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Democracy Now!  Extensive coverage featuring an interview with Sam Harrell’s sister and dad – 4/26/2016

DemNowSmAdditional Democracy Now! coverage:

4/23/2016 – Daily Headline coverage of rally in Beacon – 2:45 – 12

4/22/2016 – Daily Headline coverage of year anniversary – 8:10 – 9


One year later, family still seeks justice in inmate brutality case – Poughkeepsie Journal – 4/25/2016


Standing less than a mile from Fishkill Correctional Facility where his nephew died a year ago, Greg Harrell said he is frustrated that no action has been taken against the guards, who he believes are responsible for his nephew’s death, or the state that allowed it to happen.


250 attend rally seeking ‘justice’ for Kingston man who died in prison – Times Herald Record – 4/23/2016


Samuel Harrell III of Kingston died at Fishkill Correctional Facility April 21, 2015, after, his family and activists say, corrections officers handcuffed him and shoved him down a flight of stairs.  On Saturday, a year after Harrell’s death, about 250 people gathered, within sight of the prison, to honor Harrell, and call for changes in the prison system.


Rally held for justice in April 2015 death of prison inmate Samuel Harrell, a former Kingston resident – Daily Freeman – 4/24/2016


A rally and hunger vigil were held this weekend to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the beating death of Samuel Harrell, an inmate at Fishkill Correctional Facility.



Family and Friends Mark One-Year since Samuel Harrell’s Death – Time Warner Cable News – 4/23/2016


Organizers from Beacon Prison Action and family members of Samuel Harrell held a vigil in Beacon on Saturday.  “We miss him, we love him and we’re gonna continue until we get the justice that we deserve,” said Cerissa Harrell.


Reform Calls Are Renewed On One-Year Anniversary Of Inmate’s Death – WAMC/North Country Radio – 4/21/2016


Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of an inmate at a state prison in Dutchess County. The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation as friends and family of the man killed continue to push for prison reform.


Seeking Justice For Samuel Harrell – Hudson Valley News Network – 5/3/2016


Samuel Harrell was serving time at the Fishkill Correctional Facility on drug charges. Samuel had bipolar disorder and on April 21, 2015, he somehow believed his sister was coming to pick him up, even though he had several years left to serve. He packed his bags and headed to leave. He was subdued and handcuffed.  He was then beaten by as many as 20 corrections officers and thrown down a flight of stairs. Samuel Harrell died from his injuries sustained from that beating.


The Murder of Sam Harrell – Activist Radio – 4/28/2016




Does Solitary Confinement Go Too Far? – Highland Currents – 2/27/2016



As the one-year anniversary of inmate Samuel Harrell’s death at the Fishkill Correctional Facility approaches, residents in Beacon continue to seek ways to ensure that what happened last April doesn’t happen again.





Six months after death of inmate Samuel Harrell, a former Kingston resident, rally is held outside Fishkill prison – Daily Freeman – 10/22/2015

freemanFriends, family and community members held a vigil Wednesday evening outside at Fishkill Correctional Facility in memory of prisoner Samuel Harrell, a former Kingston resident who died in the prison in April after allegedly being beaten by corrections officers.


Fishkill Inmate Remembered at Vigil – Times Herald-Record – 10/21/2015

DianeBEACON Exactly six months to the day since a group of correction officers known as “the Beat Up Squad” at Fishkill Correctional Facility took Samuel Harrell’s life, the community gathered in the shadow of the prison to comfort his family and call for justice…


VIDEO: Vigil Held for Harrell Six Months After Death in Fishkill Prison – Time Warner Cable News – 10/21/ 2015

There was an outpouring of support for the family of Samuel Harrell at a vigil in his honor. He died at the Fishkill prison six months ago, after a controversial incident with corrections officers. Family and friends gathered Wednesday to demand that those responsible be held accountable and to light candles in his memory…



Beacon Group Seeks Prison Dialogue – – 10/30/ 2015

fishkillDisenchanted with what they say is an aggressive and unforgiving culture at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, a group of residents have united to expand the dialogue about prison violence…