EMAILS FOR PETITIONS
MORE CORRUPTION FROM THE COUNTY WHERE KIDS FOR CASH SCANDAL TOOK PLACE
In April 2010, at SCI Dallas (PA), after a series of abuses at the hands of corrections officials, 6 prisoners housed in the solitary confinement unit decided they had enough and decided to stage a peaceful protest in response to the inhumane conditions and mistreatment of prisoners. Each prisoner involved in the protest is now collectively referred to as the Dallas 5. After enduring abuses, official misconduct and outright administrative corruption, these men decided it was time to do something about the inhumane conditions, immediately, before another prisoner died or is brutally harmed. The guards were beating inmates and promised these men were next.
These men who peacefully covered their cell windows and barricaded doors are being charged with riot. Covering your cell window is a commonly used in solitary to get the attention of the captain to report problems with guards or other issues. When this happens the inmates receive a misconduct. This is exactly what these men did. They were protecting themselves from harm. They committed no violent acts, yet violence was inflicted upon them by the guards in riot gear. They were pepper sprayed, beaten and tased. These men are in solitary confinement, which means they are in a single cell 24/7 with no contact. They did not cause or create riot! They had no ability to do so! They are being charged with riot because they have lawsuits against the prison and guards. Some of them are pro se lawyers who have gone against the DOC as their own attorney. This is frowned upon and retaliated against on a massive level. These same men contributed to the Human Rights Coalition report which detailed ongoing abuses and human rights violations within the dungeons of this state and especially at SCI Dallas.
As revealed in the Human Rights Coalition report and before the House of Representatives, there has long been a policy within the prison walls of Dallas and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) to operate a corrupt administration under an iron wall of silence. Under this iron wall or code of silence, SCI Dallas, PA DOC, District Attorney’s Office, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police operates in participation and conjunction with one another to cover up crimes and misconduct by state offices by overlooking video footage of officers caught on video tape committing human rights violations.
This case should be thrown out. Besides the fact that charges are bogus here are some of the reasons it should be dismissed:
• One man was not arraigned and after more research that none of the men were arraigned in a timely manner.
• There was never a preliminary hearing, which is the rule for a felony offense.
• It has been 4 years and though they have been in court numerous times, there has been no trial. The speedy trial rule has definitely been violated.
• Covering your cell window is neither a felony nor a riot. It is a misconduct which should have been handled through the prison disciplinary system not the state court.
• The state has wasted in excess of $250,000 of taxpayer dollars in housing, transportation and court costs bringing them back and forth across the state for on a personal vendetta.
These men do not want sympathy; they want to do their time without being subjected to racism and violence by staff. These false charges should be dropped. Mr. Peters who is still being tortured at SCI Mahanoy, should be moved. The crime here is what is really going on with in the bowels of our “justice and prison” system. They should be on trial and not these men.
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There is also a petition asking for indictment of all officials involved in the malicious prosecution of these men under the rico act: