South Dakotan Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned in the USA for over 40 years despite concerns over the fairness of his trial. Currently held at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida, the threat of COVID-19 underscores the urgency of this call. Peltier is 75 years old and has serious health concerns. He suffers from diabetes and other health issues, and in January 2016 was diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be fatal if it ruptures.
Dear President Trump,
Leonard Peltier (inmate register number 89637-132) is 75 years old and has been incarcerated for more than 40 years for a crime he maintains he did not commit. Due to fair trial concerns, Amnesty International and others have continuously called for clemency and his release.
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 was previously diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be fatal if it ruptures.
I urge you to immediately grant Leonard Peltier clemency and release him as he is at high risk of COVID-19 given his age and aforementioned health issues. I also urge you to ensure that, pending his release, he is provided with access to proper medical facilities to address the chronic health issues he faces.