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More Censorship and Repression in Indiana

On November 7, 1993, guards at the Maximum Control Complex (MCC) in Westville, Indiana, searched the cell of Shaka Shakur seeking to confiscate all copies of Human Rights Held Hostage , a civil/human rights publication. Not finding any copies they searched the other cells in the section. Still not finding any copies they locked down the entire MCC and shook it down. This time all typed political essays and even the back issues of HRHH were confiscated by the administration.

Guards also confiscated personal writings and legal materials from Shakur. So far none of the prisoners have been given any kind of notice concerning the confiscation. The orders to confiscate HRHH were apparently given by the Indiana DOC Deputy Commissioner, John Nunn. The report PLN received was written shortly after the above events, but it appears that the shakedown for HRHH was statewide and not just confined to the MCC.

The prisoners are initiating legal action for it's confiscation of the materials based on their political content, long after the publications had been permitted to enter the prison system. They are seeking assistance from counsel due to the difficulties in conducting litigation from a control unit under these types of conditions. Obviously if the DOC gets away with it's ruthless crushing of one prisoner rights publication like HRHH , then it opens the way for the repression of other publications, including the one you are currently reading.

To protest the confiscation of HRHH contact: Christian Debruyn, I.D.O.C. Commissioner, 804 State Office Bldg. 100 North Senate Ave. Indianapolis, IN. 46204. Phone (317) 232-5715.

For more information or to receive a copy of HRHH , contact:
Committee for Freedom
P.O. Box 14075
Chicago, IL. 60614-0075

Shaka's address is:
Shaka Shakur #28443
P.O. Box 557, M.C.C.
Westville, IN. 46391-0557

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