Although he has been locked in solitary for four decades, Albert Woodfox’s demands for freedom reached the front steps of the Louisiana Capitol building Monday, where Amnesty International delivered petitions demanding his immediate release.

The petitions, which were signed by 25,000 people across the world and were so numerous they had to be delivered in multiple boxes, called for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to use his powers to immediately free Woodfox. Woodfox, the last-remaining incarcerated member of the ‘Angola 3,’ has spent four decades in solitary confinement for what many is widely believed to be political targeting for his black freedom organizing.

Gathering at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge for a press conference, Woodfox’s supporters included: Robert King—formerly incarcerated member of the ‘Angola 3,’ Michael Mable—Albert Woodfox’s brother, and a spectrum of politicians and organizations including National Religious Campaign Against Torture and the United Methodist Church.

Mable read a statement written by Woodfox describing his life in solitary confinement, the Advocate reports. “On good days, I am allowed at most, one hour of exercise in a cage outside. The pain and suffering this isolation causes goes beyond this mere description,” Woodfox wrote. “To be honest I am not sure what damage has been done to me, but I do know that the feeling of pain allows me to know that I am alive.”

“Holding a man with no human contact in a cell the size of a parking space for 38 years is simply depraved,” said Jasmine Heiss, Amnesty USA campaigner. “We are here today representing tens of thousands of people from around the world who are calling for Albert Woodfox’s release,” Heiss later added.

Governor Bobby Jindal’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comments from Common Dreams.