I would like to thank The Columbus Dispatch for their outstanding article published on November 5 by the Columbus Dispatch Editorial Board entitled “Ohio prison Officers dispensing virtual death sentences, prison reform required now.” Two inmates were recently killed by prison guards, and many more were injured.
I ran a non-profit organization for over seven years called Hamler Inmate Ministry. I serve around 100 inmates in 14 different prisons. I send them uplifting emails and newsletters. Over the years, I have heard horror stories.
Politicians don’t care about them because they can’t vote. And many family members are turning their backs on them because of the offense for which they are imprisoned. So, they are treated horribly because they are out of sight and out of mind.
One of my inmate friends had to wear a hearing aid designed for another inmate because he didn’t want to replace it. Another had an infected toe, but the prison authorities refused to let him go to the prison hospital. As a result, when he got there, he not only lost a toe, but also lost part of his foot.
Several inmates told me that bags of meat appeared in the kitchens with the label “Not for human consumption”.
So their food is bad, and the medical care even worse.
There is an organization that is supposed to monitor the ODRC and report to our members of Congress when there are problems. it’s called Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. But he’s been a toothless tiger ever since our delegates have dismissed Joanna saul [departed] in 2016.
At the time, a report said, “Saul first struck a chord when the CIIC aggressively sought transparency in prison inspections and issued reports on drugs, violence, gang activity and prison staff.
Lawmakers wanted to dissolve the CIIC, claiming that Saul had “displayed insubordination and rogue behavior.” So they fired her. As a result, we now have the insubordination and rogue behavior of some prison guards.
If you read the article, you will agree: Prison reform is needed now!
John C. Hamler runs Hamler Inmate Ministry, which he started after retiring from careers in computers and accounts receivable. In addition, he is a veteran of the United States Army.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Opinion: Prison reform essential to end ill-treatment of detainees