A list of 54 political prisoners in the United States

Research done by humanitarian NGOs registers 54 people imprisoned for political reasons in the US

The list below is a compilation of surveys conducted by US human rights organizations, such as the Jericho Movement and the Alliance for Global Justice. It doesn’t include prisoners of Guantanamo or foreigners judged in the United States for crimes committed abroad.

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NATIVE AMERICANS

Byron Shane Chubbuck (Oso Blanco)
Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: February 26th, 1967
Year of imprisonment: 1999
Sentence: 80 years
Afiliation: Zapatista Army of National Liberation
Website: www.osoblanco.org

Leonard Peltier
Federal Correctional Complex -  Coleman,  Florida
Date of birth: September 12th, 1944
Year of imprisonment: 1976
Sentence: two life sentences
Affiliation: American Indian Movement
Website: www.leonardpeltier.info


Luis V. Rodriguez
California State Prison Corcorán
Year of imprisonment: 1981
Sentence: death penalty, commuted to life sentence
Affiliation: independent
Website: www.luisvrodriguez.com

BLACK MOVEMENT

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (Hubert Gerold Brown)
Canaan Federal Penitentiary, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: October 4th, 1943
Year of imprisonment: 2000
Sentence: life sentence
Affiliation: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Sundiata Acoli (Clark Edward Squire)
Federal Correctional Institute, Cumberland - Maryland
Date of birth: January 14th, 1937
Year of imprisonment: 1973
Sentence: life sentence
Affiliation: Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army
Website: www.sundiataacoli.org

Mumia Abu-Jamal (Wesley Cook)                                                                        
State Correctional Institute, Mahanoy, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: April 24th, 1954
Year of imprisionment: 1981
Sentence: death penalty, commuted to life sentence
Affiliation: Black Panthers, MOVE
Website: www.freemumia.com

Zolo Agona Azania (Rufus Lee Averhart)
Indiana State Prison - Michigan City
Date of birth: December 12th, 1954
Year of imprisonment: 1981
Sentence: death penalty, commuted to life sentence
Affiliation: Republic of New Afrika

Herman Bell
Great Meadow Correctional Facility, New York
Date of birth: January 14th, 1948
Year of imprisonment: 1973
Sentence: life sentence, condicional sentence after 25 years
Affliation: Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army
Website: www.freehermanbell.org

Kojo Bomani Sababu (Grailing Brown)
Canaan Federal Penitentiary, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: May 27th, 1953
Year of imprisonment: 1975
Sentence: 55 years
Affiliation: Black Liberation Army

Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom)     
Attica Correctional Facility, New York
Date of birth: October 18th, 1951
Year of imprisonment: 1971
Sentence: life sentence, condicional sentence after 25 years
Affiliation: Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army
Website: www.freejalil.com

Joseph Bowen
State Correctional Institution - Coal Township, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: January 15th, 1948
Year of imprisonment: 1973
Sentence: life sentence
Affiliation: Black Liberation Army

Veronza Bowers
Federal Penitentiary - Atlanta, Georgia
Date of birth: February 4th, 1946
Year of imprisonment: 1974
Sentence: life sentence, condicional sentence after 30 years
Affiliation: Black Panthers
Website: www.veronza.org

Fred Burton
State Correctional Institution - Somerset, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: December 15th, 1946
Year of imprisonment: 1972
Sentence: life sentence
Affiliation: Black Unity Council, Philadelphia 

Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald
Kern Valley State Prison - California
Date of birth: April 11th, 1949
Year of imprisonment: 1969
Sentence: two life sentences
Affiliation: Black Panthers
Website: www.freechip.org

Kamau Sadiki (Freddie Hilton)
Augusta State Medical Prison - Georgia
Date of birth: February 19th, 1953
Year of inprisonment: 2002
Sentence: life sentence
Affiliation: Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army
Website: www.freekamau.com

Mohamman Geuka Koti (James Johnson)
Mohawk Correctional Facility, New  York
Date of birth: October 11th, 1926
Year of imprisonment: 1978
Sentence: life sentence, condicional sentence after 25 years
Affiliation: Black Liberation Army

Richard Mafundi Lake
Donaldson State Correctional Facility - Alabama
Date of birth: March 1st, 1940
Year of imprisonment: 1983
Sentence: life sentence
Affiliation: African National Prison Organization

Robert Seth Hayes
Sullivan State Correctional Facility, New York
Date of birth: October 15th, 1948
Year of imprisonment: 1973
Sentence: life sentence, condicional sentence after 25 years
Affiliation: Black Panthers

Maliki Shakur Latine  
Shawangunk Correctional Facility, New York
Date of birth: August 23rd, 1949
Year of imprisonment: 1979
Sentence: life sentence, condicional sentence after 25 years
Affiliation: Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army
Website: www.justiceformaliki.org

Ruchell Magee 
Los Angeles State Prison, California
Date of birth: March 17th, 1939
Year of imprisonment: 1963
Sentence: life sentence
Affiliation: Black Panthers

Mutulu Shakur  
Federal Correctional Complex, Adelanto - California
Date of birth: August 8th, 1950
Year of imprisonment: 1986
Sentence: 60 years
Affiliation: Revolutionary Action Movement, Black Liberation Army, Republik of New Afrika
Site: www.mutulushakur.com


Edward Poindexter 
Lincoln State Penitentiary - Nebraska                                                                                                                                                                                            
Date of birth: September 1st, 1944
Year of imprisonment: 1970
Sentence: life sentence
Affiliation: Black Panthers

Joy Powell
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility - New York
Year of  imprisonment: 2007
Sentence: life plus 16 years
Affiliation:Equality and Justice for All
Site: www.freejoypowell.org

Russell Maroon Shoats
Graterford State Correctional Institution - Pennsylvania
Date of birth: August 23th, 1943
Year of imprisonment: 1970
Sentence:  life sentence
Affiliation: Black Unity Council, Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army
Website: www.russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com

Charles "Chuck" Sims
State Correctional Institution at Dallas, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: April 7th, 1956
Year of imprisonment: 1978
Sentence: 100 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving 30 years
Affiliation: MOVE
Site: www.onamove.com 

Debbie Sims
State Correctional Institution at Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: 4th August, 1956
Year of imprisonment: 1978
Sentence: 100 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving 30 years
Affiliation: MOVE
Site: www.onamove.com

Delbert Orr
State Correctional Institution at Dallas, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: 21st June, 1951
Year of imprisonment: 1978
Sentence: 100 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving 30 years
Affiliation: Black Panthers, MOVE
Site: www.onamove.com 

Edward Goodman
State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: 1947
Year of imprisonment: 1978
Sentence: 100 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving 30 years
Affiliation: Black Panthers, MOVE
Site: www.onamove.com 

Janet Holloway
State Correctional Institution at Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: 13th April, 1951
Year of imprisonment: 1978
Sentence: 100 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving 30 years
Affiliation: MOVE
Site: www.onamove.com

Janine Phillips
State Correctional Institution at Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: 25th April, 1956
Year of imprisonment: 1978
Sentence: 100 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving 30 years
Affiliation: MOVE
Site: www.oneamove.com

Michael Davis
State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: 6th October, 1955
Year of imprisonment: 1978
Sentence: 100 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving 30 years
Affiliation: MOVE
Site: www.oneamove.com

LATINOS

Álvaro Luna Hernández    
James V. Allred Unit, Texas
Date of birth: 12th May, 1952
Year of imprisonment: 1996
Sentence: 50 years
Affiliation: La Raza
Website: www.freealvaro.net

Oscar López Rivera
Federal Correctional Institution, Terre Haute, Indiana
Date of birth: 6th January, 1943
Year of imprisonment: 1981
Sentence: 55 years
Affiliation: FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation, Puerto Rico)

LEFTISTS MILITANTS

Bill Dunne
Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong, California
Date of birth: 3rd August, 1956
Year of imprisonment: 1979
Sentence: 90 years
Affiliation: Wellspring Communion

David Gilbert  
Wende Correctional Facility, New York
Date of birth: 6th October, 1944
Year of imprisonment: 1981
Sentence: life sentence, eligible for parole after serving 75 years
Affiliation: Weather Underground

Jaan Karl Laaman
Federal Correctional Institution, Tucson, Arizona
Date of birth: 21st March, 1948
Year of imprisonment: 1984
Sentence: 53 years
Affiliation: United Freedom Front

Thomas Manning
Federal Medical Center, Butner, North Carolina
Date of birth: 28th June, 1946
Date of imprisonment: 1985
Sentence: life, eligible for parole after serving 35 years
Affiliation: United Freedom Front
Website: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Parliament/3400/tom-bio.htm

ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Marie Mason
Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas
Date of birth: 26th January, 1962
Date of imprisonment: 2008
Sentence: 22 years
Affiliation: Earth Liberation Front
Website: www.supportmariemason.org

Rebecca Rubin    
Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, California
Date of birth: 18th April, 1973
Date of imprisonment: 2012
Sentence: 5 years
Affiliation: Earth Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Front

HACKERS AND MILITARY PEOPLE

Jeremy Hammond
Federal Correctional Institution, Manchester, Kentucky
Date of birth: 8th January, 1985
Date of imprisonment: 2012
Sentence: 10 years
Affiliation: independent

Barrett Brown
Date of birth: 14th August, 1981
Date of imprisonment: 2015
Sentence: 5 years
Affiliation: Anonymous
Site: www.freebarrettbrown.org

Chelsea E. Manning  
Forte Leavenworth, Kansas
Date of birth: 17th December, 1987
Date of imprisonment: 2010
Sentence: 35 years
Affiliation: independent
Site: www.bradleymanning.org

ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS

Patrice Lumumba Ford
Federal Correctional Institution at Mendota, California
Date of birth: 1971
Date of imprisonment: 2002
Sentence: 18 years
Affiliation: Portland 7

Tarek Mehanna
United States Penitentiary, Marion, Illinois
Date of birth: 1973
Date of imprisonment: 2008
Sentence: 17 years
Affiliation: independent

Aafia Siddiqui
Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas
Date of birth: 2 de março, 1972
Date of imprisonment: 2008
Sentence: 86 years
Affiliation: independent
Site: www.freeaafia.org

Mohammad El-Mezain 
United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, Indiana
Date of birth: 1951
Date of imprisonment: 2004
Sentence: 15 years
Affiliation: Holy Land Foundation
Site: www.freedomtogive.com

Shukri Abu-Baker
United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, Indiana
Date of birth: 3 de fevereiro, 1959
Date of imprisonment: 2004
Sentence: 65 years
Affiliation: Holy Land Foundation
Site: www.freedomtogive.com

Ghassan Elashi
United States Penitentiary, Marion, Illinois
Date of birth: 1951
Date of imprisonment: 2004
Sentence: 65 years
Affiliation: Holy Land Foundation
Site: www.freedomtogive.com

Abdulrahman Odeh
Federal Correctional Institution, Adelanto, California
Date of birth: 1959
Date of imprisonment: 2004
Sentence: 15 years
Affiliation: Holy Land Foundation
Site: www.freedomtogive.com

Mufid Abdulqader 
United States Penitenciary, Terre Haute, Indiana
Date of birth: 1959
Date of imprisonment: 2004
Sentence: 20 years
Affiliation: Holy Land Foundation
Site: www.freedomtogive.com

Rafil A. Dhafir
Federal Medical Center, Devens, Massachusetts
Date of imprisonment: 2003
Sentence: 22 years
Site: www.dhafirtrial.net

Abdelhaleem Ashqar
Federal Correctional Institution, Petersburg Low, Eastern Virginia
Date of imprisonment: 2007
Sentence: 11 years
Affiliation: independent

Amina Farah Ali
Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas
Date of birth: 1977
Date of imprisonment: 2010
Sentence: 20 years
Affiliation: independent

Hawo Mohamed Hassan
United States Penitentiary, Hazelton, West Virginia
Date of birth: 1946
Date of imprisonment: 2011
Sentence: 10 years
Affiliation: independent

 

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