Prison Wants Mumia to Cut His Hair

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/members/phillyimc/sites/phillyimc.org/web/sites/all/modules/mailhandler/mailhandler.module on line 855.

Prison officials are trying a new (old) tactic to insult, humiliate, and dehumanize Mumia...and to keep him as silent and uncomfortable as possible.

In a statement issued late Thursday, January 12, an attorney for Mumia Abu-Jamal reported that he has been given a new reason for his continued solitary confinement - his long dreadlocks.

Prison authorities at SCI Mahanoy claim Abu-Jamal will be held in the Restricted Housing Unit on disciplinary custody until he cuts his hair. This is an old tactic that was used against Mumia when he was a death row prisoner. He spent 8 years on disciplinary status in death row until he was removed from that status--without getting a haircut--in the early 1990s.

It has taken prison officials five weeks to invent this new pretext for continuing the  30-year-long solitary confinement torture of Abu-Jamal. Mumia and his supporters are calling for his immediate release to general population and the shut down of all of the solitary units in PA.

Sign a petition to transfer Mumia out of the hole.

Read and forward this press release from the National Lawyers Guild: "After death row transfer, NLG VP Mumia Abu-Jamal languishes in solitary"

Contact Department of Corrections officials and let them know you are not fooled and will not tolerate efforts to silence and torture Mumia:

1) Write, Phone, and email the Secretary of Corrections: Demand that Mumia be transferred to General Population! And demand the shutdown of RHU (Restricted Housing Unit) Torture Blocks!

John Wetzl, Secretary Department of Corrections
2520 Lisburn Road, P.O. Box 598, Camp Hill, PA 17001-0598                                   (717) 975-4928  Email: ra-contactdoc@pa.gov 
2) Write, Phone, and email the Superintendent:
John Kerestes, Superintendent
SCI Mahanoy
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932
(570) 773-2158  Fax: (570) 783-2008
3) Write, Phone, and email the Philadelphia DA. Demand that they petition the court to free Mumia, based on suppression of evidence. They have buried evidence and the truth for 30 years. The police corruption and the frame up of  
Mumia must be exposed.
Seth Williams, DA Philadelphia
Three South Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3499
(215) 686-8000  Email: DA_Central@phila.gov 
and finally, send Mumia a note or a card:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
SCI Mahanoy
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932



Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal's dreadlocks are part of himself, an expression of his faith, and cause absolutely no harm or danger to anyone else. At the very least, he should be immediately transferred to the general prison population -- with his locks intact -- and be accorded all of the rights and privileges normally extended to medium-security prisoners. Ultimately -- and, I hope, soon -- he should be freed from prison entirely, as he was wrongly convicted on the basis of fabricated evidence and perjured testimony. Mumia Abu-Jamal's only proven "crimes" are reporting on police brutality, surviving a police officer's attempt to kill him, and being a former member of the Black Panther Party. The Philadelphia police and former mayor Frank Rizzo made death threats against Abu-Jamal BEFORE the December 9, 1981 attempt on his life, which led to a 30-year campaign by the Fraternal Order of Police and former Rizzo political advisor Michael Smerconish to have the state finish their dirty work. This latest assault on Abu-Jamal is needless, unwarranted torture, most likely at the behest of his would-be murderers, and should cease immediately.