Jermane’s Journal | Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Jermane’s Journal gives the reader a unique insight into a prisoner’s life. In Jermane’s case, a wrongfully convicted prisoner’s life.

In his latest entry: the following—in Jermane’s own words—can only describe a system seemingly hell bent on delivering punishment, rather than that of rehabilitation. Please continue to follow, and share Jermane’s journey.

 

August 19th

 

This is just how fast things can go bad when dealing with 2 of the core issues of the (in)justice system: prison reform; and being wrongfully convicted.

I have been in this prison less than one week, and already the administration here at SOCF—Lucasville—are trying to set me up for failure.

This is what has just occurred in the last 24 hours.

In prison—well at least in the Ohio prison system—prisoners have to face what is known as ‘job reclassification: basically prisoner job assignment by your respective case manager. I have just had to endure this process, however, whilst this process was taking place I explained to the case manager my predicament, and proceeded to be very descriptive about my previous issues, and why it was counterproductive to make my job placement in the inmate dining hall—due to the serious risk to my personal safety. Keep in mind that this case manager is the same manager that orchestrated my previous cell-block change to the other side of this prison to ensure my safety just 11 months ago.

My case manager thinks that my life is worth nothing, and proceeded to literally laugh me off and say that I was trying to do anything to avoid working in the dreaded inmate dining room. Granted a lot of inmates try numerous tactics to avoid that particular job but my concern is real and valid.

Now my choices will be one of 2 things, I can accept the work assignment and go to work in the inmate dining hall—making myself an open target. Or I can refuse and go to the hole for my refusal to put my life at risk whilst working in the inmate dining hall. After 22 years of being wrongfully incarcerated—and a very real opportunity to regain my freedom—I’m choosing my life of freedom over the labor of a system that wants to do me nothing but harm—Excuse me, I have to talk to mental health due to my anxiety issues.

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Jermane Scott during his trial in 1996.

Pardon the interruption, I just had an interesting conversation with a mental health liaison. When I explained how I ended up being transferred back to SOCF—even this person was somewhat confused about my presence back at SOCF. I also explained my current dilemma, and told her that I don’t even go to the dining hall to eat due to my concerns regarding my safety. She said she would do what she could to keep me from having to work in the dining hall. As I explained to her, I have been in solitary confinement for years at Ohio State Penitentiary, and prisoners are around 16 inmates at most, and you get to know those 16 inmates you are housed with for years at a time in most cases, and returning to SOCF has my anxiety level at extremely high levels on a  daily basis. It’s best if they just let me stay in my cell until my transfer issue gets settled, or they put me in a more safe environment.

I am not a convict—well not a justified convicted prisoner—therefore I should be in an environment where my safety is ensured on a daily basis, and SOCF isn’t that place.

I want to expose the state of Ohio for what they do to people, not prisoners, PEOPLE, especially the wrongfully convicted. Honestly, I firmly believe I have found the problem on why things are the way they are at SOCF, and Ohio as a whole.

It’s SILENCE.

Too many males think it makes them “soft”—slang for being feminine—therefore they are willing to accept the abuse by the state of Ohio due to some misconstrued ideology.

Let me speak plainly, it’s that massive male, macho, tough guy, egocentric attitude that allows the abuse to continue unabated at SOCF. Me? I’m saying no more! My silence is broken, and I refuse to be quiet for another second.

I’m imploring society to shine a light on the system in Ohio, and other states as well, but more so Ohio because not one time has this state been challenged for its practices. Investigate, ask questions, and please don’t accept the bureaucratic response from prison officials. I’m living proof of what one has to endure whilst fighting to prove my innocence. Keep praying, spreading the word, and remain active in exposing the (in)justice system.

People are suffering, myself included.Therefore I am content with weakness, with mistreatment, with distress and difficulties for the sake of exposing the suffering.

For when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong.

Silent no more.

Jermane Scott

 


 

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