PRESS RELEASE—NOVEMBER 3, 2013
Who Are the Dallas 6?
Dallas Six Legal Defense Committee—Philadelphia.
The following are brief bios of the six men who took a stand against inhumane treatment in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ solitary confinement hole at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas (SCI Dallas) on April 29, 2010.
Imprisoned since 1990, Derrick, 44, had already survived 10 years in the infamous Special Management Unit (SMU) at State Correctional Institution at Camphill (SCI Camphill), where both guards and prisoners were known to kill themselves rather than endure another day of the deplorable conditions that existed at the prison. Despite describing his experience in solitary as being “like hell,” Derrick filed a steady stream of grievances and complaints against prison guards and officials challenging the practice of abusing prisoners physically and mentally for years on end; standing firm in his belief that even prisoners have human rights. Derrick maintained this position all the way out of the front door of the prison after serving 22 years—unbroken.
Andre was illiterate when he entered adult prison at the age of 15 on what was supposed to be a 10-year maximum sentence. Self-taught, Andre earned his G.E.D. and a paralegal degree and used his newly acquired skills to protect himself and vulnerable men around him from human rights violations committed by Department of Corrections staff. Locked in solitary confinement since 2001 as punishment for his advocacy, Andre says he “saw so many prisoners killed by the system, I don’t even count anymore.” He has suffered extreme instances of brutality and persecution, resulting in additional years being added to his original sentence. Despite these attacks, Andre prevailed against his oppressors in the biggest lawsuit ever won by a prisoner acting as his own attorney in Pennsylvania history; making him deeply feared by top prison officials throughout the state.
In the days leading up to April 29, 2010, Anthony, 30, was under heavy fire of state retaliation after the findings of an investigation into Dallas guard corruption was sent to Andre in the mail. Anthony had actively participated in the investigation, along with Duane, Andre, and Carrington. As the abuse continued, it was later discovered that he had written the following to an outside supporter prior to April 29, 2010:
“I sat here the last couple of days and thought and played out different scenarios in my head and the answer ends the same: STAND UP BEFORE THEY KILL YOU.”
Like a slave in the cotton fields, officials starved Anthony of food and water for days before whipping him like a dog when he didn’t break and decided to take a stand.
Carrington, 32, came under scrutiny by Dallas officials when he insisted on testifying on behalf of prisoner Purcelle Bronson in a lawsuit against the DOC, despite being placed in the hole as a form of witness intimidation. Carrington became an even greater target when he exposed the fact that SCI Dallas guards encouraged Matthew Bullock to kill himself and helped Bullock’s family win a large settlement against the DOC. Originally from Ohio, Carrington was arrested in Pittsburgh in 1999 and has spent over 10 years under the worst dying conditions in Pennsylvania, including Camphills’s SMU. He is a clothing designer and book author and is well known as a loyal person who does not fold under state pressure.
[Bio not available at this time.]
Student of the “black laws” which postulates that every human being is sovereign, Duane, 41, is a high command Moorish Prisoner of War (MPOW) with a highly political mind and inside intelligence on the inner workings of the government. Duane is a target of the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office because he assisted in exposing the “kids-for-cash” scandal that resulted in several being awarded millions of dollars in settlement money. Duane has been confined in solitary since 2005, where the state buries most of its prisoners it feels are too capable of exposing state and government corruption.