When looking at Facebook pages about USP Victorville I recognized a picture of Dr. Mutulu Shakur and remembered seeing him around when I was there. I also seem to recall speaking to him once or twice in the law library, but I did not know who he was at the time and I do not recall what we were talking about. I think it had something to do with the Lexis Nexis software or case law. I spent a lot of time working on my case on the time and he was working on his. After that people would point him out to me sometimes and tell me that he was Tupac's dad. One day somebody told me about how he had to battle the government in court for decades just be eligible for parole consideration. Shortly before my release in 2016 I was in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) for making hooch and I heard on the radio that he was finally able to see the parole board, but did not find out what they decided or why until much later.
I never knew just how much of a following he had until I stumbled on his photo online and Googled his name. When I went to his website I read his denial from the United States Parole Commission and it really pissed me off because their rational is retarded.
They cited incident reports he has gotten over the years for minor things like contacting the public without permission, "abusing" the phone by using it to give a speech, and signing letters with the phrase "Stiff Resistance." Apparently it is not possible for a convicted felon to be both rehabilitated and a vocal opponent of the oppressive terrorist organization that calls itself the Federal Government of the United States of America. If that is true than I will never be "rehabilitated" either because I will continue speaking out against the feds until the day I die. The parole board's decision in his case made me realize how lucky I was to have a release date that did not depend on them because if I needed their approval I never would have been released.
They even blamed him for stuff other people posted on his website. Like he is the webmaster, give me a break. I can relate though. I wouldn't have even been there if people had not blamed me for stuff other people said on my website, long story. He is a political prisoner in my book. Had I known who he was when we met I probably would have picked his brain to the point of driving him crazy and forcing him to either do all he could to avoid me for the sake of his own sanity or complain to my people to put me in check, so maybe it is better that I did not know anything about him.
Since originally writing about Mutulu, the parole board again refused to release him in 2018. He is now suing the government for several erroneous interpretations of the law that they are using in his case. The USPC seems to always go into his hearings with their minds made up. It is like they are saying, "well, since we have not choice but to consider you for parole here we are and your parole is denied." Unlike most prisoners, Shakur has the resources to fight the feds in court, but unfortunately his case seems to be one where they really dug in their heels.