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Russell Maroon Shoatz (#AF-3855), a 68-year-old prisoner held at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Greene in southwestern Pennsylvania, has been kept in solitary confinement for more than 21 years. The Human Rights Coalition is calling on supporters of Russell Maroon Shoats to join in a petition to have him released from these torturous conditions. HRC is joined this effort by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyer's Guild.
"The primary focus is on Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA-DOC) Secretary John Wetzel," said Theresa Shoatz, Russell Maroon's daughter. "In 2011, the PA-DOC did an evaluation to release Maroon into general population, and the majority voted in favor. But Superintendent Folino voted no. The bottom line is had Superintendent Folino's voted yes, Maroon would have been transferred into population. We are putting pressure Secretary Wetzel to overturn superintendent Folino's vote." [Video Interview With Theresa Shoatz from Solitary Watch]
Andre Jacobs, a prisoner at Dallas, PA SCI, tells his story about the constant harrasment he has been under since he won a case in the Federal court.
In November 2008 I acted as my own attorney in a civil action against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (D.O.C.), which involved the unlawful seizure and destruction of my legal materials by prison officials in retaliation for exercising my First Amendment right under the United States Constitution to seek redress of my grievances. On November 24, 2008, an eight (8) member jury exonerated ten (10) D.O.C. employees after three days of deliberation and entered verdicts in my favor against Carol A. Scire, Gregory Giddens, and Thomas McConnell on claims of conspiracy, retaliation, obstruction of access to courts, and defamation of my character. I was awarded $185,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, property damage, and harm to my reputation. On September 21.