For Immediate Release
Paige Cram, Communications Coordinator, 212-679-5100, ext. 15
National Lawyers Guild Calls for End of 21-Year Solitary Confinement of Pennsylvania Inmate Russell Maroon Shoatz
NEW YORK - The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) called on Superintendent Louis S. Folino to
support the Program Review Board's recommendation to release Russell Maroon
Shoatz into general population at SCI Greene in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
Russell Maroon Shoatz has been incarcerated since 1972, the past 21 years of
which have been spent in solitary confinement at SCI Greene. He is 67 years old
and has not committed an infraction in 21 years. In addition to his record of
good conduct, members of the Pennsylvania Prison Society who visit Mr. Shoatz
regularly attest to his peaceful disposition. While in prison, Mr. Shoatz has
re-educated himself and undergone a profound spiritual transformation.
The Program Review Board meets on January 5 to consider moving Mr. Shoatz
into general population. The full text of the letter sent to Superintendent Folino is available on our web site.
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members--lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees--the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people.