Russell D. Smith papers (1976-1989, bulk 1976-1981)
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Title: Russell D. Smith papers
Inclusive dates: 1976-1989
Bulk dates: 1976-1981
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet (1 record center box and 1 manuscript box.)
Smith, a former juvenile and adult offender, became an activist for prisoners' rights, especially those of gay inmates, while incarcerated in federal penitentiaries across the country in the late 1970s. As a victim himself he was particularly interested in the problem of prison rape. After his release in 1980, he continued to advocate prison reform through POSRIP (People Organized to Stop Rape of Imprisoned Persons). The papers include an autobiography/chronology of Smith's experiences in and out of juvenile detention centers and prisons; extensive correspondence with friends in the International Committee to Free Russell Smith (ICFRS) concerning prison conditions, his personal safety, his transfers from prison to prison, his efforts to provide legal assistance to other inmates, and his plans for post-release activities; records of legal suits and complaints filed by Smith; and formal reports about Smith filed by prison officials. Copies of the POSRIP Newsletter (1980-1981) can be found with the Labadie's serial holdings.
Call number: ams0033
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center), Joseph A. Labadie Collection