Prisoners

Longterm Anarchist Prisoners

These are, of course, not all of the longterm anarchist prisoners, only all of those we have been in touch with, either directly or via their support crews. If you support a longterm anarchist prisoner who would like to have their situation or words featured on this page, please email us at june11th at riseup dot net.

(Click here for translations of our call for prisoner contributions)

 

Marius Mason

Marius Mason is an anarchist, environmental, and animal rights prisoner. In March 2008, he was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000 – damaging an office connected to GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) research, and destroying a piece of logging equipment. No one was injured in either act. He faced a life sentence before accepting a plea bargain in September 2008.

Mason was sentenced on February 5, 2009 in federal court in Lansing, Michigan. He received almost 22 years – the longest sentence of any Green Scare prisoner. An appeal for a reduction in his sentence was denied in 2010.

The Green Scare is the name given to the arrests of animal rights and environmental activists who have been charged with acts of economic sabotage. Federal authorities have sought lengthy sentences (often life in prison) and have publicly and legally labeled the activists as “terrorists” – despite the fact that no one has been killed or injured in any of the acts.

Translation: German

Address:
Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061
FCI Danbury
Route 37
Danbury, CT 06811
address outer envelope to Marie (Marius) Mason, inside to Marius

 

Sean Swain

Sean Swain is a hostage held by a lawless rogue-state calling itself “The State of Ohio.”1 He has been held without legal conviction or sentence since 1991 for the self-defense killing of a court official’s relative who broke into Sean’s home and threatened his life. In fall of 2012, prisoners calling themselves the Army of the 12 Monkeys (A12M) got rowdy at Mansfield Correctional, and the prison authorities assumed “that anarchist” Sean Swain must have been behind it and threw him in supermax isolation. Sean denies any involvement or affiliation with the A12M and is in the process of suing the ODRC for targetting him based exclusively on his ideology and political speech.

Sean is the only son of a retired auto worker and stay-home mom. He has renounced his high school diploma, his college degree, and his honorable discharge from the U.S. military. Before being taken hostage, Sean worked as a newspaper columnist and as a union organizer.

Sean is mounting his third run for Governor of Ohio in 2014. If elected, he promises to decommission the Ohio National Guard, empty Ohio’s prisons and turn them into squats, recognize Native American land rights as set forth by the Treaty of Greenville, arm the tribes with national guard weaponry, to include tanks and attack helicopters, refuse to sign any budget causing the government to shut down, and sign an Executive Order making it legal to assassinate him if he remains in office longer than 90 days.

Though innocent of any crime, and though he is held without legal conviction or sentence, Sean will only be liberated when the illegitimate power of the lawless rogue state holding him hostage is abolished once and for all.

The State started the war. Sean Swain intends to finish it.

To get up to date info about Sean, send an email to seanswain-subscribe@lists.riseup.net and you’ll be added to his email notification list. Thank you!

For more information:
http://seanswain.org/about-sean-swain/

Burning Down: The Songs of Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain

Some translated information:
Spanish
Italian
Portuguese

Address:
Sean Swain #2015638
Buckingham Correctional Center
P. O. Box 430
Dillwyn VA 23936

 

Michael Kimble

Michael Kimble is a black, gay anarchist serving a life sentence in Alabama for the murder of a white, homophobic, racist bigot.

During his first years of imprisonment, Michael embraced communism, but soon moved away from it and toward anarchy because, as he describes it “anarchism is not about building a hierarchical structure for liberation somewhere in the distant future, but about living your life, now, in a fashion that’s liberating.”

Michael has a long history of both individual and collective struggle against prison authority, and continues to engage in the fight against prison slave labor as part of the Free Alabama Movement.

For more information:
http://anarchylive.noblogs.org

Some translated information:
Greek
Portuguese

Address:
Michael Kimble #138017/G1-24A
Easterling Corr. Facility
200 Wallace Drive
Clio, AL 36017

Jeremy Hammond

A former member of the hacking network Anonymous who has become a cause celebre for hacktivists, civil libertarians and those concerned about the rights of whistleblowers, is a gifted young computer programmer who is currently spending a decade in prison. His crime? Leaking information from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, information which revealed that Stratfor had been spying on human rights activists at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government.

In March 2012 Jeremy was arrested in his Chicago home and charged with violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the same legislation used to prosecute Aaron Swartz. This outdated law, written before the Internet was even created, gives absurdly broad powers to corporations and prosecutors to criminalize an array of online activity and pursue extreme and disproportionate sentences. By contrast, Jeremy’s co-defendants in Ireland will not be prosecuted and in the U.K. none will spend more than 16 months in prison.

In a non-cooperating plea deal, Jeremy pled guilty to one count of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Despite lodging nearly 265 letters of support calling on judge Loretta Preska to show leniency, Jeremy was sentenced to the maximum allowed under his plea agreement.

Since his arrest, Jeremy has been denied bail, cut off from his family, and held in solitary confinement- treatment normally reserved for the most egregious offenses. He did nothing for personal gain and everything in hopes of making the world a better place and he needs our support now more than ever.

For more information:
https://freejeremy.net

Address:
Jeremy Hammond is free!

 

Thomas Meyer-Falk

Imprisoned since 1996 for a bank robbery done to fund political projects, he was sentenced to almost sixteen years. His sentence is now completed, but he is kept imprisoned indefinitely by a “preventative detention” law. He hopes to be released by 2023.

For more information:
Thomas’s support website

Address:
Thomas Meyer-Falk
c/o jva freiburg
Hermann-Herder-Str. 8
d 79104 Freiburg
germany

 

Alfredo Cospito & Nicola Gai

Alfredo Cospito (ten years and 8 months) and Nicola Gai (9 years and 4 months), from Turin, Italy, imprisoned for their shooting of Ansaldo Nuclear chief Roberto Adinolfi

sentencing statements:
“We’ll get out of here branded as terrorists, the amusing thing is that you can say that without seeming ridiculous: it is what the law states. One thing sure is that words have lost all their meaning; if we are terrorists, what would you call those who produce weapons, tracking systems for missiles, drones, fighter-bombers, equipment to hunt people trying to cross borders, nuclear power stations, those who do deals with assassins in uniform and famous dictators, in other words, how would you define Finmeccanica?”
Nicola Gai

“We saw Adinolfi smiling slyly and playing the victim from television screens. We saw him lecturing against ‘terrorism’ in schools. But I wonder: what is terrorism? A gunshot, a searing pain, an open wound or the incessant, continuous threat of a slow death devouring you from inside?
The continuous incessant terror that one of their nuclear plants can vomit death and desolation upon us all of a sudden? Ansaldo Nucleare and Finmeccanica bear huge responsibilities. Their projects continue to sow death everywhere. Recently the rumour has spread of probable investments in the enlargement of the nuclear plant of Kryko, Slovenia, a high seismic risk area very close to Italy. In Cernadova, Romania, several incidents have occurred since 2000, caused by Ansaldo’s stupidity during the construction of one of their plants. How many lives have been lost? How much blood shed? Technocrats of Anslado and Finmeccanica, all facile smiles and a ‘clean’ conscience: your ‘progress’ stinks of death, and the death you sow all over the world is shouting for revenge.”

Alfredo Cospito

For more information:
http://325.nostate.net/tag/alfredo-cospito/

https://325.nostate.net/tag/nicola-gai/

Address:
Alfredo Cospito
C.C Via Argione 327
44122 Ferrara
Italy

(Note: Nicola Gai is free!)

Anna Beniamino

Anna Beniamino is an anarchist sentenced to 17 years by the Italian state for allegedly taking part in five separate bombing attacks, and for promoting the FAI. Her sentence is part of the Scripta Manent case. The Fossano bombing in 2006 attacked a school for training Italy’s Carabinieri military-police officers. The Crocetta bombing in 2007 was aimed at the police, and took place in the Crocetta District in Turin. Three mail bombings in 2006 were sent to the then-mayor of Turin, the editor of the newspaper Torino Cronaca, and to a company involved in a prison built for detaining and deporting migrants.

For more information:
https://325.nostate.net/tag/anna-beniamino/

 

Bill Dunne

Bill Dunne is an anti-authoritarian sentenced to 90 years for the attempted liberation of comrades from Seattle’s King County Jail in 1979 and for attempting to break himself out of Leavenworth Penitentiary in 1983. Dunne was charged with possession of an automatic weapon, auto theft, and with aiding & abetting the escape. Charges further alleged the operation was financed by bank expropriations and facilitated by illegal acquisition of weapons and explosives. Bill and his codefendant, Larry Giddings, were accused by police of being “members of a small, heavily armed group of revolutionaries,” associated with the Wellspring Communion.

Dunne has made the rounds of the federal prison system with stints at the infamous Control Unit in Marion, Illinois; Atwater; and Big Sandy where he has assisted prisoners with political & academic education. Bill also organizes solidarity runs in conjunction with the Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s “Running Down the Walls” 5K runs and has edited and written for 4 Struggle magazine.

Larry Giddings was paroled from federal prison in 2004. Bill went before the parole board in the winter of 2014, was rejected and given a 15 year ‘hit’ (meaning he cannot go back to the board for that time period).

Address:
Bill Dunne #10916-086
FCI Victorville Medium I
PO Box 3725
Adelanto, California 92301

 

Eric King

Eric G. King, a vegan anarchist, was arrested and charged with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO in September 2014. Eric was being charged with throwing a hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both incendiary devices failed to ignite.

On March 3, 2016, he accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement to one count of using “explosive materials to commit arson of property used in or affecting interstate commerce.” The statutory minimum and maximum for this charge is 10 years. He will likely be sentenced in summer 2016 (check back often for the actual sentencing date once we have it). He will remained locked inside the private prison that he has been held hostage in since his arrest until he is sentenced, at which point he will be transferred into the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for the remainder of his sentence.

Eric was identified as a suspect by local police because he had previously come under suspicion for anti-government and anti-police graffiti. He is currently being held in the Corrections Corporation of America’s Leavenworth Detention Center.

Since his arrest and subsequent incarceration, he has been extremely isolated from his loved ones and has repeatedly been targeted by the guards, who have regularly put his safety in jeopardy. Eric was held in segregation for six months at one point and is often subjected to stints in “the hole” after the guards target him. Despite these struggles, he continues to maintain his good spirits and resolve to see this situation through to the end. He is also maintaining his dedication to struggling for a world free of domination and oppression.

For more information:
http://supportericking.org

Address:
Eric King #27090-045
FCI Englewood
9595 West Quincy Avenue
Littleton, CO  80123

 

Joaquín Garcia

Joaquín has been convicted for bombing a prison guard training facility in San Bernardo, Chile, along with his comrade Kevin Garrido. They both were arrested the day of the bombing, November 19, 2015, and were held in prison until September 2018, when the court sentenced Kevin to 17 years, and Joaquín to 13. On November 2nd, 2018, Kevin was murdered in prison by another prisoner.

In 2016, while awaiting sentence, Joaquín attacked the former boss the intelligence police during the Pinochet dictatorship inside the prison they both were held in.

For more information: Joaquín Garcia

Jennifer Amelia Rose

Jennifer Amelia Rose (previously known as Jennifer Gann) is an anti-authoritarian trans woman and insurrectionist amazon held captive for over 25 years for armed robberies and a 1995 attack on a district attorney and associate prison warden. She took part in the 1991 Folsom Prison hunger strike, after which she was beaten and tortured, convicted for armed resistance, and sentenced to multiple 25-to-life sentences under the Three Strikes Law. She has spent over ten years in solitary confinement at Folsom and the Pelican Bay Secure Housing Unit. Despite all of this, Jennifer continues to struggle for freedom, remaining a committed anti-authoritarian, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, and anti-capitalist.

For more information:
http://babygirlgann.noblogs.org

Address:
Jennifer Amelia Rose #E-23852
Salinas Valley State Prison
P. O. Box 1050
Soledad, CA 93960-1050

 

Jay Chase

The NATO 3 were arrested on May 16, 2012 in the lead up to the anti-NATO protests in Chicago, Illinois. They were originally charged with 11 felony counts under the Illinois state version of the USA Patriot Act including material aid for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism & possession of an incendiary device. What surfaced after their arrest were that two undercover cops, “Mo” and “Gloves” had been trying to entrap  these three activists and others as part of Chicago’s surveillance & targeting of the local  activist community. The NATO 3 went to trial on January 21, 2014, were acquitted of all terrorism counts on February 7. They were found guilty of possession of an incendiary device with the intent to commit arson, possession of an incendiary device with the knowledge that another intended to commit arson and mob action. On April 25, 2014, Brian Church was sentenced to five years, Brent Betterly to six years, and Jared Chase to eight years. In November 2014, Brian Church was released on parole. In April 2015, Brent Betterly was released on parole. In April 2016, Jared was sentenced to an additional year in prison for squirting a shampoo bottle of his human waste at a correctional officer. Jared said in a letter that he acted out when he did not receive the special diet or vitamins prescribed for Huntington’s disease, which is hereditary and marked early on by personality changes, irritability, impulsiveness and impaired judgment.

For more information:
http://freethenato3.wordpress.com

Address:
Jay Chase is free!

Sam Faulder

Sam Faulder is an anarchist prisoner currently serving a life sentence in England. Sam is a miscarriage of justice who has done over ten years in the prison system for a murder she did not commit. She is now working with Cardiff University’s Innocence Project on her appeal.

Sam was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. She could have had simple laser therapy as an early intervention, however, the private prison company Sodexo running the prison cancelled more than 9 appointments for surgery. As a result, Sam’s cancer has now spread and they are no longer able to operate further. She will begin radiochemotherapy this summer. You can read the full cancer timeline on her website.

Donate: https://gogetfunding.com/freedom-for-sam/

For more information:
http://freedomforsam.org/

Address:
Samantha Faulder A1209CF
HMP Foston Hall
Foston
Derby
Derbyshire
DE65 5DN
England

 

The Cleveland Four

The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists, Brandon, Connor, Doug and “Skelly.” The four were arrested on April 30th, 2012 and accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. The reality is that the FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating. Connor, Doug, and Brandon took non cooperating plea deals and pleaded guilty to all charges. The judge applied a “terrorist enhancement” charge to each of them. Doug is serving 11.5 years, Brandon 9 years 9 months, and Connor 8 years 1 month. Skelly took his case to trial acting as his own lawyer. He was found guilty on all counts by his jury and sentenced to 10 years. The four have appealed their cases and lost. Connor completed his sentence in 2019.

For more information:
http://cleveland4solidarity.org

Addresses:

Joshua Stafford #57976-060
USP McCreary
P.O. BOX 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635
[Address envelope to Joshua Stafford, letter to Skelly]

Doug Wright #57973-060
USP Florence
P.O. Box 7000
Florence, CO 81226

[Note: We are no longer listing Brandon Baxter because he has repeatedly been manipulative and abusive toward women who have offered him support, and has refused to take responsibility for his behavior. See also anarchist prisoner Eric King’s statement.]

 

Noah “Kado” Coffin

Noah “Kado” Coffin is an anarchist prison rebel serving a 15-year sentence at the Eastham Unit in Texas, much of which he’s spent in solitary confinement.

“The struggle rages on, the walls are torn down every day by the ones who choose to storm them. I am Comrade K@do and you will never be forgotten. Together we stand against the tyranny of oppression, repression, the bonds of conformity, and stand for the ones who cannot. My endeavor is toward building upon the strength of our existing connections and through my own efforts (made possible only by the selfless and beautiful supporters) I shall become what we, behind the walls are in much need of – a voice, such a voice and effort, that will paint itself upon the hearts and thoughts of the ones who hear that time or barriers would crumble away to nothing as we rise together in this fight. I’m a poet, artist, activist for human rights, who loves the earth and life and together we can overcome. Together we will succeed in all our efforts. Look and you will find me on the front. Your names upon my lips and your sacrifices, the motivation and drive within…

In Love and Rage,
Kado”

For more information:
http://sfbayview.com/tag/noah-comrade-kado-coffin/

Address:
Noah Coffin #1795167
O.B. Ellis Unit
1697 FM 980
Huntsville, TX 77343

Xinachtli

Xinachtli (Nahuatl, meaning “seed”) is a community organizer from Texas. Police informants were used to monitor Xinachtli’s organizing activities in the barrio. They were told Xinachtli was “typing legal papers,” “had many books” and was working on police brutality cases in Alpine.

The police knew of Xinachtli’s history of community-based organizing and his legal skills. Xinachtli was recognized nationally and internationally as the national coordinator of the Ricardo Aldape Guerra Defense Committee, which led the struggle to free Mexican national Aldape Guerra from Texas’ death row after being framed by Houston police for allegedly killing a cop. Xinachtli’s human rights work was recognized in Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico and other countries. He was sentenced in Odessa, Texas on June 2-9, 1997 to 50 years in prison for defending himself by disarming a police officer drawing a weapon on him. The trial evidence clearly showed Xinachtli was the victim of witch hunts and a police-orchestrated conspiracy to frame or eliminate him.

For more information:
https://freealvaronow.blogspot.co.uk/

Address:
Xinachtli*#255735
W.G. McConnell Unit,
3001 Emily Drive,
Beeville, Texas 78102

*address envelope to Alvaro Hernandez

Vangelis Stathopoulos

Vangelis Stathopoulos is an anarchist and martial arts instructor who was sentenced to 19 years in April, 2021 for allegedly taking part in armed robbery of a Greek casino.

The robbery was claimed shortly after it happened in October 2019 by anarchist Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis, currently in hiding. Dimitris claims that he and one other person took part in the robbery, but that person was not Vangelis. Dimitris has been sentenced in absentia to 16 years in prison.

For more information:
https://www.firefund.net/vangelis

 

Lisa Dorfer

Lisa was sentenced in July 2017 to 7.5 years in prison for the robbery of a bank in Aachen, Germany in 2014.  Lisa speaks Spanish, German, English and Italian, and she will be glad to receive letters.

For more information:
https://solidaritatrebel.noblogs.org/

Lisa was freed on parole in April 2021!

 

Marios Seisidis

Marios has been sentenced to prison for 36 years for allegedly robbing a bank in January, 2006 in Athens, Greece, and for three “attempted murder” charges related to the bank guard and two police officers. He was also charged with six additional robberies, but has been acquitted of them.

For more information:
Act For Freedom Now

Address:
Dikastiki Fylaki Korydallou
A .Pteryga,
TK 18110,
Korydallos,
Athens

Claudio Lavazza

Claudio Lavazza has spent his entire life in the underground anarchist struggle, taking part in armed attacks, expropriations, liberations of other combatants and in diffusing anarchist propaganda in many ways in Italy and elsewhere. He was arrested in 1996, in a bank robbery in Cordoba (Spain), during which two cops were shot dead. The comrade has a whole of 118 years prison sentence· 11 years for an armed occupation of the Italian consultant’s office in Malaga, in order to send a message of solidarity to the anarchists prosecuted for the “Marini” case in Italy, 77 years from Italian courts and 30 years from a court in France.

For more information:
Act for Freedom Now

Address:
n. d’écrou : 11818
Centre Pénitentiaire de Mont-de-Marsan
Chemin de Pémégnan
BP 90629
40000 – Mont-de-Marsan

(Claudio speaks Italian, Spanish and French)

Miguel Angel Peralta Betanzos

From Solidarity.International

Miguel’s community has an important history of anarchist struggle and he joined it. The struggle is for usos y costumbres [indigenous social and organizational practices] and to prevent the removal of natural resources from the community, etc. There have been intense attacks against those seeking autonomy, and among them is Miguel Ángel Peralta Betanzos. Miguel was arrested on April 30, 2015 in Mexico City, where his family has a small business. His was at the shop when the police arrived and removed him by force from his business without any arrest warrant or paperwork. They kept him for many hours; no one knew where he was. The car that took him had no licence plates, so there was no way to identify it. No one was notified until later. He was transferred to Oaxaca and they accused him of first-degree murder, for a murder that happened in Eloxochitlán while hewasn’t even there. After a long, tedious, and exhausting trial, Miguel was sentenced on October 26th, 2018, to fifty years in prison for two crimes that he did not commit. This sentence was dictated in spite of his legal defense teampresenting the necessary evidence to prove that he is not responsible for these crimes and that his case is full of legal irregularities.

To write Miguel:
Send a message to solidaridadelox@gmail.com.

Davide Delogu


An anarchist from Sardinia, convicted for 18 years for robbery and attempted murder. In 2011 made an unsuccessful attempt to run away from prison and has another case started because of it. On May 1, 2017 made another attempt to escape from prison, but failed again. He was put in isolation for half a year, and the anarchist went on hunger strike.

Address:
C. C. di Palermo Pagliarelli “Antonio Lorusso”
piazza Pietro Cerulli 1
90129 Palermo
Italy

Panagiota (Pola) Roupa


On April 10, 2010, Gournas, Maziotis and Roupa were arrested on the charges of membership in the armed organisation Revolutionary Struggle. After Roupa and Maziotis were released on bail in October 2011, they went on the run. In April 2013 Pola Roupa was sentenced to 50.5 years of jail while hiding. In 2014 Nikos Maziotis was seriously wounded in the skirmish with police and arrested. In February 2016 Pola Roupa tried to set him free using a helicopter, but the attempt failed. In January 2017 Pola was arrested in a secret flat where she was hiding with her 6-year old child and another woman. In July 2018 Pola received life sentence plus 25 years in court.

For more information:
Act for Freedom Now

Address:
Eleonas Women’s Prison (Gynaikeies Fylakes)
Thebes
T.K. 32200
Greece

 

Nikos Maziotis


Nikos was sentenced to a 86 years’ imprisonment in absentia in the Revolutionary Struggle case. His sentence was merged into 50 years. However, the maximum prison term is 25 years (which are typically served either as a full sentence or by day wages in prisons, or after the completion of 3/5 of the prison term, when a prisoner can be granted conditional release under specific conditions).
Nikos was on the run for two years, was seriously wounded and arrested on July 16, 2014, after a shootout with cops in Monastiraki.

For more information:
Act for Freedom Now

Address:
Dikastiki Filaki Domokou
D’WING (Δ’ΠΤΕΡΥΓΑ)
T.K.  35010
Domokos
fthiotidas
Greece

 

John Paul Wootton

John Paul Wootton is a vegan anarchist prisoner and IWW/IWOC member, wrongfully convicted of the murder of a police officer in the “Craigavon 2” case, after a trial before a “Diplock” court, a secret military court with no jury. The case has been supported as a miscarriage of justice by high profile campaigners, legal experts & human rights activists. The prosecution used discredited witnesses, inconclusive forensics, and tampered evidence to secure a conviction that does not stand up to scrutiny. Security services destroyed evidence, intimidated witnesses and defence lawyers.

For more information:
Justice for the Craigavon 2

Address:
John Paul Wootton
HM Prison Maghaberry
17 Old Road
Lisburn
BT28 2PT
United Kingdom