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COVID-19 UPDATE–SCI AYETTE WHERE 30 MEN HAVE TO USE ONE TOILET… AGING/ELDERLY PRISONERS WITH PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS INCLUDING STAGE 4 COLON CANCER

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The United States Team for the Impartial And Fair Treatment In Parole Initiative which operates under the umbrella of International Men’s Day (www.usainterationalmensday.blogspot.com) inaugurated by Gender Issues Thought Leader, educator, and prolific author Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D. of Trinidad and Tobago recently received a COVID-19 update concerning SCI Fayette which is located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   The update takes the form of a heart wrenching video posted on TWITTER and can be viewed at the following link:  https://twitter.com/i/status/1328026713058652160.    It has come to our attention that at any given time 30 Men have to share one (1) toilet.  Mr. Russell Shoats #AF3855 at SCI Fayette, who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and Stage 4 Colon Cancer is among the aging and elderly incarcerated souls throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania  who should be granted immediate release and returned to their community.  We must bring our incarcerated Grandfathers, Fathers, Husbands, Brothers, Uncles, Sons, Cousins, Nephews, Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts, and Nieces home. 

WHAT WE CAN DO –

Call or send a letter by e-mail, fax, or United States Postal Service which asks for:  (1) Immediate  Release — with all deliberate speed —  of elderly and aging incarcerated Men and Women and incarcerated souls with pre-existing medical conditions who are vulnerable to contracting and dying from COVID-19  — particularly those souls who are serving life without parole sentences and do not and will not pose a public safety threat, many of whom stand ready to return to their community to implement research-driven and solutions-based initiatives they designed while institutionalized for decades to end gun violence, inter generational incarceration, Fatherlessness, “school-to-prison” pipeline, and recidivism. 

(2) Provision of free access to and distribution of masks and personal hygiene items – soap and disinfectants to all  incarcerated souls throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in compliance with COVID-19 protocols mandated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov 

(3) Single celling of elderly and aging incarcerated souls and incarcerated souls with pre-existing medical conditions (e.g., Stages 1 through 4 Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer, etc.)  and immediate access to bathroom facilities so that they are not sharing one (1) toilet with 30 other souls

(4) Implementation and strict enforcement of the wearing of masks for all staff members working in correctional facilities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – NO EXCEPTIONS

CALLS, E-MAILS, FAXES, AND CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO:

GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA

  • The Honorable Thomas Westerman Wolf
  • Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Office of the Governor
  • 508 Main Capitol Building
  • Harrisburg, PA  17120
    Telephone:  717-787-2500
  • Facsimile:  717-772-8284
  • E-Mail:  govcorrespcrm@pa.gov

SECRETARY, PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

  • The Honorable John E. Wetzel
  • Secretary, Pennsylvania Department Of Corrections
  • Department of Corrections Central Office
  • 1920 Technology Parkway
  • Mechanicsburg, PA      17050
  • Telephone:  717-728-4109
  • E-Mail:  ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov

Mr. Shoatz can be reached by sending correspondence addressed as follows:

  • Smart Communications/PA DOC
  • Mr. Russell Maroon Shoats #AF3855
  • SCI Fayette
  • Post Office Box 3328
  • St Petersburg, FL  33733

SCI Fayette can be contacted as follows:

  • Mr. Mark Capozza, Superintendent
  • Mr. Eric Armel, Deputy Superintendent
  • SCI Fayette
  • 50 Overlook Drive
  • La Bella, PA   15450
  • Telephone:  724-364-2200
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