By John Perroti
MANSFIELD, OHIO - On February 8, 1991, in the super-max administrative control unit (AC-Isolation) at the Mansfield Correctional Institution (MANCI) high tech prison, designed after the U.S. Penitentiary at Marion, II, 35 guards and high ranking prison officials opened six prisoners food slots - cuffed the prisoners behind their back and proceeded to enter the cells, beating each prisoner with their fists, boots and clubs. Two prisoners kicked their cell doors off the hinges but were restrained. These brutal beatings were unnecessary and excessive. The prisoners beaten were: Eric "Sudan" Swafford #178862; Mike Woods #152543; K. Patton #R132770; Ike Thompson #156151; Clay #216762; and Eugene Adams #144736. Adams was beaten so badly he required numerous stitches to his head. The beds and all their belongings were then removed from their cells and these men are forced to sleep naked on the floor with only a thin plastic mattress.
In sheer frustration of their situation, the prisoners have started a death fast, begun on the 9th of February 1991. They will not eat until an investigation is started concerning the beatings, they receive proper medical treatment, their beds and property are returned, warm clothes issued to them and other demands to be announced. They request that outside groups call the prison and write letters to protest their conditions and monitor their situations. Letters of protest should be sent to:
P.O. Box 1638
Mansfield, OH 44901
Letters of encouragement should be sent to the prisoners at that same address.
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