For over 3 decades Tommy Silverstein, has been held in the most isolated conditions, far beyond mere solitary confinement. Here we include some of his essays, his incredible art work, and most importantly, his appeals for the prison to move him to general population. He has been a model prisoner for all these years. Sent to isolation for killing an inmate and a guard. Please remember that the Death Penalty is a different issue this blog is about isolation.
There is nothing that ADX won't do to stop Tommy from telling his story.
After many years
of concerned and caring folks asking Tommy to finally tell his story & let
the public really know what’s going on for the past 32+years in isolation, I
will transcribe his words in quotations.in the first person as he has written
it to me.
writing his story, chapter 1 was not allowed out for “security” reasons; Tom
paid for certified postage, to be sent to Pete Earley the author; Almost a
month and a half went by with no return receipt, so Tom began to write the
censor what are called COPOUTS, to find out what happened to his manuscript. It
took the SIS or censor at least a week to tell Tom that it had been “confiscated”.
Now another month later he is told the manuscript is “lost”, the censor said
she “sent it back to him”, well “surprise, surprise” he didn’t get it. And he
was finally told it was rejected because he “describes procedures, ha ha, what
BS. . God forbid if folks know how I’m cuffed when I leave & enter the cell”
Tom then muses “They show all that on Lock-upbut ADX is different? Ha ha we know that’s not the real reason”
Now if that wasn’t enough 3 of Tommy’s
drawings were also “confiscated” for containing “gang related” material, Tom
has no idea what they mean by “gang related” even asking them “What’s gang
related?”, She “wouldn’t” say, so Tommy asked. “What can’t I draw, so they stop
stealing my art?” She the SIS/censor said “You know” (here he draws little
confused face) “I have never drawn gang related stuff, for this reason, but suddenly now these new SIS techs claim my 3
drawings are “full of it!!” That’s why I
know its BS because I don’t
do it, is why they are making it up. (angry face) Tommy describes the drawings;
one drawing is a dark, black and white evil depiction of ADX. Another is a
female warrior & last is a Geisha with a dragon on her kimono.
currently appealing these “thefts & retaliation”, (I agree with him, there’s
no real reason except to steal his art), for trying to expose the depravity of
ADX and what he is subjected to.
weeks on a drawing putting his heart and soul into it and for it to be taken
from him for bogus reasons is sick and twisted.
My question to readers is Have any of you ever seen any of Tommy's art depicting anything remotely gang related?
One of Tommy's recent drawings to me
Tommy says to
tell you we will keep you all posted. I’ll post copies of his appeals so you
all can read it for yourselves.
Tommy is shaken
up and angry, I get angry reading it and rereading it, trying to think of how I
Tommy has not
asked for help but I got so mad I wrote the Director of the BOP. No reply not a surprise. The key to writing any prison authority is do not ask a question, if you ask a question they will send you a form letter citing a rule. I tell them what I am appalled by, insisted upon an investigation.
Thomas R. Kane, Ph.D.
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW Washington, DC 20534
Per the BOP inmates are
allowed to write a manuscript 5350.27