On October 27, 1983 all of the United States Penitentiary at Marion was locked down, thus producing the first control unit prison in the history of the United States. In the fall of 1985, the Committee to End the Marion Lockdown (CEML) came into being with our first event co-sponsored with the National Committee to Free Puerto Rican Prisoners of War. The event was designed to commemorate two full years of the lockdown and to generate a determination to end it. Unfortunately we failed to end it, but with that event we started a tradition of fall programs which would commemorate the lockdown, help us remember the courageous people caged therein, and energize us to continue to struggle against control units.

On October 21, 1995 CEML, along with the National Committee, held our eleventh annual fall program. The speakers were all extraordinary as was the energy in the room provided by the 150 people who attended the event. Additional energy and significance was given to the event by the fact that The National Campaign to Stop Control Unit Prisons held its second national meeting in Chicago that same weekend. Over 40 people traveled to the meeting from all across the United States, coming from places as far away as New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Dayton, Newark, etc. They also attended the program.

Since the program, we have had many requests for transcripts of the talks at the event. We have thus decided to produce the pamphlet that is now before you. We hope that you will find the transcript informative and helpful.


Letters from Prisoners

As part of our fall program activities, at the beginning of September, 1995 CEML sent letters to all the prisoners we knew of at the Florence Control Unit (the "Administrative Maximum Facility" in prisoncratese, or ADX or Ad Max) and asked for their reflections on the first year of the prison, which was officially opened at the beginning of 1995. They are printed in the order they were received. We urge everyone to write to some of the prisoners caged at Florence. The address for all of them is the same: name, prison number, P.O. Box 8500, Florence, CO 81226-8500.

Committee to End the Marion Lockdown
P.O. Box 578172
Chicago, IL 60657-8172
(312) 235-0070

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