Joshua Altersberger will be 30 years old in November of 2017. He was condemned to death in Florida when he was 19. He is a member of ACAT’s correspondence program for Death Row prisoners in the United States. Joshua was accused of having murdered a policeman. He denies having been the author of this murder but did not want to incriminate the two men who were with him for fear that they would take it out on his family. Today he is requesting a review of his conviction while at the same time protecting his family. In Florida the conditions of detention on Death Row are particularly harsh. The convicts are held in cells of 6 feet 74 inches by 9 feet 11 inches for 23 hours out of 24. A roll call is taken every hour. They are handcuffed whenever they must move about. In October of 2013 a special United Nations report on torture equated solitary confinement to a form of torture because of the intense moral and physical suffering that it occasions. It should only be used as an exception when used at all. People on Death Row should not under any circumstances be subjected to such a practice for any length of time.What can you do?
You can write to him:
Joshua Altersberger 131596
Union Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Don’t forget to put your address both on your letter and on the envelope.