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Siddique Abdullah Hasan, a national prisoner leader has been on hunger

strike since Monday, February 27th. On Friday, March 24th he was moved

to the infirmary, presumably due to failing health. His appeal to the

Rules Infraction Board (RIB) was also denied by Ohio Department of

Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) Director Gary Mohr.

 

The administration at Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) has been targeting

and restricting Hasan’s communication access on any pretense they can

find or invent since his outspoken support for the nation-wide prisoner

strike on September 9th of 2016.

 

Hasan and another prisoner, Jason Robb began refusing food when the OSP

administration put them on a 90 day communication restriction for being

interviewed by the Netflix documentary series Captives. Hasan appealed

the RIB’s decision, arguing that they violated policies regarding

timelines, access to witnesses, and prisoners’ due process rights.

Director Mohr’s response to the appeal was a form letter that did not

address any of the issues Hasan raised.

 

Hasan and Robb are on death row and have been held in solitary

confinement since the 1993 prison uprising in Lucasville. They believe

that the ODRC and the Ohio State prosecutors targeted them after the

uprising because of their role in negotiating a peaceful surrender.

State officials, in both the Captives documentary and a 2013 documentary

called The Shadow of Lucasville, have admitted that some prisoners were

given deals to testify against Hasan, Robb and others, and that no one

really knows who committed the most serious crimes during the uprising.

In court, they argued the opposite to secure death penalty convictions.

 

The Lucasville Uprising prisoners have been fighting to tell their story

for decades, and are currently suing the ODRC over an unconstitutional

media blockade, which the Captives documentary crew circumvented by

unofficially recording video visits with Hasan and Robb. The current

hunger strike is part of an ongoing struggle for equal protection, basic

human rights and survival after decades of living under the most

restrictive and torturous conditions of confinement at OSP, Ohio’s

supermax prison.

 

Supporters are asking people to please call Director Gary Mohr at

614-387-0588 or email him at drc.publicinfo@odrc.state.oh.us as well as

Northeast Regional Director Todd Ishee, 330-797-6398. Demand that the

punishments being imposed on Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan be

reversed and that OSP authorities be severely reprimanded for violating

their rights to due process and displaying bias toward them.

 

For more information on the Lucasville Uprising, the struggles of these

prisoners, and the media blockade against them, please visit

LucasvilleAmnesty.org.

 

Hasan’s Conduct Report and appeal:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxez-nYn2VrpVTVESENUZENnaVU/view?usp=sharing

 

Gary Mohr’s form letter response:

https://drive.google.com/a/lucasvilleamnesty.org/file/d/0B9q-BEqATW6TeHVUUHM1ZVF5bnc/view?usp=sharing

 

Feb 28th announcement of hunger strike:

http://www.lucasvilleamnesty.org/2017/02/uprising-prisoners-censored-respond.html

 

Info about the lawsuit against media blockade:

http://www.lucasvilleamnesty.org/2014/04/aclu-articles-on-lucasville.html

 

Articles about Hasan’s involvement with the September 9th prison strike:

http://www.lucasvilleamnesty.org/search/label/strike%20september%209th

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