Bulletin board on the wall with words Prisoner Letter Writing and photos of a lot of men

Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-8:30pm
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Northside Branch, 1423 N High St.
Cages are disabling and traumatizing environments. As a result, prisoners suffer from low morale. They also suffer from a variety of human rights abuses committed by jail and prison officials such as torture and “extremely poor quality health care.” These forms of violence are state-sanctioned. Therefore, we can’t expect meaningful oversight of Ohio's concentration camps to come from the state.

Correctional officers practice sadism and identify targets for malicious repression by taking a path of least resistance. They are less likely to target a prisoner with outside support but more likely to target a prisoner who receives no mail. Since there is a lack of community support for incarcerated people, our aim is to use the tactic of One-Prisoner-One-Contact to maintain the security of prisoners while boosting their morale and providing community oversight of Ohio's prison system. We will use our penpal program to support each other across prison walls while strengthening the movement to abolish prisons.

Please bring a friend and join us in room 2 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising. A film screening of ‘The Shadow of Lucasville’ will precede our eighth letter writing event. This film is about one of the longest prison rebellions in U.S. history. After the film, we will send b-day cards to Lynn and Yolanda. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising by Staughton Lynd [FREE BOOK]

If you know someone who needs a penpal please visit the following link and fill out the application. https://goo.gl/forms/3CqocjcbM7az702p1

Click the following link to review a draft of our letter writing guidelines.https://goo.gl/958GNi