U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Ohio Supermax Case
(updated April 29, 2005)


U.S. Supreme Hears Arguments on Ohio Supermax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Supermax prison transfers on Wednesday, March 30. 

"Inmate-transfer rules defended": Michael McGough of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today has an article that begins, "Ohio's Attorney General Jim Petro yesterday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse two lower federal courts and uphold his state's procedures for transferring prisoners to a 'super-maximum-security' prison, where they endure long periods of solitary confinement and little opportunity for exercise."  "High Court Reviews 'Supermax' Prison Terms": The AP has this report.

The Associated Press carried this report; and the Toledo Blade has this report.

Court Considers Prisoners' Rights, American Psychological Association Monitor, April, 2005

Duke Law School - Wilkinson v. Austin


WASHINGTON The Ohio Penitentiary in Youngstown will serve as a national test case of whether inmates can be assigned to high-security "supermax" prisons without due process.The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday (December 10, 2004) to hear an appeal from the state of Ohio, which disagrees with a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prisoners are entitled to hearings before being assigned to the prison.

Taken to the Max Prison - A Report from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University (March, 2005)

Center for Constitutional Rights Ohio Supermax Webpage

Prelude - Lucasville, The Aftermath - The story of the Lucasville Prison Riot, the prelude to the Southern Ohio (Supermax) Correctional Facility


U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision - Austin v. Wilkinson

U.S. District Court for District of Ohio Decision - Austin v. Wilkinson