02.5.14

Trial to Resume on May 5, 2014.

The new date and time of trial:

May 5, 2014/1:00pm

Location:
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711

Please continue to check back here (or at our partnering website–www.scidallas6.org), for new developments in the case.

 

 

12.24.13

Trial Continued To January 21.

After arguing a number of pretrial motions before Judge Lesa Gelb, members of the Dallas 6 were granted a continuance.

The new date and time of trial:
January 21, 2014/1:00pm

Location:
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711

Please continue to check back here (or at our partnering website–www.scidallas6.org), for new developments in the case.

 

 

12.4.13

An Interview with Andre Jacobs of the Dallas 6 About the Group’s Prison Protest Against Solitary Confinement.

Andre Jacobs, one of the Dallas 6 facing riot charges in a Luzerne County Courthouse on December 9th for placing bedding over their cell door windows, speaks to us.   The act, Jacobs explains, was an attempt to call the attention of high-ranking prison officials to the abusive treatment of prison guards towards the 6 inmates. They were instead extracted from their cells, during the course of which some inmates were tasered and/or beaten, Andre claims, and then slapped with riot charges.

Part 1.

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12.1.13

Press Conference: December 2nd.

MEDIA ALERT: December 2, 2013

Press Conference and Delivery of a Petition Regarding the Dallas 6 Case.

Press Contact:
Human Rights Coalition—Fed Up
sd4hrc@gmail.com, www.scidallas6.blogspot.com
OR
Dallas Six Legal Defense Committee–Philadelphia.
Vania Gulston–267.591.7219, vaniagulston@thedallas6.org

Who:    The Dallas 6: Six Men Protesting the Conditions of Their Solitary Confinement at State
Correctional Institution at Dallas (Pennsylvania).

What:   Press Conference / Petition Submission

When:  December 2, 2013 at 12 noon.

Where: Luzerne County Courthouse (steps)
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18711

Shandre Delaney, mother of Dallas 6 member Carrington Keys, members of the Human Rights Coalition, and other advocates for the Dallas 6 will hold a press conference on the steps of the Luzerne County Courthouse on December 2nd at 12 noon.  After the press conference, Ms. Delaney will deliver the signed petitions to officials calling on DA Salavantis to drop the riot charges against the Dallas 6.

11.30.13

An Interview with Shandre Delaney–the Mother of Dallas 6 Member Carrington Keys.

In April of 2010, a group of inmates at SCI Dallas prison in Pennsylvania placed bedding over their cell door windows in order to draw the attention of high-ranking administrative personnel to the abuse they were suffering at the hands of prison guards in the solitary confinement unit where they were being housed. Instead of receiving the help they sought, they were slapped with riot charges.

On December 9, 2013, they will be fighting those charges in court and in the process present testimony describing details of their and others’ brutal treatment while in Dallas’s solitary confinement. Such mal-treatment ranges from food tampering and meal with-holding, to beatings, use of a torture chair, and death.

The group of men are known as the Dallas 6.

Click below to listen to an  interview with Shandre Delaney, mother of one of the Dallas 6–Carrington Keys–about the details of the case.

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Click below to listen to an interview with Shandre Delaney and Dallas 6 member Derrick Stanely conducted by Brother Ramisous and Vania Gulston for the Legacy of a Nation Radio Show.

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11.30.13

Who Are the Dallas 6?

PRESS RELEASE—NOVEMBER 3, 2013
Who Are the Dallas 6?

Press Contact:
Vania Gulston
Dallas Six Legal Defense Committee—Philadelphia.
267.591.7219
vaniagulston@thedallas6.org

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.

Derrick Stanley.
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 Jacobs.
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.

Anthony Kelly.
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 Keys.
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.

Anthony Locke.
[Bio not available at this time.]

Duane Peter.
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.

11.30.13

The Dallas 6: Some Background on the Case.

PRESS RELEASE—NOVEMBER 3, 2013
The Dallas Six Case: Some Background.

Press Contact:
Vania Gulston
Dallas Six Legal Defense Committee—Philadelphia.
267.591.7219
vaniagulston@thedallas6.org

The trial of the Dallas 6 is set to resume on May 5, 2014 in the Luzerne County Courthouse. This trial pertains to an April 29, 2010 peaceful protest against illegal and barbaric conditions created by the Department of Corrections’ prison guards in the “hole” at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas (SCI Dallas), including food starvation, mail destruction, beatings, medical neglect, use of a “torture chair” and deaths of various prisoners.

After guards tortured fellow prisoner Isaac Sanchez in the torture chair overnight and threatened several Dallas 6 members with death, inmates Andre Jacobs, Carrington Keys, Duane Peter, Derrick Stanley, Anthony Locke and Anthony Kelly decided that they didn’t want to suffer anymore. Covering their cell door windows with bedding, the prisoners demanded that the abuse stop, and requested access to their counselors, state police, the District Attorney and the Public Defenders’ Office. They had no access to telephones or computers and their incoming and out-going mail were being destroyed to undermine their ability to expose the corruption.

Rather than investigate or attempt to resolve the issues which occurred for over a year prior to April 29, 2010, prison officials staged an armed assault against the unarmed men, who were all locked inside of their individual cells, viciously attacking them with electro-shock shields, tazers, fists, and pepper-spray. While all of the guards involved in the incident admitted that they did not suffer any injuries, members of the Dallas 6 were left bloody, naked, with burnt skin, and in pain.

Following the assaults, several Dallas 6 members were transferred to other prisons. Hundreds of documents were generated, including specific claims of misconduct alleged against the Dallas 6. Not once was the word “riot” mentioned. After civil actions and other complaints were filed against prison guards and officials regarding the events, the prison, state police, and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office formed an alliance to bring criminal charges against the Dallas 6–now calling the incident a “riot,” four months later.

In pursuing this case, Pennsylvania tax dollars are being misused to prop up a prison culture that results in the abuse prisoners.  From transporting the Dallas 6 to court with helicopters hovering above, attorney hours, housing, court staffing, and travel over the course of a 3-year period, the state has spent between $250,000 and half a million dollars to prosecute these men who took a stand to save their lives and the lives of people around them.

The trial of the Dallas 6 will represent a moment of truth and exposure. We call on all who believe in justice and equality to promote awareness of this case.