NYC Jericho received Jalil's October 7, 2016 report on the Disciplinary
Hearing via another correspondent of Jalil's in Buffalo.
The Silencing of a Political Prisoner
On September 23, 2016, I was placed in keeplock status for reasons unknown.
On September 24, 2016, I was issued a Tier III misbehavior report that
has been posted. It generally charged I was engaging in unauthorized organization
for suggesting that a Critical Resistance correspondent contact and support
the IamWe Prison Advocacy Network initiative to organize the Millions for
Prisoners March on Washington for August 2017. The disciplinary hearing
commenced on September 26, 2016, and during the course of the hearing I
learned I had been under investigation and mail watch. To this date no
one has informed me what prompted the investigation or exactly what was
being investigated. What has been learned is that my correspondence is
being censored; some mail is not being sent out of the facility, some has
been sent out opened after I had sealed them, and I have not received mail
from correspondents. Attica correspondence department is violating specific
regulations and procedures in Directive #4422, which explains what is to
happen when the Superintendent decides to order a mail watch, etc. As of
this writing, I do not know what mail I am actually receiving or what letters
are being sent out of the facility.
disciplinary hearing was completed on October 7, 2016. After a vigorous
argument on the merits
of the disciplinary report, the charges were dismissed
on a technicality. Since the disciplinary hearing did not commence within
7 days after being placed in keeplock status, there was a violation of
Chapter V § 251.5. However, it was learned that I had been under
investigation and there had been an ongoing mail watch. It was argued
that violated Rule
105.14, which states:
inmate shall not engage in or encourage others to engage in unauthorized
activities or meetings or possess printed or
handwritten material related to any unauthorized organization where such
material advocates either expressly or by clear implication, violence
based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, creed, law enforcement
or violence or acts of disobedience against department employees or that
could facilitate organizational activity within the institution by an
Rule also states: “For
purposes of this rule, an unauthorized organization is any organization
which has not been approved by the Deputy
Commissioner for Program Services.”
I readily agree with the substance of this rule, the problem is the vague
condition in the identifying of an unauthorized organization.
This is especially complicated when no list exists that identifies approved
or unapproved authorized organizations. During the disciplinary hearing,
I was told that any organization that is not registered in New York State
or approved by DOCCS is unauthorized, and prisoners are prohibited from
communicating or corresponding with them. Since the disciplinary charge
was resolved on a technicality, the substance of the charge was not addressed.
Therefore, I sent a letter to DOCCS Commissioner Anthony Annucci. A similar
letter was sent to Attica Superintendent Dale Artus.
this issue does not affect only me, it is imperative that legal representatives
and prison activists
recognize this problem severely limits
prisoners’ First Amendment rights of free speech. This issue must
be addressed and resolved to preserve a fundamental constitutional guarantee
and prohibit the silencing of prisoners’ speech, including political
want to thank all those who wrote and called in support of my efforts
to defeat these charges. It
is my hope the unintentional consequences of
the efforts to curtail my correspondence result in increased support
of IamWe Prisoner Advocacy Network’s exercise of their constitutional
right to assemble in opposition to mass incarceration.
Remember: We Are Our Own Liberators!
Jalil A. Muntaqim
October 7, 2016
following from Jalil was written before the Tier III violation was
is important that we did receive the "Misbehavior
we did not receive
letter, the poetry or the blog Jalil refers to in this letter.
here is as can be expected under the prevailing circumstances. As of
this writing I
am still under keeplock status; they have yet to start
the disciplinary hearing. I expect it to begin within the next day or
two. I really do not know why there is a delay. In either case, you should
have received my previous letter typing out the charges lodged against
me, and requesting it be posted with my explanation and request for friends
and supporters to respond to this flagrant First Amendment free speech
I am enclosing a copy of the actual misbehavior report for you to scan
and post, as it
is important for folk to see, read and understand
how I’m being harassed. In the existing circumstances, I do not know
how many of my letters are actually being sent from the prison, or whether
I am receiving all of my mail. I do know that I am not receiving as many
letters in the last couple of months as I had been earlier this summer.
So, I imagine they continue to mess with my mail, trying to stifle my
correspondence and working relationships with the community. Needless to
say, that is a major contradiction of DOCCS policy in terms of encouraging
inmates’ ties to the community in preparation for parole, and acclimating
back into the community.
guess if you’re a political prisoner they oppose any community
relationships, especially if you’re an opponent of mass incarceration
and the continuing of penal servitude and slavery. Oh Well!
I will be brief in this scribe. I hope you received the poems, the blog
Protest, and the most recent pertaining to the ongoing harassment.
I will make this brief, just wanted to get this in the mail. Please be
careful in your travels and stay safe.
love & unity
Jean on Oct. 8, 2016
a text message that Jalil beat his ticket. Good news. If not he
would have gone to the shu, solitary, for three months. AND it
been on his record for parole
Also, I just got a call from Jalil as I was posting this. He wants
to thank everyone who made phone calls and wrote to Commissioner
Annucci regarding his situation.
Jalil will be sending out an update, which we will post as soon as
we receive it. Jalil has been told he cannot correspond with any
organizations outside of New York State, which is a definite violation
of his First Amendment rights, especially as he corresponds with
people from all over the world.
Jalil's 65th Birthday is coming up on October 18th.
Write to Jalil:
Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
Attica Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149
Jalil asked that we all call:
Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, New York State Department
of Corrections 518-457-8134
And write to:
Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci
Office of the Commissioner
Bldg. 2, State Campus, Albany, NY 12226-2050
had a visit from his brother Dave and sister Stephanie
in April. He and they say it was a wonderful visit. Dave sent us
of the visit to post.
Jalil's response to 2016 parole denial here.
the entire parole hearing transcript here.
the parole board's decision here.
are enraged to report that Jalil received notice on June 28, 2016, that
was once again rejected by the Parole Board. This is the ninth
time Jalil has been to the Board, and the ninth time he has been denied,
despite having an excellent record and meeting all requirements to
will definitely be an Article 78 appeal of this denial. We will
need everyone's help in preparing for the appeal and will definitely
a strong campaign.
cannot continue to allow the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Patrolmen's
Benevolent Association (PBA) and the
New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association
(COPBA) to impose their will upon the Parole Board. The FOP, PBA
and COPBA have made it clear that they are trying to impose Life
Parole (LWOP) on our Political Prisoners. THIS IS NOT LAW AND NOT
WHAT THEY WERE SENTENCED TO. They must be held accountable for their
will keep everyone posted on upcoming steps and actions to take. In the
please take the time to write to Jalil and him know he is
in our hearts and on our minds.
has also submitted a request to Gov. Cuomo requesting commutation of
sentence to time served, as the parole board is obviously biased. A fair
and just parole hearing is impossible for Jalil and our other NY State
has asked people to write Governor Cuomo and urge him to grant executive
Here is the info:
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
of New York State
State Capitol Building
York State DOCCS-
Executive Clemency Bureau
Harriman State Campus – Building 2
videos of Jalil's brother Dave speaking about Jalil here.
read Jalil's response to his 2014 parole denial, click here.
read about Jalil's ongoing FOIL lawsuit,
sure to read the wonderful letter from Jalil's Mom Billie: A
Mother's Cry in
support of her son's release.
out the videos of Jalil discussing
the Case of the New York 3, Cointelpro, Plutocracy and
some history leading to the formation of the Jericho Movement,
of which Jalil is a co-founder.
Check out the videos from an interview
in 1988 by Paper Tiger TV, especially Part 3, which includes
a response to Badge of the Assassin with Safiyah Bukhari,
Brian Glick and the New York 3.
to a snippet of the "Redemption" CD
being compiled by Oakland Jericho