Malik El-Amin (Meral Smith)

Malik is one of the Virgin Island 3 serving 8 consecutive life sentences after being tortured into a false confession, then wrongly imprisoned. He was 21 at the time of his arrest in 1972. Now in his 60s, he has several chronic health issues that are difficult to treat inside prison including treatment-resistant cancer. He has support within the Virgin Islands and mainland U.S. should he be granted clemency like his former codefendant Rafael Joseph was in 1994.

Malik is an avid poet, and his poetry addresses social justice issues.


Stamp donations of up to 20 stamps can be sent with letters.

His ID# that must appear on the envelope if writing a letter is #19-1874.

For Commissary donations, his number is #516-1387.

Instructions for Depositing Money into Inmate Trust via Wachovia Lockbox:

1. Obtain money orders and / or cashier’s checks made payable to inmate. Personal checks and cash are not accepted.

2. Mail money orders and / or cashier’s checks in envelopes addressed in the following manner:

CoreCivic Inmate Trust
(Inmate Last Name, Inmate First Name / Inmate CCA Commissary #)
Facility: ________________
P.O. Box 16545
Atlanta, GA 30321-0545

3. Make sure sender's first and last name and return address is on the envelope.

4. Do NOT include any correspondence such as letters, cards, pictures, or packages with a money order or cashier’s check. None of these items sent to this address will be forwarded to the inmate or returned to sender.

You can also send money via Western Union by using the Internet, by phone or by a Walk-in Cash Payment. The website for internet is The phone number for phone quick collect is 1-800-634-3422.




Sunday, October 8, 1950


Mailing Address: 

Meral Smith #19-1874
Citrus County Detention Facility
P.O. Box 22997
Tampa, FL 33634
United States


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