Reports released last week revealed that political prisoner of war Jamil Al-Amin, formerly H. Rap Brown, has been transferred out of solitary confinement to the general population at a new prison location.

He was moved Monday, Oct. 6 to Canaan USP in Waymart, Pa. On the following Thursday, it was reported that he was comfortably among the federal prison’s other 1,400 captives in the general population.

His supporters contend that, once again, it was the power of the people that got him both transferred and the opportunity to be diagnosed by a more qualified medical team than the one at the federal Administrative Maximum Facility Florence supermax prison, located in Freemont County, Colo., where he has been held captive since October 2007. They also say it was that same force that averted Al-Amin’s return to the very same demoralizing dungeon where he previously resided.

His wife, Karima Al-Amin, released the following statement last Thursday: “Our voices were heard that he should not be placed again in solitary confinement—a custody placement that never was warranted by the Bureau of Prisons. We thank you again for joining us in the campaign that made this possible.

“We will continue to monitor Imam Jamil’s health conditions and to work for his freedom to bring him home. We certainly will keep everyone informed.”

The ailing imam, who just reached his 71st physical day Oct. 4, was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer, and transferred July 18 to Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina for treatment.

You can write Jamil Al-Amin at Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, #99974-555, USP Canaan, P.O. Box 300, Waymart, PA 18472. For more information and to sign the petition, contact or visit