Jason, 48, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is a progressive activist embedded in the struggle for true justice against the exploitative United States prison industrial complex. He is a writer and the author of a published novel, Brother of the Struggle, and an ambitious student of Garveyism. Upon being released from prison, he plans to become an entrepreneur in the philanthropic interest of furthering the advancement of educational self-empowerment for disadvantaged at-risk youth. Jason is an avid reader who enjoys learning and listening to eclectic music.
Jason was sentenced to an indefinite term of incarceration of six to 25 years, in addition to nine years of mandatory time for gun-specification sentencing enhancements. After serving approximately 14 years before his first Parole Board hearing date, Jason has been issued SIX sentencing continuances (“flops”). He has served 30 years at present, and he recently received another five-year continuance. This means he has served almost THREE TIMES the amount of time the current law now allows for a first-time offender convicted of the crime he was convicted of.
The Ohio Parole Board has, on more than one occasion, unlawfully denied Jason a “fair and meaningful” Parole Board hearing. The Parole Board used unjust practices such as conducting the Parole Board hearings based on inaccurate records of the total amount of time he had served.
In addition to being blatantly denied his constitutional right to a fair and meaningful Parole Board hearing, Jason and approximately 4,700 other Ohio old-law prisoners are unjustly subject to serving sentences based on the pre-July 1, 1996, old-law indefinite term of incarceration. This indefinite term of incarceration is disproportionately longer than the state’s post-July 1, 1996, flat-time sentencing, which applies to the rest of the state’s approximately 45,000 prisoners.
As a countermeasure to being unjustly and excessively incarcerated, Jason has reached out to countless individuals and organizations in his quest to rectify the old-law/new-law sentencing disparities.
His courageous efforts towards mobilizing support have been frustratingly unsuccessful. Unfortunately, as it seems, we now live in a country desensitized to the inhumane psychological and physical abuses committed against prisoners. Many citizens in the United States seemingly are more disturbed by an ex-convict being allowed to return to playing in the National Football League, than they are by prisoners being made to serve unjust, excessively long, prison sentences.
But, just as a prisoner like Jason can recalibrate his moral compass to become a productive citizen, so can citizens of a seemingly desensitized society recalibrate their moral compasses. They can become champions of justice for prisoners tortured by unjust sentencing laws and parole boards that unlawfully function as de facto judges, juries, and prosecutors.
Jason and the supporters of freejasongoudlock.org would like to humbly ask that all people viewing this website read and examine the contents herein. We chronicle the egregious, unjust confinement of Jason William Goudlock with essays by Jason and a feature-length documentary film, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story. Doing so, visitors might actively support Jason’s justified demand for his freedom.
The best way to contact Jason directly is through his USPS mail address at the following address:
Jason William Goudlock, #284-561
PO Box 80033
Toledo, OH 43608
He can also be contacted via JPAY using his Prison ID #284-561
Help Jason communicate with others by sending stamped envelopes from USPS.com. He can receive up to 25 stamped envelopes per order.