Stay Denied in Hep C Case (30.3.2017) Prison Radio + Column (Text)





[col. writ. 3/27/17] © ’17 Mumia Abu-Jamal

When a U.S District Court ruled in early January that the PA Corrections Dept. (DOC) had (twice!) violated the Constitution and also ordered them to begin treating me for a hepatitis C infection, many people thought that that – was that.

People walked up to me and asked me how my treatment was going. I usually replied, “What treatment?” Most were shocked that months later, no treatment had begun.

On Monday afternoon (3/27/17) I received a message from Bret Grote of Abolitionist Law Center, telling me that the U.S. 3rd Circuit denied the DOC’s Stay Petition. Bret, co-counsel Bob Boyle, esquire, of New York, and Dr. Joseph Harris, an expert witness on hepatitis who testified at the court hearing in December 2016, had done it again.

What had they done?

They’d won.

They’ve won not just for me, but for thousands of prisoners suffering from Hep C. For them all, the day of treatment has moved closer and not just treatment – a cure!

This is especially sweet for Dr. Harris, an internist who serves patients in Harlem, suffering from Hep C and HIV. At the hearing, he riveted the courtroom when he testified that he treated 30 patients for Hep C – and had 30 cures. Then he corrected himself, saying, “I want to say 31 patients.”

When asked why he changed his number, he shocked the courtroom when he said, “The 31st patient was myself; I had hepatitis C, but I don’t anymore.”

(Dr. Harris may be reached at:

The battle continues for hepatitis C Treatment – and we’re winning!