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Kevin & Tyler

06. september 2013, both Kevin & Tyler had their email, commissary, and phone taken away in expressed retaliation for the outside support they’ve received. And it gets worse. As punishment, the jail has also taken away their right to see a doctor and file grievances – both flagrantly illegal moves.



Yet more scandal: A jail staff member warned Kevin Olliff two days ago they would impose this punishment if he didn’t have this website taken down.
The Woodford County jail is out of control and criminal, and they are attempting to cut off Kevin & Tyler’s communication to the outside world to keep anyone from knowing what they are doing. To say this has backfired is an understatement, because now they have escalated a simple request for books and food to something that is legally actionable.

Keep the pressure up

We are working to get names of the people responsible and post them here so they can be publicly accountable. For now, we ask that everyone keep the pressure on the jail.
Call the jail: 309-467-2116 is the number. Tell them to provide Tyler & Kevin with vegan food, and restore their access to doctors, the phone, email, commissary, and books.

Call the sheriff: Sheriff James Pierceall, 309-467-2375. Let him know what his happening in his jail, and ask what he’s going to do to correct it.
Call the mayor: Scott Punke, 309-467-2113. Let him know Woodford County Jail has turned into a lawless operation and inform him of all the details, especially that prisoners are being denied access to medical care as punishment.
Here is a rundown of the events so far:

- From day one, the jail has refused to serve them vegan meals. They have been in jail for 3 weeks.
- Just after Kevin & Tyler’s book wish lists were posted, the jail declared a ban on all books in the jail.
- After a flood of phone calls, a jail staffperson told both Tyler & Kevin on Tuesday that if the calls didn’t stop, they would take away everything they could from both of them, including phone calls and commissary.
- Also on Tuesday, a staffperson told Kevin Johnson he would be punished if this website (detailing the jail’s misdeeds) wasn’t taken down.
- On Thursday morning, every possible thing that could be taken from them, was: Email access was cut off, phone revoked, and commissary was taken away.
- In addition, they had both their ability to file grievances cut off, and their ability to see a doctor.

Kevin and Tyler’s health in danger

As it stands, Kevin & Tyler are receiving insufficient food, and now are unable to supplement it with commissary food. And as they are effectively being starved, they are also unable to seek medical help.
As their situation worsens, they are unable to get word out of their condition, because all means of communication have been cut off. It is vitally important that we escalate pressure on the Woodford County Jail now.

The world is watching

Now Woodford County Jail’s misdeeds have a worldwide audience. This is not going away for them, despite their attempt to create an information blackout by cutting off outgoing communication for Kevin & Tyler.
We are compiling names of the public servants responsible and will post soon, so the world can know who is behind this.
We are moving forward with legal remedies on this end. We need everyone out there to keep up the pressure with phone calls.
Woodford County Jail: Your criminal actions now have a worldwide audience. Your feeble attempt to cut off Kevin & Tyler’s communication channels and prevent the public from knowing what you’re doing has failed. The spotlight is on you.

Jail: 309-467-2116
Sheriff: Sheriff James Pierceall, 309-467-2375
Mayor: Scott Punke, 309-467-2113


04. september 2013:
Both receiving insufficient food

Despite over two weeks of attempting to remedy the situation from the inside, the jail continues to disregard their need for vegan food. They have been forced to pick out small amounts of vegan food from their meals, and many meals provide nothing that is vegan. The jail has been unresponsive to their consistent requests, and its time for these requests to start coming from the outside.

Giving the jail a free education in how to treat prisoners

With a jail as small as Woodford County, it is likely they are not aware what it means to target prisoners who have massive outside support. Together, we can educate them.

All calls to the jail should (politely) let the jail know that:

-The jail should allow books to its prisoners (like nearly every other jail in the country).
-Kevin & Tyler should be provided vegan food.

Please call the jail now: 309-467-2116


If the response you receive from the jail is unsatisfactory
Call the sheriff and let him know what the jail (that is under his supervision) is doing, and ask what he is going to do to correct it.

Sheriff James Pierceall: 309-467-2375

Phone calls achieve results. Many small battles like these have been won for prisoners through phone calls from the outside. Thanks for supporting Tyler & Kevin.


04. september 2013:

Hours after posting Hours after posting Kevin Olliff and Tyler Lang ’s book wish list so they can pass their time in jail productively, the jail announced a new rule: Books are no longer allowed in the entire jail.
This is a transparent attempt to target Kevin and Tyler. In a jail with less than 20 people, word is that they are the only two prisoners who have been receiving books from the outside.
Small jails such as the Woodford County Jail are not used to prisoners who have tremendous outside support, and will likely need a polite reminder that the world is watching. We are planning to deal with this unprovoked targeting of Kevin & Tyler aggressively and will be posting updates shortly.
Until this is resolved, please hold off on sending books.


Please send Kevin & Tyler a letter of support (include your email address if you wish to correspond via email):
Kevin Johnson #4565
Woodford County Jail
111 E Court St.
Eureka, IL 61530

Tyler Lang #4564
Woodford County Jail
111 E Court St.
Eureka, IL 61530


14. august 2013:

Kevin Johnson (Kevin Olliff) and Tyler Lang are animal rights activists who were arrested on August 14 in rural Illinois on charges of „possession of burglary tools.“ Visit their support website for updates: http://supportkevinandtyler.com
Two Los Angeles animal rights activists – Kevin Olliff and Tyler Lang – have been arrested in rural Illinois. They are being charged with “possession of burglary tools,” a felony.
Many details are not known, and there are some we cannot post publicly yet, but here is what we can say right now:
The two were pulled over late on the night of August 14th in rural Roanoke, Illinois. After refusing consent to a search, the police searched their car anyway. Inside, police allege they found bolt cutters, wire cutters, muriatic acid, ski masks, and cammo clothing.
There is no evidence linking them to any crime or intended crime, nor were they arrested on anyone’s property, and their history as animal advocates is the only basis for these serious felony charges.

They were subsequently arrested for “possession of burglary tools, ” for the wire cutters and bolt cutters. The police have not yet speculated what they believe the intended “burglary” target was. We will give more details once we are able.

Kevin & Tyler have their next court date set for September 9th. This is just a preliminary hearing and we’re not yet sure what will transpire at this appearance, but it is likely there will be some more news to report after this date. Check back for updates.

Please send Kevin & Tyler a letter of support (include your email address if you wish to correspond via email):


Kevin Johnson #0327873943
EUREKA, IL 61530-1252

Tyler Lang #0821889409
EUREKA, IL 61530-1252


Tyler being held in segregation

We got word that Tyler Lang is being held in “administrative segregation” for an unknown reason. This is a type of confinement generally reserved for high-risk prisoners or those who are being punished. We’re told he is being held in a small cell block with three other prisoners separate from the rest of the population. It is possible this is being done because the jail is so small, it is the only way to keep Kevin and Tyler apart.
In other news regarding Tyler, he is not being given vegan food. So far, he has been sustaining himself off food purchased from the jail commissary, which is expensive. He is attempting to remedy the problem from the inside, however calls to the jail may be necessary in the near future.

Bail for Kevin and Tyler set at $100,000 & $200,000

After initially being held without bail, Kevin Olliff and Tyler Lang had their bail amounts set today.
The bail hearing shed some light on how the courts and law enforcement may be treating this case. After the local prosecutor initially asked for much lower amounts, the judge went beyond even what he requested and set bail for Tyler Lang at $100,000, and Kevin Olliff at $200,000.
This amount is exorbitant for a “burglary tools” charge. In Illinois, $15,000 bail is the standard for Class 4 felonies.
Until bail can be arranged, Kevin and Tyler remain in jail.


About Kevin Olliff
Kevin is a 25 year-old activist from Brentwood, California. A vegan since age 15, Kevin has been involved in numerous animal rights campaigns since the mid-2000s, including vegan outreach, anti-vivisection work, and a tour with the Sea Shepherd.


About Tyler Lang
Bio coming soon.


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