Build public pressure in the days leading up to Albert’s oral arguments in New Orleans on January 7
In 1972 two young black men were convicted of the murder of a prison guard at Louisiana’s infamous Angola prison. Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace were sentenced to life imprisonment even though no physical evidence linked either man to the crime, potentially exculpatory evidence was “lost” by the state, and the authorities bribed the key eyewitness. Both men were kept in solitary for many years and Woodfox is currently serving his 40th year isolated in a 9 by 6 foot cell.
Woodfox and Wallace were placed in solitary confinement shortly after the murder, as was a third man named Robert King. Together Woodfox, Wallace and King make up the “Angola 3.” The men spent 23 hours a day isolated in a small cell, four steps long and three steps across. King was released in 2001. Wallace was released in October 2013 when his conviction was overturned and died of liver cancer just three days later. Albert’s conviction has been overturned 3 times, yet the Louisiana authorities have appealed every ruling in his favor. The men maintain that they were put in solitary confinement in retaliation for their work organizing their fellow prisoners against segregation and abuses in the prison.
After four decades of cruel treatment and a flawed verdict there is only one just and humane action that the Louisiana authorities can take. Tell Louisiana authorities to free Albert Woodfox today!
Albert Woodfox #72148
David Wade Correctional Center, N1A3
670 Bell Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040
WRITE TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL:
Urge that the state withdraw its appeal against the February 2013 ruling that overturned Albert Woodfox’s conviction for murder so that he can be freed. Call on him to see that Albert Woodfox is immediately removed from isolation and end his inhumane treatment in prison.
Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell
Office of the Attorney General
P.O Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
*START YOUR LETTER:* Attorney General Caldwell