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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lucasville leader insists he's innocent in the deadly riots 20 years ago
The former Carlos Sanders tells OPR's Karen Kasler he's on a hunger strike to try to get the truth out

by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Twenty years ago, what would become the longest deadly prison uprising in U.S. history was just beginning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Four inmates involved in that riot are on a hunger strike to protest a lack of access to reporters. Siddique Abdullah Hasan is one of them.

In 1993, he was Carlos Sanders, and he was sentenced to death for killing 40-year-old corrections officer Robert Vallandingham on the fourth day of the riot. Hasan is on death row at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

He and some other inmates do have access to a phone for an hour a day – and he called Karen Kasler at the Statehouse News Bureau to talk about what the inmates hope to gain through their hunger strike.

Lucasville inmate speaks out about hunger strike and 90s riot

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The Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has never allowed Hasan and four other inmates involved in the Lucasville riot to do official media interviews. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says there are a number of reasons why, including behavior and security concerns.

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