Herman Wallace : Political Prisoner, now Ancestor

“Herman Wallace, whose four-decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola made him among the most prominent symbols in the debate over race and prisons in Louisiana, has died. He was 71.”

Herman Wallace, member of the Angola Three, dies at 71

BY ANDREW VANACORE

From The Advocate

avanacore@theadvocate.com

October 04, 2013

Herman Wallace, whose four-decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola made him among the most prominent symbols in the debate over race and prisons in Louisiana, has died. He was 71.

Nick Trenticosta, one member of a legal team that had finally earned Wallace a release from prison and a new trial just this week after decades of appeals, confirmed that Wallace succumbed to liver cancer at a friend’s home in Uptown New Orleans on Friday morning.

Since the 1970s, when Wallace was convicted of killing a guard while serving time for armed robbery, he has formed part of a trio known as the Angola Three, all of them former Black Panthers who maintained that they were wrongly convicted.

Albert Woodfox, who was given a life sentence along with Wallace in the stabbing death of a young guard named Brent Miller in 1972, remains incarcerated. Robert King, another Black Panther from New Orleans who was convicted of a separate murder inside Angola and also placed in solitary confinement, won his release in 2001 after 29 years.

Although a judge on Tuesday ordered Wallace’s release from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer, the fight to clear his name was not over. A West Feliciana Parish grand jury re-indicted Wallace on the original murder charge Thursday, and a younger brother of the slain guard said in an interview this week that Wallace never should have been released, even in such a grave condition.

 

 

NewBlackMan (in Exile): Grassroots Effort Launches to Reform NYC Jails, Combat Culture of Brutality at Department of Correction

 

NewBlackMan (in Exile): Grassroots Effort Launches to Reform NYC Jails, Combat Culture of Brutality at Department of Correction.

 

Grassroots Effort Launches to Reform NYC Jails, Combat Culture of Brutality at Department of Correction
NYC Has One of the Highest Rates of Solitary Confinement in U.S.
By 2013, NYC Department of Correction (DOC) Will Have Increased Solitary Confinement Cells by 69%
Lawsuits against Correction Officers Cost City Millions, Yet Funding for Officer Training Down 40%; Top DOC Officials Have History of Brutality
New York, NY – A grassroots effort to reform New York City jails launched with a protest outside a meeting of the Board of Correction, where NYC Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Dora Schriro was present. The protest marked the first public action of the New York City Jails Action Coalition, a collection of activists working to improve conditions, stop the use of solitary confinement, and increase transparency and accountability at the DOC. As the Commissioner and Board Members entered the building, activists held signs calling out the DOC’s most brutal officers.
Amidst a national conversation on ending the abusive practice of solitary confinement, the NYC Department of Correction is partway through its plan to increase solitary confinement capacity by 69% by the end of Fiscal Year 2013. New York City jails have one of the highest rates of solitary confinement in the U.S.— by FY13, NYC’s rate will be up to five times the national average, with 9-10% of the jail population in solitary confinement at any one time.