Writings

After being physically assaulted on numerous occassions by crooked correctional officers over the course of my nearly 24 years of being imprisoned, and being repeatedly framed by racist prison administrations, I've come to the conclusion that the United States of America is not a country that I can live in ...
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1. Why does the United States embrace people and corporations that willingly and knowingly profited from Adolph Hitler’s killing of six million Jews during World War II? General Motors, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Standard Oil (now Exxon) all supported Hitler’s war machine by providing industrial support to Germany in ...
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Over a decade ago, while incarcerated at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown (Ohio’s “Supermax”), I watched the film Antwone Fisher. This inspirational biopic about Cleveland native Antwone Fisher, starring Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant, and Derrick Luke as Fisher, instantly became my all-time favorite movie. I was awed by the ...
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After spending the past six months of my over 23-year excessive and unjust imprisonment (for aggravated robbery and felonious assault) battling a bout of one of the severest spells of depression that I've ever experienced, upon recently reading retired legendary boxer Mike Tyson's soul-baring autobiography Undisputed Truth, by way of ...
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Jason Goudlock and William Nichols Jason Goudlock, 41, an African American inmate held in Ohio’s Ross Correctional Institution, is the author of the prison novel Brother of the Struggle (2014). William Nichols, 78, is a retired professor and writer. Nichols: When you first wrote to me in June of 2008, ...
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August 10, 2016 Ohio Parole Board 770 W. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43222 Dear Ohio Parole Board: Having served nearly 23 years as a first time offender for aggravated robbery and felonious assault, I’m writing this open letter to you in the hope of being freed from my torturous and ...
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As an African-American male who grew up in the 1980’s in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio, I never imagined I’d one day be incarcerated for nearly two decades for committing the senseless crimes of feloniously assaulting and robbing people. Back then, when basketball and rap music were my primary ...
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I have been in prison since 1994. That year, shortly before I turned 19, I was convicted of armed robbery and felonious assault. At my third parole hearing seventeen years later, the Ohio Parole Board recommended my release, but the Board's oversight committee (the Central Office Board Review – COBR) ...
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Sometimes when I look out my narrow cell window at the nearby Jeep auto plant as its workers load the vehicles onto a delivery train, I imagine myself in a movie scene as a stowaway hidden in the back of one of the Jeeps after having just covertly escaped from ...
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"If you are a black celebrity or black athlete
who has been uninvolved in the Black Lives
Matter movement but know you should be,
reverse course.
Be like Janelle Monae, and make your presence felt."At a time when African Americans are being brutally beaten and killed throughout the United States by rogue police officers ...
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Recently, I mailed a copy of my essay “Black Lives Matter: ODRC and Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine Swindle and Inmate” to newly appointed Ohio Parole Board member Shirley Smith, an African American former Ohio state senator. In light of the current nationwide discussion of the need for the United ...
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In 2014 I made international headlines with a letter to the Ohio Parole Board. It was a light-hearted comment near the end that got the attention. I said I wanted to “witness in person LeBron James’ pursuit of an NBA championship for my beloved hometown team,” the Cleveland Cavaliers. When ...
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"If the Attorney General, as well as the ODRC,
upheld justice after learning I was assaulted,
I would probably be a free man today."In 1994, when I was eighteen, a first-time offender, I was convicted of armed robbery and felonious assault and given a six to 25 year indefinite sentence ...
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Dear Ms. Griner, My name is Jason Goudlock, and I'm the prisoner who recently told the Ohio Parole Board I wanted to be released from my indefinite sentence of six to 25 years partly so I could witness LeBron James' pursuit of an NBA title with the Cavs. I'm writing ...
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Dear Mr. James, My name is Jason Goudlock. I'm a 39-year-old African-American prisoner who recently made international headlines when I mentioned in a letter to the Ohio Parole Board that I hoped to be released in time to witness in person your pursuit of an NBA title for my hometown ...
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*** For Immediate Release *** November 14, 2014 Ohio inmate Jason Goudlock, a 39-year-old native of Cleveland, who has served nearly 21 years as a first time offender for aggravated assault and armed robbery, has published Brother of the Struggle, a novel that captures the human cost of mass incarceration ...
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Unfortunately, for the time being, WNBA superstar Brittney Griner's wish for me to be kept in prison has come true. On October 28, 2014, I received my Ohio Parole Board Decision Sheet, which stated that the Parole Board had given me a sentence continuation of 60 MONTHS! Sixty...months. Five years ...
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On October 15, 2014, my fifth Parole Board hearing concluded with the six-member Parole Board hearing panel voting to continue my incarceration. This was a result, I was told, of an unacceptable accumulation of disciplinary Conduct Reports. The actual amount of time of my continuance has not been decided because ...
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See Media Coverage of this Article. After serving nearly 21 years for robbery and assault, in a recent letter sent to the Ohio Parole Board, Ohio inmate Jason Goudlock, at the conclusion of outlining the reasons why he should be released at his upcoming parole board hearing, told the Ohio ...
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Jason Goudlock, #284-561 Toledo Correctional Institution 2001 E. Central Avenue Toledo, OH 43608 FreeJasonGoudlock.org September 26, 2014 Ohio Parole Board 770 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43222 In re: Old-law inmate Jason Goudlock’s letter to the Ohio Parole Board in support of his being released at his upcoming fifth Parole ...
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The news website Huffington Post recently published a story by writer William Nichols (1) that focuses on my more than 20 years of turbulent imprisonment as a first-time offender convicted of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Nichols comments on my crusading efforts over the years as I’ve tried to stop ...
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With just four months to go before my upcoming fifth Parole Board hearing, it appears I’ll be attending my hearing from segregation, otherwise know as “the hole.” On June 9, 2014, I made the decision to be placed in the hole rather than spend another second in my general population ...
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The following dialogue, inspired by an existing injustice, is an imagined conversation between 39-year-old Malcolm X and 42-year-old African-American social activist, Sabrina Wright. Wright is a member of the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign (FMNMC) (1), a coalition of activists, organizations, and artists who seek the acquittal of Marissa Alexander ...
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As an 18-year-old in 1993, I was arrested, a first-time offender convicted of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. I never imagined I would still be imprisoned 20 years later. Convicted under Ohio’s old-law indefinite set of sentencing guidelines—six to 25 years, plus nine mandatory years for gun-specification sentencing enhancements—I thought ...
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On December 9, 1981, Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, showed no love for a young African-American activist named Mumia Abu-Jamal. Approximately one decade before the infamous videotaped police beating of motorist Rodney King, the Philadelphia police beat, shot, and framed Mumi Abu-Jamal for allegedly murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner ...
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On December 25, 2013, as reported by the Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer, a Cincinnati-based group of approximately 25 prisoner advocates and and friends and relatives of Ohio inmates held a People's protest in front of the Ohio Parole Board in Columbus. The group of protesters, collectively known as The ...
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On August 18, 2006, while I was incarcerated in the C-Block Special Management Unit at the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) in Youngstown, Ohio, an OSP correction officer wrote an institutional Conduct Report about me. In it he said I had threatened him and intentionally broken the fire-sprinkler inside my cell, ...
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Synopsis “Paroled: The Ex-Con Experience” is a documentary that will chronicle and intimately capture the day-to-day post-release affairs of a recently released ex-offender named Jason Goudlock who, after being incarcerated for 20 years for the criminal offenses of aggravated robbery and felonious assault, returns to the hard-knock life and city ...
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The following work of poetry, The Birth of Proof: May 19, 1925, was written during my confinement at the Ohio State Penitentiary while I was being housed in the super-maximum security wing of the prison. Of all the poetry that I've ever written, this poem is my favorite. One day, ...
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The following work of poetry is a poem that I wrote upon becoming acquainted with men such as Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Bomani Shakur, and Gregory Curry, all of whom were wrongfully convicted of criminal offenses stemming from the infamous 1993 prison uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, ...
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As a 38-year-old prisoner who has been incarcerated in the state of Ohio for nearly 20 years, I've witnessed hundreds of prisoners, including myself, who have on one occasion or another gotten extremely upset with the state's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction due to either the implementing or repealing of ...
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The following passage is an excerpt from Jason's novel, "Brother of the Struggle," an in-your-face literary gem, inspired by true events, that chronicles the trials and tribulations of the tumultuous life of Malcolm Xavier Jordan, a young African-American growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, in the tragic era of broken family ...
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My name is Jason Goudlock (pronounced Good•lock), and I’m a 41-year-old incarcerated African-American who has been imprisoned in Ohio as a first-time offender since my arrest in November of 1993. I’m serving an indefinite term of six to 25 years, in addition to a nine-year firearm specification sentencing enhancement, for ...
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The following dialogue, inspired by an existing injustice, is a fictional conversation between a present day 39-year-old Malcolm X and an incarcerated 38-year-old African-American, Quintin Jefferson. Jefferson dreams of telephoning the Organization of Afro-American Unity, headed by Malcolm X, to discuss a law that creates a long-standing, unjust Ohio criminal ...
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In 1993, as an undisciplined eighteen-year-old African-American living in the projects on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, I fell for the greed-driven allure of money I got from robbing people. During that time I shot a nemesis of mine in the leg, and in another incident I grazed a ...
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