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Sean is Eating

After 50 days on hunger strike, Sean has begun eating. He came off hunger strike after the ODRC conceded his main demand by reinstating his communications.

The decision regarding giving a Halal diet to Muslim prisoners, which, according to Sean, is their legal right, is still pending.

Sean is asking people to call Ohio Governor John Kasich about this issue, and gives the following number for doing so: 614-466-3555

Update on Sean’s Hunger Strike

On February 12th, day 46 of his hunger strike, Sean gave the following update on his weekly radio segment on the Final Straw Radio show.

As of the 12th, the ODRC had conceded Sean’s main demand by reinstating his communications. This is a major victory and will be a huge improvement to Sean’s life. But as of the 12th, Sean’s demand to be allowed to consume a Halal diet had not been met and Sean remained on hunger strike.

Sean is asking people to call Ohio Governor John Kasich and gives the following phone number for doing so: 614-466-3555

Things are changing quickly, so be on the lookout for another update.

Aired February, 2016 on The Final Straw.



Sean is on Hunger Strike

We received word recently from a friend of Sean’s that Sean is currently on hunger strike and has been placed in a suicide cell.

Although details are still murky, we know that Sean has been without food since December 26th. He was charged with extortion of a deputy warden and had begun a disciplinary process when he began his hunger strike and was placed in a suicide cell.

We know that the prison is recognizing his hunger strike and following the associated procedures, which include taking him to the medical unit every day and weighing him and taking his vital signs. It is unclear whether they are attempting to negotiate with him in any way.

Please take a moment to write a letter of encouragement to Sean and to call the following prison administrators and encourage them to negotiate with Sean and help him end this hunger strike as quickly as possible.

Deputy Director of Operations Casey Barr (513) 932-3388 ext. 2005

Warden’s Assistant Greg Kraft (513) 932-3388 ext. 2010

Sexual Abuse of Inmate by Guards Ignored by ODRC


Aired September 2016 on The Final Straw.

If you would like to contact the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and discuss the sexual abuse of inmate Michael Rhodus #A714293 by Officers Story and Swain (no relation), please contact the ODRC’s PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) hotline at 614-995-3584 or 614-728-3155.

More information on the Prison Rape Elimination Act is available here.

Write to Michael Rhodus:


Michael Rhodus #714-293
Warren Correctional Inst.
P.O. Box 120
Lebanon, OH  45036





Full transcript:

A guy named Michael Rhodus was sent here to Warren Corruptional Institution to get rehabilitated and corrected. Whatever he did to get here, the state decided to address his malfunction by subjecting him to the following situation, which is now well documented:

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