Alert: USA – Letters of support for Imam Jamil

Islamic Human Rights Commission

18 June 2009

Alert: USA – Letters of support for Imam Jamil

1. Summary
2. Background
3. Action required

1. Summary

Imam Jamil has recently been taken out of a disciplinary and solitary confinement facility known as “the hole”.

Imam Jamil is normally held in solitary confinement however, while placed in “the hole”, he had even more restrictions than his usual housing facility. Due to the severe circumstances Imam Jamil has been forced to endure, we ask campaigners to write letters of support and encouragement to him.

Solitary confinement has been proven to cause suicidal urges, severe mental health deterioration and at times physiological ailments. This makes it imperative that Imam Jamil receives messages of solidarity.

Hopefully, the letters he receives will be a source of comfort and an expression of concern people have for him internationally.

2. Background

Imam Jamil Al-Amin had recently been placed in “the hole”; a disciplinary and solitary confinement facility, also referred to as Special Housing Unit (SHU), in which inmates face even further restrictions. Imam Jamil had already been suffering from continuous 23-hour solitary confinement, simply by virtue of being housed at USP Florence ADMAX, which has also been dubbed the “Guantanamo Bay of the mainland” and “a clean version of hell”. IHRC does not know the reason behind this presumed disciplinary action which placed him in a cell having no bed, no control over the lights, and no shower. Aside from being strip-searched, his Qur’an and all other personal belongings were seized.

Solitary confinement results in a severe deterioration of mental health and wellbeing of the prisoner. This method was first tested in 1820 at Cherry Hill prison, Philadelphia. The intention was to reform inmates with this program; however it caused suicidal tendencies and extreme mental instability, leading to the program being scrapped. Despite this damning conclusion, solitary confinement is still used widely in American prisons.

It is crucial that Imam Jamil receives as much support as possible considering the psychological effect of 23 hour solitary confinement. Writing letters of support, hope and encouragement is a productive way of helping Imam Jamil strive through this ordeal.

For further information, please visit the Imam Jamil IHRC campaign page (

Please follow the link to see previous action alert for Imam Jamil

3. Action required

Please write to:

Jamil Al-Amin
USP Florence ADMAX
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 8500
Florence, CO 81226


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