Update on Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz: Keep Up the Pressure!


Russell Maroon Shoatz STILL IN SOLITARY confinement as Campaign grows; PA DOC Secretary Wetzel must be flooded with DEMANDS for his immediate release to general population!

Twenty-two consecutive years in solitary is more than long enough!

DEMAND that Maroon be placed in general population IMMEDIATELY!


Call PA DOC Secretary John Wetzel: 717-728-4109   (Fax: 717-728-4178)

or write him at:

1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

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Alfonso Percy Pew released from solitary!

HRC has just received word that Alfonso Percy Pew has been released back into general population!

Alfonso was held naked in a solitary confinement "strip cell" at SCI Rockview since March 11.

An Action Alert about his situation went out on March 26.

Thanks to everyone who called in to the prisons to demand his release!

Action Alert : Call now to demand the IMMEDIATE release of Russell Maroon Shoatz from solitary confinement!

Former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz has been held in torturous conditions of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons for the past thirty years. He has not had a serious rule violation for more than two decades. Maroon’s role as an educator, human rights defender, writer, and critical intellectual of liberation movements is widely renowned.


From April 8 to May 10, the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz is calling for an intense call-in and write-in campaign to bring pressure on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC), to release Maroon from solitary confinement and into the general prison population. This is the first major phase of a coordinated political-legal campaign, beginning with Maroon’s attorneys sending a “Demand Letter” to the PA DOC on the morning of April 8, 2013. The letter, outlining the legal and humanitarian reasons why an immediate release from solitary is needed, gives the PA DOC an opportunity to correct the grave injustices being carried out on a daily basis before litigation begins.. read more to ACT NOW

Russell Maroon Shoatz transferred to SCI Mahanoy, still held in solitary confinement

Former Black Panther political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz

transferred to SCI Mahanoy, still held in solitary confinement

Action Alert: Prisoner on Hunger Strike in SCI-Rockview is being held naked in solitary

HRC has just received an urgent letter from a trusted source about Alfonso Percy Pew (BT-7263):

He is in the hole at SCI-Rockview on a HUNGER STRIKE and he is currently being held in a “strip cell” with no hygiene products or clothes, no blanket, sheets, towel or wash clothes, property, books, etc. He is naked with just a medical thin smock on (paper gown with the back open like the hospitals use for patients). HE’S BEEN IN A STRIP CELL SINCE 3/11/2013, supposedly for his own protection. THIS IS PUNISHMENT FOR ALFONSO'S HUNGER STRIKE, AND IT IS TORTURE.            act now...

PA Prison Report- March 23, 2013


In this edition: Allegheny County Jail updates, Disability Rights Network files lawsuit against solitary, DOC releases recidivism report, and...