Unjustly imprisoned at 17 years old – for a murder even Amnesty International maintains he did not commit – Nanon Williams’ death sentence as a minor highlights how the “War on Drugs” has been used to wage war on working and poor folks, and continues the legacy of inhumane violence and exploitation that damages millions of lives and devastates countless communities of color. Although Nanon admitted as a teenager that he participated in a drug deal gone bad, the Houston Police Department has come under investigation since evidence of fabrications in his case and others has been revealed. The substantial holes in the case against Nanon have been made increasingly evident to the public in exposés published by the Houston press.

Since Nanon Williams was put on Death Row at 17 years old, evidence of corruption has continued to surface in the handling of his case. Though currently under appeal, on November 24, 2010 a federal judge ordered Nanon’s release from prison in Texas — where he has spent over 21 years for a crime he did not commit. In support of his release, letters and poetry written by Nanon Williams are interwoven throughout Lyrics from Lockdown to create a hip hop theater/spoken word poetry concert experience.


Justice for Nanon – Part One Video
Justice for Nanon – Part Two Video


Prisoners in Texas do not have the opportunity to earn money nor are there grants or student loan opportunities for individuals with a life sentence. Nanon relies on donations, book sales, and proceeds from LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN to sponsor his education.

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