21 September 2014

An Ohio prisoner named Cornelius Harris (also known as Soja) has been on hunger strike at Ohio State Penitentiary since Jan 4th. He is at Correctional Medical Center (CMC) in Columbus. They haven't force fed him, but they warned him his organs may fail if he doesn't come off hunger strike soon.



OSP Warden David Bobby refused to comment on the situation when contacted.



Mr Harris' demands are to be given greater opportunity to "step-down" or reduce his security level and an end to targeted harassment and violence from guards. Specifically, he is looking for more frequent security reviews, recreation time with at least one other prisoner, physical contact with visitors, and more time out of his cell. All these things would allow him to prove that he is not a danger to himself or others and can eventually get off of 5A, the highest security level in Ohio.



In June of 2012 Mr Harris wrote a detailed account of his mistreatment by OSP staff. This account is available at RedBirdPrisonAbolition.org. He is currently facing criminal charges based on some of these incidents. His trial was interrupted because of his medical condition and transfer to CMC.



Supporters can call Warden Bobby and demand that he meet with Mr Harris, allow him this most basic treatment and assure him that harassment and violence from guards will stop. OSP Warden David Bobby 330-743-0700 ext 200. CONTACT: Ben Turk- 614-704-4699.