Theresa Shoats is an activist and the daughter of Russell Maroon Shoats, who was a member of the Black Panther Party and a founding member of the Black Unity Council. He is serving multiple life sentences for the 1970 murder of a Philadelphia area police officer. Now 70 years old, Shoats has spent the last 21 years in continuous solitary confinement at Pennsylvania’s SCI Greene, and he did several earlier terms in solitary as well–for a total of close to 30 years in all.
More information can be found on the blog maintained by Teresa Shoats at http://russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com/. Solitary Watch reporter and videographer Valeria Monfrini talked with Teresa Shoats last fall.