Ed Lewinson is about 20 days into a 90-day sentence for his peaceful protest of the School of the Americas. At 78, he is the oldest of the SOA 11. He was sent to a prison in Ohio, far from his New Jersey home, and in a letter he just sent to his supporters, written by a cell mate, he said he has been placed in solitary confinement:
“Because I am blind, I have been placed in the disciplinary housing - the hole. Although there are 2 or 3 people per cell, we are locked in 23 hours per day, and 24 on weekends. The other hour we are allowed to walk around a 15 x 20 foot cage for recreation….
“We are allowed one phone call every 30 days, and I must be here 30 days before I can make my first (call). I have tried to change this, but so far, no such luck. Although, I have a very kind cell mate, who has been very helpful.
“Needless to say, the time goes slowly and I’ll be glad when its over. Although 90 days is a really short time to spend in prison, relatively speaking. Cordially, Ed”
Call your representative and urge them to contact the Bureau of Prisons to demand that Ed Lewinson be moved closer to home and given appropriate accommodations.
If you’d like to send a note of support:
Dr. Edwin Lewinson
PO Box 10
Lisbon, OH 44432