Instead of releasing him from solitary confinement and giving him full freedom to be with with his loved ones & friends, they decided to move him to another prison in solitary confinement all over again. Immense pressure needs to be place on the DOC Secretary and the state of Pennnsylvania. I hope this new transition will pump up the fight for his release!
For immediate release: March 31, 2013
On Friday, March 29, family members and the legal team of Russell Maroon Shoatz were informed by staff at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Greene , Pennsylvania , that he had been transferred to SCI Mahanoy. The Superintendent’s Assistant at SCI Mahanoy confirmed that Maroon had arrived there on Thursday, March 28. He was immediately placed in solitary confinement, the torturous condition he has endured for over 22 consecutive years (and over thirty years in total since his 1983 incarceration).
Despite the fact that Maroon has not had a serious rule violation in over 20 years, he had been held in solitary confinement continuously during his eighteen years at SCI Greene.
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel refused to comment on this “permanent” transfer, or provide any additional information when his office was contacted on Friday.
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