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A Victim of Ohio State Penitentiary Prisoner Abuse Seeks Pro Bono Legal Representation
By Jason Goudlock, Prisonersolidarity.org
Dec. 17, 2006

On April 1, 2006 Ohio State Penitentiary (Youngstown, Ohio) inmate Damone Johnson was attacked and savagely beaten by four Ohio State Pententiary employees. As a consequence all four employees involved in the event -- correctional officer Jesko, correctional officer Shimko, correctional officer Henyard and Lieutenant Harper -- have been fired.

The victim of the incident, Damone Johnson, was punched, kicked and hit in the head with a video camera while being extracted from his cell by the "cell extraction team," which consisted of the four above mentioned former employees. Damone Johnson sustained injuries to his head, eye and torso. All of the injuries have been documented and recorded by the Ohio State Penitentiary's Medical Department.

The abuse of Damone Johnson is not a rare or unique incident. Prisoners are abused everyday, on a regular basis, in prisons throughout the United States. Unfortunately, these acts of abuse almost always go without being addressed. They are usually just swept under the rug. The incident involving Damone Johnson, however, can be categorized as a rarity if you take into account that the prison administrators took it upon themselves to terminate the employees following the incident. That being said I would like to think that Mr. Johnson is also entitled to some compensation following this violation of his civil rights. Is there a lawyer out there who would be willing to help him in his pursuit of justice on a pro bono basis? Mr. Johnson is a layman of the law (as are thousands of other prisoners confined throughout the United States) and if he isn't provided with some form of meaningful legal assistance his case will inevitably go the same route as the countless others - it will be swept under the rug.

If you are interested in helping Damone Johnson with his legal endeavor you can contact him at the following address:

Damone Johnson #426753
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown, Ohio 44505

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Jason Goudlock is an inmate at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio. He has aspirations of becoming a full-fledged entrepreneur, in the interest of philanthropic advancement. He is also an aspiring athlete in the sport of basketball, as well as an aspiring author currently working on his first novel, Moments of Clarity. You may reach him by writing to: Jason Goudlock, #284-561, 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd, Youngstown, Ohio 44505.


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