Sherry Peel Jackson Update

Posted: August 23rd, 2011 by Militant Libertarian

Mili Note: The following was posted by Sherry on her website, SherryPeelJackson.org, as an update to her situation.  It seems that things are getting better and finally normalizing for this brave woman.

If you are unfamiliar with who Jackson is, she is one of the ex-IRS agents that appears in Aaron Russo’s documentary America: Freedom to Fascism and was sentenced to four years in prison for tax-related non-crimes.  While in prison, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (no thanks to prison doctors).  She was recently released and is now completely free (as free as you can get in America).  Here’s her August update:

Hi Everyone!

I finally have the little shackle off my left leg and am out of the custody of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).  I am going to clear up some misconceptions, give you a brief summary of my journey and tell you of some of my future plans.

First, let’s clear up some misconceptions that have been flying around the Internet for a few years.

Now, let’s move on to a brief summary of what happened.  There are some things I know now that I didn’t know in the past but I am not at liberty to discuss them right now, so read between the lines if you can.

On October 30, 2007, a jury found me guilty of four (4) counts of willful failure to file tax returns.  On February 14, 2008 I was sentenced to four (4) years in federal prison even though the sentencing guidelines gave a sentence of 27-33 months.  The prosecution asked for and was granted an “upward departure”.

I was immediately taken from my family and placed in the Atlanta City Detention Center for 2 months, then in the Robert A. Deyton Detention Center (a privately owned prison in Lovejoy, Georgia) for another month.

 

In May 2008 I was flown to Coleman Prison Camp in Coleman, Florida (an hour from Orlando and from Tampa) where I stayed until December 2009.  I became very ill, with what we know now as hyperthyroidism, in July 2009.  After a hospital stay in July my situation got critical and I reached out to my US congressman for help in late November 2009.  It just so happened that I used to be his CPA.  My husband sent the desperate e-mail to the congressman, but he also sent my e-mail to 20 of my dear supporters.  From there, that e-mail went viral, and I started receiving cards and letters from all other the world.

In mid December, almost a month after the letter went out; I received a copy of the American Free Press during the evening mail call.  That edition had a picture of me on the front cover with the caption, “Will The Feds Kill Sherry Jackson?”  Less than an hour later I was packed up and shipped to a county jail, where I spent that night and a better part of the next day, without explanation.  At 4pm I was picked up from the county jail by a man and woman in dress clothes and taken to the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution, a low security women’s prison according to the BOP.  However, that classification is relative because the BOP has not designated a “supermax” facility for women. Women in the BOP system who are classified as “special management concerns” due to violence and/or escape attempts are confined in the administrative unit of Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. Most high security female prisoners reside in special restricted zones within general women’s prisons.

Tallahassee had murderers and all manner of women criminals.  The worst of these were housed in the special housing unit (SHU) for fighting and other major infractions.  The SHU was a prison within a prison, and that is where I was kept for five (5) months!  I was in a cell alone with no real shoes, no real comb and lacking many of the personal items that I needed to live with dignity.

 

But by the grace of God I survived solitary confinement.  I asked for and was given a Bible on my first night there.  I read it from cover to cover in 26 days and then started to study by book, chapter and verse.  After a month or so I was allowed to purchase a radio.  I found three (3) good Christian stations and wrote out a daily schedule from 8:00am to 11:00pm of all of the ministries that were on these stations.  Although I also listened to NPR and Fox Radio from time to time, I spent most of my listening time with Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Charles Stanley, Chip Ingram, Tony Evans, Ravi Zacharias, Chuck Swindoll, John McArthur and the late, great Dr. Adrian Rogers.  It was as if I was in my own classroom with these instructors all to myself.

It was too cold in Tallahassee from December through March, so I didn’t go outside.  After March I went out in slippers (they wouldn’t let you have real shoes in the SHU) and walked for an hour Sunday through Thursday.  I also tried to stand in the sun sometimes, to get some vitamin D.  The walking area was the size of a large family room, and I walked around and around singing praise songs.

There were three of these large recreation cells outside.  I was always kept in one alone.  The other two cells had women from Tallahassee and women from other prisons being held over for transport.  Their language was so vile that I had to sing to myself to drown out the filth.

We were allowed to shower on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  We were always shackled when we were let out of the cells, and then unshackled when we were placed in the shower cell or in the recreation cell outside.

After five months I was bussed to the Robert A. Deyton Detention facility in Lovejoy, Georgia for 2 months for a pending appeal, and then bussed back to Coleman Prison camp from August, 2010 till February 15, 2011.

From Coleman I went to a transitional facility in Atlanta.  This “halfway house” housed around 125 men and 20 women.  It was slightly better than prison, but it was another large challenge for me.  I was put on home confinement, then taken off due to a faulty ankle monitor, then placed back on home confinement June 20, 2011.  On August 8, 2011 I was released from the halfway house and began a year of supervised release with the US probation office.  I will get more into detail about this journey at a later date.  Suffice it to say that 36 months in prison will change anyone’s life.

My future plans are to:

This concludes my August newsletter.  I welcome you on this new journey with me.  Future topics will include:

Until then be strong and vigilant.

Sherry

P.S. To see what I’m doing in my home business enterprises, go to SPJ Health and SPJ Travel

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Comments (18)

 

  1. Wouldn’t it be great if a thousand Liberty Lovers sent Sherry and Colin a small gift every month!

    Sherry and her family have sacrificed so much by talking the talk AND walking the walk!

    And please don’t forget the rest of the political prisoners!

    http://www.taxhonestynews.com/pows.html

    You will note Wesley Snipes is currently a political prisoner with a scheduled release date of July 19, 2013. On January 20, 2013 Ron Paul’s Inauguration Speech should begin with the words…

    “WESLEY TRENT SNIPES POLITICAL PRISONER 43355-018 IS PARDONED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!”

    The appropriate paperwork should be signed by President Paul right then and there before he continues his speech!

    Starving The Monkeys and Ending The Looterfest,
    John and Dagny Galt
    Atlas Shrugged, Owners Manual For The Universe!(tm)

    .

  2. GoneWithTheWind says:

    This is stupid! All you had to do was file the return. You don’t have to pay it!!! That is if you have nothing they will wait until you do have the money to pay and of course add on interest and penalties. BUT you DON’T GO TO JAIL. YOU went to jail because you did not file! DUH!! DO you feel stupid yet???

    • Aaron says:

      “Show me the law.” That is Sherry and hundreds of other protestor’s question – the trillion dollar question that is neve answered.

      You’re saying that you must file. SHOW ME THE LAW THAT SAYS I MUST FILE. You and the IRS cannot because there is no law.

  3. GoneWithTheWind says:

    I think you would have to be stupid to believe you can simply not comply with federal income tax. Stupid activists have been challenging this for years and have never won in court. The Supreme Court has upheld the law. What more do you want?? The problem is there is a hard core stupid minority who are selling you this crap that somehow the federal tax is unconstitutional and you don’t have to pay it. DUH! How stupid do you have to be to not understand that you have to pay your taxes. Oh well! Perhaps we are all better off with stupid people off the streets.

    • http://mises.org/etexts/taxrob.asp

      Surely you understand the fact that thousands of people, including millionaire Wesley Snipes no less, are being held political prisoners at the people’s expense…to serve as a warning for all the rest of the sheeple to obey or have their head on a pole as well…

      SURELY…in this latest Great Depression, the people can ill-afford to attempt to loot their neighbor via tax-robbery and then pay for the kidnapping and political imprisonment of their own neighbors for years…just because they refused to be robbed and wouldn’t let their neighbors loot them…

      You are definitely gone in the wind for sure…

      Starving The Monkeys and Ending The Looterfest,
      John and Dagny Galt
      Atlas Shrugged, Owners Manual For The Universe!(tm)

      .

    • Militant Libertarian says:

      Stupid? I guess it’s stupid to realize that the income tax is slavery. Consider this: government puts a gun to your head and demands that you pay them some of what you’ve made. If you refuse to pay, they throw you in prison and/or destroy your life.

      Is that not the definition of slavery?

      • GoneWithTheWind says:

        Then get 51% of your fellow voters to vote in congressmen who would repeal the income tax. But like any law (except the one against illeghal immigration) you cannot break it just because you don’t like it. Personally I would prefer a sales tax or VAT to replace ALL other taxes. But until the income tax is repealed you snub it at your own risk. Most people obey the laws because they are moral, many obey the laws because they fear jail. Whatever your reason; obey the laws! If you don’t like it vote against it and if that doesn’t work vote with your feet. But come on… How stupid is it to refuse to file your taxes then dare the government to come after you???

    • Steve says:

      I can’t tell if the above message was composed by the child of an IRS agent, or one of the many sheep. In fact, many have won in court against the IRS. The Supreme Court has NOT upheld any law, Title 26, IRC is, in fact, not PUBLIC LAW.

  4. Becky Ackers just whipped out an awesome commentary on the larceny called taxation!

    http://thenewamerican.com/opinion/becky-akers/8726-fair-taxation

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