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Prisoners at Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown to begin hunger strike



Published: Sun, January 2, 2011 @ 12:24 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Four prisoners at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown plan to begin a hunger strike this week to protest their treatment at the supermax prison.

The prisoners, all sentenced to death for their roles in the 1992 Lucasville prison uprising, are protesting their treatment, specifically that they are not placed on death row.

As Dennis O’Hearn, professor of Sociology at Binghamton University in New York, writes in an op-ed column in Monday’s Vindicator: “Why would anyone rather be on death row than at Ohio State Penitentiary?”

“I’ve been asking myself that question since I began visiting OSP Youngstown a few years ago.

“Now, the death-sentenced prisoners I visit are so desperate that they are going on a hunger strike, essentially for the right to be on death row. The four hunger strikers participated in the 1993 prison rebellion in Lucasville and at least some of them saved lives by acting as negotiators with the authorities. In return, they were deemed to be prison leaders and received the death penalty for murders committed during the uprising. The evidence against them was largely testimonies of other prisoners who actually committed the murders.

“Let’s leave aside the question of whether these men were guilty or, if so, whether they deserve to be executed. The question at hand is, why were they sentenced to death, yet the state of Ohio refuses to put them on death row?”

Read O’Hearn’s full commentary Monday on The Vindicator’s op-ed page and on Vindy.com.


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1seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Let 'em starve, it will save tax dollars.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Manipulation for sympathy . . . ..

The Lucasville prison uprising was eighteen years ago . Many in Youngstown have killed and received far less time . So now they seek to escape from prison by fasting ?

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

THE BLACK VIEWPOINT

http://socialistworker.org/2006-2/606...

THE OCCUPATION of L block lasted 11 days. The first afternoon five snitches were killed, and all of those snitches were white
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http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/ent...

Lucasville Prison Riot

On April 11, 1993, Easter Sunday, approximately 450 prisoners in Cellblock L of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, in Lucasville, Ohio, rioted.

The riot lasted ten days. On the first day, some rioters beat five other inmates to death and placed their bodies in the exercise yard. Over the next several days, four other inmates died at the hands of the rioters. The rioters had also taken eight prison guards hostage. On April 15, the inmates strangled guard Robert Vallandingham to death, hoping to convince state officials to take the prisoners' demands seriously. The inmates also caused more than forty million dollars in damage to the prison. After officials agreed to review the prisoners' twenty-one demands, the rioters surrendered on April 21, 1993.

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4redvert(2075 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I would be willing to bet that the reason they want to be on death row is that people on death row are treated like little princesses. They should just be taken out back and shot. Hope the new Gov will sign some death warrants for these scumbags.

I along with many others would gladly provide the gun and pay for the bullets so we could save money on drugs.

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5paulydel(1307 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Have at it.

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6georgejeanie(840 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I hope these fine upstanding citizens get their wish, be put on deathrow then have the new govenor take care of business, quickly.

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7Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Let them starve. Pitiful animals.

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8mrblue(999 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

A hunger strike? Who cares?

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9r0n724(62 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I agree.. let 'em starve.. they're just looking for sympathy. sympathy is found in the dictionary between "sh*t and syphilis" i dont deal with any of the 3!

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10Ceaman(54 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Is the state of Ohio unsure about the convictions and dragging its heals? Or there is no room 181 prisoners and with the nine we will send them it should be bursting at the seams.
Just how long does it take, Texas has a man 35 years on death row. Either abolish the death sentence or get on with it

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11Ceaman(54 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Is the state of Ohio unsure about the convictions and dragging its heals? Or there is no room, 181 prisoners and with the nine we will be soon sending them it should be full to bursting.

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