Latest News, 3-14-2019:
Kinetik Justice contacted Free Alabama Movement and Unheard Voices OTCJ today, confirming he did in fact come off of the hunger strike. With an agreement from ADOC Commissioner Jeffery Dunn’s attorney that he will be placed back in general population. Attorney David Gespass did communicate what was said between him and ADOC ATTORNEY and Robert Earl Council confirmed on his end through us.
Attorney David Gespass did communicate what was said between him and ADOC.
So of now as Swift Justice says, this is a small victory.
Thank you all so stood by us!
Press Release from Unheard Voices, issued on March 13th:
For Immediate Release
March 13th 2019
Nyesha Jones & Swift Justice
David Gespass attorney at law
Pastor Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow
Prison Organizer Kinetik Justice Transferred on Sixth Day of Hunger Strike
At approximately 1 pm on March 12th, representatives, advocates, and family members of Robert Earl Council (aka Kinetik Justice Amun) were notified that Council was once again transferred to another insitution. The transfer took place on day 6 of a hunger strike that Council started in protest of his unwarranted return to segregation and transfer to Holman Correctional Facility.
Council’s placement in solitary confinement occured following a raid that took place while he was housed in general population at St Clair’s CF recently, without any disciplinary infraction or incident.
At this time the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) still refuses to give any explanation or justification as to why Council was transfered in the first place. The ADOC also refuses to give any information regarding Council’s present status, placement, or condition. In response to the public’s concern about Council’s wellbeing, the ADOC stated:
“The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) does not publicly disclose a person’s level of confinement during incarceration because of security reasons. In addition, an inmate’s medical condition is safeguarded through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA); therefore, ADOC cannot release the inmate’s current health information as protected by federal law.”
A nationwide call-in campaign took place starting on March 8th to demand answers from Holman CF and the ADOC commissioner’s office. There is reason to believe that the ADOC is retaliating against Robert Earl Council due to this pressure from outside supporters as well as recent media coverage on the hunger strike.
However, all actions taken to shed light on the situation have been carried out by concerned community members and journalists, with no involvement or direction from Council himself.
Community members across the country and activists from Unheard Voices OTCJ, the Free Alabama Movement, and The Ordinary People’s Society (T.O.P.S.) will continue to demand a justification and accountability from the ADOC on the placement and conditions of Robert Earl Council (#181418).
Here are some links to Media coverage:
SF Bayview (3-11-2019): Alabama leader Kinetik Justice in fifth day of hunger strike, refusing all food and liquids
Newsweek (3-13-2019): Six Days Into Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement, Inmate Robert Earl Council Transferred