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40 Years in Solitary Confinement
On February 19, 2016, Albert Woodfox was released after more than four decades in solitary confinement.
Albert Woodfox’s release was long overdue and undeniably just. Nothing will truly repair the cruel, inhuman and degrading solitary confinement that the state of Louisiana inflicted upon him. But the belated measure of justice, that came on Woodfox’s 69th birthday, was something he had been seeking for more than half his life. Amnesty International USA joins his supporters around the world in celebrating Woodfox and his legal team’s tireless pursuit of justice!
Louisiana prisoner Albert Woodfox has spent four decades in solitary confinement for a murder he maintains he did not commit. There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, his conviction has been overturned three times, and a judge has ordered his unconditional release - yet the Louisiana authorities continue to block his release. Decades of isolation in a cell the size of a parking space have taken an appalling toll on Albert's health. Justice is long overdue. Write a short letter to Louisiana's Attorney General, urging that Albert be released now. After you've written that letter, please also take a moment to write a short solidarity letter or postcard to Albert, letting him know that you are taking action for his human rights. All the information you'll need can be found in the case sheet and sample letter below.
Take Action With These Easy Steps
1. Download the case sheet for Albert Woodfox
2. Download the sample letter to Louisiana Attorney General
3. Take action online for Albert, in addition to writing letters
4. Download case sheets, sample letters, and resources for all 12 cases
5. Let us know how many letters you wrote
Demand Justice for Albert
Write to Louisiana's Attorney General. Call on him to:
End decades of cruel and inhuman treatment and release Albert Woodfox immediately.
Attorney General of Louisiana
Office of the Attorney General
1885 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Send a Letter of Support to Albert
Be the window to a world that Albert hasn't seen for 43 years. Please send him an inspirational postcard to show him what he can look forward to when he is finally released.
Albert Woodfox #72148
West Feliciana Parish Detention Center
PO Box 2727
St Francisville, Louisiana 70775