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PLEASE TAKE ACTION! Andre Jacobs Dallas, PA prisoner, assaulted, starved, after visit from human rights investigator.

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Andre Jacobs has been physically assaulted, starved and harrased by prison staff since he won a case on the Federal Court in 2008

27 year-old jailhouse lawyer who has been held in retaliatory solitary confinement for over 8 years being targeted for repression again.  Take action today, tomorrow, and the next.  This affects all prisoners and those who love them and fight for their human rights.

 

On Saturday, October 10th, Andre Jacobs received a visit from a human rights activist.  In a letter received later in the week he reported that five minutes after returning from the visit guards orchestrated a shakedown of his cell, his legal documents were destroyed, he was issued false misconducts, and placed on "restrictions" that prohibit him yard, shower, running water, and food.  He has been placed on "food loaf," an inedible food-substitute that is used as a tool of coercion.  Andre was told by Sgt. Buck and Lt. Bleich-two of the more notorious serial abusers at SCI Dallas-that he was being targeted for his affiliation with HRC/Fed Up!, claiming he brought us to the prison.  At the time of writing Andre had been without water in his cell for three days and had not eaten for four days.

 

In the past three weeks Andre has been twice physically assaulted/abused by C/O Wilkes and had his hand slammed in the tray slot of his cell door by C/Os Kovac and Harrison.  Andre, along with Eric Rambert, David Sierra, and others have reported receiving death threats in recent days and weeks due to their efforts to resist and expose control unit torture.

 

To make matters worse, we continue to receive reports on a weekly basis that guards working the Restricted Housing Unit (RHU) at SCI Dallas continue to come to work drunk.  C/O Wilkes in particular has been identified by over a dozen prisoners in over ten months as being drunk on a daily basis.

 

Just last month a federal judge awarded Andre $115,000 in a case he won last November (the verdict initially granted $185,000).  This is why he is punished, and this is why the officials orchestrate and approve of this treatment.

 

Call SCI Dallas: (570-675-1101) today, tomorrow, later in the week, and early next week.  Do not relent.  We need to push back together!  Ask to speak to Acting Superintendent Walsh or Superintendent's Assistant Robin Lucas.

 

Call Secretary Beard (717-975-4918) and Office of Professional Responsibility Director James Barnacle (717-214-8473)

 

1)-Identify yourself as a Human Rights Coalition member or supporter, a concerned citizen, or in your professional or academic capacity.  Report your knowledge of the retaliation against Andre Jacobs;

 

2)-Demand that SCI Dallas immediately provide Andre with food and water.  Strongly condemn the routine practice of using the deprivation of food and water as weapons of retaliation.  Assert that such practices are torture and must be ended immediately.

 

3)-Demand that C/O Wilkes be given a breathalizer each day as he arrives at and leaves work.  Insist that he, along with C/O McCoy, Sgt. Buck, and Lt. Bleich be immediately removed from the RHU.

 

4)-Inform SCI Dallas and Centraol Office that these retaliatory actions are to be the subject of upcoming criminal complaints to be filed with the DA of Luzerne County, PA Attorney General Corbett, and a thoroughly documented report to the U.S. Department of Justice.  Remind Dallas and the PA DOC that media exposure of SCI Dallas has already paved the way for pending civil litigation, and that Andre himself has brought four cases to jury trial against DOC defendants.  Finally, let them know that you are aware that the actions against Andre and the pending criminal complaints will be the focus of a greater media campaign.

 

5)-Request that Andre be given an emergency transer to ensure his safety, his ability to access the law library and courts, and to ensure that he is removed from the control of guards who are constantly identified as being racist, drunk, and sadistic.  Tell Dallas and Central Office that failure to remove Andre from their care will be understood as criminal conspiracy by the PA DOC in order to sabotage the victory he won in a lawsuit against them last November.

 

6)-Don't let them minimize or deny the seriousness of the allegations.  Don't believe them if they say they take all these matters seriously and investigate them properly.  HRC has overwhelming evidence that the grievance process is a sham, we know it and we refuse to tolerate business as usual.  We will not stand by while they torture ours and other people's friends, children, parents, and lovers.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jailhouse Lawyers, and Andre Jacobs

Andre Jacobs has been incarcerated virtually everyday since he was 15 years old till today.  His lawyer had him tried as an adult without his consent or understanding.  Prior to his initial conviction Andre's childhood involved considerable trauma, exposure to violence and alcoholism in the family, along with his being institutionalized and prescribed medications for mental health needs as young as age six.

 

Since Andre's first fun in with the system  till today-12 long years-he has been subjected to numerous false charges and brutalized, beaten, starved, and tortured in solitary confinement units.

 

Andre has been set up and convicted on outrageous charges of assaulting prison guards and U.S. Marshals in separate incidents, both in which he was in fact the one assaulted.

 

Indeed, after losing the first of four civil actions he has brought against PA DOC defendants for violations of his constitutional rights, U.S. Marshals beat him in the Federal Courthouse in Pittsburgh, PA, dragging him screaming onto an elevator in front of his grandmother while they pummeled him.  Andre was beaten unconscious before the elevator traveled five flights and the door opened.  Despite being handcuffed, shackled, and having both arms full of legal documents, Andre was tried and convicted for assault of federal marshals and sentenced to seventeen years after a trial in which he was denied effective counsel and state witnesses perjured themselves.

 

Despite all of the horror that Andre has faced he has survived with his "aura of resistance intact," as renowned journalist, political prisoner, and fellow survivor within the PA DOC Mumia Abu-Jamal would say.

 

Andre has become something of a prodigious young jailhouse lawyer, successfully bringing four claims to jury trials against PA DOC defendants.  Last November he was awarded $185,000 in a case in the Western District of PA (this was recently reduced to $115,000).  He has three ongoing civil actions including the one he won in November, a case against the U.S. Marshals who assaulted him, and another against psych staff at SCI Fayette for negligent and malicious treatment.  He is also attempting to overturn his wrongful conviction and has recently filed a Habeas Corpus petition in that case.

 

By emphasizing the struggles of Andre Jacobs HRC/Fed Up! aims to create greater awareness and action around the crucial struggles for human rights in the prison system in particular and the entire criminal legal and political systems more generally.  Along these lines we recommend to all supporters and allies that you pick up a copy of Mumia Abu-Jamal's important, crucial new book: Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A.: http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100448090

 

When guards at SCI Dallas destroy his property, threaten his life, assault his person, all while ranking officials look on approvingly, it is not simply Andre who is under attack, but the rights and lives of prisoners everywhere.  By targeting jailhouse lawyers, those who stand on their constitutional rights and insist on being treated as human beings, the agents of repression in charge of the PA DOC and the prison-industrial complex aim to silence their cries for justice.

 

We have a responsibility to ensure that all efforts to silence Andre, Mumia, and countless others fail.

 Human Rights Summary-Control Unit Torture at SCI Dallas

Below are links to two of five articles published during the last month regarding conditions of confinement at SCI Dallas.  Review them when you have time.  This exposure is exactly what SCI Dallas and the PA DOC are attempting to silence.  Let them know it will not work, and that we will not be quiet.

 

Please send email to hrcfedup@gmail.com for copies of our summary abuse logs for SCI Dallas, describing over 90 reports of human rights violations culled from hundreds upon hundreds of prisoner reports, civil actions, criminal complaints, declarations and affidavits, and all supported with countless conversations with family and support people on the outside.

 

Arm yourself with the evidence.

http://realcostofprisons.org/blog/archives/2009/09/dallas_pa_state.html

http://behavioralhealthcentral.com/index.php/2009092993037/Legislative-News/lawsuit-in-inmate-suicide-possible-amid-lawyers-probe-family-of-matthew-bullock-takes-step-needed-for-suit-the-times-leader-wilkes-barre-pa.html

Contact Information phone:412-361-3022 x4

 

Comments

Andre

and I would bet y'all believe EVERY word he says about his treatment. Of course, Andre did nothing wrong...right? And to suggest reading a book by a PROVEN, CONVICTED and AFFIRMED murderer as Mumia Abu Jamal speaks volumes as to your organisation...and y'all want people to believe Andre and your posted scenario as to his treatment. Hogwash.

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner, executed by Mumia Abu Jamal

I just

viewed the video...what BS...do the crime do the time...don't want to follow the rules... do the xtea time as a MAN...you fight back physically...you lose and do MORE time and I'd bet that's EXACTELLY what happened and your CONVICTED prisoner friends cry wolf...poor poor me..right!

Jon Pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner, executed by Mumia Abu Jamal.

okay, now we can add...

.."public advocate of torturing prisoners" to your list of credentials.

Ohhh

come on Hans....since you lost your credibility as a "journalist" re: Mumia Abu Jamal...you hook on to this "torturing prisoners" facade. Shame.

jon pisano
Justice for Officer Faulkner, executed by Mumia Abu Jamal,and the above comment by Hans Bennett who WAS a ardent supporter of this proven, convicted and affirmed killer

jon pisano

Oh..Hans

What happened to your dormant "Journalist for Mumia Abu Jamal" web site....DEAD? And your friends at MOVE...have they given up any info as to the execution of their former associate john Gilbride? Did you even have the "journalist" balls to confront them(MOVE) to ask POINTED questions? We shall see from your "journalistic investigative type" of whatever you do.

jon pisano

Dallas I/M torture

I just read your article and I work at Dallas and it is a bunch of lies and B.S. They are CONVICTED CRIMINALS and they act like a bunch of SAVAGES ! You should have to do our job for a day and have these savages throw urine and feces on you and then you will see. NO ONE is starved or beaten, it is all a bunch of LIES by CONVICTED CRIMINALS who just want a sympathetic ear that's all.

"savages"?

Guess that says it all.

Sooo Hans

....what name would you have for those poor convicted criminals who throw their body waste on Dallas employees? Ahh..let me guess..oppressed political prisoners...how's that Hans? Does that fit into your "journalistic agenda".
Can you imagine if the "oppressed prisoners" tried that in say Saudi Arabia,Iran etc.

jon pisano
Justice for Officer Daniel Faulkner Crowd

Fed up with prisoner abuse at Luzerne County Pa. Jail?

If you or someone you know has a loved on in LUZERNE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,Pa. and is sick of the prisoner abuse by redneck thug guards there on prisoners,I'd like to hear from you.
Please e-mail me at;
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prisoner abuse

I have something 2 say! Jon Peppers n the ignorant ass redneck guard that's 2 scared 2 mention his name! Everyone n jail is not a bad guy I'm sure both of u have done something that u regret doing everyday of ur lives! I have a brother n jail 4 drugs because he was trying 2 feed his family and couldn't get a job! I'm not saying what he did was right but is it worth torture n abuse n being called a "SAVAGE"? My brother would give the shirt off his back if someone needed it! Then y'all say its lies? So all these muthafuckn people is lying about abuse??? Come on now I can c if its 1 or 2 but its thousands! Do y'all (Jon Pepper and anonymous guard) think we r that fuckn naïve??? Then its these punk ass C/O's words over thrs?

I work at SCI Dallas. I

I work at SCI Dallas. I agree that not every person in prison is a bad person. I have friends and a family member who have been in jail. They are not bad people. They just got caught up in something stupid and made bad decisions. But one thing I can tell you about the RHU is that the large majority of the inmates in there are extremely verbally and sometimes physically abusive to not only C.O's but also other staff members such as nursing staff who are only there to give them their medications. Female staff is sexually harrassed with some of the most vile and degrading language you can imagine. While this does not apply to every inmate down there, it is the majority. And maybe you will choose not to believe me but that is your choice, you are not given the opportunity to see it for yourself, because all of you would receive the same treatment.