Prisoner named Terrell Scott needs assistance from public
"Free Terrell Scott" | 09.21.2013
A friend of ours, Terrell Scott, has been sitting in prison without a trial for four years. He has been put on suicide watch, and does not receive adequate treatment for pre-existing mental illness. At this stage, he desperately needs some public support and advocacy.
Terrell is a 26 year-old Pennsylvanian man who will be spending his fourth
year in prison. On July 1, 2009, he was accused by an ex-girlfriend of very
serious charges after a dispute. There was never any evidence produced -
only the accusations of the woman and her daughters. He was charged and
taken to Northampton Country Prison in Easton, Pa. The reason Terrell has
been in prison for so long now is because his lawyer, a prominent Easton
attorney, took advantage of his client's lack of legal knowledge, and had
him sign a form to waive his rights to a speedy trial. The Assistant DA has
yet to indicate when his trial will be; in fact, he could potentially be
held in prison without a trial for up to 10 years.
During that time, Terrell has been subjected to rapes, beatings, and has
been placed in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day. For over 3
years, he also received no medical treatment for his schizophrenia and
experienced mental breakdowns which required two separate trips to state
hospitals. Your interest and attention to the story would help Terrell and
his family in several crucial ways. First, the family hopes that by raising
public attention to what is happening, the DA would be obliged to step up
and provide Terrell the trial he is entitled to as an American citizen.
Second, the family needs advocate agencies, as well as a new attorney
willing to take on the case (pro bono or on possible payment plan), to
fight for Terrell.
His mother, Holly Alston, started an online petition to the Assistant DA
that requires 2,000 signatures (84 people so far have signed). The
petition, which provides comprehensive information surrounding the ordeal,
can be found here.