The Struggle Archives

Commentary by Jason Goudlock

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 ...
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You may have seen this warning sign: “Retired Person on Premises. Knows Everything and Has Plenty of Time to Tell It.” Well, it could have been posted on my door. Although I don’t remember many names, I know the answers to most of Life’s Larger Questions and am more than ...
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The following is the Ohio Parole Board's response to my 2016 Open Letter to them, in which I requested that they rescind their 2014 rendered decision to issue me an unwarranted 60-month sentence continuance at my fifth and most recent release consideration hearing. The Parole Board's September 1, 2016 response ...
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April 30, 2016 RESILIENT IMPRISONED LEBRON FAN CALLS ON KANYE Ohio prisoner Jason Goudlock, 41, known as The LeBron Fan, is at it again. After making international headlines in 2014 for his lighthearted comment requesting that the Ohio Parole Board release him,in part, so that he could witness in person ...
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To the loving families of Samuel DuBose and Tamir Rice, Before I introduce myself, I would like to begin by first and foremost offering my sincerest belated condolences to you in the wake of the tragic loss of your late beloved relative, Samuel and young Tamir. My name is Jason ...
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New-law prisoner Jermaine Smith, below, recently received 13 years for robbing a man and then killing him by shooting him twice in the face. I killed nobody and never attempted to kill anyone. So, after I have served nearly 22 years in prison, why is Governor Kasich allowing the Ohio ...
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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 ...
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**** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *** Ohio prisoner Jason Goudlock, 39, who recently made international headlines as a result of a comment he made in his September letter to the Ohio Parole Board about Cleveland Cavalier NBA superstar LeBron James, has sent copies of his newly released novel, Brother of the ...
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**For Immediate Release** On Oct. 28, 2014, Ohio old-law inmate Jason Goudlock received his Ohio Parole Board Decision Sheet, informing him that, unlike LeBron James, he wouldn't be returning to Cleveland for at least 60 more months. Goudlock, a 39-year-old native of Cleveland, who has served nearly 21 years as ...
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"What the Parole Board
is now doing to me
is nothing less than an
act of torture."On June 19, 2014, Ohio Assistant State Public Defender Kenneth R. Spiert mailed the below letter to the Ohio Parole Board, in which he requested (for the second time) that they correct their incorrect ...
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The following is the full text of an article written by Professor William Nichols, originally published at the Huffington Post: Jason Goudlock, an African-American whose mother was addicted to cocaine, grew up in Cleveland and went to prison in 1993, when he was eighteen. His first conviction drew a six-to-25 ...
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Commentary by Jason: I received the following reply letter from the Ohio Legislative Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC), which was mailed to me January 10, 2014 (The year 2013 is a typographical error by the CIIC), in response to my revealing essay that I mailed to them, entitled Unveiling the ...
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Ariel Castro may save lives. It's still too early to tell if anyone officially scrutinizing the Ohio Department of Retribution and Corruption has any integrity or not (The fact of their employment by the government in any investigative capacity mitigates against it, of course.), but if investigators do, then Ariel ...
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The following is a letter that was sent to me by the Ohio Assistant State Public Defender, Kenneth R. Spiert, which I received as a reply to two letters that I'd written to the Office of the Ohio Public Defender in regards to not having been afforded a “fair and ...
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The following article, Thousands of Ohio Inmates Languish Away in Prison, was recently published by the Cleveland Call and Post, which accurately reports on the longstanding Ohio old-law sentencing disparity that adversely affects a minority-class of approximately 5,000 old-law offenders, such as myself. In the article, the Chairwoman of the ...
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On May 31, 2013, stemming from an incident that occurred April 12, 2013 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution located in Mansfield, Ohio, old-law prisoner Jason Goudlock filed a federal civil lawsuit in the United States District Court for The Northern District of Ohio (Case no. 1:13CV1215), alleging that he was ...
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The following reply letter was sent to me September 25, 2013 from Ohio Senator Shirley Smith, whom I'd written to for the second time a few months earlier. In that letter, I asked the Senator if she would write a letter to the Parole Board on my behalf. I figured, ...
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The following reply letter was sent to me June 5, 2012 from Ohio Senator Shirley Smith, whom I'd wirtten to several months earlier seeking to know if any kind of sentencing reforms were in the works for Ohio old-law prisoners. In my letter, I outlined the longstanding old-law sentencing disparity ...
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The following letter is a reply letter that was sent to me February 10, 2010 from the chairman of the Mahoning county (Ohio) Democratic Party, attorney-at-law, David J. Betras. Prior to receiving this letter, I'd mailed a letter to Mr. Betras, in which I described to him how the old-law ...
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