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Another Virginia inmate says he was locked in solitary over prison politics

By: - August 24, 2018 10:44 am

Kevin Rashid Johnson – active in the push to reform prison labor — says he was placed in a cell on death row despite never having been sentenced to death.

“There can be only one reason they have put me here – to shut me up and prevent me fraternising with other prisoners as they fear I will radicalise them and encourage them to resist their oppression,” he writes in an op-ed in The Guardian.

This isn’t the first time a politically active inmate in Virginia has been locked in solitary.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported in May that Askari Danso alleged retribution after organizing a petition asking for better medical care and staffing. Prison officials said they don’t comment on inmate transfers.

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.

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