Fighting the Repression of the Ohio Parole Board on Behalf of Old-Law Inmates
To the best of my knowledge, not since the mid-1990’s Senate Bill 182 proposal for reforming the Parole Board, which was introduced by then-Senator Jeffrey Johnson, has there been (until this past Christmas) any significant public demands calling for the elimination of the egregious old-law-versus-new-law sentencing disparity. This disparity, in terms of the disproportionate lengths of sentences between the two sets of sentencing guidelines, is akin to the infamous crack-cocaine-vs-powder-cocaine sentencing disparity.
In any event, however, the will of the People of Ohio, as demonstrated by the Universal Support Network’s demand for justice, has not been broken. With this being said, NOW is the time for old-law inmates and their supporters to seize the momentous moment, and to, as the wise saying goes, “strike while the iron is hot.”
Anyone who is familiar with the practices of Ohio’s Parole Board knows that they operate in a secretive and unjust fashion. Their arbitrary decision-making process, as it seems, isn’t supervised by anyone with any integrity. And being that the blatant corrupt practices have been permitted to exist at the priceless expense of the freedom of old-law inmates, the only way that old-law inmates are going to ever receive any semblance of justice, in my opinion, is by making an organized, publicized, and continuous demand for justice that reverberates across the state and, if need be, the entire country.
The long sought justice for old-law inmates can be grasped. As I stated above, now is the time to seize the moment. By way of networking with activist and various progressive organizations on the Internet, and by way of conducting grassroots campaigns of distributing leaflets and fliers, and subleasing billboards in strategic locations, as well as holding fundraising events to finance these grassroots campaigns … together, we can attain justice.
Let’s get started, Ohio, today … right now. I have tons of energy and ideas so please, contact me so we can streamline our efforts to eradicate the injustice that has prevented the freedom of the discriminated against class of Ohio’s old-law inmates.
Here’s video from the protest:
Links: Article about Christmas Day protest on Examiner.com
Downloads: Download a PDF copy of Fighting the Repression of the Ohio Parole Board on Behalf of Old-Law Inmates.