Prisoners Of Conscience Committee

Prisoners Of Conscience Committee
The Prisoners of Conscience Committee Founded by Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. during the nine years he spent in prison in the 1990's.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Urgent Alert and Call To Action - Major Tillery In Hospital


 Sometime yesterday Major Tillery, a 65 year-old man, was rushed to the hospital from SCI Frackville. Since hearing this yesterday evening through the prison grapevine, family and attorney have tried to learn more. Today, the only thing we have been told by Superintendent Brenda Tritt is that this was “a routine admission” and Major is “receiving the appropriate medical attention.” 

Nothing more to to Major Tillery’s daughter, Kamilah Iddeen--not the hospital, the reason for rushing Major to the hospital, no agreement for family and legal visits. Major Tillery has liver disease and a liver shunt, arthritis with chronic back and hip pain, and a festering skin rash and open sores. 

Major Tillery has filed grievance after grievance objecting to the lack of medical treatment and refusal to renew needed medical devices. Major Tillery has been imprisoned for 30 years, 25 in the hole and in the most severe super max prisons in the country. For prison officials his crime is his advocacy for other prisoners and leadership capabilities, including challenging abusive prison conditions and inadequate medical treatment. He has been subject to retaliation by prison authorities since he began his successful legal effort to stop the overcrowding and curb the inhumane conditions in SCI Pittsburgh over 25 years ago. 
      See, Tillery v. Owens (1990)

In early 2015, Major complained about the spreading skin disease at SCI Mahanoy, where he was then imprisoned. He stood up for Mumia Abu-Jamal and other prisoners who were suffering from this. For his acts of solidarity, Major Tillery was transferred to SCI Frackville and then put in the hole on falsified charges. After four months with limited food rations, deprived of commissary, contact visits and allowed less than one-hour a day of exercise, Major was released into general population. This was two months less than his prison sentence of six months in the hole – the prison’s response to an international campaign for Major! 
Now Major is in the hospital!

He is not being allowed contact with his family or attorney. They are not being given any real information on his condition.

 Call prison officials and demand: 

  •       Visits with Major Tillery by his family and lawyer. Full       medical information and treatment should be provided to his family and lawyer. 
  •      Stop the Retaliation Against Major Tillery. He should be exonerated for the false charges of drug possession and this misconduct removed from his record. 
  •      Transfer Major Tillery from SCI Frackville back to SCI Mahanoy or to another facility in eastern Pennsylvania to remain near his family. 

 Dept. Of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel (717) 728-4109 Superintendent Brenda Tritt, SCI Frackville (570) 874-4516

Write to Major Tillery AM 9786 
SCI Frackville 
1111 Altamont Blvd. 
Frackville, Pa. 17931 

 For More Information, Go To: Call/Write: Kamilah Iddeen (Major Tillery’s daughter) 
(717) 379-9009, 
Nancy Lockhart (843) 412-2035, 
Rachel Wolkenstein, Esq. (917) 689-4009,

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