Case Update 2018

Since our last update back in 2017, we have made steady slow progress in our fight for justice for Jermane. Like all campaigns to overturn a wrongful conviction this is a daily and time consuming process with many struggles and hurdles to face and overcome along the way. Determination and belief in Jermanes innocence is what keeps us going. We will NOT give up!

During the past 12 months, we are still facing a brick wall regarding obtaining certain redacted/lost/destroyed files/information relating to this case. County Clark Ohio officials are still refusing to allow us certain sections of Jermane Scotts public records pertaining to this case. No legal reasons for these refusals have ever been given. FOIA applications have previously been made for certain unlawfully redacted information from these case files and these FOIA applications too have been denied (again with no lawful reason for their denial). However we carry on. We will NOT give up!

We are still concentrating on getting a case review underway with the Kathleen Zellner law firm. And we are making slow but steady progress in raising the relevant $3000 case review fee needed. We are hopeful that this year all funds needed will be raised and our application for a case review can begin. Thank you to every single person who has donated towards this. Every single dollar you have kindly and generously donated means the world to Jermane and myself. Words can never express the gratitude we feel towards you all.

Also this year a brilliant writer from England, UK Mr James Didcock who writes for Criminaljusticereformjournal.com has written a number of articles relating to Jermanes case (which can be read by visiting the ‘Investigative Reporting Articles’ page on this website). We are hoping James and his articles will help bring some much needed public awareness to Jermanes case. We also hope that stemming from these articles we may obtain further media interest who may then wish to dig deeper into this case and expose this diabolical wrongful conviction via a podcast or documentary.

The power or social media has this year gained Jermane many new wonderful dedicated supporters. Without supporters willing to tweet/retweet/share or repost Jermanes posts/articles the public will remain unaware of Jermanes fight for freedom. Jermane is deeply touched by every single person out there who takes a moment out of their daily lives to share his story. Sharing his story makes his voice heard. And we hope eventually that with the power of people we can get Jermanes voice heard loud and clear so that Ohio can no longer ignore his cries of innocence. Jermane has been ignored now for 22 years. If we all speak for him they cannot ignore him any longer. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every single person who has taken the time to read Jermanes website, who has tweeted/shared Jermanes story and who continue to send Jermane well wishes and support. Much love to you all.

If you wish to show your support of Jermane Scott & his endless fight for freedom and justice write to him & give him strength.

Jermane Scott #350-302, OSP, 878 Coitsville, Hubbard RD, Youngstown OH 44505

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CASE UPDATE 2017

❌❌IMPORTANT NEWS❌❌Apologies once again for a lack of updates. Myself and Jermane have been tirelessly working behind the scenes to secure the best attorney/legal representation possible to help Jermane in his quest for Justice and Freedom. As many of you will know due to your own on going fight for freedom for your loved ones this is a daily struggle which can seem never ending and all consuming with long periods of time feeling like there is no hope and no ending in sight. An Innocence Project (OIP)  is still reviewing Jermanes case and investigating new evidence and new leads which prove Jermanes innocence- that however still may lead to them not wanting to take on Jermanes case/represent him. There still is no guarantee at this stage. Therefore we have persevered on our quest to contact as many attorneys and law firms as we can in the hope that one of them will take a chance on Jermane. As many of you will know yourself from your own experiences we face and faced many rejections. However earlier last month we received a response from a very well known and successful attorney (in the world of Wrongful Convictions). This lawyer is contacted by many people everyday requesting her unrivalled services and understandably she is unable to reply/respond or help all those who desperately need her amazing knowledge and skills. Jermane and I were therefore floored when we received this correspondence from her (see attached letter). As with any lawyer/law firm they will need to review Jermanes case before they decide to represent him or not (this is standard practice) and with all law firms this ‘review case investigation procedure’ has a fee. It is a great privilege to receive this correspondence from Ms Zellner (who currently represents Steven Avery) and for her to even offer her teams services to review his case in the possibility of taking it on. As the letter states even after the fee has been paid and a review has been done there is still no guarantee that she would take on his case BUT this is normal – this is the obstacle we face to get Jermane justice. The letter also states that due to the volume of requests for help they receive each year only a number of these letters are selected on their merit as having ‘potential’ and then offered the chance for a further case review. This is why we NEED YOU! We do not have the funds to cover the $3000 fee. We need help from you. We are asking for you to help in the quest to get an innocent man his long awaited freedom. Jermane has now been waiting for this chance for 20years. We are closer to Justice than we have ever been before and there is a chance the only thing standing in Jermanes way between a life behind bars until the day he dies and a life of freedom, justice and fairness is $3000. That’s nothing! Thats a small price to pay to give an innocent man his life back. A man who has spent 20years alone and in isolation in the worst living conditions imaginable for a crime he did not commit. So I am pleading with you to help Jermane raise this $3000 fee so that we can secure Ms Zellners case review service with the hope she may be the angel who Jermane has been waiting 20years for, to release him from his hell. I will be setting up a GoFundMe page shortly and I am asking anyone to donate as little or as much as they can to this very worthwhile cause. Your donation could save a mans life, it would give a man hope when all hope has gone. Thank you❌❌

A GOFUNDME PAGE/LINK WILL BE SET UP VERY SHORTLY. DONATIONS ARE NEEDED AND GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thank you in advance

Hello World, Can you hear me?

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Hello World, Can you hear me? Written By Jermane Scott

A blog about the REAL life of Solitary Confinement by an inmate living that life right at this moment in time

Hello World, can you hear me? By Jermane Scott

Do you REALLY know what it’s like to live in solitary confinement? Do the films where A-List Hollywood stars appear in some prison movie REALLY capture the mundane nothingness that stretches out for miles and miles? And is the emotional torture and deprivation really captured on screen? And maybe you’re in agreement with thousands of people in this world that the inmates in solitary confinement deserve everything they get and are subjected to on a daily, hourly and every minute basis. I’m not here to get into that debate. All I’m here to do is to tell you what it’s REALLY like to live your life in Solitary conditions. Do I deserve this treatment? NO – I don’t believe any human being deserves THIS life for a long period of time with no end in sight, with no way redeeming one self and with no regards to rehabilitation. I’ve been rehabilitated years ago – I’m still here!

I have been in prison now wrongfully convicted of a murder for 20 years. I came to prison as just a young 19 year old boy. I am now nearly 39 years old. I have been in Solitary Confinement or some form of High Max Security for over a decade now. The Movies portray only the ‘crazy’ or the ‘serial killers’ to be in Solitary Confinement for long stretches of time (or for life) but that is the movies – that’s not real. The reality is Solitary Confinement is used as a punishment for long stretches of time for any inmate regardless of their crime or misdemeanour whilst in the prison system. And the time frame of these stretches can vary from 1 year or in my case over a decade. The Movies are wrong – it’s NOT a place for the crazies to be kept – it’s a place where inmates are put for punishment for whatever misdemeanour they happened to be involved in. And they are put there for a very very long time. Once you’re in it is VERY hard to get out again.  Rehabilitation means NOTHING in solitary. Solitary Confinement is a form of punishment (or as I believe a form of torture) and it’s not a week long punishment it is for years if not forever. The rules of how to get out of solitary are simple. Behave, do as you’re told, keep your head down, don’t complain about anything and be quiet and then ‘maybe’ we will let you out. I have lived by these rules now for over a decade and STILL I’m here in this small blank cold concrete cell. When will my stay in Solitary end? I don’t know, no one tells me anything. I have played by the rules; I have met all my targets set. Yet I’m still here waiting for my punishment to end……Maybe you’re wondering why I was put into solitary the first place, well I was young, fresh into the prison system with a chip on my shoulder about being found guilty for a crime I didn’t commit.  I was angry by being let down by the Justice System, my so called ‘friends’ who betrayed me, my family for abandoning me and for realising for the first time that the truth does NOT prevail!  I had an altercation with another inmate in those first few years. It was so long ago it feels like another life. A fight broke out and I defended myself as did he. No one died in that fight I would like to point out. I got punished and put here a decade ago. What happened to him? I have no idea. No one tells me anything remember. After years of being in solitary I was due to have my security level decreased slightly (although to still remain in solitary but with a few more privileges). Unfortunately one day my cell door and another inmates cell door was very mysteriously and accidentally (the prison have since informed me) left unlocked (when all inmate doors should have been safely locked for ‘lock down’). This inmate left his cell and entered my cell. He came for me and attacked me in my cell, unprovoked.  The result of that?  MY stay in Solitary was extended and my security level decrease denied. What happened to that other inmate? Who knows, no one tells me anything.  Fast forward 5 or 6 years later my final security level decrease is now up for review again. If I pass this security level I am out of high security and on my first footing back into mass population prison. I can only hope this time no doors are left unlocked and I am at last allowed to leave this hell hole and return to mass population prison to carry out my Life sentence for a murder I did not commit. I went into Solitary Confinement as a young man with a chip on his shoulder – I leave an adult with many emotional scars from the experiences from the dark depths of despair I have endured during my time in this small concrete cell. It goes for something when a person sees mass population prison as a place of heaven (a place they long to go to) compared to the dark tortuous conditions of long term Solitary Confinement.

MY DAY

Days start like any other in solitary. With nothingness. No reason to wake up. No reason to even take that first breath. I get up though, every day I get up. Every day I get off this concrete slab that is called a bed and stretch. My bed…I am 6ft 4 and the bed is 5ft 8 inches long (give or take). It is a concrete slab with nothing more than a thin mattress to support my back. I have not lay down and stretched in 20 years now. I have issues with my back due to this. I exercise in my cell every day to elevate the pain in my back and shoulders and to keep my muscles active and alive. The feelings I get from my daily exercise remind me I am human and not a caged animal like I feel I am. I say this about the bed  but even if I had a nice big bed I couldn’t sleep. I haven’t slept now in nearly a decade. Sure I sleep every night but that sleep is broken up every single night by the noise of this solitary confinement unit. The noise is deafening and grates to your very core. I have not had a moments silence in 20 years. Due to this being solitary the guards do checks of each cell/inmate every 30 minutes and that’s 24 hours a day every day. Therefore sleep is NOT an option for anyone in solitary. No one in solitary truly sleeps. We are all sleep deprived. Each Cell block door is SLAMMED shut every 30 minutes and then on top of that a flashlight is shone in your face while you sleep until you open your eyes -throughout each and every night. So if the noise doesn’t wake you of other inmates cries, screams, shouts then the guards slamming the doors and shining a flashlight in your face every 30 minutes WILL! Sleep by day maybe? Not a chance, this routine/noise happens 24 hours a day with no rest bite. We are all so very tired here. Maybe some fresh air will do me some good? No, there is no such thing as fresh air for me. I am allowed 1 hour out of my cell everyday day (bar 2 days a week when all inmates are forced into their cells for 24 hours a day for what is called ‘none movement days’ – what purpose this is for is anyone’s guess). My 60 minutes a day out of my cell is not as pleasant as it sounds. Don’t let that 60 minutes deceive you – what that actually means is that I am taken from my cell and put in another cell with big glass windows separating me from fresh air. Outside recreation is no better and is nothing more than a cage a dog couldn’t even exercise in.  That’s the physical deprivation we face daily on top of the sleep deprivation. We don’t eat much better either. The quality of the food goes without saying. Let’s say this – IF I ever get out of prison I will NEVER eat mashed potato or Mac n Cheese EVER AGAIN. It’s not the quality that deprives me it’s the portion sizes. We are grown men living on portion sizes designed for young children. Due to our solitary existence ‘treats’ and food parcels are not allowed. We have no extra luxury food on top of these meals – there is NO alternative or other ways to fill the empty churning hunger we feel daily. I can’t talk about food right now – if I do I will start to daydream about food I long to eat and that sets off long deep rumblings of food cravings that can last for hours. And then we move on to our emotional deprivation. O where to start….I have not had any form of physical contact with another human being in over a decade now. I have not held a person’s hand, received a hug or even looked into another human beings eyes (and seen kindness or love) in a decade. I LONG to see a smile. I LONG to touch someone’s hand. You DON’T make eye contact in prison. I stare at my photos of my loved ones, I look into their eyes on these pictures and wish I could be looking at their faces for real. If I have a visitor (which I do not because I have no family and the only person I know lives thousands of miles away) I am in another glass box with glass separating me from them. I have not received any form of physical contact with another human being in a decade and that has scarred me more than anything thrown at me in my life so far. The emotional scars are deep and I fear they will never be healed. We try to find comfort by looking at our family/loved ones pictures/photos BUT even that is tainted in here. We are not allowed to put our pictures over our beds (which denies us the ability and that small little slice of bliss of lying in bed staring at happy faces and daydreaming we were with them) because staff have complained they are ‘offended’ by having to ‘look at inmates pictures/photos’ each time they do their routine checks through our cell doors. So even that innocent and pleasurable moment has been denied us. Our cell walls remain bare, cold, grey and miserable. Another way for us to receive some form of emotional support is via communication with our loved ones yet that too is a weapon used against us. We can receive emails/letters from our loved ones (and we too can write emails/letters in response) However our mail (emails/letters) frequently go missing, are not sent to our loved ones or we receive our mail delayed by days or weeks at a time. Loved ones receive partial letters and emails from us or none at all (even though we pass our mail to be sent to them). Phone calls are no better. They are highly priced, the phone system the prison chose is of bad quality and unreliable and our phone privileges are designed to make it impossible to stay in touch with our loved ones on a frequent basis. Some times for no reason the prison will allow us to make 5 to 8 calls a week (each phone call lasting 15 minutes) and yet other months for no reason the prison will only allow us 8 calls a month (that’s two 15 minute phone calls a week) and that includes any calls we want to make to our lawyers, loved ones etc. The big question for Solitary inmates is who do we call with our precious phone time? As someone wrongfully convicted (desperately trying to seek legal help) do I use my precious phone time to try and seek legal advice/counsel or do I use it on my loved ones just so I can hear their friendly voices telling me they love me which goes a long way in soothing me and making my days seem a little bit more bearable…. If the emotional deprivation doesn’t wear you down along with the sleep deprivation and the physical deprivation maybe the temperature of this prison will beat you. In the cold months the air con is turned up MAX. We are so cold here. We are given standard issue blankets and we wear those blankets in the cold winter months 24 hours a day. We do not receive extra layers of clothes in these months to keep us warm. And that air con is turned up just to add an extra bite of coldness. It was so cold in my cell last month that the carton of milk I receive each day arrived in a frozen block and stayed frozen the whole day long – undrinkable. And no we were not offered an alternative drink. In the summer months it gets hot here in Ohio. Our cells can be dripping with condensation from the steam coming from our bodies. It would be OK if that air con which seems to be a constant companion of mine in the winter months was put on but no it seems that in the summer months the prison likes to put on their heating system and leaves it on a tropical setting for quite a while. In the summer men in solitary boil alive in their cells. In the winter men in solitary literally turn to blocks of ice.

The endless days of nothingness does eventually take its toll. There have been days when I have been in such a state of depression for multiple reasons that the thought of taking my own life was contemplated. And trust me this isn’t an isolated thought. I went without having any outside support/contact or love for 19+ years and combine that with 24 hours a day isolation death seems more attractive than waking up every day to nothingness. And on top of that in MY case all for a crime I did not commit – something I didn’t even do put me in the prison system in the first place. My cries of ‘I AM INNOCENT’ were ignored in 1996 during the investigation, at my trial and all through my time in prison. No one can hear me. No one cares. Can you hear me?  I have been in the grasp of that ‘black dog’ they call depression. That dark, lonely deep place that only the lost souls of this earth have ever visited. Solitary confinement is the daily systematic physiological torture that I and these other men face every hour of everyday with no ending in sight. We are human beings and the use of long term solitary confinement MUST end. We are a country that prides ourselves on not inflicting/condoning the use of tortuous methods on humans and animals – yet here I am – living proof that we do!

NB: Jermane wrote this inside his solitary confinement cell. It took him a while to write due to it unnerving him about having to write down his darkest feelings of despair. He didn’t want to ‘revisit his nightmares’ because at present he has support in his fight for freedom and dwelling on his past depression scares him. He wrote this though – he wrote this because he knows what he and many others endure on a daily basis is wrong and MUST END NOW.

Jermane was convicted and sentenced to LIFE without the chance of parole in 1996 as a 19 year old boy. He has always maintained his innocence and we are desperately fighting for his freedom and the right to a fair trial (which he was denied in 1996) to prove his innocence. ALL physical evidence proves Jermane is innocent of murder. If you are interested in supporting Jermane, reading more about his campaign/trial/the investigation or you think you can help Jermane please visit his website and follow his fight for Justice, Truth and Freedom via Twitter and Facebook.

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