A Chronically Lethal System Mumia’z Skin Disease and Mass Incarceration az Lethal Threat

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June 21, 2015 by socialaction2014

Moorbey'z Blog

by MARK LEWIS TAYLOR

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s fight today for his physical health exposes the pervasive inhumanity of US mass incarceration’s very nature. It is a lethal system.

Abu-Jamal is currently incarcerated in a Frackville, Pennsylvania state prison, serving a Life Without Possibility of Parole sentence (LWOPP). That began after nearly 30 years on death row for a death sentence that courts ruled unconstitutional in 2011.

But Abu-Jamal’s imprisoned body is now confined in another way. He is encased from head-to-toe by a skin disease that has remained undiagnosed since January. Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Fulbright Scholar and historian at Baruch College/CUNY, who has visited Abu-Jamal regularly for over a decade saw him this past Saturday, June 13, and her report includes these descriptive phrases:

*A leather patch now covers Abu-Jamal’s whole body

* He is told his hemoglobin levels have been going down

* His skin . . . is “really…

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