Imprisoned

Fred “Muhammad” Burton

Fred is one of the Philly 5 a group of men accused of an alleged attack on a police unit that left one officer killed. The case stems from a highly racially charged period in Philadelphia history while the imfamous Frank Rizzo served as Police Commissioner. 

Personal Background

Prior to his incarceration, Fred worked for a phone company, was a well-respected member of his community and his wife was preparing to have twins, his third and fourth child.

Abdul Azeez (Warren Ballentine)

Abdul is one of the Virgin Island 3 serving 8 consecutive life sentences after being tortured into a false confession then wrongly imprisoned. He was 23 at the time of his arrest in 1972. Now in his 60s, he has several chronic health issues that are difficult to treat inside prison including advanced cardiac disease. He has support within the Virgin Islands and mainland U.S. should he be granted clemency like his former codefendant Rafael Joseph was in 1994.

Note: His ID# that must appear on the envelope if writing a letter is #16-047

Fran Thompson

Serving life plus 10 years for killing a man who broke into her home in self-defense. Before her imprisonment, Fran was an eco, animal & anti-nuke campaigner and it is believed this biased the court against her.

Doug Wright

It was during the reign of Ronald Reagan, a decade that signaled the rapid decline of all that still lay natural, sane, and pure.  Central America was brutalized, unions were busted, record number of millionaires became billionaires, punk rock took the offensive, and on May 31, 1985 Douglas Wright entered this world.                            

What do children need?  They need love, food, and warm beds.  Fresh air and stimulating conversation is good, too.

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