JUSTICE FOR THE DALLAS 5: PACK THE COURTROOM!
The story as told by the guards and the DOC is that Mr. Keys initiated an assault upon them and threw bodily waste upon them. Bodily waste is considered a bio-hazard and there are procedures to follow when this happens. As evidenced by the video, not one guard mentioned any complaints of physical injury, nor reported that they had to clean themselves off. In fact, they continued doing cell extractions. As far as violence or assault, we clearly see Mr. Keys at his cell door standing peacefully. He is the victim of violence not the offender. A common tactic of the guards when assaulting a prisoner is to say "stop resisting", sometimes even before they get to the inmate, to make it appear as if they're defending themselves. In the video, we can clearly hear Mr. Keys screaming. "I am not resisting, I am not resisting". Mr. Keys was initially charged with a misconduct for refusing an order. 3 months later a misconduct turns into a third degree felony of riot and assault. Covering your cell door is not a riot! Covering your cell door is not a felony! Carrington and his fellow solitary confinement prisoners were protesting abuse, NOT causing a riot!
Lorenzo “Cat” Johnson is an innocent man. But he has spent most of the past 18 years serving a sentence of life without parole. In January 2012, Johnson was released from state prison on bond while the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office appealed the overturning of his conviction by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. After spending 16 years in prison, Johnson was free for five months before the U.S.
Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz
September 4, 2013 Update/Action Alert
In this edition: FCC reduces prison phone rates, Noble Laureates endorse Maroon Shoatz Campaign, Lawsuit challenges hepatitis C treatment and more…
PA DOC Secretary Wetzel set to make final decision on releasing Maroon from solitary confinement--
CALL NOW to DEMAND an end to Maroon's decades of torture and his immediate release to general population!
On July 3, long-term Black Panther political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz was informed by prison officials at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Mahanoy that the prison has formally recommended that PA Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel authorize Maroon's release from solitary confinement. Only 90 days after his transfer to a lower-security prison, and two months after a federal lawsuit was filed on Maroon's behalf, Secretary Wetzel is reportedly set to make the final decision soon as to whether Maroon’s twenty-two consecutive years in solitary confinement are to come to an end. ..act now
On Friday May 31, the United States Justice Department announced that the PA Department of Corrections' use of solitary confinement of people with serious mental illness at its Cambria County facility, SCI Cresson, is in violation of both the U.S. Constitution's 8th Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The announcement came in a findings letter detailing the results of an 18-month investigation of SCI Cresson by attorneys with the Justice Department's Special Litigations Section of the Civil Rights Division, working in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The letter also notified PA governor Corbett that both agencies are expanding their investigation to include all 28 prisons under the control of the PA Department of Corrections. ..read more
by A Concerned Prisoner
The long awaited Trillion dollar "answer" to the question of the "effectiveness" of the Pennsylvania Department of Correction ADM 804 Grievance Policy and Procedures that has been looming for years in the minds of so many Federal and State Judicial Agencies, State Senators and Representatives, Prisoner Advocacy Rights Organizations, Inmate Family Members and Inmtates of "Why??" the internal grievance system inside the Pa. Dept. of Corrections Routinely rejects- on one ground or another- more than 98% of all Inmate complaints (responses are always "No Merit", "Frivolous", "Upheld", and "Denied") has finally been answered!
Pa. DOC has a manual entitled Helpful Hints for Pa. DOC Inmate Grievance Personnel that is issued to Correctional Staff who handle grievances from the Secretary's Office of Inmate Grievances & Appeals, instructing personnel how to counteract inmate grievances with scripted responses of what to say (or not to say); how to twist & avoid answering the matter(s) or accepting liability (e.g. "Don't write comments that you wouldn't want upper management or a jury to read..") and goes on to explain the DOC's intent. This edict may explain the next-to-zero success rate of inmate grievances- but I shall leave that conclusion to your judgement. ..read more
On May 25 to June 3, Decarcerate PA, Reconstruction, Inc and other allies will be marching from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand that 2013 be the year of a People's Budget, Not a Prison Budget.