Release Charlie "Salvador" Bronson
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Charles Bronson has now spent over 40 years imprisoned. 36 of those years have been spent in total solitary confinement. The prison authorities have not allowed him to mix with other prisoners since 1999 (HMP Hull CSC unit with 5 others). Charlie has NEVER killed anyone or harmed a woman or a child. Neither is he a danger to the public. He was originally sentenced to 7 years in 1974 for armed robbery of a post office in which he stole 26.18 - a robbery in which no one was hurt and the gun wasn't loaded as he didn't want to risk hurting anyone. He was released on 30 October 1988 and spent 68 days as a free man. He was imprisoned for stealing an engagement ring for his fiancÐ¹. Released again on 9 November 1992 he spent 53 days as a free man, before he was re-arrested for conspiracy to rob.
In 2000 he was sentenced to LIFE with a three year tariff for holding an Art Teacher hostage for 44 hours - a teacher who was not physically harmed by Charlie. Charlie has NEVER tried to escape from prison. He has shown little sign of violence for the past ten years, but there has been NO attempt by the prison to introduce a programme of rehabilitation or any progression for Charlie.
Charlie's art has occupied him for the past fourteen years and is now his life. His artwork is unique and is sent to and exhibited over all the corners of the world. He has published fifteen books and received numerous prizes for his poetry, including six awards from The Koestler Trust.
Today, Charlie desperately wants freedom so he can live out his days with his family and continue his art. He neither needs nor wants to return to a life of crime.
If you believe it's time to release Charlie, please sign the petition and forward it to your friends and family to sign.
When will you decide enough is enough. OVER FORTY YEARS imprisoned, most of that time spent in solitary confinement, for 23 hours of the day. Hour after hour, day after day, month after month, YEAR AFTER YEAR. When will the British Government and HM Prison Service decide they have had their pound of flesh from this man and release him?
Charlie is now nearly a decade over his three year recommended tariff. How many more years will you STEAL from the man before you let him free?
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