Workers Vanguard No. 893

25 May 2007


Free Jamal Hart!

Class-War Prisoner Thrown into Solitary

The Partisan Defense Committee has recently learned that class-war prisoner Jamal Hart has been placed in solitary confinement. The PDC sent the following May 5 letter of protest to Ronald Holt, the warden of FCI Schuylkill prison in Minersville, PA.

We are writing to protest the latest harassment and persecution of Jamal Hart. We have been informed that Mr. Hart has been thrown into solitary confinement for a month and denied all personal visits and phone calls for six months. While his habeas corpus petition is before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Hart is currently denied access to his legal documents.

Mr. Hart, who is imprisoned only because he sought to highlight the case of his father, death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, should not have spent even one day in jail. He was sentenced to 15 1/2 years on bogus firearms possession charges in 1998. Mr. Hart’s petition argues that his draconian sentence is based on an assault charge that does not exist. If his habeas corpus petition is granted, Mr. Hart would receive a reduced sentence and would finally be released for time served.

The harassment of Mr. Hart is an outrage! We demand that he be freed from solitary confinement immediately and that he have access to all his legal correspondence. Stop the persecution of Jamal Hart now!