12 Jul 2013

Reps. Richmond, Conyers, Nadler, and Scott ask DOJ to investigage Louisiana Prisons; Cite Angola 3 case

Below is the full text of the letter to the US Department of Justice and the accompanying press release issued today (view a PDF of the original letter). For Immediate Release Date: Friday, July 12, 2013 Contact: Andrew Schreiber (Conyers) – 202-225-6906 John Doty (Nadler) – 202-225-5635 David Dailey (Scott)

10 Jul 2013

TAKE ACTION: Amnesty International Calls for Herman Wallace’s Release

Please take action here! Today, in response to the tragic news that Herman Wallace is terminally ill with cancer, Amnesty International has launched a campaign calling for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to immediately release Herman on humanitarian grounds. Following his initial diagnosis on June 14, Herman continues to be held

07 Jul 2013

Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC on compassionate release for Herman Wallace of the Angola 3

Yesterday Herman Wallace’s lawyer, Nick Trenticosta, was a guest on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC TV show, where he explained the seriousness of Herman Wallace’s diagnosis with liver cancer: “He’s lost about 55 pounds in four months, and he is being treated completely negligently. I would say he’s being killed through intentional

02 Jul 2013

Amnesty International: Herman Wallace of the Angola 3 Diagnosed with Liver Cancer, Send Messages of Support

(Reprinted below is a statement of support from Amnesty International, who has also released an accompanying blog posting by Amnesty UK’s Urgent Action Network, and a customized solidarity card for Herman and Albert on their Tumblr page.) Herman Wallace of Angola 3 Diagnosed with Liver Cancer, Send Messages of Support

24 Jun 2013

Angola 3?s Herman Wallace, Gravely Ill, Still Held in Isolation

Angola 3’s Herman Wallace, Gravely Ill, Still Held in Isolation By James Ridgeway and Jean Casella (Reprinted from Solitary Watch) Herman Wallace, 71, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. He is being held in a locked prison hospital room at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center at St. Gabriel, Louisiana. The prognosis

12 Jun 2013

Voices from Solitary: “Death Row Diary” of Florida Man Scheduled to Die Tonight

(Reprinted in full, with permission of Solitary Watch, where this was posted today) William Van Poyck, 58 years old and on death row at the Florida State Prison in Starke, is scheduled to die at the hands of the state tonight at 6 pm. In 1987 he was convicted of murdering

22 May 2013

Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety –An interview with educator, author and former prisoner Shawn Griffith

Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety –An interview with educator, author and former prisoner Shawn Griffith   By Angola 3 News   If given the attention it deserves, an important new book is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy. The author, Shawn Griffith, was

10 May 2013

Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Files Lawsuit Protesting 22 Consecutive Years in Solitary

An interview with Dan Kovalik and Bret Grote By Angola 3 News Earlier this week, on Wednesday, May 8, lawyers for Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz filed a federal lawsuit regarding his placement in solitary confinement for over 22 consecutive years. The written complaint, directed at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John

23 Apr 2013

Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement

–An interview with Theresa Shoatz and Matt Meyer This month, a 30-day action campaign was launched demanding the release of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz from solitary confinement, where he has been held for over 23 consecutive years, and 28 of the last 30 years, in Pennsylvania prisons. On April 8, when

16 Apr 2013

Marking 41 Years of Solitary, the Angola 3 Coalition launches campaign for a State Congressional Hearing to end prolonged solitary confinement in Louisiana

    A3 Newsletter: Four Score and One Too Many Years –By the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 Today, April 17, 2013, marks 41 years that Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace have been unjustly incarcerated in solitary confinement in Louisiana. This is 41 years of living in concrete