The Dallas 6
Anthony Kelley 
Carrington Keys
Anthony Locke
Duane Peters
Derrick Stanley
Andre Jacobs

The ultimate measure of a person is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The victim who is able to articulate the situation has ceased to be a victim, has become a threat!
James Baldwin 

On April 29, 2010, there was a peaceful protest against illegal and barbaric conditions created by the Department of Corrections’ prison guards in the “hole” at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas (SCI Dallas), including food starvation, mail destruction, beatings, medical neglect, use of a “torture chair” and deaths of various prisoners.

After guards tortured fellow prisoner Isaac Sanchez in a “torture chair” overnight and threatened several Dallas 6 members with death, prisoner Carrington Keys, Duane Peter, Derrick Stanley, Anthony Locke and Anthony Kelly and another decided that they didn’t want to suffer anymore. Simultaneously covering their cell door windows with bedding, the prisoners demanded that the abuse stop, and requested access to their counselors, state police, the District Attorney and the Public Defenders’ Office. They had no access to telephones or computers and their incoming and out-going mail were being destroyed to undermine their ability to expose the corruption.

Rather than investigate or attempt to resolve the issues which occurred for over a year prior to April 29, 2010, prison officials staged an armed assault against the unarmed men, who were all locked inside of their individual cells, viciously attacking them with electro-shock shields, tazers, fists, and pepper-spray. While all of the guards involved in the incident admitted that they did not suffer any injuries, members of the Dallas 6 were left bloody, naked, with burnt skin, and in pain.
Following the assaults, several Dallas 6 members were transferred to other prisons. Hundreds of documents were generated, including specific claims of misconduct alleged against the Dallas 6. Not once was the word “riot” mentioned. After civil actions and other complaints were filed against prison guards and officials regarding the events, the prison, state police, and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office formed an alliance to bring criminal charges against the Dallas 6–now calling the incident a “riot,” four months later.

In pursuing this case, Pennsylvania tax dollars are being misused to prop up a prison culture that results in the abuse prisoners.  From transporting the Dallas 6 to court with helicopters hovering above, attorney hours, housing, court staffing, and travel over the course of a 3-year period, the state has spent between $250,000 and half a million dollars to prosecute these men who took a stand to save their lives and the lives of people around them.

The trial of the Dallas 6 will represent a moment of truth and exposure. We call on all who believe in justice and equality to promote awareness of this case. 

Summary in Support of Petition to Indict Luzerne County Judges, District Attorneys and others

Misconduct Dated 4-29-10 - Refusing to obey an order
Observe there is no mention of a group activity or any mention of  "riot""

Media Coverage:
Vice Magazine - Article by Molly Crabapple (Contains Video of Cell Extraction) -  October 2015

Truth Out - Article by Shandre Delaney  August 24, 2015

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader March 10, 2015

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader February 23, 2015

Philadelphia Daily News  November 12, 2014

Solitary Watch November 10, 2014

Truth-Out.org (November 7, 2014) (Article also reprinted by Popular Resistance)

Philadelphia Inquirer (October  25, 2014)  Letter to Editor Philadelphia Inquirer (October 29, 2014)

NBC News   (December 6, 2013)

Worker’s World (December 6, 2013)

San Francisco Bayview  (November 30, 2013)

CNN ireport   (October 9, 2013)

Rally at Love Park Philadelphia, PA   (September 17th 2012)

Human Rights Coalition Press Release concerning Carrington Keys (Aug. 2011)

Citizens' Voice (Sept. 17th 2010)

Times Leader (Sept. 16 2010)

PA Prison Report of Sept 3rd 2010, Human Rights Coalition: SCI DallasVice Magazine