Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Location: Toledo Correctional Institution
The documentary about my situation of injustice, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story, recently made its debut at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival! I’ve been busy trying to assist with promoting the film. I’m writing letters to various organizations and sending them flyers about the film. The film producers are getting ready to do a huge press release for the film, plus are contacting colleges to set up screenings of the film.
Besides this, though, I’ve been writing and recording some music for the Internet. Some of it might be added to the official soundtrack for Invisible Chess. Hopefully, the music will generate the support of the Hip-Hop community. In addition to this, I’ve also begun putting together a format of audio commentary material, which will consist of me speaking about various topics related to the U.S. criminal justice system.
Aside from engaging in my fight for my freedom, I’ve just been doing my best to navigate around the daily bullshit that goes on inside the concrete jungle. The gang culture is everywhere, and most prisoners — who are mainly all new-law prisoners — are all in gangs and band together for strength, which makes doing time for minority, non-gang prisoners a little stressful, to say the least. Since I’m not in a gang, basically, I hav eto put up with guys running their mouth as if they can fight like Floyd Mayweather.
I also have to put up with the bullshit in the interest of trying to get paroled. But, I definitely want to get out of prison, so… I have to keep playing the “invisible chess” that I’m being forced to play. I just hope that somebody on the Parole Board will have some understanding about what old-law prioners are being forced to deal with. I don’t want to have to end up spending the rest of my life in prison for defending myself.
I just started my twenty-sixth consecutive year in prison (from the time of my arrest, Nov. 1993), and I assure you, I don’t want to be a criminal. Me sitting in a prison cell is doing nothing but making me bitter.
I’m almost to the point where I’m ready to just tell the State of Ohio to execute me, because I’m being tortured. I mean, I didn’t even commit two of the robberies that I’m in prison for! I can prove it because there is a video of the robberies, according to police records. But, as I’ve learned over the years, the truth or justice doesn’t mean anything once your in the system.
Just watch my documentary and you will see what “justice” means to the people who run Ohio’s criminal justice system. People pretend to care when the spotlight is on them. But, when they think nobody is paying attention, they do people like me. The thing with me is that I’m going to make my injustice known to the world!
It might sound crazy at first, but eventually there will be copies of Invisible Chess sent to the United Nations, that is, until my injustice is addressed. I mean, the injustice that I’m being subjected to is nothing but a beautified and modernized form of slavery, and the world needs to see what Ohio does to poor people who break the law.
I realize that I’m not being subjected to cruel North Korea-like punishment. But, just because I broke the law doesn’t mean that somebody has a right to own me!
I’m going to conclude on that note, but I’ll keep you updated. Please help spread the word about Invisible Chess and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.