[Ppnews] Campaign Launched to End the Solitary Confinement Torture of Russell Maroon Shoatz

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Thu Feb 16 14:22:24 EST 2012


Campaign Launched to End the Solitary Confinement Torture of Russell 
Maroon Shoatz

Join the Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyers Guild, 
and the Human Rights Coalition in 
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the call to release Maroon from his 20+ years of solitary confinement

Supporters of Russell Maroon Shoats have launched a campaign to have 
him released from the torturous solitary confinement that he has been 
held in for more than twenty years. A letter-writing and 
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campaign has been launched and supported by the nation's leading 
human rights legal organizations, the 
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for Constitutional Rights and the 
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Lawyers Guild, along with the 
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Rights Coalition, a prison abolitionist organization co-founded by Maroon.

Visit the campaign's 
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here and sign up for email updates by clicking the "Follow" link at 
the bottom right.

Commentary by Mumia Abu-Jamal on Maroon: 
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of 
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Please take a second to 
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the petition and help push back against solitary confinement torture!

Russell Maroon Shoats, a 68-year-old prisoner held at the State 
Correctional Institution (SCI) Greene in southwestern Pennsylvania, 
has been kept in solitary confinement for more than 21 years. He has 
been unable to hold his children or grandchildren or interact with 
others in a humane setting during this time, despite not having 
violated prison rules in two decades. He has suffered severe 
psychological anguish and his physical health has been worsened by 
the stress of prolonged isolation.

Maroon has spent nearly 40 years within the Pennsylvania prison 
system, 30 of those in solitary confinement. During this time he has 
earned a reputation amongst prison staff and prisoners as a leader 
because of his consistent support for human rights inside and outside 
the walls. Prison officials claim that Shoats is a security threat 
due to past escapes and attempts, though new evidence has surfaced 
that his continued solitary confinement is based on secret and 
fraudulent evidence of a non-existent plan to takeover a prison in 
the 1980s. Prison officials also identified Maroon's political 
associations as a basis for continuing to torture him via solitary confinement.

We are distressed and outraged that an elderly man who is nearing his 
70th birthday continues to be treated in such a cruel manner based on 
his constitutionally-protected support for human rights and in 
retaliation for his expressing political opinions disfavored by the 
prison administration. Not having committed an infraction in more 
than two decades reveals that Russell Shoats is more than ready to 
re-enter the general prison population.

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this link to join us in calling on prison officials to end the 
solitary confinement torture of Russell Maroon Shoatz by releasing 
him into the general population of the prison immediately.




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