Two quick US prisoner updates:
Ed Poindexter finally filed his application for commutation of sentence on August 17.
At the August Pardons Board meeting, Dr. Topolski, a new supporter, asked the governor to expedite Ed’s application because of the risk of covid19.
The governor said he wasn’t inclined to let anybody “jump in line” (there are 49 other applications for sentence commutations) but he also said that didn’t mean that Ed would not be on the agenda in October.
Please write a letter to the Pardons Board (and forward this),
Ed would be very grateful. We would also appreciate if you could send us a copy of your letter to: email@example.com
Thank you so much for your decades of support for Ed, and for Mondo we Langa!
In April of 1971, Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa, formerly David Rice, were sentenced to life in prison for the death of an Omaha police officer—a crime they did not commit. The two were targeted by law enforcement and wrongfully convicted due to their affiliation with the Black Panther Party, a civil rights and anti-fascist political group.
Nearly 50 years later, Ed is still in prison and maintains his innocence. He has earned several college degrees, taught anti-violence classes to youth, authored screenplays, and more. His last chance for freedom is to receive a commutation of sentence from the Nebraska Board of Pardons. At age 75, he is at high risk for COVID related health complications. He must receive an immediate and expedited commutation hearing from the Board.
Take Action Now
Write, email and call the Nebraska Board of Pardons. Request that they expedite Ed’s application, schedule his hearing for the October 2020 meeting and commute his sentence.
Nebraska Board of Pardons
P.O. Box 95007
Lincoln, NE 68509
*please email a copy of your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Pete Ricketts: 402-471-2244
SoS Robert B. Evnen: 402-471-2554
AG Doug Peterson: 402-471-2683
Dear Pardons Board:
I am writing in regards to Edward Poindexter, #27767, who has served nearly 50 years in prison with exemplary behavior and many accomplishments. He is 75 years old and at high risk for COVID-19 related medical complications, which have been amplified by the increased COVID transmission rate among prisoners. I am therefore requesting that the Board expedite Ed’s application, schedule his hearing for the October 2020 Board meeting, and commute his sentence to length of time served.
You can read more about Ed here:
Regarding Rashid’s situation in Indiana, a script for phone calls and emails has now been released, along with some shareable graphics:
Here is the script that lists the demands. We are asking that folks call and email on Rashid’s behalf:
“Hi, my name is ___ and I am calling to voice concern over the unjust treatment of Kevin Rashid Johnson. It has come to my attention that Rashid has been refused his property following a premeditated attack that we believe may involve members of your staff.
“We are demanding that the property be returned to him immediately and that it include his medication, correspondence, writing effects and legal materials specifically. We are especially concerned about your refusal to give him the remainder of his K.O.P. meds, Lozartin and Hydrochlorothiazide. These are life sustaining medications and need to be administered every day. As it stands now, he has been without them since Aug. 25, 2020.
Denying him these things is a violation of his medical, legal and human rights and impedes his ability to look after his health and defend himself from these most recent, bogus charges. I understand this type of behavior and refusal of basic human and legal rights by IDOC authorities represents a racist and abusive pattern of targeting Rashid for his political beliefs and for his publicizing the conditions at Pendleton amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to other racist and oppressive conditions. We understand your officers, A. Long and R. Cochran, have been key figures in this continued racist and abusive practice.
We demand ALL of his property be returned to him immediately. We also demand that this rumor of an impending transfer out of Pendleton Correctional Facility being used as a pretense for withholding his property from him either take place immediately or cease. Finally, we demand he be allowed to communicate with his attorney and any other legal counsel that he deems appropriate and that he be allowed to add his attorney’s phone number to his phone contact list immediately.
I want you to know that Rashid has the full support of many friends both here and abroad. The entire world is watching your actions there at Pendleton Correctional Facility. We hope that you will do the right thing. Thank you for your time. Goodbye.
Call or write the following officials to save Rashid’s life
- Ombudsman Charlene A. Burkett, 317-234-3190, ombud@idoa.IN.gov
- Chief Legal Officer Jon Adam Ferguson, 317-460-6307 mobile, 317-233-8861 office, jferguson1@idoc.IN.gov
- Warden Dennis Reagle, 765-778-2107, email@example.com
- Administrative Secretary to the Warden Shannon Schott, sschott@idoc.IN.gov
- Deputy Director of VADOC (Virginia Department of Corrections) Joseph Walters, 804-887-7982, firstname.lastname@example.org, proxy for Department of Corrections Director Harold W. Clarke as of Nov. 11, 2018