Russell “Maroon” Shoatz, former black panther member, has been in solitary confinement for 21 years. The Pennsylvania Department Of Corrections has recommended that Russell “Maroon” Shoatz be released into the general prison population after spending 21 years in solitary confinement. However, family members say there is strong evidence to believe that Superintendent Folino may block efforts to release him. Shoatz hasn’t had any infractions in the last 21 years. He is to appear before the Program Review Board on Jan 5, 2011, regarding the question of his release from solitary confinement.
We speak with the son and daughter of Russell “Maroon” Shoatz–Teresea Shoatz and Russell Shoatz III–about their father’s situation.
The family asks that individuals write the officials listed below or call their offices non-stop and request Russell “Maroon” Shoatz’s release into the general prison population.
Superintendent Folino: Phone 724.852.2903.
Superintendent Folino’s Addresss: 169 Progress Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Secretary of Pennsylvania Prisons, Shirley Moore Smeal Phone: 717-975-4918
To download a petition form letter, please CLICK HERE.
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