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Leonard Peltier

Contact Leonard at:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
P.O. Box 1033
Coleman, FL  33521

Leonard is an American Indian Movement POW who has spent nearly 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  Over the years, several medical conditions have surfaced for which he received substandard medical care.

In 2010, he was exhibiting symptoms of prostate cancer. In June of that year, after being pressured by lawyers and the community, the BOP finally ordered blood tests. He didn’t receive the results until 4 months later. A biopsy was then deemed necessary for proper diagnosis (and had not been performed as of April, 2011).  Even if cancer is/was not present, a serious medical condition was nonetheless indicated by his symptoms.

Furthermore, Leonard suffered a stroke which left him partially blind in one eye. For many years, he had a seriously debilitating jaw condition which left him unable to chew properly and caused consistent pain and headaches. The prison medical facilities could not properly treat this condition. In fact, two prison surgeries only worsened his condition. A physician from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offered to repair Leonard’s jaw free-of-charge, but was turned down again and again by prison authorities until the United Nations sharply rebuked the United States for subjecting Leonard to inhumane conditions. Surgery was performed and Leonard’s condition improved somewhat. Subsequent surgeries are required, however, to fully address his condition. To date, such treatment has not been approved by prison officials. In recent years, Leonard has again begun to experience severe discomfort related to his jaw, teeth, and gums.

Today, Leonard suffers from bone spurs in his feet and is affected by diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart condition, and other emerging health issues. According to an affiliate of Physicians for Human Rights, he risks blindness, kidney failure, and stroke given his inadequate diet, living conditions, and health care.  It is for health reasons as well as the dubious nature of the case against him that we are urging Obama to grant executive clemency to Leonard.

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