Lorenzo Johnson - Third Circuit Rejects Appeal as Family Launches Petition Drive

PA Prison Report - Special Edition
Update on the Case of Lorenzo Johnson

April 29, 2013

PA Prison Report - April 18, 2013

In this edition: Campaign to Free Maroon from solitary Now!, PA DOC guard Nicoletti sentenced for prisoner abuse, Lynn Stewart seeks compassionate release, and more…

Spring 2013 issue of the Movement (#18) now available!

In this issue: Uncovering the U.S. government's mass incarceration of immigrants, the ongoing story of a Muslim family targeted as "terrorists", Parole for PA Lifers petition, and more!       download pdf
























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