamau T. Zulu Damali (Raynell D. Morgan),
March 4, 2007

Reverse Reparations: Race, Place, and the Vicious Circle
of Mass Incarceration*
by Paul Street, ZNet
March 4, 2007

Lethal injection challenge dismissed
Regina Fields, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 3, 2007

A Vast Tapestry of Lies
By Bomani Shakur (AKA Keith LaMar),
March 3, 2007

A Federal Witchhunt: The Persecution of Sami Al-Arian
By Alexander Cockburn,
March 3/4, 2007

Federal appellate court rules Ohio death row
inmate waited too long to file appeal
By Jim Provance, The Toledo Blade
March 2, 2007

A Trial for Thousands Denied Trial
Naomi Klein, The Nation
Feb. 26, 2007

Federal Prosecutors Widen Pursuit Of Death Penalty
as States Ease Off
By Christopher Conkey and Gary Fields, The Wallstreet Journal
Feb. 3, 2007

Executions in state halted to fix process
Opponents applaud governor’s order
By Sheila Burke, The Nashville Tennessean
Feb. 2, 2007

Prison Sanitation Crisis at Ohio State Penitentiary – Update
By Robert Reed,
Feb. 2, 2007

Death Penalty: Abolition, a Capital Issue
By Marie-Laure Colson, Liberation
Feb. 1, 2007

Nebraska’s death penalty could be debated
North Platte Telegraph
Feb. 1, 2007

Parole board recommends against clemency for Filiaggi
Associated Press
Feb. 1, 2007

Governor denies moratorium plan for executions
3 scheduled have been delayed
By Jim Provance, The Toledo Blade
Feb. 1, 2007

Doctors & Executions: A complex dilemma of medicine,
ethics and law
By Nathan Crabbe, The Gainsville Sun
Jan. 28, 2007

Staying above Ground
By Rashid Junaid,
Jan. 28, 2007

Company’s monopoly: prison care packages
Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Jan. 28, 2007

Is death row slowing down?
Decision is ‘probably the toughest’ Strickland faces in job
By Jon Craig and Sharon Coolidge, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Jan. 28, 2007

Ohio death penalty defended
Prosecutors fight study, say system works; critics see bad convictions
Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch

Jan. 27, 2007

Death Row Briton hopes for freedom
Press Association
Jan. 27, 2007

Killer says he’s ready for execution
Filiaggi discusses shooting ex-wife
Reginald Fields and Mark Puente, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jan. 26, 2007

Are Prisons Driving Prisoners Mad?
By Jeffery Kluger, TIME Magazine
Jan. 26, 2007

Death penalty needs closer look
Regina Brett, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jan. 26, 2007

The quality of Ohio’s justice: Are we comfortable with executions?
Cleveland Plain Dealer (Editorial)
Jan. 26, 2007

Death penalty repeal sought
O’Malley backs bills to replace executions with life without parole
Jennifer Skalka, The Baltimore Sun
Jan. 26, 2007

I came to Prison For Punishment – Not Inhumane Treatment
By Carmen Stavole,
Jan. 24, 2007

Death penalty needs re-examination
Jeff Gamso, The Dayton Daily News (Letter to the Editor)
Jan. 23, 2007

An Anatomy of a Failed Black Manhood
By Abdul Olugbala Shakur,
Jan. 23, 2007

2 inmates, state legislators ask to stop executions
The Associated Press
Jan 23, 2007

Prison, a growth industry
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jan. 22, 2007

Marine’s last stand on death row
Kenny Richey has faced execution in the US for 20 years. Tomorrow will be his final appeal
By David Rose, The Observer (UK)
Jan. 21, 2007

Prisonersolidarity Winter 2007 Newsletter

Jan. 20, 2007

3 Ohio executions on hold
Strickland doesn’t want to make hasty decisions
By Reginald Fields, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jan. 20, 2007

RealPolitics 101: Hussein’s Execution Follows Political Tradition
By Dennis Boatwright,
Jan. 20, 2007

Governor delays next 3 Ohio executions for more review
By Mark Niquette, The Columbus Dispatch
Jan. 19, 2007

Determined protesters say ‘Stop the executions’
By Sharon Danann, Cleveland Workers World
Jan. 18, 2007

Justices Scrutinize Death Penalty in Texas
Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times
Jan. 18, 2007

A penalty nobody should pay
By John Watson, Edinburgh Evening News (UK)
Jan. 18, 2007

Inmate surge predicted
Officials debate need to build prisons vs. expanding services
By John Caniglia, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jan. 17, 2007

America’s Slave Labor
Inmates are being forced to work in toxic ‘e-waste’ sweatshops
By Christopher Moraff, In These Times
Jan. 17, 2007

Black Mirror
By Adam Spells,
Jan. 16, 2007

Lethal Injection: A Closer Look
The Death Penalty Procedure Now Under Review
Opinion By Jonathan Groner, M.D., ABC News
Jan. 16, 2007

Benge v. Johnson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Case No. 05-3122.
Judge Martin’s dissent: Pages 16-19 (PDF)
Southern District of Ohio at Cincinnati
Jan. 16, 2007

Death penalty opponents protest at state prison
Protesters promoted the cause of prisoners charged
in the Lucasville riot.
By Don Shilling, The Youngstown Vindicator
Jan. 15, 2007

Ohio’s death penalty subject to review
By Laura A. Bischoff, The Dayton Daily News
Jan. 15, 2007

Desolation Rows
The execution of Saddam Hussein
By Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
Jan. 15, 2007

Baby! Let Momma Kiss Your Pain
By Mary Uloho,
Jan. 13, 2007

Is lethal injection barbaric?
Ohio revisits the ethics of execution

By Daniel Sturm, The Athens News
Jan. 11, 2007

Surgeon cites link between lethal injection, Nazis
By Daniel Sturm, The Athens News
Jan. 11, 2007

Victim’s parents: Spare her killer
Daughter wasn’t for death penalty, family will argue
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Jan. 11, 2007

An Appeal for Advice
By Enrique Akil Diaz,
Jan. 10, 2007

3 prisoners scheduled to die in 3-week period
By Andrea Weigl, The News and Observer (N. Carolina)
Jan. 10, 2007

Parole Board recommends no clemency for killer
The Associated Press
Jan. 10, 2007

Strickland gets first death penalty case from parole board
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Jan. 10, 2007

By Ali Khalid Abdullah,
Jan. 8, 2007

Possible Goals for 2007
By Franz Kurz,
Jan. 8, 2007

Tortured in the death chamber
Marlene Martin,
Jan. 7, 2007

Death penalty partisans try to read Strickland
Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press
Jan. 6, 2007

Botched executions incite fight against death penalty
By Sharon Danann, Workers World
Jan. 6, 2007

Everyday Struggles of a (Self-Defined) Political Prisoner: An Interview with Jason Goudlock
By Siddique A. Hasan, Prisonersolidarity Co-Founder
Jan. 4, 2007

Mold, Staph Infections and Broken Utilities at the
Ohio State Penitentiary
By Robert Reed,
Jan. 1, 2007

Why I Oppose “Life Without Parole”
By Alice Lynd, Prisonersolidarity.Org
Dec. 30, 2006

Inmate says paroled prisoner lied about Lucasville riot
The Associated Press
Dec. 29, 2006

The Psychology of the “N-Word”
by Raynell D. Morgan (aka, Kamau Tebogo Zulu Damali),
Dec. 29, 2006

Maryland’s Death Penalty
It’s time to discuss giving it up.
The Washington Post (Editorial)
Dec. 27, 2006

Lawuits putting executions in doubt
Associated Press (Cincinnati Post)
Dec. 25, 2006

Ruling opens possibility of indefinite end to executions
By J. McMenamin and J. Mitchell, Baltimore Sun
Dec. 22, 2006


Creating More Victims: How Executions Hurt the
Families Left Behind
National Coaltion to Abolish the Death Penalty
Dec. 18, 2006 – Jan. 3, 2007

Maryland Executions Halted
State court finds procedures established improperly
By Jennifer McMenamin, The Baltimore Sun
Dec. 20, 2006

“Unjust, Cruel and Irrational”
The United States of Punishment
By WILLIAM BLUM, Counterpunch
Dec. 18, 2006

A Victim of Ohio State Penitentiary Prisoner Abuse
Seeks Pro Bono Legal Representation
By Jason Goudlock,
Dec. 17, 2006

2-Dose Fla. Execution Sparks Criticism
By Ron Word, Associated Press
Dec. 14, 2006

Prosecutor Admits Mumia Had No “True Defense”
By Dave Lindorff,
Dec. 7, 2006

Inside the $37 billion prison economy
By Michael Myser, Business 2.0 Magazine
Dec. 6, 2006


Prisonersolidarity IN THE NEWS
WBAI, New York – 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio
Radio journalist Mimi Rosenberg read Daniel McCauley’s Prisonersolidarity essay in a show that was dedicated to his memory, which focused on youth incarceration, rehabilitation, prison reform, and the inhumane conditions at supermax prisons (a comparison is made between Youngstown’s Ohio State Penitentiary and Guantanamo). The interviewed guests were Staughton and Alice Lynd. Rosenberg’s report aired on WBAI New York, on the nationally syndicated morning show, “Wakeup Call.” You may listen to and download the interview at WBAI’s program archive: It is the June 6, 7 a.m. “Wakeup Call.” – 

The Cleveland Free Times
Though Hasan is still in jail, he’s busier than ever. The 44-year-old writes and receives dozens of letters in his supermax cell. He needs to convince more people that he was convicted on jailhouse snitch testimony that’s since been recanted or contradicted, and without the advantage of alternative witness accounts.
So almost every day, Hasan writes. He posts regular missives on a Web portal, (which he also edits), to communicate between prisoners and those on the outside. And he constantly sends letters to possible supporters. Read full article

Prison News Update
A great rally, a great victory for the Lucasville hunger strikers
By Denis O’Hearn, The San Francisco Bay View
Jan. 15, 2011
Prisoners’ hunger strike enters second week
By Workers World Cleveland bureau
Jan. 14, 2011Prisoners say they are denied rights given to others on Death Row
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Jan. 13, 2011Prisoners at Supermax Ohio Penitentiary Begin Hunger Strike to Protest 17+ Year Solitary Confinement Democracy Now
Jan. 4, 2011

Hunger strike of the Lucasville uprising prisoners starting Monday, Jan. 3
By the Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network
Dec. 31, 2010

A Welcome Prison Victory at Youngstown

By Denis O’Hearn, The Monthly Review Zine

Jan. 19, 2011


Lucasville prison uprising leaders go on hunger strike

By Sharon Danann, The Workers World
Jan 3, 2011


The Largest Prison Strike in American History Goes Ignored by US Media
By Joe Weber, Death and Taxes Magazine

Dec. 16, 2010


The Worst of the Worst:
Supermax Torture in America

Lance Tapley, The Boston Review

November/December 2010


Economic prison zones 

By Sam Bahour, Ha’aretz 

Nov. 26, 2010


Growth of Ex-Offender Population in United States Is a Dramatic Drag on Economy

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Nov. 15, 2010

Eight Years of Guantanamo: What’s Changed?
By Frida Berrigan,
Jan. 11, 2010

Death Penalty News – Critical Legal Group’s Abandonment
of Death Penalty Draws Attention
Abolition Times
Jan. 5, 2010

States Release Inmates Early To Cut Prison Costs
By Cheryl Corley, NPR
Dec. 13, 2009

New Execution Method Is Used in Ohio
By Ian Urbina, The New York Times
Dec. 9, 2009

Is the Death Penalty on the Decline in America?
Jesse Hicks, Research Penn State
Dec. 6, 2009

Ohio’s execution of Kenneth Biros an experiment on involuntary human subject
By Richard Dieter, Jurist Legal News & Research
Dec. 1, 2009

Solitary disgrace. Prisons should abolish long-term solitary confinement.
TheWashington Post Editorial
Nov. 28, 2009

Ohio launches new non-DNA innocence initiative
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press
Nov. 19, 2009

American Youth in the 21st Century: Pathologized, Criminalized and Disposable
By Henry A. Giroux, AlterNet
Nov. 16, 2009

Ohio to switch to 1 drug for lethal injection
The Associated Press
Nov. 13, 2009

4 Prisoners Facing Executions or Serving Extreme Jail Sentences Who Very Well May Be Innocent
By Liliana Segura, AlterNet
Oct. 26, 2009

After Three Strikes, Ohio’s Death Penalty Should be Out
By Mike Brickner, The ACLU of Ohio
Sept. 17, 2009

The Denial of My Parole. I Am Barack Obama’s Political Prisoner Now
By Leonard Peltier,
Sept. 11-13, 2009

Exposing ‘Little Guantanamo:’ Inside the CMU”
Daniel McGowan, U.S. Penitentiary Marion, Illinois
Sept. 9, 2009

The Real Cost of Prisons Comix
By Jenna M. Lloyd, ColorLines
Sept. 2, 2009

Publisher Sues Corrections Corporation of America Over Censorship of Books Sent to Prisoners
Sept. 2, 2009

Ohio can’t stop EMTs working as executioners
The Associated Press
Aug. 20, 2009

Troy Davis and the Meaning of ‘Actual Innocence’
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Aug. 19, 2009

Michael Vick found work; others don’t
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Aug. 17, 2009

Prison guards try to incite riots to keep their jobs
The San Francisco Bay View
Aug. 11, 2009

Missile-protesting priest arrested in Weld Co.
By Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post
Aug. 6, 2009

California Prisons Must Cut Inmate Population
By The New York Times
Aug. 5, 2009

The Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Rethinking Policies and Practices
The Vera Institute of Justice
July 29, 2009

Children as young as 7 can be prosecuted as adults and serve adult prison terms, report finds
The Sentencing Project News
July 28, 2009

Home at last after years wrongly imprisoned
The Socialist Worker
June 30, 2009

The War Against the ‘War on Drugs’
By Sasha Abramsky, The Nation
June 17, 2009

Behind Bars … Sort Of
By Jim Lewis, The New York Times
June 10, 2009

Court: Suspects Can Be Interrogated Without Lawyer
By Jesse J. Holland, The Associated Press
May 26, 2009

Growing up is even harder when mom is in prison
May 7, 2009

A new Texas? Ohio’s death penalty examined
By Travis Schulze, The Lantern
May 5, 2009

Re-entry Documentary, “The Released,” Airs Tuesday on PBS
April 23, 2009

The Fall of the Presidential Pardon
By Maya Schenwar, t r u t h o u t
April 2, 2009

New Prison and Jail Figures Show Record Incarceration,
Bureau of Justice Statistics Reports

The Sentencing Project News
March 31, 2009

Why We Must Fix Our Prisons
By Senator Jim Webb, Parade Magazine
March 29, 2009

Board Opposes Inmate’s Execution
The Associated Press
Feb. 8, 2009

Top US lawyer warns of deaths at Guantánamo
The Guardian (UK)
Feb. 8, 2009

Iraqis await Guantanamo son, whereabouts unknown
Feb. 8, 2009

Guantanamo inmates pose challenge for Europe
By Sebastian Rotella, Los Angeles Times
Feb. 8, 2009

Activists oppose new Seattle jail proposal
By Emily Holt, The Seattle University Spectator
Feb. 4, 2009

Don’t add to pain for Emma Dee Hill’s family
By Regina Brett, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jan. 28, 2009

What do Casey Anthony — and other inmates — buy behind bars?
By Sarah Lundy, The Orlando Sentinel
Jan. 10, 2009

The Poor Are Enslaved In American Prisons
By Nancy Lockhart, The Dissident Voice
Jan. 1, 2009

They can’t kill a revolutionary: Showing solidarity with Ikemba (Marritte Funches)
San Francisco Bay View
Jan. 1, 2009

Webb Sets His Sights On Prison Reform
Senator Proposes National Panel

By Sandhya Somashekhar, The Washington Post
Dec. 29, 2008

Washington prison doctor quits over death penalty
By Adam Wilson, The Olympian
Dec. 25, 2008

Mark seven years of Detention and Torture at Guantanamo
Witness Against Torture Prisoner Procession on Jan. 11, 2009
Dec. 23, 2008

Maryland Commission Recommends Abolition
of Death Penalty in Final Report
Death Penalty Information Center
Dec. 12, 2008

Should a Terminally Ill Prisoner Have to Die Behind Bars?
By Liliana Segura, AlterNet
Dec 5, 2008

US Interrogator in Iraq Says Torture Policy Has
Led to Deaths of Thousands of American Soldiers
Democracy Now!
Dec. 3, 2008

Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire
By Dom Apollon, Color Lines
November/December 2008

Coming home. A report on re-entry
TimeBanks, D.C.
November 2008

Organizing against the injustice system
By Michael Hoffman, Socialist Worker
Oct. 8, 2008

Winning the Fight of Our Lives:
Immigrant Rights and Prison-Industrial Complex
By Subhash Kateel, Left Turn Magazine
Oct. 1, 2008

Critical Resistance Conference 2008
Sept. 26-28, 2008 in Oakland, Calif.
Program Schedule

Troy Davis Deserves a New Trial
By Amy Goodman, King Features Syndicate
Sept. 25, 2008

“Enough is Enough”
A Death Row Visit with Troy A. Davis
By Patrick Dyer, Counterpunch
Sept. 23, 2008

New prisons seldom a lock on prosperity
By Robin Acton, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Sept. 22, 2008

I Spent 16 Years in Jail for a Crime I Didn’t Commit.
Here’s What Should Be Done
By Jeffrey Deskovic, AlterNet
Sept. 16, 2008

Mumia Abu-Jamal, Welfare Poets Join National Tour!
Live From Death Row
The Campaign to End the Death Penalty’s 2008-09 speaking tour

The Executioners
By Eric Lyttle, The Other Paper
Aug. 14, 2008

StopMax: The Fight Against Supermax Prisons Heats Up
By Jessica Pupovac, AlterNet
Aug. 11, 2008

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising
By Kimberly Wadsworth,
Aug 8, 2008

Europe’s Role in Rendition and Secret Detention
Amnesty International

Believe Me, It’s Torture
By Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair Magazine
August 2008

What Do Prisoners Make for Victoria’s Secret?
By Caroline Winter, Mother Jones Magazine
July/August 2008 Issue

The man who can’t escape death row
After 21 years in prison, Kenny Richey was freed last year. But life on the outside has been marked by alcoholism, violence and despair.
By Mark Hughes, The Independent (UK)
July 30, 2008

Torture and the Strategic Helplessness of the American Psychological Association
By Stephen Soldz, Cageprisoners
July 25, 2008

Staging Controversy – “Lucasville” raises awareness of questions about 1993 uprising
By John Patrick Gatta, The Youngstown Metro Monthly
July 2008

THE UNTOLD STORY: How a Deadly Prison Riot Becomes a Play Documentary by Mockrevolution

Lucasville prison riot. Guard’s killer can die, too, court rules
By James Nash, The Columbus Dispatch
June 18, 2008

Judge Orders Ohio to Alter Its Method of Execution
Adam Liptak, The New York Times
June 11, 2008

Local play ‘Lucasville’ slated for NYC Fringe Fest
The Youngstown Vindicator
June 8, 2008

The Birth of Proof: May 19, 1925
By Jason Goudlock,
May 29, 2008

A once ailing private-prison sector is now a revenue maker
By Leslie Berestein, Copley News Service
May 22, 2008

Remember the Lucasville Five
The Cleveland Free Times
May 21, 2008

Justice is overdue for Mumia
By S. A. Hasan, The Socialist Worker
May 16, 2008

Lucasville State of Mind
By Jason Goudlock,
May 12, 2008

Arthur Tyler Is Awaiting Execution —
When The Actual Murderer Is Known And Being Protected By Ohio Law Enforcement
By Rick Kerger, Esq.*, Justice Denied Magazine
May 2008

What if 5.3 Million More Americans Could Vote?
By Erika Wood, AlterNet
April 21, 2008.

After Hiatus, States Set Wave of Executions
By Ralph Blumenthal, The New York Times
May 3, 2008

Play about Lucasville prisoners cheered
By Sharon Danann, The Workers World
Apr. 25, 2008

EU urges US not to resume executions
The Age, Australia
April 25, 2008

Cruel and Unusual History
By Gilbert King, The New York Times (Op-Ed)
April 23, 2008

The Supreme Court Brings Back the Death Penalty
By Liliana Segura, AlterNet
April 17, 2008.

Supreme Court upholds executions by lethal injection
Los Angeles Times
April 16, 2008

Ohio’s Use of Lethal Injection is Unconstitutional
ACLU Ohio Press Release
April 3, 2008

Torture in Our Own Backyards: The Fight Against Supermax Prisons
By Jessica Pupovac, AlterNet
March 24, 2008

Record-High Ratio of Americans in Prison
By David Crary, The Associated Press
Feb. 28, 2008

Meet Bush’s Prison Nominee
By Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones Magazine
Feb. 20, 2008

Nationwide call demands Ohio’s governor pardon
Lucasville prisoners
By Sharon Danann, Workers World
Feb. 10, 2008

Is being Muslim a capital crime in Ohio?
Feb. 1, 2008
The Socialist Worker

Protest on death row
Family members want more contact with inmates
By Christopher Bobby, The Warren Tribune Chronicle
Jan. 20, 2008

Panel wants contact rights for death row inmates
The Youngstown Vindicator
Jan. 20, 2008

Photos of the 2008 Ohio State Penitentiary MLK Rally
The Warren Tribune Chronicle

Inmate rights group plans conference, rally
The Youngstown Vindicator
Jan. 17, 2008

The man who spent 21 years on Death Row reveals his extraordinary journey to freedom
The London Evening Standard
Jan. 13, 2008

Scot who aided Richey reflects on his release
The Toledo Blade
Jan. 13, 2008

In New Orleans: The Struggle for Affordable Housing Met With Tasers, Pepper Spray, and Arrests
By Bill Quigley, Special to the NNPA from the Louisiana Weekly
Jan. 14, 2008

Protest demands: Overturn Lucasville 5 convictions
By Caleb T. Maupin, Workers World
Jan. 10, 2008

Mom plans R
ichey’s return to Scotland
National dish, diet to welcome son
Jan. 6, 2008
By Jim Provance and Jennifer Feehan, The Toledo Blade

It Ain’t Easy (a song)
By Damone “Monebone” Johnson,
Jan. 3, 2008

How the Police Create Crimes
Criminals With Badges
By Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch
Jan. 2, 2008

The Biases of Ohio’s Adult Parole Authority: A Call for Action
By Jason Goudlock,
Jan. 1, 2008

State prisons out of room
By Sharon Coolidge, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Dec. 22, 2007

Inside the CIA’s Notorious “Black Sites”
By Mark Benjamin,
Dec. 14, 2007

Activists hail ‘landmark’ New Jersey death penalty ban
Agence France Presse
Dec. 14, 2007

Lorain County Judge James Burge gets details of Ohio’s lethal-injection process
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dec. 13, 2007

Report Cites International Human Rights Treaties to Recommend Amnesty for Prisoners of Katrina
By Marina Sideris and the Critical Resitance Working Group
Dec. 10, 2007

Sentencing Commission Votes in Favor of Crack Cocaine Retroactivity
Families against mandatory minimums
Dec. 10, 2007

Hanging Hate
By David A Love, In These Times
Dec. 10, 2007

Poems from Guantanamo. Interview with Marc Falkoff
Dec. 9, 2007

“What’s needed is a clear mind”
An interview with Keith LaMar (AKA Bomani Shakur)
By Kevin Lowery,
Dec. 5, 2007

Human Rights Crusader Michael Ratner: We’ll Keep Going After Bush and Cheney When They Leave Office
By Joshua Holland, Alternet
Dec. 4, 2007

Deadly Staph Infection ‘Superbug’ Has a Dangerous Foothold in U.S. Jails
By Silja J.A. Talvi, AlterNet
Dec. 4, 2007

When the D.A. Screws With a Sixteen-Year-Old’s Life,
He Gets Away with It

By Daniel Lee Wilt,
Dec. 4, 2007

Interview with the “Arizona Tower Taker,” Ricky Wassenaar
By H.A. Hasan,
Nov. 24, 2007

Hasan: ‘Our struggles are the same’
By Sharon Danann, The Workers World
Nov 21, 2007

WW inverviews member of Lucasville 5
The Workers World
Nov 11, 2007

After Innocence,” then what?
Documentary follows exonerees who turn activists
By Dana Dugan, Idaho Mountain Express
Nov. 9, 2007

Ohio’s Adult Parole Authority Continues Its Illegal ‘Unjust Practices’. An Interview with Jason Goudlock
By Siddique A. Hasan, Prisonersolidarity Co-Founder
Nov. 5, 2007

Is The Government Finally Scrutinizing The Death Penalty?
Matthew Blake, The Nation Blog
Nov. 2, 2007

Former prison guard challenges new sex offender registry rules
By Reginald Fields, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Nov. 1, 2007

Forum reveals a ‘broken system’
By Sharon Danann, The Workers World
Nov 1, 2007

In Memory of My Mother Thelma Campbell
By Ali Khalid Abdulla,
Oct. 19, 2007

‘Torture Puts Our Society at Grave Risk.’
Interview with Filmmaker Alex Gibney
Spiegel Online
Oct. 17, 2007

Sex offenders’ rights defended
By Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch
Oct. 11, 2007

What Makes Criminal Suspects Give a False Confession?
By Liliana Segura, AlterNet
Oct. 2, 2007

Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems: The Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Report
American Bar Association
September 2007

ABA Death Penalty Assessment Team Calls for Suspension of Executions in Ohio
Jeff Coryell, The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Wide Open Blog
Sep. 24, 2007

American Bar Association calls for Ohio to cease executions until it fixes problems
By Jim Provance, The Toledo Blade
Sep. 24, 2007

Judicial System Gone Awry
By George Skatzes (One of the Lucasville 5),
Sept. 22 2007

Tennessee bans lethal injection
Sept. 20, 2007

“My first days off death row have given me a new taste for freedom in Scotland.”
The Scotsman (UK)
Sept. 20, 2007

Richey to leave Death Row
Edinburgh Evening News
Sept. 14, 2007

Judge allows 5 more death row inmates to fight injection process
Associated Press
Sept. 12, 2007

‘Diplomatic Assurances’ Once Again Prove Inadequate
By Human Rights Watch
Sept. 9, 2007

Death is Different
McClatchy News Service investigates lawyers who are required by law — but often fail — to defend their clients’ lives in death penalty cases.

Sept. 7, 2007

Hope for Texas?
Kenneth Foster petition drive video thank you message regarding the recent YouTube petition drive undertaken.
Sept. 1, 2007

Ohio Abolitionists See Light at End of Tunnel
By Adrianne Appel, IPS News
Aug. 30, 2007

Revenge begins to seem less sweet
The Economist
Aug. 30, 2007

State to retry Kenneth Richey for 1986 arson murder
By Jim Provance, The Columbus Dispatch
Aug. 27, 2007

Execution delayed for seventh time
Strickland bumps date to January ’08; life without parole remains a possibility
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
July 31, 2007

Study of Wrongful Convictions Raises Questions Beyond DNA
By Adam Liptak, The New York Times
July 23, 2007
Complete study

Lucasville 5 prosecutor cross-examined at hearing
By Sharon Danann, Workers World
July 22, 2007

My Imprisonment in Kenya and America
By Daniel Joseph Maldonado,
July 9, 2007

Family sues over botched Ohio execution
2006 procedure lasted 86 minutes
By Erica Blake, The Toledo Blade
July 3, 2007

6 more join lethal injection fight
Suit aims to halt Ohio execution method
Reginald Fields, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 27, 2007

Federal judge allows 6 inmates to join injection suit
Associated Press
June 27, 2007

Getsy joins lawsuit
The Warren Tribune Chronicle
June 27, 2007

Death Row Scot launches new campaign
Scotland Today
June 25, 2007

Waiting to Be Killed
Death Row helps a man make sense of life
By Margo Pierce, Cincinnati CityBeat

June 19, 2007

Why We Can’t Let Them Tamper with Habeas Corpus
By Staughton Lynd, History News Network
June 11, 2007

By Kamau Tebogo Zulu Damali,
June 9, 2007

The Hypocrisy of Ted Strickland
A Democrat Revs Up Ohio’s Death Machine
By Patrick Dyer,
June 9, 2007

Understanding the Role of Prisoner Intellectuals
By Dennis S. Boatwright,
June 7, 2007

In Memory of Daniel McCauley
WBAI, New York Radio journalist Mimi Rosenberg read Daniel McCauley’s Prisonersolidarity essay in a report that was dedicated to his memory You may download the interview at WBAI’s program archive: It is the June 6,
7 a.m. “Wakeup Call.”
June 6, 2007

“It was a healing process for both of us”
An interview with Rodney Bowser, who forgave his sister’s murderer
By Ines Aubert,
June 4, 2007

ACLU pulls Ohio into debate over executioners’ ID
Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press
June 4, 2007

Executions unlikely the rest of the year
By Henry Weinstein, Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2007

ACLU seeks execution records; inmate suffocated,
doctor says
Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
June 1, 2007

Prison Helps No One
Daniel Sturm Interviews Staughton Lynd
By Daniel Sturm, Z Magazine
June 1, 2007

US appeals court declines to review lawsuit over
lethal injection
Associated Press
June 1, 2007

ACLU Launches Investigation into Newton Execution
ACLU of Ohio, Press Release
May 31, 2007

Don’t turn blind eye to botched executions
The Dayton Daily News
May 30, 2007
DDN’s video tour of the Lucasville death house

Time To Kill Death Penalty
By Gabe Pressman, WNBC-TV
May 29, 2007

State killed Newton, erased his victim
By Matt Westerhold, The Sandusky Register
May 27, 2007

Ohio draws criticism for drawn-out executions
State’s lethal-injection process seriously flawed, expert says
Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
May 26, 2007

Ohio Inmate took twice as long to die
By Julie Carr Smyth and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press
May 26, 2007

Timeline of Newton execution
The Associated Press
May 25, 2007

Hour-Plus Delay in Ohio Lethal Injection
By Julie Carr Smyth, The Guardian (UK)
May 25, 2007

Ohio draws criticism for drawn-out executions
State’s lethal-injection process seriously flawed, expert says
Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
May 26, 2007

Timeline of Newton execution
The Associated Press
May 25, 2007

Hour-Plus Delay in Ohio Lethal Injection
By Julie Carr Smyth, The Guardian (UK)
May 25, 2007

Shamed Again – Another Botched Execution in Ohio
By Jonathan I. Groner MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, OSU
May 25, 2007

Huron man executed
Includes video witness acounts
By Waynbe Baker, The Sandusky Register
May 25, 2007

Prisoner executed after IV lines cause delay
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
May 25, 2007

Shamed Again – Another Botched Execution in Ohio
By Jonathan I. Groner MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, OSU
May 25, 2007

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