[Pnews] Angola 3 - Update on Albert Woodfox

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Dec 9 18:26:11 EST 2014


A3 Newsletter, December 9, 2014:

Give Albert a Hug for the Holidays


In Homer Louisiana, Albert Woodfox remains in his cell - 42 years in 
solitary and held under increasingly severe restrictions. From the 
unnecessary and extensive use of the black-box during transport, to the 
'catch-22' system making it impossible for Albert to have contact 
visits, it appears that the response to his most recent court victory is 
to continue turning the screws ever tighter.


Not surprisingly, the Louisiana Attorney General has filed an appeal 
with the Fifth Circuit Court asking them to review their recent ruling 
that upheld a lower court's 2013 overturning of Albert's conviction. We 
anticipate a response from the Fifth Circuit in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, want to register our concern with the Louisiana Department of 
Corrections about the recent denial of contact visits to Albert, as 
explained further in the section below. We hope you'll join us in 
contacting the Department of Corrections to request that they apply 
their visitation policy fairly.

*RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE:*/Times Picayune/ /(1 
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*II* /The Advocate/ 
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*II* /Democracy Now!/ 
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(watch part two 
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*II* /The Guardian 
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/*II*// /Solitary Watch 
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*II* /Amnesty USA 
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*II* /Amnesty International 
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*II* /Telegraph UK 
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*II* /National Public Radio 
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*II* /ABA Journal 
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*II* /NY Times: 4 decades of solitary//is "barbaric beyond measure" / 
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*Louisiana DOC Violates Own Policy to Wrongfully Deny Albert Contact Visits*

Albert Woodfox, the last of the Angola 3 behind bars, has now been 
denied contact visits for almost two consecutive years.  During the 
latter part of his nearly 40 years at Angola, and for the first few at 
David Wade Correctional Center in Northern Louisiana where he has been 
held since 2010, Albert was allowed contact visits on occasion with 
people on his approved visiting list, as well as less frequent ones with 
"special visitors" pre-approved in advance on an individual one time basis.

Only months after Albert's conviction was overturned a third time, Wade 
officials cut off all contact visits without explanation.  After 
pressure from Albert to reinstate the visits, the South Compound 
Supervisor Colonel Lonnie Nail, who oversees visiting at the prison, has 
agreed to allow the visits again, but only if Albert and others in CCR 
comply with the irregular and essentially impossible task of providing a 
list of who is coming for a contact visit on a particular day so that 
the Colonel can personally re-screen and re-approve the visitors, a 
process that is not only onerous but in violation of the Louisiana DOC's 
own Visitation policy.

In the past, at times when contact visits were more generally allowed, 
Albert was allowed 2 full days per month for contact visits with anyone 
on his permanent visiting list (up to 5 at one time), without having to 
supply the exact date of future visits and certainly without additional 
screening of pre-approved visitors.

Visiting is not a right for prisoners, especially those in CCR.  In 
Louisiana, some of the details of visiting are left to the discretion of 
each institution, but statewide there is a detailed visitation policy 
which among other rights, allows all inmates to put up to 10 people on a 
"permanent" visiting list.  In order to receive a permanent slot, 
visitors must first pass extensive screening and background checks 
conducted by both the Louisiana Department of Corrections and the 
institution where the inmate is housed, as well as followup checks every 
two years.

As long as inmates have not had their privileges revoked for a specific 
institution-wide security concern, the pre-approved visitors on each 
inmate's list can then arrive on any visiting day and have a contact 
visit with the prisoner.

Albert has repeatedly told Colonel Nail that it is impossible for him to 
know who is coming to visit him on any given visiting day given his lack 
of real time contact with the outside world, and he strongly believes 
that people on his permanent visiting list should not have to be 
re-subjected to an additional round of screening before each visit after 
already having been extensively vetted.  The DOC's own visitation policy 
backs him up.

Based upon his own experience of spending 29 years in solitary 
confinement, Robert explains that the significance for Albert and all 
prisoners of having access to contact visits cannot be overstated. "I 
know how important they were for me. I went for a while without contact 
visits, but as I began receiving letters from supporters and eventually 
began to have contact visits, it was really uplifting for me and it 
freed my humanity. Contact visits were therapeutic and helped to combat 
the overwhelming sense of isolation. It means so much when you can 
embrace someone you love and have been separated from."

*TAKE ACTION - Operation "Give Albert a Hug for the Holidays"*

Please take a moment today to remind the State that they can't just 
continue to torture Albert and violate their own policies on our watch.  
Print out this letter, sign and fax or mail to the Secretary of 
Corrections Jimmy LeBlanc and help us give Albert the gift of a hug from 
his loved ones this holiday season.

/*A sample letter is below:*/


Mr. James M. LeBlanc, Secretary

Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections

P.O. Box 94304

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9304

Phone: 225-342-6740; Fax: 225-342-3095


Dear Secretary LeBlanc:

Since the summer of 2013, Colonel Lonnie Nail and officials at David 
Wade Correctional Center have been arbitrarily denying contact visits to 
Albert Woodfox (DOC # 72148) in clear violation of multiple sections of 
DOC policy C-02-008 
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 1. Requiring Albert to provide names of people already on his
    pre-approved and pre-screened permanent visiting list for selective,
    additional screening before each visit violates *section 9.B.* of
    the DOC's visitation policy which provides that after the initial
    approval process, rescreening is required only every 2 years by the
    DOC, and only by one of 4 approved criminal history background check
    methods--not on demand, subjectively before each visit by individual
    institutions using possibly non-standardized, and certainly
    non-transparent, methods.

 1. Though *section 12.F.7.b*. stipulates that inmates housed in
    segregation units shall be placed on non-contact visitation status,
    *section 12.F.7.d.* requires that such a status be formally reviewed
    at least every six months and never imposed as a "disciplinary
    penalty." Albert Woodfox has been in segregation nearly continuously
    since 1972 and never had a formal review of his contact visit status
    either upon initial placement, or since the twice monthly contact
    visit days he'd come to expect were taken away nearly 18 months
    ago--a systematic and ongoing violation of his due process rights
    and this DOC regulation.

 1. Finally, since inmates with the same security classification and
    housing assignment in other parts of the State are currently allowed
    (and Albert himself was permitted for years) to have 2 days of
    contact visiting per month for any of the 10 members of their
    permanent visiting lists (up to 5 visitors at one time), the new
    screening process put in place by Colonel Nail at DWCC is in clear
    violation of Albert's rights, Albert's visitor's rights, and lies
    contrary to very heart of the DOC's visitation policy, *section 7:
    Treatment of Visitors* which stipulates that: "/There shall be no
    discrimination in visiting. All visitors and offenders shall be
    provided equal opportunities in visiting in accordance with the
    offender's security classification and housing assignment./"

Though we are aware that visiting in a privilege, not a right, the 
restrictions imposed upon Albert Woodfox by officials at David Wade 
Correctional Center in the last few years violate the individual privacy 
and Louisiana DOC visitor rights of members of Albert's permanent 
visiting list, as well as Albert's due process rights and his right per 
the DOC's own visitation policy to be provided equal opportunity to 
access contact visits as other Louisiana inmates in segregation.

We urge the Department of Corrections to put a stop to this 
discriminatory treatment immediately and reinstate 2 full days per month 
of contact visit privileges for any members of Albert's approved 
visiting list (up to 5 at a time) as has historically been and, in other 
DOC facilities is currently, the SOP for segregation contact visits 
throughout the state.

Sincerely,


/*(YOUR NAME)*/

*Holiday Reminder: Send Love to Albert, but not CDs or Stamps*

Writing Albert to remind him that he's in your thoughts and that he is 
not alone is as important as ever at this critical time for him.

As the Holidays approach, we want to remind supporters that he is not 
allowed to receive stamps or cds.  Cards and messages are always the 
best gift, but if you want to send more, the best way is to give some 
funds to his www.jpay.com account (#00072148) so he can buy stamps, cds 
or other personal items from the prison store. He can also receive any 
books, hardback or paperback, as long as they are sent to him directly 
through Amazon 
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Through jpay, he can receive emails, although any photos sent will be 
black and white. If you send an email, jpay will ask if you want to pay 
extra for him to have money to respond via email. However, Albert is 
unfortunately not allowed to send email, so do not choose this option.

*
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*Albert Woodfox #72148 *

*David Wade Correctional Center *
*670 Bell Hill Road *
*Homer, LA  71040

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