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Jail refusing to comply with orders to lift book ban

Jail continues to enforce a de facto book ban by holding all incoming books. Last week, Kevin Olliff ended his hunger strike after orders came from above that Michael Waterworth must lift the book ban. Now, the jail is seeking a loophole to continue to deny books to Kevin. As of today, Kevin has still not received any book sent to him since the ban was supposed to have been lifted. Here is the update: The... read more

Update from the pretrial: Tyler is out! Kevin’s plea deal rejected by judge.

After exactly three months of life in Woodford County Jail, Wednesday marked Kevin and Tyler’s second pretrial. Here are the updates: First the good news. Tyler was offered a plea deal that granted him time served and conditional release without probation. HE’S FREE! And we’re not surprised. Between Tyler’s clean record and the dubious nature of the vehicle search that led to the... read more

VICTORY: The book ban has been lifted! Kevin ends hunger strike

Update November 1st, 3:30 PST The book ban has been lifted + Kevin ends hunger strike. After 8 days on a hunger strike, jail head Michael Waterworth told Kevin Olliff he was lifting the book ban. This huge victory comes after Kevin lost close to 20 pounds over the 8 days. Kevin has now ended his hunger strike, effective immediately. Thanks to everyone worldwide who made calls, wrote articles, and... read more

Kevin moved to isolation unit: Day 7 of hunger strike

Jail threatens to begin force-feeding as Kevin is moved to solitary confinement. Yesterday, Kevin was moved to an “isolation unit” at the Woodford County Jail. He is now on day 7 of his hunger strike to challenge the jail’s ban on books, which has created a life of insufferable boredom for both Kevin and Tyler. The ostensible purpose of the isolation unit is for “medical... read more

An Open Letter to IL Governor Quinn & Eureka Mayor Punke

Dear Governor Quinn and Mayor Punke, We are writing to make you all aware of an inmate hunger strike that is currently happening at the Woodford County Jail in Eureka, IL, and to ask you to immediately intervene in this dire situation. Kevin Johnson, an inmate at Woodford County Jail who is awaiting trial, began a hunger strike on October 23, 2013, to protest the jail’s newly-instated ban on allowing... read more

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