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Ohio's Supermax Prison
The Lethal Injection Quandary:
How Medicine Has Dismantled the Death Penalty
By Deborah W. Denno, Fordham Legal Studies Research Paper# 983732
May 1, 2007


One Year Out: Experiences of Prisoners Returning to Cleveland
The Urban Institute, 2007


Lethal Injection for Execution: Chemical Asphyxiation?
Public Library of Science (PLoS), Med 4(4): e156
By Zimmers TA, Sheldon J, Lubarsky DA, López-Muñoz F, Waterman L, et al. (2007)
April 24, 2007

Benge v. Johnson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Case No. 05-3122.
Judge Martin's dissent: Pages 16-19 (PDF)
Southern District of Ohio at Cincinnati
Jan. 16, 2007


Life After Life. A Successful Return to Society
By Kunta Kenyatta, a former Ohio prisoner
August 2006

Fussell v. Wilkinson. Prison Health Care Class Action Settlement
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio Western Division.
October 2005

Ohio Prisoners' Reflections on Returning Home (PDF) -- To help inform the next generation of reentry policy and practice, the Urban Institute launched a multistate research project in Maryland, Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.

U.S. District Court decision
(Death row transfer to OSP)
Oct. 3, 2005 (Judge James Gwin)

U.S. District Court hearing (Death row transfer to OSP)
Sept. 2, 2005 (transcript)

U.S. District Court hearing
Sept. 1, 2005 (transcript)

U.S. District Court hearing
Aug. 31, 2005
(transcript)

Supreme Court Rules Prisoners Guaranteed Due Process Review Before Supermax Confinement
Center for Constitutional Rights
June 13, 2005
Download ruling (PDF)

CCR Wins Class Action: "Supermax" Prisoners Win Right To Hearing Before Placement
Center for Constitutional Rights
June 15, 2004

Download ruling as (PDF)

Supreme Court Hears Case on Supermax Prisons
Wilkinson v. Austin Argued Before United States Supreme Court
Center for Constitutional Rights
March 29, 2005

Docket: Wilkinson v. Austin (Supermax)

Center For Constitutional Right
January 9, 2003
Download opinion (PDF)
Sixth Circuit Opinion (PDF)

Wilkinson v. Austin Supreme Court Brief (PDF)
Ohio Petitioners Brief (PDF)
Reply for Petitioners (PDF)

Other Supermax Reports
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Supermax Prisons: Critical Steps and Considerations
By Sarah Lawrence and Daniel Mears, Urban Institute/Justice Policy Center
August 2004

Cold Storage. 2000 (Human Rights Watch).

Debt to Society: The Real Price of Prisons
By the Foundation for National Progress, umbrella organization for Mother Jones magazine (2001)

Final Exposure
. Photographs by Lou Jones. Interviews by Lou Jones and Lorie Savel Borges. (American Friends Service Committee).

Lessons of Marion: The Failure of a Maximum Security Prison. A history and analysis, with voices of prisoners. (American Friends Service Committee).

Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Solitary and "Supermax" Confinement. [Craig Haney in: Crime&Delinquency 124 (2003)].

Psychological Impact of solitary confinement
Amicus brief by Craig Haney, M.D.

Supermax prisons and the Constitution: liability concerns in the extended control unit. (William C. Collins, Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, 2004).

Ohio State Penitentiary - Inspection Report
By Peter Davis, Correctional Institutional Inspection Committee, Executive Director
Dec. 6, 1999

Ohio State Penitentiary and OSP Correctional Camp
By Correctional Institutional Inspection Committee
January 29, 2004

The Prison Inside the Prison: Control Units, Supermax Prisons, and Devices of Torture
By Rachael Kamel and Bonnie Kerness,
American Friends Service Committee (2003)

Survival in Solitary. A manual written by and for people living in control units/solitary confinement
By Bonnie Kerness, American Friends Service Committee
November 1997

Torture in U.S. Prisons. Evidence of U.S. Human Rights Violation. American Friends Service Committee (Bonnie Kerness and Masai Ehehosi, Prison Watch Program: New York Metropolitian Region. Fall 2001).