Khalfani was placed in restricted housing

We received a letter from Khalfani in which he wrote that he has been in restricted housing since Sept. 6th, on the same unit as he was on in Wabash Valley:

“On Sept. 6th, 2018, the unit I’ve lived on since 4/17 has changed from general population to restricted housing. They took me from gen. pop. status and placed me on restricted movement status.”

From IDOCWatch blog we learned this (click on link).

Meanwhile, you can reach out to Brother Khalfani via Jpay.com or with a handwritten letter on white lined paper (no colored envelopes).

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun,
Leonard McQuay #874304
Wabash Valley C.F.
P.O. Box 1111,
Carlisle, IN 47838
U.S.A.

Thank you!

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Political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun puts the Indiana prison system on trial

Photo of Khalfani Malik Khaldun in 2011

Khalfani Malik Khaldun in 2011

Published in the SF Bayview, December 29, 2012

Since Dec. 13, 1994, Indiana political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun (aka Leonard McQuay) has been held in control units, i.e. administrative segregation or isolation. It began when police and prison investigators manufactured a murder charge against him after a guard was stabbed and killed. Brother Khalfani is a Muslim and New Afrikan revolutionary educator who professes a strong sense of radical politics and culture.

Interview by the Campaign to Free Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Campaign: How long have you been in Indiana’s prison plantation?

Khalfani Malik Khaldun: I entered the Indiana Department of Corrections in 1987, when I was a senior in high school.

Campaign: How old are you?

KMK: I was born Nov. 30, 1969. That makes me 43 years old.

Campaign: Explain to us what your life is like on the inside?

KMK: The best way to describe it is I am in prison sanctioned to indefinite solitary confinement engaged in multiple fights. One fight to regain my freedom, one fight to maintain my physical health, one fight to be released into the general population, and the last fight is to maintain my sanity – an all-day job.

Campaign: How has your activism made you a target for harassment or repression?

KMK: Being identified as a prison leader, political agitator, activist or revolutionary, we get automatically singled out as threats to others and threats to the safety and security of the prison plantations. Having been restricted from general population for so long, my influence has been reduced to small units. The idea behind all this is to destroy our ties and relationships with comrades and new youth coming in.

Campaign: Share your position on the political nature of your murder charge involving that prison guard, Phillip Curry.

KMK: On Dec. 13, 1994, the night this guard was killed at the Indiana State Prison, he was killed on the tier above where I lived. D-cell-house was where the prisoncrats housed the worst of the worst – their term, not mine. I was at that time agitating, educating and organizing the radical elements who would listen.

So when this happened, having been a thorn in the prisoncrats’ side already, they made me the responsible party that night; they were mad and wanted someone to pay. In 2001, they made me pay by finding me guilty and giving me a fresh 60-year hit.

One of the jurors who found me guilty, Juror No. 12, came forward after my trial; she regretted her actions and went to the judge. Instead of calling for a new trial and reversal of the charge, the judge told her to go home; the judge has since retired. They manufactured evidence to obtain their conviction against me.

I am in prison sanctioned to indefinite solitary confinement engaged in multiple fights. One fight to regain my freedom, one fight to maintain my physical health, one fight to be released into the general population, and the last fight is to maintain my sanity – an all-day job.

Campaign: Explain the corruption that exists inside Indiana’s criminal justice system.

KMK: Like any system of corrupt politicians and abuses of power, whoever can afford to pay a greedy lawyer to represent them here may stay out of prison. These lawyers have judges and prosecutors who will give one a pass as long as they receive a nice payoff.

Poor people get sent to prison to fulfill the schemes of the prisoncrats and political regime here; more bodies mean more money. As they say, power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Indiana legislators have slashed prison funding for educating prisoners and providing meaningful rehabilitative programs, so that money would be solely for building new prisons. So they are perpetuating a system that leads to more recidivism. Not having a viable re-entry program for prisoners prior to their release ensures a return to prison: capitalism at its best and the human exploitation of prisoners.

Campaign: Why are they continuing to house you in solitary confinement after nearly two decades?

KMK: The executive body of the Indiana Department of Corrections launched its political war against me in 1994, the night they lost one of their own. Being the only person accused, then later charged and convicted for this murder, to them Khalfani Malik Khaldun is Indiana’s public enemy number one; so they have condemned me to a prison existence in solitary confinement.

This goes beyond my sentence of 60 years. The courts did not say serve out this term in administrative segregation. The Indiana Department of Corrections wants payback, so in retaliation they want me suffering to the point of psychological incapacitation. They want me an old grey-hair grey-beard and no longer imposing a potential threat.

I am currently “conduct clear” for eight years, and I have completed the following programs: Substance Abuse; Stress Management; Anger Management; Commitment to Change; Prison-Life Skills; Parenting; Cage Your Rage; Rage, Recidivism and Recovery; Prison-Life Skills No. 2; Houses of Healing; Bridging the Gap; and Inside-Outside Dads.

I have been eligible for release to general population for years now. Their justification for not releasing me is they say I killed their officer, and nobody is comfortable with signing off on my release from solitary confinement.

Campaign: Why is it so important to build a networking support base on the outside of prison?

KMK: For the revolutionary, political prisoner, jailhouse lawyer, prison activist, outside resources and support is crucial. The prisoncrats isolate us to control our movements and neutralize our influence on other convicts.

Having a network of loyal people who have your best interests in mind helps to keep the public informed. These supporters can be family members, friends or anyone doing prisoner support work. They can help us expose whatever ill treatment we go through. When the prisoncrats know you have people who genuinely love and care about you, they’re less likely to openly mess you around.

Campaign: Explain how the Indiana Department of Corrections utilizes control units and why?

KMK: In the early 1980s, Indiana experienced several prison riots as a result of racism and brutality by guards on militant aspiring revolutionaries and lumpen proletariat prisoners, forcing prisoners to take a stand to defend themselves. Indiana prisoncrats learned some lessons from these insurrections – and one lesson was that there was a threat to the Indiana Department of Corrections posed by politically-unified convicts.

Indiana prisoncrats lobbied for funds to build two solitary confinement units here in response to the rebellion of militancy from convicts willing to sacrifice for change. In 1991, the Indiana Supermax was built, a control unit meant to be a tool of social control of the state’s most violent prisoners. In 1993, the prisoncrats built the Secured Housing Unit (SHU), a unit styled after the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Both units were meant to cut the prisoners off from normal prison relations, while helping to keep the prisoners in the general population sort of in check. No one wants to spend unlimited years in Administrative Segregation, or solitary confinement.

The fear of being held in these units creates snitches who will tell prisoncrats whatever to stay in population. You may read about these units by going to the Human Rights Watch report, “Cold Storage: Super-Maximum Security Confinement in Indiana.”  Amnesty International just released a 68-page report called “The Edge of Endurance,” exposing solitary confinement in California.

Campaign: How important is it to stay in touch with your loved ones?

KMK: Doing time is like having cannibals eat away at your flesh day by day. Family love and their help to assist us in maintaining are paramount. I am a conscious, self-educated New Afrikan (Black) man who loves myself and those who love me. That connection helps to keep me determined, motivated and hopeful in times of sadness and loss of loved ones.

Since 1997, I have lost my mother, two brothers, an uncle and two cousins. I am fighting for my life, unable to cry, mourn or be a comfort to my family. Since 1994, my loved ones have been harassed, intimidated, threatened and discouraged by prisoncrats to not visit or write me at times. I have not had a contact visit since 2000. We continue to persevere through it all – because it is necessary.

Campaign: How do you work to maintain your health both mentally and physically?

KMK: For years I have maintained a consistent physical exercise routine and a healthy study habit of reading quality books and magazines. I don’t eat pork, and that’s been since 1987. I stopped eating red meat for 15 years; I recently started back eating it. Exercise and study has kept me active and healthy for many years.

One realistic fact that I want to share is no one leaves these experiences the same as they were when they came in. I am scarred by anxiety, depression, paranoia and hypertension as a result of being in long term isolation so many years.

I have made a conscious effort to humble myself and be less reactionary in emotional situations. This way these prisoncrats won’t have any ammunition to use to justify keeping me in solitary confinement. As long as I am living, I’m going to keep on fighting.

Campaign: How long did they keep you on the SCU – Special Confinement Unit?

KMK: Prisoncrats sent me to the SCU unit way in January 2003, and I spent 10 years in that windowless torture chamber. For the most part, that is one of Indiana’s most racist prisons, and the staff are 98 percent all-white with this philosophy of Southern racism.

That was the worst 10 years of my 26 years in prison. Altogether now I have 18 years straight in units of solitary confinement. They have tried to break my will to be defiant and destroy my mental faculties. Allah has guided me out of each storm. Allah-u-Akbar.

Campaign: What do you think prompted the prisoncrats to finally transfer you out on April 18, 2012?

KMK: A variety of reasons, but one in particular is my constant pursuits in civil court. On April 4, 2012, I filed with the court a motion for an immediate permanent injunctive relief judgment and a memorandum of law requesting the court to order the Indiana Department of Corrections to release me to general population. These prisoncrats moved me 14 days later to Pendleton Correctional Facility.

This in my opinion was done to get me out of their custody so I wouldn’t be a problem any longer. I had been challenging my department-wide solitary confinement status for years. The classification supervisor and superintendent also refused to release me in 2010, when I had completed a program serving as re-entry back to population. That ACT Program is an incentive for release. They released my entire class but not me.

Campaign: What are the conditions like at Pendleton Correctional Facility?

KMK: The transfer on April 18, 2012, out of the SCU to Pendleton did not land me in general population. Right now the general population is run like a concentration camp with fences and cameras everywhere; the whole prison is “controlled movement.”

The prisoncrats placed me on DWAS, Department-Wide Administrative Segregation. Inside G-cell-house, where all the potential threats and alleged troublemakers are housed, D-block is where all disciplinary segregation prisoners are housed. Also, C-block, where I am held, houses prisoners on Facility Administrative Segregation and prisoners on DWAS, Department-Wide Administrative Segregation, the status I am on.

DWAS are all single-man cells, with recreation one hour a day and 23 hours locked in a cell. We get recreation on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays, showering only on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The only interaction we get is during recreation outside when we’re in the dog-run individual cages.

Campaign: Since your arrival at Pendleton, have any officials discussed with you your possible release from that status?

KMK: The prisoncrats are seriously playing games. Superintendent Keith Butts, who recently retired, sent me a letter claiming he would set up a plan to consider my release from DWAS status, but it was all a smokescreen to get me to ease up on my demands to be treated like the rest of these prisoners who are being released. They are picking and choosing and playing prison politics with our lives.

The current regime in the commissioner’s office at the Indiana Department of Corrections are not willing to give me a chance to prove them wrong. That is, if they released me and I transitioned without incident, they will not be able to say “That’s the bad guy” no more. There is no legitimate justification for my still being held captive in these units.

Campaign: How can people outside that are interested in helping you join the campaign to help free you? How can you benefit from their support?

KMK: Having been in prison since 1987, I have had the misfortune to lose family, friends; and my ties to relationships I’ve had with my female companions I have had to rebuild, which hasn’t been easy, then establish an extended family.

Right now, I need someone who is computer-savvy who can network with organizations to encourage them to take on my case. I need a website on Facebook that solely covers my entire case, and we need a law firm that assists political prisoners that is activist-conscious. We also need someone qualified and good with fundraising.

My success with Indiana lawyers haven’t been great. They seem to be afraid to go up against the Indiana Department of Corrections and the lawyers from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. We must find a lawyer out of state who can practice in the state of Indiana.

Those wanting to join this campaign to assist me in my freedom, please write me directly and we’ll go from there; honestly, we need all the willing working bodies we can get on this campaign.

Right now, I need someone who is computer-savvy who can network with organizations to encourage them to take on my case. I need a website on Facebook that solely covers my entire case, and we need a law firm that assists political prisoners that is activist-conscious. We also need someone qualified and good with fundraising.

Campaign: How is your civil and criminal fight coming along in the politics of the Indiana Court System?

KMK: On Jan. 11, 2013, I have a hearing on my civil law suit challenging my continued confinement by the Indiana Department of Corrections. I filed several motions pro se that will be covering primarily my request for the court to order my release to general population.

My criminal murder case is currently at a standstill, and my initial post-conviction appeal was denied, because the Public Defender’s Office gave me an attorney who felt I was guilty and I should do my time. He messed my case up.

I am preparing a successive post-conviction relief petition. My rights are being violated civilly and criminally, and I will never relent nor lose my self-determination to fight.

Campaign: Any final words you want to share with the public and the revolutionary community?

KMK: I can honestly say that Indiana as far as prisoners abandoning their criminal mentalities and transforming to political consciousness goes, our “think tanks,” we’re very aggressive in producing politically-active prisoners, but we seem to have lost our momentum somewhere.

Prisoners are still studying and having individual dialogues, and I think prisoners, in an attempt to avoid being captured and held for 10-20 years in solitary confinement, are becoming less vocal and active. My having been held for the past 18 years is their prime example of where they don’t want to be.

To me, life is not easy, never has been, and to struggle means to reject being the victim. One who struggles is a rejuvenated fighter life-long. We are organized, prepared and multi-talented. To struggle is to understand complexity and to pick one’s own battles. There cannot be fruitful progress without a real struggle. I am not broken by my adversity, but I am experiencing psychological fatigue. A luta continua.

Send our brother some love and light: Khalfani Malik Khaldun (Leonard McQuay), 874304

POWER TO THE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE – A Political Message on International Human Rights Day

“POWER TO THE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE”
(A Political Message on International Human Rights Day)

Against all odds, New Afrikan and poor oppressed people everywhere in America and abroad, by the sure realities of their life experiences of oppression, have forged a solidarity and unity based on their understanding that collectively together once organized, poor people have the power to change their lives. The Human Rights Movement revolution that swept around this country and nation, became the political weapon needed to confront white supremacy and governmental domination.

There is no system more corrupt than a system that represents itself as the example of freedom, the example of democracy, and can go all over the earth telling other people how to straighten out their house, and you have citizens of this country who may have to use self-defense if they want to cast a ballot. The greatest weapon the colonial powers have used in the past against the oppressed masses has always been divide and conquer.

The oppressed all have the same goals, the same objectives, the objective of obtaining freedom, justice and equality, we are fighting for the right to live as a free human being in this society. We are fighting for the rights that are even greater than civil rights and that is Human Rights. As an oppressed community, we must have Human Rights before we can secure civil rights. We must be respected as humans before we can be recognized as deserving citizens:

“What to the American Slave is your Fourth of July? I answer, a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, celebration is a sham, your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity, your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy – a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.” FREDERICK DOUGLASS – Rochester, New York (July 5, 1852)

Frederick Douglass was one of the bold captains of social protest and a towering leader of the African American Protest Movement. Even today Douglass’ passionate and eloquent protest rhetoric has a startling relevance. It captures the collective critique, defiance, and aspirations of millions of African Americans, and oppressed people of color, who have experienced historical oppression and racial discrimination.

The Human Rights Movement evolved out of a series of deliberate multifaceted activities of oppressed groups that are directed specifically toward altering or destroying the system of domination that produces and manages the system of social inequality being imposed on the oppressed masses. The Abolitionist Movement, Protest Movements, Human & Civil Rights Movements, gave birth to groups such as the Black Panthers, Brown Panthers, Native American Independence Movement, Latin Independence Movement. These groups and movements raised the national & revolutionary consciousness of a lot of people. The primary objective was empowerment, and initiating social change.

Like the white abolitionists who helped Harriet Tubman during the “Underground Railroad” hiding runaway slaves were friends of the people. Today, we have a lot of young white revolutionaries who are sincere in attempting to embrace and assist our struggle, making a reality out of the high moral standard that their parents only expressed, in looking for new leadership, the young white revolutionaries have found these leaders in the African American community, and throughout the world.

As we know repression breeds resistance, political consciousness moved from the outside, as revolutionaries experienced imprisonment. They would ultimately impact revolutionary consciousness throughout the prison plantation system nationally.

Organizations such as The Innocence Project, led by attorney Barry Scheck, motivated by Human Rights, have helped to free or exonerate hundreds of convicts through DNA testing and investigative research.
Human Rights organizations influenced Governor George Ryan (who is no longer Governor), to release many prisoners from Illinois Death Row, that amounted to a windfall of other releases. George Ryan placed a moratorium on, shutting it down.
In 1997, Human Rights Watch released a scathing report called: “COLD STORAGE: Super Maximum Security Confinement in Indiana“. It details “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment” experienced by men in 2 of Indiana’s prisons. Westville Correctional Unit (WCU) and the Special Confinement Unit (SCU). Go to hrw.org and find the report “Cold Storage“.

The Cointelpro (Counter-intelligence Program), brainchild of J. Edgar Hoover, had a severe impact on the movements for Human & Civil Rights, through age-old infiltration tactics, slowly these organizations would experience members going to prison, being murdered by the police, or being manipulated by infiltration. Many became victims of the divide and conquer method. We must rebuild our Human Rights Movement, agitate, educate, and organize.

Anyone looking to respond to this blog may do so by writing to me directly at my address below.
Salutations to you on Human Rights Day! (Monday, December 10, 2012)

(FREEDOM, JUSTICE and EQUALITY)

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun, 874304,
(Leonard McQuay) GCH/17-2C,
Pendleton Correctional Facility,
4490 W. Reformatory Road,
Pendleton, IN. 46064

Indiana Political Prisoner Calls for Legal Aid and Civil Pro-Bono Assistance for Himself and Others Held in Segregated Confinement

Indiana Political Prisoner Calls for Legal Aid and Civil Pro-Bono Assistance for Himself and Others Held in Segregated Confinement

Dear Civil Representatives,

On Dec. 31, 2012, Federal Judge Tonya Pratt ruled in her entry following a bench trial: “This entry shall constitute the Court’s findings of facts and conclusions of law in accordance with the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 53.1 The Court hereby renders its final decision regarding the matters presented at trial and finds plaintiffs have prevailed as to their eighth amendment claim.”

As of April 11, 2011, the IDOC housed approximately 26,800 adult prisoners in a number of facilities. The IDOC for a very long time has known that prolonged solitary confinement can and has exacerbated mental illness. They are circumventing state and federal law in violation of the eighth amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

A number of IDOC facilities have segregated housing units. Broadly speaking, there are two types of segregation—disciplinary segregation and administrative segregation. A prisoner may be placed in disciplinary segregation for violating prison or IDOC rules.2 Prisoners may be held for only a definite time period. In contrast, a prisoner may be placed in administrative segregation if the prisoner is considered a threat to the staff and security of the facility or its operations, even though they have committed no disciplinary offense. For example, a prisoner may be placed in an administrative segregation unit for actions that pose a risk of escape, other risk, or of being affiliated with a gang. Department-wide administrative segregation in this state has been indefinite.

This status is subject to periodic administrative review, as set out in Administrative Procedure 02-01-111.3 However, in violation of the Indiana and U.S. Constitution due process clause, these prolonged segregated confinement conditions are subjecting multiple prisoners to atypical and significant hardships and cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the eighth amendment.

Harmful Effects of Extended Stays in Department-wide Administrative Segregation

Based on the extensive evidence presented in Federal Judge Tony Pratt’s ruling, that held that the IDOIC has been violating prisoner rights to the eighth amendment (Case 1:08-CV-01317-TWP-MHD), the court found that there were three ways in which segregation is harmful to prisoners with serious mental illness. Prisoners who do not have a diagnosis of being seriously mentally ill are being harmed equally by spending years in segregated confinement.

  1. The first is lack of social interaction, such that the isolation itself creates problems.
  2. The second is that the isolation involves significant sensory deprivation.
  3. The third is the enforced idleness, permitting no activities or distractions.

These factors can and have exacerbated the prisoners’ symptoms of mental health and deteriorating stability.4

Long-Term Decompensation

The IDOC is criminal in creating mental illness by the use of administrative segregation for long-term purposes, without having a criterion for a “tentative release” from segregation. It allows room for abuses to occur and prisoners end up suffering psychological torture. Decompensation is manifested by the prisoners’ experiencing auditory or visual hallucinations, sleep disturbances, memory problems, anxiety, paranoia, depression, eating problems or engaging in self-injury or suicide.

Additionally, this effects are known by the IDOC through the Private Settlement Agreement to an earlier lawsuit (Mast v. Donahue, No. 2:05-CVV-37, S.D. Indiana), wherein the IDOC argued that prisoners with Axis 1 Diagnosis would not be placed in a SCU unit. The Commissioner of the IDOC stated: “These offenders may have been diagnosed with mental disorder that is worsened by confinement in a secured confinement unit (SC). In these cases, it is in the best interest of the department to attempt to obtain mental health treatment for these offenders rather than simply placing them in a long-term disciplinary or department-wide administrative segregation unit.”5

The prisoncrats are aware that sick prisoners get worse by long-term segregated confinement. Currently there are prisoners spending anywhere from 5 to 28 years in isolation. One case is my own.

Political Injustice: 1994 to 2013

I have spent 18 years in isolation. There are no documented plans by the IDOC to my knowledge to release me from segregation any time soon. The IDOC is in major violation for violating my rights, protected by the eighth and fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Prisoners are collectively experiencing the same violations, but only a handful ever file suit. Thus, this is where our problem is occurring. When I initiated an individual suit, no civil firm, organization, or lawyer has chosen to take my case, even though it is clear that I have an eighth amendment claim. When we go at it from a Class Action Suit (1983) that involved multiple plaintiffs, in most cases our case is picked up. The tragedy occurs when good claims go unrepresented, simply because many don’t come to the aid of individual prisoners.

Many prisoners have resorted to committing suicide because no one wanted to help them medically or take on their cases. That constitutes a political injustice.

Periodic 90-Day Reviews

The eighth amendment imposes upon prison officials a duty to maintain humane conditions of confinement. These reviews are not being conducted in a meaningful way. They are conducting these reviews with no intention of releasing particular prisoners. The decision makers’ practices violate both the eighth and fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Conducting these reviews in a rote manner prolongs how long we are held in segregated confinement, which unfortunately causes mental pain and anguish involving cruel and unusual punishment. These reviews also violate the provisions of the fourteenth amendment due process clause in that they are subjectively prepared with the intent of denying them prior to review. However, with quality legal representation, grievances, and other supporting notarized affidavits, we can win.

Calling on You

We need your immediate attention and help. There are prisoners all across the state being held in isolation, doing everything to qualify for release to general population. However, they are being warehoused with no end in sight. Don’t say or claim to be civil rights advocates working on behalf of prisoners when you don’t come down to our aid here in Indiana. We are trying to distribute this Call far and wide. So pass it on to a friend or a legal group.

You may reach me at:

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun
#874304 Leonard McQuay
(Pendleton Correction Facility)

 

Something About the Author

Born Leonard McQuay on Nov. 30, 1969 in Gary, Indiana in Methodist Hospital, one of the city’s major hospitals, to proud parents John and Sonara McQuay and seven other siblings (five sisters and two brothers).

Leonard McQuay attended Jefferson Elementary, Beckman Junior High, and Horace Mann High School. He was sent to prison in 1987, for a sentence to serve until 1994. Leonard McQuay was given the liberated name Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun, and during this period he took his Shahada oath of faith and embraced Islam, becoming a Muslim. He went through a spiritual and political transformation and abandoned his attraction for the criminal lifestyle, becoming known as an aspiring revolutionary.

While in prison housed at the Indiana State Prison, a prison guard was stabbed and killed on Dec. 13, 1994. Prison investigators, with help from prison informants, accused Khalfani Malik Khaldun of being the sole perpetrator of this incident. He was charged and later convicted after six and a half years of legal battles in a seven-day trial with an all-white jury. The court and jury found Khalfani guilty, and he was later sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Since Dec. 13, 1994 he has been held in segregated confinement, cut off from all of the prison population across the state of Indiana. He was sentenced once, and the IDOC has punished him for 18 years, which amounts to double punishment. This long-term extended stay in isolation has had multiple adverse psychological effects on Khalfani Malik Khaldun. He now experiences issues with paranoia, anxiety, depression, which is a direct result of the IDOC warehousing him in segregation for the past 18 years.

Khalfani continues to fight for himself and on behalf of other prisoners held in isolation in violation of both the state and federal constitutions against atypical and significant hardships and cruel and unusual punishment.

The campaign to Free Khalfani Malik Khaldun

1 Case 1:08-CV-01317-TWP-MJD Doc. 2789. Filed Dec. 31, 2012.

2 See The Use and Operation of Adult Disciplinary Segregation Manual 02-01-112.

3 See Pendleton Correctional Facility Operational Procedures 02-01-111.

4 See the Indianapolis Star News article, “The Mental Pain of Solitary Confinement.”

5 Cause No. 49, Doz 1105-PL-18463.