The American state of Louisiana is the prison capital of the world. It has five times the incarceration rate of Iran, and 13 times that of China. Most notorious among the prisons of Louisiana – many of them run by private companies for profit – is Ango …

The American state of Louisiana is the prison capital of the world. It has five times the incarceration rate of Iran, and 13 times that of China. Most notorious among the prisons of Louisiana – many of them run by private companies for profit – is Angola, the “Alcatraz of the South”, with 5,000 prisoners.

39 years ago, three young black men were put in solitary confinement; two are still in isolation. In total, the three men have spent more than 100 years in solitary, mostly in the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, USA. But the ‘Angola 3’ have refused to be silenced; their fight for justice continues.

For more information see Amnesty.

ACT NOW

Please write, urging the US state authorities to remove Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace from solitary confinement immediately and bring an end to the years of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment that they have suffered.

Please also write to the US Attorney General, expressing concern that the decades of isolation and cellular confinement under which the two prisoners continue to be held in the Louisiana prison system – and the lack of any meaningful review process – constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, in violation of international standards.

Urge the Attorney General, in the continued absence of an effective state remedy, to take action to ensure that their treatment complies with the USA’s obligations under international standards and the US Constitution.

PLEASE WRITE TO:

Governor Bobby Jindal

Office of the Governor

PO Box 94994

Baton Rouge

LA 70804

USA

 

Attorney General Eric Holder

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530-0001

USA


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South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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