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Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In telling the story of one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history, in which hundreds of inmates seized a major area of an Ohio correctional facility, this chronicle examines the causes of the disturbance, what happened during its 11-day duration, and the fairness of the trials in the aftermath of the rioting. Recounted from the prisoners' side and viewed through ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by PM Press (first published June 1st 2004)
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Robin Conley
Jun 19, 2017 Robin Conley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've heard about the Lucasville riot before, so I was interested in getting more information about the aftermath. This book really covers a lot of information about the trial and all the things that went wrong. Whether you believe the Lucasville Five are good guys or bad, they deserve a fair trial and if everything in this book is true they definitely didn't get one. It's really frustrating and fascinating to read about all the methods that were used to ensure the Lucasville Five were put on dea ...more
Shane
I'm glad this book was written because I wouldn't have known anything about the uprising if it wasn't. Lynd's research is exhaustive, but I think he makes some leaps. He tries, unnecessarily in my view, to make the inmates to come off as saints (at some point, he takes pains to describe how a member of the Aryan Brotherhood isn't racist in any way). He relies a lot on testimony, which is always tricky.
Derek Ide
Oct 22, 2012 Derek Ide rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Staughton Lynd's Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising is a sharp, well researched account of the Lucasville prison uprising in 1993. Lynd’s purpose is multifaceted; on one hand the book serves to provide an accurate, truthful account of the events that occurred those tense eleven days and, on the other, it attempts to outline why the Lucasville Five have been unfairly persecuted by Ohio courts. Utilizing a variety of resources, he presents not only a much needed clarification of a s ...more
Jeremy
Aug 22, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on my experience with other Staughton Lynd books, he's not the most well-organized writer and his books don't always 'flow' as well as one might hope. Despite the information being haphazardly tossed together, the book still packs an icredibly powerful punch and proves that the cases of 'The Lucasville Five' definitely deserve reconsideration at the least.

The book is a scathing criticism of the state of Ohio's account of what happened during the Lucasville uprising and their subsequent ef
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Ryan Mishap
The uprising happened at an Ohio prison in 1993. Fed up with over-crowding, violations of religious beliefs, and the general shit of prison, many inmates took over a large section of the prison and held guards hostage. One guard was subsequently killed and five people are on death row for the killing.
Lynd is a lawyer, and thus spends a lot of time on the trial and statements made there. What comes out in the book is that the state of Ohio identified these five defendants as “leaders” and contr
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Marc Lucke
Most of this book feels like a cross between a thesis and a historical document: documenting an event for posterity while simultaneously constructing an argument for an alternative narrative. Unfortunately, this results in a dense and frequently dry read.

Lynd diligently builds his argument, exhaustively detailing all of the supporting evidence. Honestly, I often found myself skimming some of the depositions, sworn statements, photographic evidence and court transcripts while muttering "okay, I'l
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Patrick O'Neil
Feb 20, 2011 Patrick O'Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book to read if you want to get angry about the American Criminal Justice system. The lack of rehabilitation, and a blood thirsty need for retribution is what incarceration embodies these days. That this horrific event happened 18 years ago doesn't diminish the fact that not a goddamn thing has change in America's penal system: not the administration's thinking. Not the abusive environment. Not the illogical need to continue a system that has shown time and time again that it not only do ...more
Jeff
Mar 14, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eye-opening coverage of an infuriatingly corrupt legal procedure. Though I wish it gave more details about the laws and legal precedent pertaining to the case, I suppose this would have like doubled the size of the book... all in all, a must-read for people interested in justice for political prisoners.
Nathaniel Miller
a story about true solidarity-- prisoners resist together across race lines and are brutally crushed. The riot started when black Muslim prisoners collectively refused a medical procedure but were quickly supported by members of the Aryan Brotherhood in a mass uprising against the guards.
Sam Bahour
Nov 01, 2016 Sam Bahour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You WILL NOT be able to put this book down until you finish reading it. A damning peek into the U.S. justice and corrections systems.
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The son of renowned sociologists Robert Staughton Lynd and Helen Lynd, Staughton Lynd grew up in New York City. He earned a BA from Harvard, an MA and PhD in history from Columbia. He taught at Spelman College in Georgia (where he was acquainted with Howard Zinn) and Yale University. In 1964, Lynd served as director of Freedom Schools in the Mississippi Summer Project. An opponent of the Vietnam W ...more
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