Hazardous Infirmary

Imagine being taken to a prison infirmary under the pretense that you’re about to receive some type of medical care, only to be met and confronted by a small band of cowardly and hostile prison officers who have malice in their heart and intentions of causing bodily harm to you. Now, add to this situation the element of being defenseless due to being bound behind your back in handcuffs, and shackled in leg manacles. This scenario is a reality that occurs often for many of the prisoners where I’m incarcerated at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, Ohio, and it’s widely known amongst the captives (prisoners) and captors (prison administration) of SOCF.

Prisoners in SOCF are escorted to the infirmary, taken into an examination room — where there’s no surveillance — and all medical staff are ordered out. The prisoner is then struck about the head, face, and torso by fists, knees, and feet from every direction, until he’s on the floor not moving and/or rendered unconscious. After the beating, the prisoner is then threatened with more bodily harm to occur in the future, for reasons such as filing grievances about being assaulted by prison officers, complaining about inhumane living conditions, et cetera.

I personally know of incidents of violence that have been committed against prisoners in SOCF’s infirmary by officers. One particular incident transpired as follows:

On May 10, 2017, early afternoon, Brother Al “Beno” George (#594-113) was being escorted to Unit D-1 (the upper infirmary) because he’d missed more than nine (9) meals, which automatically and officially designated George as being on a “hunger strike,” which he saw as a means to peacefully protest against being harassed and assaulted by prison officials, and being unjustly placed in excessive isolation.

Once George entered the elevator to ascend to the medical unit (D-1) where “hunger-strikers” are to be monitored, he was attacked by Sgt. Tacket, Stg. Dillow, C.O. Lewis, and two other unidentified officers.

Brother George suffered injuries on the left side of his neck and shoulder, his back, and right knee. These injuries were documented by medical staff, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (i.e. Trooper Lewis Fielding), who, by chance, happened to be in the vicinity where injured prisoner George was being housed shortly after the incident took place, which, ultimately, afforded George an opportunity to report the assault. In turn, the state highway patrolman documented and photographed George’s injuries.

The prison officers that assaulted Brother George didn’t even bother to document any type of “use of force” report about the incident, or even attempt to cover up the incident. This bold and brazen behavior is consistent with the corruption of SOCF! They are so “relaxed and comfortable” with violations of administrative regulations, policies, and procedures, and breaking the law in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, because they are NEVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANY OF THEIR INAPPROPRIATE AND UNLAWFUL BEHAVIOR TOWARD PRISONERS!

The assailants who assaulted Brother George, unfortunately, succeeded in intimidating him to abandon his hunger strike. Despite the knowledge that the Ohio State Highway Patrol has documented about George’s assault, George was placed in a cellblock housing area that’s under the direct supervision of two of the assailants that assaulted Brother George, that is, Sgt. Tacket and Sgt. Dillow!

Until then, a trip to the SOCF prison infirmary — a location that isn’t adequately equipped with security cameras — will remain potentially, extremely HAZARDOUS!

From inside HELL-HOLE, a true brother against oppression, and your comrade in the STRUGGLE,

Brother Mark Hinkston

Mark Hinkston #707-808
P.O. Box 45699
Lucasville, Ohio 45699-0001

You can view a TV interview of Mark Hinkston (that was featured on the acclaimed TV show series “Lock-Up”) on MSNBC.

View the MSNBC LockUp Facebook post from 2015.

Juvenile Offender Percy Jones

Ohio inmate Percy Jones wrote the following open letter. Percy comments on Ohio’s practice of sentencing children to life terms of incarceration. A life sentence is not as severe as a sentence of life without parole, which the United States Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional for juvenile offenders who committed a non-murder criminal offense. But a sentence of life for a juvenile offender is still a draconian punishment for a child offender, a reality powerfully revealed in the critically acclaimed documentary 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story. The injustice is even greater when the offender’s freedom is left to the arbitrary decision-making of a biased parole board such as Ohio’s. With the recent announcement of the formation of the Coalition for Public Safety, a coalition consisting of liberal and conservative organizations whose aim, as reported by the New York Times, is to “reduce prison populations, overhaul sentencing, reduce recidivism and take on similar initiatives,” the time is right for concerned citizens to press their representatives to reform Ohio sentencing laws that punish juvenile offenders unjustly.

In His Own Words:

Juvenile Offender Percy Jones Considers the Ohio’s Criminal Justice System’s Failure to Give Second Chances to Juvenile Offenders

My name is Percy Jones, and I’m 38-years-old. Currently I’m in prison, where I’ve been since I was 17 years old, due to a terrible mistake I made back then. I’m writing this open letter to bring attention to the unfair treatment of Ohio juvenile offenders who, like me, were placed in the Ohio prison system prior to the enactment of the state’s truth-in-sentencing Senate Bill 2 laws, which went into effect July 1,1996. Hundreds of Ohio juvenile offenders who were sentenced under the state’s pre-July 1,1996, sentencing laws are still in prison for crimes they committed when they were children.

Locking up juvenile offenders for decades at a time is just one sign that Ohio’s criminal justice system is broken. Many juvenile offenders I’ve met understand as well as I that the crimes we committed were wrong and harmful to many people. We’ve taken responsibility for our crimes, and taken steps to rehabilitate ourselves by participating in rehabilitative and educational programs. The Ohio Parole Board, however, ignores our positive strides and continues to punish us as if we’re career criminals who’ve been in and out of prison all of our lives. Unlike states such as Michigan, California, and Florida that have reformed their laws for punishing juvenile offenders, Ohio’s criminal justice system has not reformed the state’s laws governing juvenile offenders.

My objective now is to generate overdue public attention to the unmerciful and harsh treatment of Ohio’s juvenile offenders who have been in prison for decades. My hope is that citizens will press for reforming Ohio’s laws regarding the punishment of juvenile offenders.

In closing, I want to ask humbly for all concerned citizens who read this to work for these reforms and give us the freedom to live in society as adults with a fresh start at life.

Editor’s note: Percy Jones is seeking to network with any individuals, attorneys, or organizations interested in undoing the inhumane practice of incarcerating child offenders for the duration of their lives. You can contact Percy at the following address:

Percy Jones, #293-821
Toledo Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 80033
Toledo, Ohio 43608

You can also contact Percy by way of email through Jpay.com.


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