Action Alert: SCI Smithfield delivering solitary confinement instead of medical care

Mark McClary



Call now to protest SCI Smithfield's use of solitary confinement against prisoners!

Mark McClary is a prisoner at SCI Smithfield, where staff are throwing him in solitary confinement rather than issue him clearance for a medical condition. In his mother's words:

My son Mark suffers from depression and has always had a sleep disorder. The doctor at SCI Smithfield has diagnosed him for both of these conditions and has prescribed an antidepressant and a sleep aid for 100 milligrams each. However, some mornings he may oversleep due to the meds and he gets written up and thrown in the RHU (Restricted Housing Unit, one of PA's versions of solitary confinement). Medical is supposed to give him clearance and keep a card on his door stating that this inmate may need assistance waking up for count, and that staff should simply knock and wake him up. Prison staff are refusing to give him the clearance even though medical is aware and treating him for these disorders.

Why? He is also harassed by three officers for no reason. They totally abuse their authority by refusing him yard time, food, and a shower. No matter how they may personally feel about Mark, he is entitled to these things and no one should have the right to take them away. They make up lies to cover up their wrongdoing. He files grievances and talks to whoever he can, but nothing gets done and nothing changes. He only has these issues on this block with these three officers. He simply wants to be moved away from these guards but he continues to be placed right back with them. They are setting him up to be terrorized by these guards. While they watch over the inmates who is watching the guards? He reached out to me because his frustration  is growing and he has done all he can on his end. Any help I can get for him is greatly appreciated.  Despite my calls I am getting nowhere. Please call now!. 

Thank you.  A very frustrated  and worried mother-
HRC receives dozens, even hundreds of reports similar to this every year. Call now- by helping out in this situation you're letting PA prison officials and legislators know that we won't take it any more!

SCI SMITHFIELD- Superintendent Kevin Kauffman (814) 643-6520
DOC Central Office-  Secretary John Wetzel (717) 728-4109
Let your state senator and representative know! (find your PA legislators here)

Talking Points
-State that you are calling about Mark McClary #HK-1530, who is being held at SCI Smithfield
-Inform them that you are aware that prison staff are attempting to use solitary confinement to resolve a medical situation, rather than take the very easy step of issuing a medical clearance to a prisoner who needs it.
-Emphasize that solitary confinement is a form of torture, that it can cause lasting mental damage after only a few days, that it is coming under increasing scrutiny both nationally and internationally, and its continued use by SCI Smithfield staff is absolutely unconscionable and must be stopped immediately
-Insist that Mark be issued medical clearance for his meds and that he be moved away from officers Klein, Douglas, and Ward
-Inform them that you have already contacted or will be contacting your state legislators (find your PA legislators here)

Action Alert- Elderly man thrown in solitary and denied medication for helping another prisoner

Major Tillery



Call now to protest retaliation against state prisoner Major Tillery at SCI Frackville!

Major Tillery is a PA lifer who in March 2015 confronted SCI Mahanoy Superintendent John Kerestes over Mumia Abu-Abu-Jamal’s deteriorating health – spreading skin problems, lesions and scabbing over his whole body, rapid loss of weight, disorientation. Tillery told the Superintendent point blank to get Mumia to the hospital, stating, “Mumia is dying.” Kerestes told Major Tillery to “take care of himself.” Major answered back, “taking care of Mumia is taking care of myself. " Days later Mumia went into diabetic shock and was put into a hospital ICU on an insulin drip. He had a life-threatening sugar glucose level of 779.

In retaliation for aiding Mumia and filing his own grievances about a skin rash affecting himself and half the inmates on his block, Major Tillery was transferred from SCI Mahanoy to SCI Frackville without notice and without his property. Now in further retaliation, he was put into the RHU (Restricted Housing Unit, or the "hole") on false charges of receiving a letter with stamps concealing drugs. Major, who turns 65 this year, has been denied medication he needs for his failing liver and high blood pressure. SCI Frackville has denied him even a legal phone call.

Major Tillery's daughter, Kamillah, received a letter from her father saying, "This is more retaliation for helping Mumia. They transferred me from Mahanoy, now set me up with this stamp with drugs. They take the stamps off all the mail, so who would even do this? I don't even know the return address on the letter. They are denying me my meds and messing with my food. I knew they would retaliate, but didn't expect this one."

Major Tillery risked his health and safety to stand up for another man when it counted-now it's our turn to stand up for him! His family is calling on all human rights defenders to protest this retaliation- call now!
SCI Frackville Superintendent Brenda Tritt (570) 874-4516
DOC Secretary John Wetzel (717) 728-4109
Talking Points
-State that you are calling about Major Tillery #AM9786, who is being held in solitary at SCI Frackville
-Inform them that you aware that he is in the hole and being denied medication in retaliation for speaking up for another prisoner
-Demand that he be released from the RHU and back into general population
-Inform them that you have already contacted or will be contacting your state legislators (find your PA legislators here)

Movement #26: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the bombing of the MOVE house by the City of Philadelphia



From this issue:

..As a young boy living in the southwest section of West Philly, my homeboys and I knew very little about Move. We only knew that Move members lived naturally, wore their hair in “locks”, last names were Africa, and that they all were “good peoples”. Although my friends and I were just a group of scruffy little 9 to 12 year old boys, when we heard on the news of the police siege of Move’s house, we knew the police were up to no good..

Bro Shakaboona

.. I'm not saying that prison is a free ride or a easy place, I've been there, I know. But what I'm saying is, they try to threaten prisoners with things like taking their TV or no commissary or putting you in the hole.  They tried to do that with Move, but that didn't stop us. We were like "Take our TV, take commissary, you think we care about that more than we care about our freedom and standing up to you?"  And that disarmed them, because they had nothing to come at us with..

Ramona Africa







Movement #25: Prisoners Won't Be Silenced! HRC fights the Silencing Law in court and prisoners speak out



From this issue:

..the last thing the system wants is prisoners who
are conscious and can challenge authority, corruption, bru-
tality , injustice on the merits of fairness, justice, empathy,
and equality..

..We political prisoners are motivated by the words of David
Icke’s book ‘Human Race’, we must demand our right to
freedom of expression, yes, but we must also demand with
equal vigor the same rights for those we disagree with. If
one person does not have the freedom to voice their views
than no one has. The rest don’t have freedom of speech,
only the “right” to say things acceptable to the state and
public opinion. Where is the freedom in that?
We prisoners must not be denied the right to expression or
be punish for exercising that right which is available to
prisoners under the 9th and 10th Amendment of the US

Muwsa Green  #HV5362

SCI Fayette







What Have You Done For Us Lately? * PA Politicians and Mass Incarceration * Sat Oct 25, 2pm 1901 W.Girard

10/25/2014 14:00


Report finds disturbing pattern of illnesses at Southwestern PA prison surrounded by coal ash dump

Abolitionist Law Center and Human Rights Coalition release report detailing health problems at SCI Fayette

Contact: Ben Fiorillo                                        412-482-0041

No Escape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette


September 2, 2014: Pittsburgh, PA – Abolitionist Law Center and the Human Rights Coalition have released a report entitled, No Escape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette, based on a year-long investigation into the health impacts of exposure to coal waste at the state prison in Fayette County, PA. The report reveals alarming rates of illnesses consistent with exposure to coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal in power plants.

Surrounded by “about 40 million tons of waste, two coal slurry ponds, and millions of cubic yards of coal combustion waste,” SCI Fayette is inescapably situated in the midst of a massive toxic waste dump. The prison was built on part of a Coal Refuse Deposit Area owned by Matt Canestrale Contracting, which currently operates a coal ash dump directly adjacent to the prison. Before Matt Canestrale Contracting took it over, the land was a dumping ground for coal waste from one of the world’s largest coal processing plants.                                  more