Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising
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In telling the story of one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history, in which hundreds of inmates seized a major area of an Ohio correctional facility, this chronicle examines the causes of the disturbance, what happened during its 11-day duration, and the fairness of the trials in the aftermath of the rioting. Recounted from the prisoners’ side and viewed through a lawyer’s and an activist's lens, this exposé sheds light on the horrific and inhumane prison conditions, the rebellion and killing of 10 people, the drivers of the negotiated surrender, and the trial that was filled with misrepresentations and evasions on the part of those running the prison. The eloquent new foreword from the renowned political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal underlines the theme of the interracial character of the uprising and the basic desire of the prisoners to be recognized as men. A detailed view on a major prison uprising, this new edition will appeal to legal scholars, history buffs, prisoner and human rights activists, and family members of incarcerated individuals alike.
with conceded facts about what happened between the end of the April 15 morning meeting just before 9 a.m., and the murder of Officer Vallandingham between 10:30 and 11 a.m. First, Gordon says that he saw Robb negotiating on the phone and that Robb “slammed the phone down a couple of times and called back a couple of times.”33 However, as demonstrated by the State’s own Time Line, introduced into evidence in State v. Robb as Exhibit 289-90, the only prisoner who negotiated between 9 and 11 a.m.
Highway Patrol, and Sergeant McGough of the Patrol, entered the room and took up positions on either side of Skatzes. In Skatzes’ words: “As I am standing there with a trooper on either side of me, they start talking to me.” The following dramatization is drawn from Skatzes’ description in contemporaneous letters, a letter of protest from Skatzes’ attorney Jeff Kelleher to Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier written on April 13, 1994, and Sergeant Hudson’s trial testimony.40 HUDSON: Now is the
enterprise under difficult conditions, cooperation was ragged and uneven. Still, on the whole, Lucasville offers an extraordinary instance of blacks and whites overcoming their differences in common struggle. We may yet be able to bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old. CHAPTER EIGHT ATTICA AND AMNESTY They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I was not a communist; They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist; They
hardliners … that way if you put it like that, and everything still have respect … see what’s I’m saying SKATZES. Let me say this… That’s exactly the way I left it with them… That’s exactly what we’re saying right now. He’s talking on this here tape stuff … that was my, that was my conversation. They wanted hostages … not giving you nothing for this electricity and this water and your gonna… Now the way I left it … We want, the … we want the… UNKNOWN. We want water back on, now hold on hold
block, 51-52; as killer of Officer Vallandingham, 55-56, 59-62; in North Hole at Chillicothe with Hasan and Skatzes, 145; plea bargain, 109-10, 194 (Appendix 4); one of settlement negotiators, 64; on Tessa Unwin’s statement on April 14, 54; testimony about April 15 meeting, 55-56; testimony contradicts statement to Highway Patrol, 161-62; testimony key to convictions of Hasan, Namir, Robb and Skatzes, 106 Law, Kenneth: retracts testimony against Hasan and Namir, 162-63 Liebman, Prof. James: on