Petition to End the Solitary Confinement Torture of Russell Maroon Shoats

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Petition to End the Solitary Confinement Torture of Russell Maroon Shoats

Russell Maroon Shoats (#AF-3855), 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 Mr. 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.

We, the undersigned, are calling on prison officials to end the solitary confinement torture of Russell Maroon Shoats by releasing him into the general population of the prison immediately.

Russell Maroon Shoatz Seeks Release From Solitary Confinement After 21 Years

Jan 2nd, 2011

From: http://www.the-aspace.org/

Helping Russell Maroon Shoatz see his grandchildren is a good way to start the new year!!! 
Pennsylvania Dept Of Corrections has recommended that Russell Maroon Shoatz be released into general population. Russell Shoatz hasn’t had any infractions in the last 21 years, and everyone is on board with his release into population, except for the Superintendent Of SCI Greene, Mr. Folino.
Russell Shoatz is to appear before the Program Review Board, who also recommends Russell’s release into population, on Jan 5, 2011
We must stop Supt. Folino’s quest to keep Russell in solitary confinement (locked down 23 hours per day). Act QUICKLY If you can please call NON STOP. On Mon morning 9am est. Also please contact your local and national elected officials and any celebrities you might know. Have them call Supt, Folino Phone # 724-852-2903 Or Tracey Shawley if Folino isn’t available.
Write, Supt, Folino, 169 Progress Drive, Waynesburg, Pa 15370;
Sec Of PA Prisons, Sec, Shirley Moore Sneal Phone, 717-975-4918 For bio and more info go to: peacecomrade.org/2010/02/09/russell-maroon-shoats%E2%80%93-new-afrikan-political-prisoner-of-war/ 
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