Call-in to Release Russell Maroon Shoatz from Solitary Confinement

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. He is a co-founder of the Human Rights Coalition and a member of Scientific Soul Sessions.

call-inHe is scheduled for his 90 day periodic review soon. Call State Correctional Institution (SCI) Greene Warden Louis Folino and PA Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel and demand that he be released into general population.

SCI Greene Superintendent Louis Folino – 724-852-2902
PA DOC Secretary Wetzel – 717-728-4109

Talking Points:

1) Inform them that you are aware that Russell Maroon Shoatz has been
held in solitary confinement for 30 years and that his disciplinary record is impeccable.
2) Make clear that you understand that solitary confinement is an infamous torture that starves the human mind and soul of the basic needs of meaningful social interaction, human contact, and intellectual stimulation.
3) Ask them how it can be justified that Mr. Shoatz is still being held in solitary while other prisoners with more extensive and recent disciplinary records are held in general population?
4) Assert that his supporters understand that Maroon is being targeted
because of his commitment as an educator of other prisoners and his political ideas and affiliations. Then ask how the prison justifies torturing somebody based on his exercising his constitutionally-protected rights.
5) Inquire as to how is it possible that the prison is incapable of holding a 69-year-old man safely in the general population.
6) When speaking to the Secretary’s office emphasize that he has an obligation to intervene in this situation and end the inhumane and barbaric treatment of Maroon.

Maroon has been told that his next Program Review Committee (PRC) hearing that decides on his continuation in solitary confinement will be Friday, November 9. However, PRC hearings typically occur on Tuesdays or Thursdays, so Maroon is asking for calls during that time period.

In solidarity,

The Human Rights Coalition

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