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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


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 (NLG) works to promote human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests. It was founded in 1937 as the first national, racially-integrated bar association in the U.S.

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