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CURE-Ohio and the Aftermath

[Editor's Note: The following information reaches PLN by mail from an Ohio reader whose name and initials we are withholding at our discretion.]

The situation with CURE-Ohio is getting worse! CURE has formed a "coalition" of outside support groups, and is dictating policy to them. To join this "coalition" CURE-Ohio requires that each group or organization denounce passive resistance by prisoners.

On the surface, CURE-Ohio claims to be organizing support for Senate Bill 182 and the push for Parole Board reforms. But the standard they are setting shows their real intent. They're organizing against prisoners, and some prisoners (the scabs and low-lifes) are siding with CURE.

The only two outside organizations who wouldn't join CURE-Ohio's "coalition" are Jana Schroeder and her Ohio Criminal Justice Program, and the Oberlin Action Against Prison group at Oberlin College.

Paula Eyre, Rev. Jim Sutter (an ex-con), Cindy Mollick and others involved in CURE-Ohio's leadership feel threatened by prisoners' efforts to organize. They fear that we might speak for ourselves and upset their agenda. They got a sweet little gig going for themselves and they don't want us prisoners rocking the boat.

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