[Ppnews] Carlos Alberto Torres: parole bid foiled by BOP (act now - with fax info)

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Aug 4 16:18:40 EDT 2009


Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Carlos Alberto 
Torres: parole bid foiled by Bureau of Prisons
July 30, 2009

In January, 2009, Puerto Rican political prisoner 
Carlos Alberto Torres was scheduled for a parole 
hearing, after serving 29 years behind bars for 
his commitment to the independence of Puerto 
Rico. On the eve of his hearing, prison 
authorities falsely accused him and eight of his 
cellmates of possessing knives which the tenth 
cellmate had hidden­ unbeknownst to them all­ in 
the light fixture of the cell. Having maintained 
an immaculate record for his 29 years in prison, 
why would Carlos Alberto do something to 
jeopardize his parole on the eve of his hearing?

The January parole hearing was postponed, the 
false accusation was ultimately expunged, and he proceeded to hearing in May.

At the May hearing, the hearing examiner for the 
Parole Commission recommended that he be paroled 
on April 3, 2010­ by when Carlos Alberto will 
have served exactly 30 years in prison­ and 
advised that we could expect the commission’s 
final decision within 21 days. However, in June, 
prison authorities reinstated the false weapons 
possession charges against Carlos Alberto and his eight cellmates.

On July 28, the Parole Commission notified Carlos 
Alberto that they would postpone their decision 
for at least 90 days, pending resolution of the charges.

Two days later, the prison disciplinary hearing 
officer held hearings on the false weapons 
charges. Carlos Alberto’s defense consisted not 
merely of his statement denying possession. The 
tenth cellmate appeared as a witness, admitting 
that the knives were his, and his alone, and that 
Carlos Alberto and none of the other cellmates 
knew he had hidden the knives in the light 
fixture. The guilty party also provided a sworn 
statement to this effect. Much to the surprise of 
Carlos Alberto and the other eight cellmates, the 
disciplinary hearing officer nevertheless found 
them guilty of possessing the hidden weapons.

The finding of guilt will undoubtedly adversely 
affect the decision of the Parole Commission. 
Indeed, one might suspect that the reinstatement 
of the charges and the finding of guilt were 
calculated to adversely affect the decision.

The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the 
Comité Pro Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico are 
waging a phone and fax campaign to the Federal 
Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Parole Commission, 
asking that the false disciplinary charges be 
expunged and that Carlos Alberto be released from 
prison. Sample letters and contact information are provided below.

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Harley G. Lappin, 
Director                                         Via facsimile: 202/514-6620
Federal Bureau of 
Prisons                                           Telephone: 202/307-3198
320 First St., 
NW 
Email: hlappin at bop.gov
Washington, DC  20534

Re: Carlos Alberto Torres, 88976-024
             FCI Pekin

Dear Director Lappin:

             We write to ask that you correct a 
terrible injustice which has been done to Mr. 
Torres. In January of 2009, Mr. Torres having 
served 29 years in prison, and having maintained 
a clean disciplinary record throughout, was 
scheduled for a parole hearing. However, FCI 
Pekin officials wrongfully accused him of 
possessing a dangerous weapon­ unbeknownst to Mr. 
Torres, one of the occupants of the ten man cell 
to which he was assigned had hidden knives in the 
light fixture. The guilty party admitted sole 
responsibility and provided a sworn statement, 
which Mr. Torres offered. The charges were 
expunged, and the Parole Commission hearing 
examiner recommended that Mr. Torres be released 
on April 3, 2010, by which time he will have 
served exactly 30 years behind bars.

             Subsequent to that recommendation, 
FCI Pekin authorities re-issued the accusation 
and notified the Parole Commission, which then 
issued an order postponing its ruling on the 
hearing examiner’s recommendation. Inexplicably, 
last week the disciplinary hearing officer found 
Mr. Torres guilty of the charges, in spite of the 
guilty party’s testimony admitting sole responsibility.

             This wrongful decision will derail 
the parole process and postpone Mr. Torres’ release.

             We ask that you immediately expunge 
the wrongful charges. We further ask that you 
communicate with the Parole Commission to inform 
them of the expungement,  so that they can order 
Mr. Torres’ release. Thank you.

Very truly yours,

*          *          *          *          * 
      *          *          *          * 
*          *          *          *

Dennis Smith, 
Warden                                    Via facsimile: 309/477-4685
FCI 
Pekin 
Telephone: 309/346-8588
P.O. Box 
7000 
Email: Pek/execassistant at bop.gov
Pekin, IL  61555

Re: Carlos Alberto Torres, 88976-024
             FCI Pekin

Dear Warden:

             We write to ask that you correct a 
terrible injustice which has been done to Mr. 
Torres. In January of 2009, Mr. Torres having 
served 29 years in prison, and having maintained 
a clean disciplinary record throughout, was 
scheduled for a parole hearing. However, prison 
officials wrongfully accused him of possessing a 
dangerous weapon­ unbeknownst to Mr. Torres, one 
of the occupants of the ten man cell to which he 
was assigned had hidden knives in the light 
fixture. The guilty party admitted sole 
responsibility and provided a sworn statement, 
which Mr. Torres offered. The charges were 
expunged, and the Parole Commission hearing 
examiner recommended that Mr. Torres be released 
on April 3, 2010, by which time he will have 
served exactly 30 years behind bars.

             Subsequent to that recommendation, 
prison authorities re-issued the accusation and 
notified the Parole Commission, which then issued 
an order postponing its ruling on the hearing 
examiner’s recommendation. Inexplicably, last 
week the disciplinary hearing officer found Mr. 
Torres guilty of the charges, in spite of the 
guilty party’s testimony admitting sole responsibility.

             This wrongful decision will derail 
the parole process and postpone Mr. Torres’ release.

             We ask that you immediately expunge 
the wrongful charges. We further ask that you 
communicate with the Parole Commission to inform 
them of the expungement, so that they can order Mr. Torres’ release. Thank you.

Very truly yours,




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