Free Jason Goudlock #FreeJasonGoudlock FreeJasonGoudlock​.​org

Free Jason Goudlock #FreeJasonGoudlock FreeJasonGoudlock​.​org

March 6, 2014
Petition to
Governor of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and 3 others
Signatures: 591Next Goal: 25,000
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Why this petition matters


Jason, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced to an indefinite term of incarceration of six to 25 years, in addition to nine years of mandatory time for gun-specification sentencing enhancements. After serving approximately 14 years before his first Parole Board hearing date, Jason has been issued SIX sentencing continuances (“flops”). He has served 30 years at present, and he has just received another five-year continuance. This means he has served TWICE the amount of time the current law now allows for a first-time offender convicted of the crime he was convicted of. The Ohio Parole Board has, on more than one occasion, unlawfully denied Jason a “fair and meaningful” Parole Board hearing. The Parole Board used unjust practices such as conducting the Parole Board hearings based on inaccurate records of the total amount of time he had served.

In addition to being blatantly denied his constitutional right to a fair and meaningful Parole Board hearing, Jason and approximately 4,700 other Ohio old-law prisoners are unjustly subject to serving sentences based on the pre-July 1, 1996, old-law indefinite term of incarceration. This indefinite term of incarceration is disproportionately longer than the state’s post-July 1, 1996, flat-time sentencing, which applies to the rest of the state’s approximately 45,000 prisoners.

As a countermeasure to being unjustly and excessively incarcerated, Jason has reached out to countless individuals and organizations in his quest to rectify the old-law/new-law sentencing disparities.

His courageous efforts towards mobilizing support have been frustratingly unsuccessful. Unfortunately, as it seems, we now live in a country desensitized to the inhumane psychological and physical abuses committed against prisoners. Many citizens in the United States seemingly are more disturbed by an ex-convict being allowed to return to playing in the National Football League, than they are by prisoners being made to serve unjust, excessively long, prison sentences.

But, just as a prisoner like Jason can recalibrate his moral compass to become a productive citizen, so can citizens of a seemingly desensitized society recalibrate their moral compasses. They can become champions of justice for prisoners tortured by unjust sentencing laws and parole boards that unlawfully function as de facto judges, juries, and prosecutors.

Jason and the supporters of would like to humbly ask that all people viewing this website read and examine the contents herein. We chronicle the egregious, unjust confinement of Jason William Goudlock with essays by Jason and a feature-length documentary film, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story. Doing so, visitors might actively support Jason’s justified demand for his freedom.

Thank you in advance for your concern.


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Decision Makers

  • Governor Mike DeWineGovernor of Ohio
  • Laurel DawsonChief of Staff
  • Sara AndrewsOhio Criminal Sentencing Commission- Executive Dire
  • Ann O’donnellChief Advisor to the Governor