Tag Archive: Ohio

Super Max Prisoner Represents Himself in Court while on Hunger Strike and Wins

sojaFrom Red Bird Abolition

Friday, February 8th, Mahoning County, OH-

The jury largely sided with hunger striking super max prisoner Cornelius Harris in his criminal trial this week. Harris was facing nine felony charges stemming from fights with guards at The Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP). Harris has long maintained that these fights were actually initiated by guards who have targeted him for harassment and abuse. Earlier this week, a jury found largely in Mr Harris’ favor.

Mr Harris initiated his hunger strike on January fourth, and went to trial later in the month. (more…)

Update on Cornelius Harris- 32 Days Without Food

sojaFrom Red Bird Abolition

Cornelius Harris (also known as Soja) has been on hunger strike at Ohio State Penitentiary since Jan 4th. He is at Correctional Medical Center in Columbus. They haven’t force fed him, but they warned him his organs may fail if he doesn’t come off hunger strike soon.

Warden Bobby refused to say anything about the situation when contacted.

Cornelius’ demands are to be given greater opportunity to “step-down” or reduce his security level and an end to targeted harassment and violence from guards. Specifically, he is looking for more frequent security reviews, congregate or at least paired rec time, contact with visitors, more time out of his cell. All these things would allow him to prove that he is not a danger to himself or others and can eventually get off of 5A, the highest security level in Ohio.

Please call warden Bobby and demand that he meet with Cornelius, allow him this most basic treatment and assure him that harassment and violence from guards will stop. OSP Warden David Bobby 330-743-0700 ext 2006

Word from Sean

jpaylargeFrom SeanSwain.org

We received this JPay from Sean today, it was written on the 24th.  It appears as though the Army of the 12 Monkeys is still active at Mansfield Correctional. A “handful of guys” just got transferred to the hole,  accused of being members of the Army of the 12 Monkeys.

We also heard rumors that at least one of these prisoners is being tortured in a “suicide cell” just like Sean was initially. The guy’s name is Shawn Marshall. His number is 461-448.  Word is Marshall went to this torture cell on Tuesday Jan 15th. He doesn’t have friends or family on the outside, so there’s no one to stop them from keeping him in torture cell for a long time.

Sean has not had his final security reveiw or been transferred yet. ManCI staff are depriving Sean and others accused of 12 Monkeys activity of food and sleep.  Read the JPay for details.

Please call ManCI at 419-526-2000 demand that they stop torturing Shawn Marshall (461-448) and that they adequately feed prisoners in seg and allow them to sleep.

Please call Director Gary Mohr at Central Office, 614-752-1150, demand that ManCI staff be sanctioned until this treatment changes.

Alleged Anarchist Prison Saboteur Sean Swain is MIA

12_monkeysFrom SeanSwain.org January 24, 2013

On Friday January 11th Sean Swain wrote a JPay email notifying outside supporters that his security status review was scheduled for the following Monday. We didn’t receive this email until Tuesday and haven’t heard anything since. On December 26th, Sean sent a fat envelope with instructions for his lawyer on how to pressure officials, threatening a civil suit if they go ahead with the transfer. This envelope didn’t arrive until Thursday January 10th. Intentional delays of communication by ManCI staff prevented us from helping Sean fight this transfer. (more…)