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Justice Watch

By Dan Cahill

Justice Watch (J.W.) is a grass roots organization that supports prisoners, their families, and all who work for humane conditions until such time as prisons no longer mirror a society based on classism and racism.

J.W. organizes trips to Ohio and Kentucky prisons to help maintain ties between prisoners, their families and friends. They have also taken an active seat on the Ohio Council of Churches Task Force on Criminal Justice and the American Friends Service Committee's Community Action Board. They have organized three public forums to dialogue on urgently felt prison issues in the community. J.W. has taken the first step to help organize a home for people coming out of prison, and has been granted funds to put a "people's library" inside this group's home. They maintain an office, meeting place, phone, one paid staff and a large circle of volunteer workers. They publish a newsletter that is free to prisoners that deals mostly with prison issues.

They are working hard to educate the public about the issues and problems in the prison system, and they are helping to raise the social consciousness of prisoners.

J.W. has helped link prisoners with attorneys that are willing to take on cases that involve civil rights. They have also been listed as a plaintiff in a civil action against prison officials. Prison officials attempted to outlaw and repress J.W.'s involvement with the prisoner rights and prison reform movement by calling it "gang activities."

Justice Watch is a strong and active prisoners' support organization. They need the support of prisoners, our families and friends, in order to unify our movement in this state. They need all the support they can get. I hope to see our movement and those involved in the struggle for social change rallying to the support of Justice Watch. It is through organizations such as this that we will be able to unite in our struggle. Contact: Justice Watch, 932 Dayton St. Cincinnati, OH. 45214. (513) 241-0490.

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