Target: Governor Bobby Jindal
Goal: Immediately release Albert Woodfox from prison
Human rights activists are demanding for the release of Albert Woodfox, who has been in solitary confinement for 41 years. A federal court appeal is imminent, deciding on whether to keep Woodfox as a prisoner and in solitary confinement or appeal for his release. Woodfox resides in the Lousiana State Penitentiary, and is known to be a part of the Angola Three – three inmates who were convicted for the murder of a prison guard.
Activists are vying for his release for several reasons. Many believe that the state of Louisiana is leading a campaign of vengeance against Woodfox, instead of upholding justice. Keeping anyone in solitary confinement for that long is cruel and inhumane, prompting activists to believe that Louisiana does not have justice or human rights in mind.
During Woodfox’s internment in Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as “Angola”, he has been confined in a small cell for 23 hours a day, and denied access to meaningful social interaction and rehabilitation programs. Records indicate that Woodfox has not committed any serious disciplinary infractions for decades and he is not a threat to others. During his trial, Woodfox and Herman Wallace were convicted for the 1972 murder of prison guard Brent Miller. There was no physical evidence found to link either of them to the crime, and the convictions relied primarily on eyewitness testimony, eyewitnesses who were treated favorably. The case against these two prisoners have been marred with procedural errors and flawed evidence. Both men have denied any involvement in the crime and believe they were the target because of their political activism as members of the Black Panther Party.
Sign this petition and demand for Albert Woodfox’s immediate release. It is apparent that the state of Louisiana has only vengeance on their minds and this prisoner was convicted on flawed evidence.
Dear Governor Bobby Jindal,
I am writing this letter to demand that you release Albert Woodfox from Louisiana State Penitentiary. The mere fact that this person has remained in solitary confinement for 41 years is a cruel and inhumane punishment. Woodfox’s trial was also one full of bias and marred with flawed evidence. The eyewitnesses were treated favorably and there were procedural errors. I also believe that Woodfox was prosecuted because of his political activism as a member of the Black Panther Party, and yet, in the decades he spent in solitary confinement he has not once misbehaved. He is not even considered a threat to others.
I believe this man has been grossly mistreated and should be immediately released. Woodfox should be allowed to live the remainder of his life as a free man, as his previous years have been taken by the Angola prison.
[Your Name Here]
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