02/08/2019

Urgent Action: Demand Transfer for Native American Activist (USA: UA 16.19)


Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned in the USA for over 40 years despite concerns over the fairness of his trial. The Bureau of Prisons should grant his request for a transfer, so he can be in a facility that is closer to his relatives and with better access to medical care facilities to treat his chronic health issues. We also continue to call for Leonard Peltier to be granted clemency and be released.

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Chief John O’Brien
Designation & Sentence Computation Center
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Grand Prairie Office Complex
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Phone: 972-352-4400 I Fax: 972-352-4395
Email: GRA-DSC/[email protected]
Contact form: https://www.bop.gov/inmates/concerns.jsp
Please choose Coleman I USP for the facility
(please mention inmate #89637-132)

Dear Chief O’Brien,

Leonard Peltier (inmate register number 89637-132) was a member of the American Indian Movement, which promotes Native American rights, he is 74 years old and has been incarcerated for more than 40 years. He has applied for a transfer to the Federal Correctional Institution in Oxford (Wisconsin) to be closer to his family and medical facilities.

Leonard Peltier is imprisoned in Florida, approximately 2,000 miles from his family in North Dakota and Minnesota. It is both a physical and financial hardship for his family to visit him. If transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution in Oxford, Wisconsin, a medium security facility, his relatives would be able to visit him more frequently and provide him with additional support.

James H. Reynolds, former US Attorney and the supervisor of the attorneys who prosecuted Leonard Peltier and handled his appeal, has publicly called for clemency and the release of Leonard Peltier.

After decades of incarceration, some of which was spent in solitary confinement, there are serious concerns about Leonard Peltier’s health. He suffers from diabetes, and in January 2016 was diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be fatal if it ruptures. More recently he has developed issues with his prostate that he describes as both painful and bothersome.

I urge you to see that Leonard Peltier is transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution in Oxford, Wisconsin, to be in closer proximity to his family as well as proper medical facilities to address the chronic health issues he faces after more than 40 years in prison.

Yours Sincerely,

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