Possibly My Last Post

Date: November 8, 2020
Time: 2:35 pm
Location: Toledo Korrectional Kamp

I haven’t posted anything in a long time because I’ve come to the realization that nobody gives a fuck about my situation.

I start my 28th consecutive year this month

I’ve done all that I can do.

I’m locked up with sorry-ass, lazy inmates that won’t fight. And mostly all of the public are just as lazy. All of these fake-ass activists, who don’t do shit but ignore your injustice and mail out form letters–they are just as bad.

And there aren’t any Black organizations helping Blacks, yet Black people want to keep yelling that “Black Lives Matter.”

Man, fuck the fake-ass NAACP, and Al Sharpton’s fake ass. And fuck LeBron James too. Courtesy of my 2014 “LeBron comment,” I had stories about my injustice publicized in dozens of media outlets, but the super-duper activist ignored me. Big-ass story in his hometown newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal, and I ain’t get a word of support from him.

If it wasn’t for Kim Kardashian and Colin Kaepernick getting attention on the issue of criminal justice reform, these million-dollar paper tigers wouldn’t be saying a word about anything. Just like the house negro WNBA player Britney Griner, who told TMZ Sports that I shouldn’t get out of prison! I wish Malcolm X was alive to see all of these sellouts. He’d surely call these frauds out.

It’s a damn shame, though, that people will blatantly ignore all of the injustice going on inside of U.S. prisons! And what’s crazy is that I didn’t even commit all of the robberies that I’m in here for.

I can’t get none of these wrongful conviction projects to help either. I talked multiple times to Bryan Stevenson’s organization in Alabama, and asked them to just support the film on their social media platform, but they refused! And Stevenson is the same Black man that had the big screen film JUST MERCY made about him.

It’s this kind of silence that’s keeping thousands of prisoners trapped in this bullshit. I start my 28th consecutive year this month, as a first-time offender, for aggravated robbery and felonious assault, and, like I said … I can’t get nobody to raise hell.

If I’m not out of here, or on my way, in the next year, I’m going to end this bullshit for all of the world to see.

I’m tired of being enslaved, and I’m tired of being ignored. So, if you want to see justice served for myself and others, then flood the Ohio Sentencing Commission, the media, social media, and Ohio Senators, with information about my documentary, and ask them to support my agenda of being released and reforming the Ohio Parole Board.

To All Website Visitors …

To all visitors of FreeJasonGoudlock.org, I am currently unable to post timely updates to my website due to my third JPay tablet breaking. I ask, however, that anyone interested in helping me to attain my freedom, please contact me via JPay.com, and please be patient with my response.

Last, I ask that you please support my documentary film, INVISIBLE CHESS: The Jason Goudlock Story, on your social media platform, as well as my novel, BROTHER OF THE STRUGGLE (available on Amazon).


Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ohio Parole Board Hostage, Jason Goudlock

Isolated Amidst Illness: Midstory.org Article

The following was recently published here: Isolated Amidst Illness (Midstory.org)


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Isolated Amidst Illness: Pandemic Responses in Ohio Correctional Facilities

In June, Ohio saw two of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the nation, both of which were in prisons. Through conversations with inmates in the Toledo Correctional Institution as well as professionals in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Midstory takes a look at what life looks like in some of Ohio’s carceral facilities during the pandemic.

By Marissa Michaels and Remy Reya -2020-08-13

Jason Goudlock is used to being alone. Much of his 27 years in prison has been spent in solitary confinement, oftentimes voluntarily in order to avoid conflict with other inmates.

But new policies brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have left Goudlock and other inmates at the Toledo Correctional Institution (ToCI) feeling an acute sense of loneliness. “[E]ven the strongest person doesn’t go unscathed in some fashion from being isolated,” Goudlock wrote in an email to Midstory.

An unprecedented health crisis has led to drastic change in many social and political realms, and carceral facilities have not been spared. Severe outbreaks of COVID-19 in prisons—perfect super-spreading environments—have forced correctional institutions to take swift action to mitigate viral transmission. In Ohio, correctional institutions have introduced new internal regulations while also working to reduce the incarcerated population (which decreased by over 2,000 people between April and June), opening up a unique opportunity for debate on the politics and policies of punishment in the state.

At ToCI and other carceral facilities in Ohio, reactive measures have likely prevented much larger and more sustained outbreaks. But these same policies have complicated life on the inside, exposing the psychological strains of incarceration during a pandemic.

Though few inmates openly share their fears of getting sick from COVID-19, Goudlock feels confident that people are nervous.

“Having fears in prison is something that’s viewed as a weakness, which someone will almost certainly try to exploit to their advantage. But being incarcerated during a deadly global pandemic is something that can’t be ignored,” he said.

Goudlock isn’t alone in his feelings. Just as isolation and anxiety surrounding the virus have exacerbated mental health concerns beyond prison walls, those factors have taken a toll on inmates already struggling to keep afloat.

“Mental health had [sic] become a disaster,” Patrick Rafferty—another inmate at ToCI—wrote in an email to Midstory. “I can tell you from personal experience it is next to impossible to get any type of treatment,” he added, alluding to his struggles with depression.

Daily Life in Toledo Correctional Institution During COVID-19

As a state maximum security prison housing 877 inmates, ToCI has instituted a number of new policies to enforce social distancing. Rafferty wrote that 6-foot perimeters are drawn around each correction officer’s desk, as well as 6-foot markers wherever there are lines in the prison, like in the cafeteria.

These requirements have eliminated the normal cafeteria crowds at breakfast, lunch and dinner; now, only one person is allowed at each table during meals. Even so, Goudlock—generally a hygiene-conscious person—has found himself especially stressed out by staff serving food trays without lids, increasing the potential for COVID-19 spread.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) spokeswoman JoEllen Smith stated in an email to Midstory that prices in the commissary have been reduced to make food purchases more affordable, and that the current food regimen provides 2,700 calories (which falls within the standard range of caloric needs for adult men). But movement restrictions and limited-contact distribution have changed the content of meals as well, leaving some inmates unsatisfied; after receiving a hot breakfast and lunch, inmates are given a dinner to bring back to their cells.

“The meal quality has definitely deteriorated due to the elimination of ‘cooked’ dinner trays, which have been replaced by refrigerated bag dinners,” Goudlock wrote.

In addition to mealtimes, ToCI normally allows two to three hours of social time each day for inmates. During the coronavirus pandemic, that time has been reduced.

“Restricting that even more for this long of a period of time, it’s really hard on them. And humans, we’re social creatures,” Shiloh Logan, Rafferty’s fiancee, said.

During outdoor recreation time, only one housing unit is permitted to be out at a time, as opposed to the usual three. Units are kept completely to themselves in order to prevent spread of the disease. Few inmates have been able to continue working and earning money in the prison, according to Rafferty.

Traffic in and out of the prison is also limited; Smith says that only critical staff are allowed in the facility, meaning that regular volunteers have not been permitted inside for months. Even doctors’ visits are conducted virtually. As family visits have come to a halt, inmates have gone months without seeing their loved ones in person. In lieu of physical closeness, many have relied on a small number of free phone and video calls (though, notably, more than were afforded to them before the pandemic began) to facilitate digital reunions.

While Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is still not widely available, some supplies have been distributed among inmates. According to Smith, each ODRC inmate has been given at least four masks and a hygiene kit. Rafferty confirmed that inmates are required to wear masks any time that they are outside of their cells, writing that “[m]asks are given and they are enforced, and you lose privileges if you are caught without your mask.”

Though prisons across the country have been slow to permit hand sanitizer out of fear that inmates would abuse it for its alcohol content, ToCI has come to provide cleaning supplies for its inmates and now places hand sanitizer throughout the facility. Smith wrote that “high-touch” areas like doorknobs are supposed to be cleaned every 30 minutes.

Precautions for the inmates themselves include both health monitoring and isolation for suspected cases. Smith wrote that staff perform regular temperature, verbal and pulse-oximeter checks, and that medical co-pays are waived for inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms. ToCI has now also converted an entire cell block into a quarantine unit for inmates exposed to the virus.

But Rafferty alleges that a form of solitary confinement, otherwise known as administrative segregation, was initially used to isolate those that became sick. His fiancée said that “[a] lot of people, if they’re not feeling well, they’re not saying anything because they don’t want to get stuck in the hole [solitary confinement] and have the small amount of privileges that they do have taken away. And it’s pretty much become a punishment to get sick.”

Goudlock also indicated that people are hesitant to report symptoms out of fear of being isolated without their property.

“I’ve heard that some prisoners were being placed in quarantine units without their property. This retaliatory behavior puts everybody at risk because prisoners aren’t going to report their symptons [sic] if they think they’re going to be retaliated against,” he wrote.

Another challenge is that ToCI’s population is not stagnant; administrators have had to develop protocols for managing new transfers from jails, too. If a jail sends over symptomatic inmates, they are sent back. All other transfers are kept in units together based on the date of their entry.

COVID-19 at the Lucas County Corrections Center

Jails have found themselves more vulnerable to outbreaks than prisons like ToCI because of crowding and population transiency. The Lucas County Corrections Center (LCCC), for example, serves mainly as a pre-trial detention facility and a jail for people facing sentences of less than a year.

According to Renee Heberle, a University of Toledo professor and educator at ToCI, “maximum security single-cell prisons have far less movement among the people residing there—incarcerated people—and far less contact between staff, volunteers and incarcerated individuals. So it ironically makes maximum security prisons a so-called safer place to be in the context of the pandemic.”

As of July 2, LCCC Captain Tricia White estimated that 10-12 people had contracted COVID-19 while incarcerated at the facility. 21 staff members had also tested positive.

“The jail itself is too old and way overcrowded,” Heberle said. “The population there tends to be much more transient, much more unstable in terms of not the individuals, but just the sort of sense of place. And [inmates] often get in really deep trouble when they’re there, either because of mental illness [or] because of addiction.”

To mitigate the risks of population turnover and close living quarters, LCCC administrators have tried to maintain a reduced occupancy during the public health crisis, operating at approximately 75% capacity with between 270 and 330 inmates and about 180 employees each day. Before the virus began to spread, the jail was operating much closer to 100% capacity.

According to White, local judges “have worked really well with us in terms of trying to help us keep our population down so that we can enforce things like social distancing better.” At the law enforcement level, police have aided depopulation efforts by opting for subpoenas over arrests for technical and parole violations. In this vein, correctional facilities have sought to determine candidates for early release while instituting electronic monitoring for those who are let out.

As at ToCI, life inside LCCC has changed significantly: visitation is virtual, recreation is limited to those in the same housing units, inmates are encouraged to wear the masks provided to them and staff are mandated to do so. Inmates reporting high temperatures or COVID-19 symptoms during their twice-daily medical checks are isolated; those who test positive are placed in one of 24 “medical cells.” Constantly-changing dynamics surrounding the virus have continued to provide obstacles to stability for administrators and inmates alike.
Pandemic Policies and the Future of Ohio Corrections

Viral transmission in prison and jail environments has proven difficult to control, leading to major outbreaks in carceral facilities across the U.S., especially in the early stages of the pandemic. For its part, following two particularly severe outbreaks at the Marion and Pickaway Correctional Institutions, Ohio has become the state with the fifth-highest number of inmate deaths from COVID-19.

In light of these troubling statistics, White worries that jails and prisons have been ignored in the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

“I think that corrections has been an overlooked area in terms of an area that has severely been impacted by the coronavirus,” she said. “Social distancing in a corrections environment is our biggest hurdle to try to overcome just because we are so limited in space and typically so overcrowded with population.”

The unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presents to corrections have prompted rapid and unprecedented policy shifts intended to adjust Ohio’s criminal justice system to a public health crisis. But some of the policies adopted by prisons have seemed like a double-edged sword.

While in-person visits have all but disappeared, inmates have been allotted extra opportunities to reach the outside world—one free video visit and two free phone calls per week, as well as eight free emails per month. Still, the disruption of volunteer programs has stripped inmates of educational and rehabilitative opportunities that normally provide a break from the monotony of prison life.

As single-person cells have proven most hygienic, inmates have sometimes found themselves with more personal space. At the same time, the need for social distancing has led to less communal time in an already-isolating environment.

Fears of the virus have created a stronger culture of health education and a wider implementation of basic hygiene measures, including the distribution of hand sanitizer. According to Smith, the ODRC has been in frequent communication with staff and inmates about health education through posters, emails and videos encouraging them to wash their hands and socially distance. But health concerns have also facilitated a culture of fear and mistrust coupled with a reluctance to disclose health issues for fear of hostility or forced seclusion (sometimes in the form of solitary confinement).

The state’s virus prevention strategy, including thinning out the prison population in order to reduce the chances of an outbreak, has required novel approaches to law enforcement and punishment through every part of the process. Captain Tricia White noted that other actors in the criminal justice system had become more “cognizant of the fact that what they do in their arena does have a bigger effect on jail populations,” explaining that more “manageable” numbers of detainees made virus response plans much easier; according to Smith, decreases in the incarcerated population as of July led to ODRC’s smallest inmate population since 2006.

Undeniably, COVID-19 has shaken up the inner workings of Ohio’s penal system. As the pandemic has prompted growing concerns about the health of the state’s prison population, long-standing calls for prison reform have been met with real policy shifts. While the ethics and effectiveness of these decisions remain up for debate, the pandemic has abruptly thrust a centuries-old system into the spotlight—and opened up opportunities for unprecedented change.


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Ohio Robbery Law

The following is from https://statelaws.findlaw.com/ohio-law/ohio-robbery-laws.html and shared here in order to get a sense of the injustice that Jason is facing.

Statutes

Ohio Revised Code Title XXIX. Crimes Procedure Section 2911.01 & Section 2911.02

Charges

Aggravated Robbery (Section 2911.01):

It’s a first degree felony to do any of the following while attempting to commit or committing a theft offense, or fleeing immediately after the attempt or offense:

  • Have a deadly weapon and either show the weapon or use it;
  • Have a dangerous ordnance; or
  • Inflict, or attempt to inflict, serious physical harm on another.

Robbery (Section 2911.02):

  • It’s a second degree felony to have a deadly weapon or inflict, attempt to inflict, or threaten to inflict physical harm on another while committing or attempting to commit a theft offense, or fleeing after the offense.
  • It’s a third degree felony to use or threaten the immediate use of force against another while committing or attempting to commit a theft offense, or fleeing after the offense.

Penalties

Conviction under Ohio’s robbery laws can result in imprisonment and fines:

  • First degree felony: prison term of 3 to 11 years and fines not exceeding $20,000.
  • Second degree felony: prison term of 2 to 8 years and fines not exceeding $15,000.
  • Third degree felony: prison term of 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, or 36 months and fines not exceeding $10,000.

Should the U.S. Adopt a New Flag?

After Adolf Hitler’s murderous military force was defeated in 1945, the infamous red, white, and black swastika-bearing German flag was abolished, along with all Nazi symbols. In 1949, the newly formed post-World War II countries of East Germany and West Germany both adopted the national flag colors of black, red, and gold. Following Hitler’s campaign to exterminate Jews, the Nazi flag was an image of horror to most Germans. Imagine the worldwide condemnation if the newly formed countries of East and West Germany had decided to adopt the “Nazi” flag with it’s swastika.

How, then, do the people of the United States consider it appropriate to fly the tri-colored red, white, and blue Stars and Stripes flag, which came into existence during the eighteenth century, when the U.S. was decimating the sacred lands and cultures of Native Americans and trafficking in enslaved humans from Africa?

Today, the people of a country that considers itself the leader of the free world should want to relinquish this symbol of historic atrocities, just as East and West Germany relinquished theirs after World War II. Not doing so, is to embrace a heritage rooted in oppression, thus, ignoring the feelings of millions of Americans who are the descendants of those who were oppressed, enslaved, and murdered on soil over which the Stars and Stripes flag flies.

The U.S. has made significant progress in improving race relations among its citizens, but it has not yet come to terms with the hard truth that no passage of time, no spoken words, no silence will separate it’s country’s dark history from it’s flag. It’s history has been written, and it cannot be erased. But, as history has shown, it can be transcended.

In 1994, three years after South Africa abolished its brutal and oppressive system of apartheid, the country began to transcend it’s deep racial divide by electing as President former political prisoner and African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela. The late Mandela’s election often overshadows the equally important adoption in 1994 of a flag designed to symbolize an all-inclusive ideal of unity. Of the flag’s six colors, the yellow, black, and green represent the African National Congress, which brought about the end of apartheid. The remaining red, white, and blue represent the Boer Republics founded by South Africa’s early Dutch settlers.

The flag remains the national flag of South Africa today, demonstrating to the world that great racial division can be mended. If South Africa can transcend their history of apartheid, the U.S. can transcend it’s history of racial strife.

With the still ongoing racial divide in the U.S. today made visible when unarmed people of color are killed by law enforcement officers, it would be a bold step toward atoning for it’s dark history if the U.S. retired it’s Stars and Stripes flag and adopted a new one, bearing in it’s design a symbol of unity. After coming to the aid of many members of the global community, the people of the U.S. need to come to the aid of their own by transcending its dark racial history.

President Donald Trump might not agree, but the U.S. need not regress to a time of greatness for a limited few. Instead, it needs to progress toward becoming great for all of it’s citizens. Adopting a new flag would be a giant step in that direction. The world rejoiced in 1994, when South Africa adopted their more inclusive flag, and I’m pretty sure it would do the same for the United States.

So, as the title of one of Spike Lee’s film suggests, “do the right thing,” America, and #MakeTheFlagGreat.

Read My New Essay: Should the U.S. Adopt a New Flag?

Date: June 16, 2020
Time: 3:08 p.m.
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

After seeing all of the statues of racist being destroyed throughout the U.S., and the Confederate flag finally getting taken down at NASCAR venues, it made me think about my essay that I wrote about the U.S. flag, “SHOULD THE U.S. ADOPT A NEW FLAG?” As I was looking over the table of contents for my website, to make sure I was citing the correct title of the essay, I noticed that the essay wasn’t listed on my website. I don’t know how this happened? But the essay is a must-read considering the current events and societal changes taking place.

The essay reads as follows. Please share it, and comment about it on social media. Thanking you in advance:

Attorney Kimberly Corral Won’t Talk

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 11:35 a.m.
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

Just got off of the phone with the law office for Attorney Kimberly Corral, and I’m pissed by what her secretary just told me in relation to being helped with getting the word out about the old-law injustice documentary (INVISIBLE CHESS:The Jason Goudlock Story).

She told me that Attorney Corral wouldn’t help me UNLESS I paid her. … Now, I’m aware that I live in a capitalist society where nearly everything costs money. But, it just rubbed me the wrong way with the tone that she spoke to me, and the way that she used money as a barrier to impede my conversation. Why is justice always about damn money? I was recommended by someone to contact this particular office. But, the way that I was just slighted, if I was a millionaire I wouldn’t give them one cent!

Justice for Ohio prisoners is coming, however, because I refuse to not be heard! My (our) voice is going to become louder and louder! A second billboard about the film was just put up in Toledo, and there are going to be many more coming!

Well,this is it for now. I just wanted to share the reality of what’s it like as a prisoner trying to get people to simply speak to you about the pursuit of justice.

In the struggle,

Ohio Parole Board Hostage
Jason Goudlock

#DrivenForJustice
#WeMatterToo

WHISTLEBLOWER ALERT: Correction officers are now doing our daily COVID-19 tests! They have no certification to be nurses, and they aren’t even cleaning the medical equipment between each testing. The officer places a medical contraption on a prisoner’s finger, right after taking it off of the finger of another. I wouldn’t be surprised if nearly the entire prison population has the virus.

Justice for ALL!

Date: Monday, June 8, 2020
Time: 8:53 a.m.
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

The tragic police killing of George Floyd has awakened people all over the world as to how people of color are routinely brutalized by some faction of the U.S. criminal justice system. But what if the murder of George Floyd wasn’t captured on video? What if George Floyd wouldn’t have died and was sent to jail because of the lies written by the corrupt arresting cops? George Floyd would then be just like the countless number of other men and women sitting in jail or prison for some bullshit. He would be going through hell, sitting in a cell. He would be trying to prepare his self to fight for his freedom against a “crooked system,” — that is, a crooked system that is being allowed to exist.

The most corrupt and racist injustices are taking place, right now, behind closed doors (e.g. courtrooms, prisons, etc.) within the U.S. criminal justice system, and the vast majority of the U.S. population doesn’t care. Every year we hear the story of someone being freed from prison after 20 or 30 years, for a crime that the prosecutor and police knew the accused never committed. The wrongfully accused gets some money, appears on the morning news, but nothing never happens to the people that permitted the wrongful conviction. Shouldn’t all of those involved be charged with attempted murder? Shouldn’t they be held accountable? And, what about all of the other hundreds of criminal cases that these people participated in over the years? How many other lives did they destroy?

If society wants to fight for justice in the name of George Floyd, it needs to do it on all levels! Crooked cops, crooked judges, crooked correction officers, crooked prosecutors, crooked wardens, and crooked parole board members — like Marc Houk of the Ohio Parole Board — they must all be held accountable!

Right now a documentary is out that proves some members of the Ohio Parole Board are just as corrupt as the officers that killed George Floyd; just as corrupt as the police department that tried to cover up the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, yet, so far, no great demand for justice has been made by society. This has, unquestionably, further emboldened the perpetrators. Every time they issue an unwarranted and ridiculous sentence continuation to a prisoner, I’m sure they get some form of sick satisfaction from their perverse behavior.

But, for every action there’s a reaction in some fashion, because change is constant. Sometimes the results of change are for the better, and sometimes they’re for the worse. In this particular case, though, with the recently learned news that the aforementioned documentary (INVISIBLE CHESS: The Jason Goudlock Story) is being scheduled to appear nationally on the streaming service HULU, I tend to think that the pendulum of justice just might be starting to move in the right direction.

And with this being said, in closing, I ask that everyone who reads this post to spread the word about this development. Use your social media platform to, in the name of GEORGE FLOYD, fight, fight, fight … for JUSTICE!!!

Live, from incarceration nation,
Jason Goudlock

Crimes I Did NOT Commit

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: 1:08 pm
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

I just got the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s “Opposition Brief” to my recently filed “Motion For Judicial Release,” and I’m angrier than I’ve ever been in my life! And, here’s why:

The prosecutor’s opposition motion states the specifics of two robberies allegedly committed by me–that is, the March 1993 robbing of a donut shop, and a Subway sandwich shop. Well, for starters, I NEVER ROBBED THEM! But, being super-ignorant to the ways of the criminal justice system, like the Central Park 5 did, I plead guilty to bullshit I didn’t do! After decades, though, I finally learned the specific details of the robberies, which allegedly occurred as a spree on the street of Broadway in Cleveland. The record states that I ripped a mailbox of money off of a wall in the donut shop, and then went to the Subway and forced people into a freezer and robbed the place with an accomplice….

THIS NEVER, EVER HAPPENED!!!

I hadn’t even been on the street where the robberies occurred for years! The 4th District Cleveland Police Department put these bullshit cases on me! In 2015, I wrote to the fake-ass Ohio Wrongful Conviction Project and asked for their help, but they only pretended to be helping me and dropped my case in 2018. They never even tried to get any physical evidence to make some type of comparisons! I didn’t do that bullshit and I’m willing to take any kind of test to prove it! They can get my DNA-whatever!

I’m disgusted with this racist-ass system, though! I wish people knew what it felt like to be in prison for some shit you didn’t do! Yeah, I did do all of the other crimes, although one of the robberies was embellished by the victim–but I didn’t rob no fucking donut shop, or no Subway!

Nearly 27 years later, though, I’m still being punished for this bullshit! And, the crazy thing is that at least one of the robberies, according to police records, was captured on video! To that I say, LET’S SEE THE VIDEO!

If it still exists, it’ll show everybody that I was set up, just like my documentary shows that I was framed by an actual Parole Board member!

I’m hoping to get a lawyer, soon, to try to prove my innocence–that is, in the event that I’m not granted Judicial Release. But if I am able to prove my innocence, I want every living person involved with this frame-up arrested, and I want to be paid MILLIONS OF DOLLARS by the city of Cleveland.

I don’t really have much more to say, but, if you really care about justice, then, please, AGGRESSIVELY circulate this post, as well as watch and circulate the INVISIBLE CHESS documentary!

Unfortunately, as demonstrated by the aggressive demand for justice by the mother of murdered Georgia citizen Ahmaud Arbery, you have to force people to administer justice. You would think that a video of law enforcement breaking the law would compel someone to do the right thing and address an incident of injustice, but when you’re a Black man in America, it’s just, “Oh,well…” Like, this bullshit is some kind of right-of-passage.

If I were a German Sheppard, though, my situation would be all over the news. I’m one-hundred percent done with biting my tongue!

#WeMatterToo

Risk of COVID-19 at Toledo Correctional Institution in Ohio

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020
Time: 9:43 am
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

Out of nowhere, myself and thousands of other prisoners are now at-risk of contracting COVID-19! At the prison I’m in, we were all given masks. But in the area of sanitation, the prison isn’t taking it seriously. Our showers stay dirty, so much to the point that some prisoners wash up in their cells, rather than go to the shower. I’m uncertain of the exact number of how many people have contracted the virus here. But prisoners and staff have both tested positive.

A fellow prisoner that just moved into my cellblock, however, told me that there was an entire block full of prisoners that were being quarantined. He said that they were in the block that used to house kitchen workers, and that they weren’t being allowed to send out mail or use their phone tablets*. He also told me that the pandemic has caused great tension throughout the prison between prisoners and prison employees. He told me that officers are pissed-off at the DRC director, because they aren’t receiving supplemental “hazard pay.” He told me that the officers were suing the Director, and that, in turn, the Director was reassigning officers to job posts that they didn’t want to work. As a result, he said that the pissed officers were taking their frustrations out on prisoners.

I don’t know what the hell the Trump Administration is doing? He needs to stop being an egomaniac, and do what’s right for the country! Nobody knows what the virus is capable of doing. So, why is everyone in a rush to open the country back up? People should be demanding better leadership, and listening to experts in the medical field. Playing political games at a time like this is going to get people killed.

I want to give a shout out to the Ohio prisoner rights organization “EPIC”(ENSURING PAROLE FOR INCARCERATED CITIZENS), headed by Jeanna Kenny. They held a momentus protest outside of Marion Correctional Institution,last week, and are helping lead the fight for justice, for prisoners, by example! Join in and support them on your social media platform, www.EpicXTeam.org [(614) 207-2407], the same way that UNIVERSAL SUPPORT NETWORK founder Norman V. Whiteside did. If their is going to be gains made against Ohio’s criminal justice system, the various few Ohio organizations and activist need to put their egos to the side, and work together for the common good of prisoners! Because fighting and bickering isn’t helping prisoners. It’s hurting us, in fact. Those who are truly generals should be in the lead. So, put your egos aside, organize, and work together! You all have the Internet at your disposal, so, use it to “UNITE.” Use it to communicate and listen to the ideas and views of one another, otherwise understanding and unification will never be realized.

Last, if you are seeking justice for old-law prisoners who have to go before the Parole Board, then you should be supporting the “INVISIBLE CHESS:The Jason Goudlock Story” film. The film uses my story of injustice, as well as the story of Delano Wright’s, to expose the secretive and unjust dealings of Ohio’s Parole Board. But, the film is a film that was made for the purpose of attaining justice for all old-law offenders! The log line for the film reads:”TWENTY YEARS AGO, OHIO MADE FOUR THOUSAND PRISONERS THE UNDERCLASS OF THE UNDERCLASS.”

Four thousand! Not just me. FOUR…THOUSAND! So, let’s come together, and aggressively spread the word about the INVISIBLE CHESS film. Much deserved noise has been recently been made about the captured-on-video killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and the brazen months long decision by Georgia law enforcement to not arrest Arbery’s assailants. This type of brazenness is the same kind of brazenness that the Ohio Parole Board displays. The INVISIBLE CHESS film clearly shows the ruthlessness of the Ohio Parole Board, yet they haven’t been forced to be held accountable. I say, let’s make them be held accountable! Use social media to demand JUSTICE! We have to fight together, and stay aggressive! Simply complaining without taking any action will get us nowhere in Ohio.

I conclude this posting by saying “stay safe,and stay strong during these difficult times.”

In the struggle, live from incarceration nation…

Postscript: Please circulate the video and Press Release of the INVISIBLE CHESS billboard that was recently put up in Los Angeles. … I want to, also, give a shout out to the students of Prof. Paul Moke at Wilmington College, who are watching INVISIBLE CHESS in his Criminal Justice class. Thank you.

[*] Call the Toledo media, and the ACLU, and ask them to make an inquiry about the alleged mistreatment of quarantined COVID-19 prisoners. Ask for them to request interviews with various inmates and prison employees.