Eating: A privilege or right?

By: King Coe

At Hays State Prison in Trion, GA. 

A man can’t tell the difference between his human rights and his offender privileges. I was always told by CO’s that the basic necessities was all that the GDOC had to provide for us: Food, Clothing, and Shelter. And anything after that was a privilege. Which is contradictory  because the 1 hour of daily recreation required by State law, is diminished to 2 hrs a week of gym and is received all in one wop! But that’s another topic of. When reporting to chow  administration post themselves in front of the chowhall and stops and returns to their dormitory any prisoner who is inadequately or improperly dress to the 8:00-4:30 inspection hours regulated by the DOC.  Which means  if I don’t have certain clothing such as a belt, cogs, striped shirt or haircut or beard trimmings not in accordance to the rules  I’m refused my meals and COMMANDED to return to my dorm hungry. But the absurd thing is that this is a spiteful tactic because there is a process called the Disciplinary Report (D.R.) process. And the infractions vary from unkempt cell to assaults. Why don’t they use these codes of conduct and instead our food? When we argue our right to eat they reply: “all that you have to be is given an OPPORTUNITY TO EAT and you just refused your opportunity. NOW TURN AROUND AND GO BACK!” Sometimes the prisoner may be wrong but honestly we also just don’t have the materials designated by the institution due to theft, lost/misplaced and  often mislaid. But the overall question is: Is eating a human right or an offender privilege?? 

Overcrowded – Understaff Prisons: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

January 12th 2019
Written by Brother Ladarius Colbert 100145093

Greetings people of society, there is a statewide issue within the Georgia Department of Correction that continues to go underestimated and unattended. To guess many of you would think I’m referring to the gang epidemic or high rate of contraband within the walls of prison, all of which surrounds the criminalization of the offender. However, this article is more so focusing a more vital problem that not only affects the offender’s livelihood but the staff as well… Overcrowded prisons with staff shortages.

I arrived at Hays State Prison on February 16th 2016 on a disciplinary transfer; immediately upon arrival I notice the restricted movement at the camp. Outdoor exercise was rarely allowed and interaction between dorms were prohibited. I will admit, the strict movement had the camp atmosphere settled amongst the offenders but between us and the staff there exists a hostile vibe. Officers were always overly aggressive anytime we encountered one another and at a split action or sign of defiance cause for unlawful use of force.

I was confused at the “fear sowing” tactic because as stated earlier the violence level at the camp was moderate in comparison to the other facilities such as Valdosta, Telfair, and Smith State Prison. It wasn’t until I was placed on Tier 1 in E-1 cell 204, here is where I would find out the cause behind the above said insignificancies. The camp was understaff; like now, the offenders in segregation were deprived of a number of basic necessities. They receive infrequent cell sanitation; infrequent outdoor exercise; infrequent shower call-sometimes two times a week; and infrequent medical attention.

Often there would be one guard working an entire building that houses 128 offenders. On the same notation, but not as severe, general population is no different. The workload is overwhelming for the staff, where there has been numerous occasions where officers have spasm. Their irrational state can be results from lack of rest. Indenture labor, which consists of demeanful treatment, long hour hauls, seldom break periods, and occasional work on off days, has produce poor work ethics and ineffective response efforts to emergencies.

Inadequate security supervision: I am currently housed in a “pre-aggressor” dorm (C and D building). classification claims in a case of any form of an assault we will be the aggressor. Nonetheless, more than often our dorm floor officers are periodically stationed to work other work areas. There is hardly ever an officer available to attend to our concerns except for the control booth guard.

In consequence there has been a pattern of assaults in our dorm as well as others. In the segregation unit there has been a number of suicide attempts (some successful and gone unreported) and a vast of offender on offender assaults. Officers are unable to do consistent rounds because they are required to be in two different stations.

Medical illnesses / emergencies: medical illnesses go untreated and eventually worsen because of insufficient attention. If there is no escort officer available and unit manager McAllister is occupied you’re bound to miss your medical appointment. Friday – Sunday medical is shut except for urgent emergencies, pill call, and dialysis / diabetic check-up.

Education and access to courts – particularly in C and D Building we are subject to frequent setbacks in our litigation efforts and/or completing case plan program due to staff shortage. Many of those who are subject to such preventable disparity fail to meet certain time limitations and in case of the former are delayed relief and for the latter are denied pardonship for parole. On file it appears as the offender is being neglect to his assigned task, without notice or chance to provide an explanation they are shot down in their stride for equity or release.

Lately the education level has been high, reactionary transgression is motivated by capricious thinking. in an environment where the capacity level is 723 but the functioning level is around 1050 with so much animosity and little supervision, what do you think goes on? With the exception of a few, correction cannot be expected when your survival is at a high stake. Let’s not denote the provocative oppression used as an action to maintain submissive order. There are short-timers such as myself, medium/minimum-security offenders, nonviolent offenders, probationers/parole violators, and hardworking staff just to make ends meet inside an unsecured maximum security prison. People of society recognize the existing dangers and misrepresentation of this factor – Incarcerated lives matter too!

On the behalf of the Georgia offender population and the rightful staff who state of peonage goes unnoticed. Keep strong better days are to come.

All concerns and inquirements need to be sent to the following contacts. Your voice matters, make an effort to cause a positive change.

Questions and concern should be sent to the following people:

  1. Warden Sprayberry office number 706-857-0432 email Kevin.Sprayberry@gdc.ga.gov
  2. Commissioner 404-656-6002
  3. Facility director 404-655-2809

Racist Jailers Watch as Prisoner Burns Alive

This is a letter from a prisoner who witnessed a gruesome, preventable death. He would like all the help he can get in seeking justice:

On June 29, 2018 prisoner Freddie Pickett lost his life here at North Carolina’s Supermax Facility Polk Correctional, due to the deliberate indifference shown daily by the miscreants who patrol these concrete fields. Prisoner Freddie Pickett’s death was documented and reported as a suicide, not as a murder. Mr. Pickett was murdered by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) representatives. Mr. Pickett who had an extensive history of mental health disorders, set a fire in his cell. Once the fire began to burn it activated the smoke detector, which the “then” got the attention of the block officer (Gardner). From my time being held captive here at this razor-wire plantation, I’ve noticed that officer is a racist sadist who has no regard for a prisoner’s life and wears his neo-nazi pride as a badge of honor for the world to see. Once officer Gardner visually noticed the smoke and fire in Mr. Pickett’s cell, he then left at a unhurried pace. Gardner returned with assistant unit manager Harriss who looked in Mr. Pickett’s cell window and stated to her subordinates who by this time gathered around, “to not go in and get him until he is unresponsive.”

Several officers from units throughout the facility had made their way to A-Hall of Polk’s Supermax unit to watch a man be burnt alive. The same type of gatherings took place in Springfield, IL when there were anti-black riots in 1908 where New Afrikans were tied up and burnt alive while neo-nazi men, women, and even police officials stood by to watch.

These miscreants stood by and watched Mr. Pickett bang on his cell window and beg that they take him out the smoke filled cell. These sadists’ only response was “once you’re unresponsive we will come in and get you”. The same officers who took an oath to serve and protect stood by and watched Mr. Pickett be burnt to death. It was a full thirty minutes before the officers went into the cell and “pulled” Mr. Pickett’s “unresponsive” body out. By this time it was too late, the smoke, the fire, and the disregard for human life took the life of Mr. Pickett, who had been incarcerated almost 20 years and was to be released within the next year. He was documented as a prisoner who committed suicide.

I could enlarge on the details of this murder but I want to get to the question I’m sure several of you have. Why would a prisoner set their cell on fire knowing that it could be the cause of their death? These fires are being set “to get the attention of the block officer.” I’ve been to many of these plantations here in NC and even the oldest have emergency call-buttons in the cells. These are buttons placed in each cell, that when pushed alerts the officer in the control booth, who then should notify the floor officers that the emergency cell-button has been pushed and the prisoner of that cell is requesting the officers assistance. Here at Polk’s Supermax Facility there are no emergency call-buttons in any of the 96 cells. The majority of these cells house mentally ill prisoners or prisoners with health disorders. There being no cell-buttons isn’t due to complications because when this Supermax Facility was built it was equipped with emergency call-buttons in each cell. But over time maintenance was given the order by administration to disconnect all the call-buttons in the cells. This was done because of the complaints of the officers in the booth claiming it was aggravating but not only is this a health hazard, more importantly it also violates the building codes required by the state contractors that must pass this inspection before the facility can be open. That is why this facility was equipped with call-buttons that were later disconnected.

Being that there aren’t any call-buttons, prisoners are compelled to bang on the window of their cell for long periods of time to get the attention of these sadist overseers. To drown out the noise of us beating on our cell windows these miscreants plug up four industrial sized fans. So when prisoners grow tired of beating the windows they set fires, which then activates the smoke detectors that’s in the cell, and then higher ranking officers such as Sgt.s, unit managers, etc…are notified.

We are being murdered, brutally beaten, denied adequate medical care, housed in cells that are not properly heated, given no phone calls, given no outside recreation and treated similar to the prisoners of war at WWII. The (NCDPS) policy and procedures and the 8th amendment are supposed to protect us from these violent acts. But neither the policy nor the 8th amendment are regarded without care or respect.

How many of us have to die at the hands of these miscreants, be brutally beaten or tortured before these tyrants are demanded to cease these on-going atrocities and be held accountable. We don’t have call-buttons, we don’t have any phones to call authorities to help us. Many of these prisoners don’t have families to care about their well being. But I care about these prisoners, I care about these prisoners with mental health disorders and I vow to continue to fight this oppressive, exploitative, murderous system. But I’m only one man, I need the assistance of those of y’all in society who can protest outside of these razor-wire plantations, who can call the administrators and question these atrocities.

Joseph Stewart

PO BOX 2500

Butner, NC 27509

Aramark is pimping the Georgia DOC

by Willie Coe
Greetings, world! I am Willie Coe, a Georgia Department of Corrections POW. I am held captive on the Hays State Plantation in Trion, Georgia. This is an establishment for penal infractions and is operated by the Georgia DOC. One major flaw is that its food service is operated by the immense Aramark Food Services, which is rooted in motels, airplanes, Amtrak etc., but most of all the prison industry. It is inconsistent with state regulations and violates almost every health, nutrition and sanitation guide to the T.Aramark services the prison population, staff dining and visitation room through a program called iCare. It is an enormously huge conglomerate that has found its way to Georgia’s corrections industry along with the CCA, Securus Tech, JPay, Keefee and Access Secure Pak. Now that the foundation is set … let’s begin.Aramark serves pre-cooked, freeze-dried, dehydrated, processed and mechanized meals and uses the DOC offenders to operate its company with free labor. The offenders cook, serve and clean under DOC’s supervision and Aramark maintains a skeletal staff of less than five employees in total, and one at any given time.The prison recently had an audit, which it failed in its food service department. Why? Here are my own observations. Due to the fact that I’m a cook and this is my second time within two years at this facility, where last time I was a baker, and due to my outside restaurant experience, along with working in kitchens throughout my 15 and a half years of prison, I believe I’m qualified to make fair and accurate judgments:1) No hairnets or face covers. 2) No gloves. 3) Grime filled tray machine. Toxic odor. 4) Clogged drains in tray room, pot sink, cook areas, serving lines and utility closet. 5) Molded and fungi-lined walls. 6) No sanitation cleanser in pot sink. 7) No light bulbs in coolers. 8) Broken hot boxes; only three of six work. 9) Trash piled at back doors, including slop buckets, for more than five hours at a time. 10) Aramark employees understaffed; a total of five with two being supervisors. 11) DOC prisoner workers untrained. 12) Falsely documented OJT paperwork. 13) One cook overseeing five to nine stoves. 14) Un-clean restroom. 15) No table or chairs in designated prisoner eating and drinking area. 16) Non-working aisles on serving lines. 17) Unwashed and stained cup racks and holders. 18) Roach infestation. 19) Calcium, lime and rust build up in tray room and pot sink. 20) Protocol regarding diets and vegan meals violated.And there are many, many more infractions, too many to list here. This is just my observation. Worst of all, the prisoners are clueless to this hazardous environment because 95% of them are between 18 and 25 years of age and have never been employed in their lives.Recently in early 2018, I read an article in Prison Legal News about Aramark’s contract with the Oregon Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to service the state’s entire population of a little over 50,000 offenders in 31 plantations for $60 million annually.

Aramark was sued by the department for embezzlement. They had been charging $1.33 per meal that only cost $1.21. Aramark paid Oregon a little over $250,000. My comrade Blaqman Seer has located information where other states have filed class action law suits against them as well.I don’t know the status of Hays State Plantation vs. Philips State. I’ve heard they’re in Baldwin State now as well. It seems that they have their eyes set to sink their teeth into Georgia’s Red Clay. Rogers State is an actual prison industrial complex where offenders farm and till the land as a part of their sentence for zero dollars. This plantation provides beans, canned goods, milk etc. for every Level 1 through 5 prison within the state, including Hays. So what is Aramark really up to?Ask them about the Tyson chickens and Ball Park franks, hot dog buns, chocolate chip cookies etc. that are ordered but never distributed to the population.The kitchen is supervised by one to three Aramark staffers, assisted by nine to 16 prisoners with each of four cooks, two in the tray room, 12 in the pot sink – all these workers working seven days a week and 16 hours a day, which is totally against the labor laws of this state, not to mention the Corrections Standard Operational Procedure guidelines.Though it isn’t by force, there just isn’t anyone on the roster capable of proper diligent work performance. The offenders wanting to work and submitting resumes are either being placed on hold or can’t meet the status quota. I just don’t know the reason. There need to be at least 20 personnel along with three Aramark staffers at all times, and one prison security guard.On any given day I arrive at 2 a.m. and prep myself for cooking. I cook and clean as I go. I cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, and I do my own prep and sanitation, unless I pay someone a cheeseburger to aid and assist me. In between my duties, as I cook, I wash trays in the tray room, pots in the pot sink, serve the line, do trash runs, clean walls and coolers, sweep, mop, and rescue Aramark in any and all crisis moments – like when food is running low or juice is needed on the serving line or even making diet trays for diabetics or renals.I clean and prep for the following day, train prisoners in various stations, make sack lunches, take out the trash and serve trays. I leave at closing, which is anywhere between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. I’m stripped searched and am not allowed to leave with even one sack lunch.Let it be known that anything over eight hours is unconstitutional (I’m assuming). But it’s labeled as voluntary. The work is so constant and demanding that there’s no option but to complete the duty and be done with it.I come into my dorm, take my shower and fall asleep instantly until 1:30 a.m. when I do this entire routine all over again. With no pay!! Every single day of the week. Unless I refuse, which has been happening a lot, often with myself. But when I do this, it’s so much chaos and disarray that I’m begged to report in. Sounds wild, doesn’t it?My Offender Management Schedule (OMS) is kitchen worker from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Those are the hours where I can’t refuse without disciplinary action. But the reason I do this is to gather evidence, which I have obtained but I need and want more. And also because I’m serving a life sentence and the cell block is in constant chaos and turmoil.I do it because of the 34 months that I spent locked behind cell doors and all of the terrible meals that I received due to another inmate being heartless. I do it because of my diligent, hardworking ethics.I’m tired mentally and physically. So is everyone else around me – from prisoners to Aramark employees to security staff alike. Aramark has over-served its purpose here. Their services are no longer needed in this community.Never in my 15 ½ years in the Georgia DOC have I witnessed such atrocious and manipulative use of prison labor. Georgia State Prison in Reidsville doesn’t event possess a kitchen and didn’t have as many technical difficulties as Aramark. Aramark, please leave us alone. You don’t even pay for our hard labor and back breaking work that you earn hundreds of thousands of dollars off of.I’ve done this for seven days a week for at least six months and counting. Enough is enough. We’re coming for you! Leave now! Goodbye!

With sincere indignation, Anarchy Blaq

Send our brother some love and light: Willie B. Coe

Published in the San Fransisco Bayview

Still in solitary for striking, NC prisoner exhorts others to join the fight

I send warm greetings to my solid comrades Todd Martin and Jace Buras who stood alongside me in solidarity and who became legends in our August 20, 2018 prison strike at Hyde C.I. in Swan Quarter, N.C. I further send special greetings to Joseph Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jeff Duke (both on death row), Kathy Swafford (women’s prison) and to our Palestinian allies and those abroad and globally who are imprisoned in jail and prisons across the world. I also send out a special thanks to floodgates editorial collective and also those who organized in the public to do a noise demonstration outside the prison fence with us on August 20, 2018. And again in protest of our being put in solitary confinement and then again by marching in Raleigh in front of director of prisons, Kenneth Lassiter’s office on Oct 1, 2018 demanding our release from solidarity confinement. As everyone knows, December is the month of Christmas and of celebration. But for the families of Joshua Carter who committed suicide in Oct. 2018, and another prisoner who also committed suicide on Nov. 1, 2018 at Pasquotank C.I. there won’t be much to celebrate. These two suicides directly support what our comrade Joseph Stewart wrote about the long stints in solitary confinement and how it affects some of us. These two suicides one month apart and barely weeks after the N.C. DPS public statement that “N.C. is one of the most progressive states in the nation concerning prisoner rehabilitation” is an example of just how progressive these selfish totalitarian ideologies are completely frivolous. What a ridiculous statement! It’s time to wake up from being zombies and realize how this dark and overly punitive prison administration has fastened itself to our necks like greedy vampires drunk on our sustenance while sucking our the best of us by feeding in a frenzy on our lost freedoms, individuality, confidence, and peace of mind. For too long it has harbored a culture of abuse and deception, and has preyed upon each of us as well as our families. The revolution is here! For the sake of our loved ones, and to preserve any chance of any kind of life outside of prison for many of us, it has become imperative that we establish unity and communication, and to organize globally by seriously reaching out to one another through this newsletter, and the use of “jacks” for those of us who can access them in order to coordinate and strike all at once on an international level. We must get the attention of BBC and CNN news. We can accomplish this by standing in solidarity and rising up together and attacking this overly punitive system that has ensnared, enslaved and robbed us of our god given liberty. They can’t lock all of us in solitary confinement, and from the actions of prisoners in 17 states who took part in our Aug 21, 2018 prison strike, the governors are already trying to figure out what to do because we have rattled their confidence but sadly its not enough. So start storing up on canteen items for the long haul for when we strike again so you’ll have food for institutional lockdown. This way we can take a few weeks and say fuck work, canteen, visits, tv, phone, yard and fuck the administration!  We then demand that “ALL” states reinstate their parole commissions with new policies that provide for parole opportunities for EVERYONE! We want better food, minimum wage for our slave labor, let us purchase Ipods, JP4 players, battery operated TVs, give us our law libraries back, abolish all 85% mandatory minimum laws and long term solitary confinement and 10.00 administrative fees for the rule violations in the states where this applies.       The S.C. inmates went hard and got what they wanted. The revolution and opportunity is knocking on your door at this very moment. So I implore all of you as renegades not “inmates”, to put down your racism for this one cause, put down your fear, uncertainties, and insignificant, irrelevant ideologies of what the next person is in prison for, or the color of their skin, gang set, rank or cred, and join us in 2019 to bring it on in and lets get control of our lives and freedom while making a monumental historical stand to be remembered for generations to come.

Todd Martin, Jace Buras, Joseph Stewart, and myself Randy Watterson stood together as renegades and chose to sacrifice our medium custody and all of our privileges, and are presently enduring long term solidarity confinement for the rehabilitation and well-being of all 39,996 of you men, women, trans, and children behind bars in N.C. and for the billions of other prisoners across the United States and foreign countries in a unified effort to make things better for all of us.

Its hell and back here in solidarity confinement thinking about our families, passing the time living in the memories of our minds but we did it because we feel your pain and we share your tears this Christmas and your struggle is our struggle. We have chosen the right place to stand as humans and we believe that no one should have complete control over another’s life, and we believe in all of you. Now we need your support in 2019 to help us push the government to give us these amenities and an opportunity to one day be free from exile and purgatory.

Aren’t your families worth standing up for and getting back to? This is the new age, and as prisoners we must evolve with the ever changing society and its views. It is of tantamount importance that we stand together and reclaim our liberty and fight the tyranny that binds us all.

Stand with me, Todd, Jace, Joseph, Mumia, thousands others and our foreign allies in 2019 so that our combined actions can be heard in Washington D.C. and echoed all over the world in history. To all of you g-shines, big homies, generals, christians, muslims, and everyone, it is your duty to issue orders to all kitchen workers, clothes house, janitors to cease all work on the day to soon be announced or get off the yard when we set this historical date. Everyone in prisons are important to us and we love you at Floodgates and at Insight. Please contribute however you can with stamps, money, checks to provide prisoner support. You may send any letters of encouragement to me at: Randy Watterson #0427985   527 Commerce Dr.  Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909  or at justiceforrandywatterson.wordpress.com  And all donations to Insight at: Atlanta Books to Prisoners  80 Mayson Ave. NE Atlanta, Ga 30307  or web: http://www.atlblackcross.org

Autry prisoners face solitary, transfer, charges in retaliation for peaceful sit-down strike

Written by a fellow inmate:

It is a constant struggle in the modernized slavery plantation with a sedulous state of divine consciousness. Slavery and involuntary servitude is legalized under the 13th Amendment and contrary to it the universal Declaration of Human Rights completely abolish all forms of slavery, servitude, and the harsh infliction of cruel and unusual punishments. I am of the efficient and proficient state of Divine Element and I am to project positive energy into the atmosphere. I am delighted to receive your newsletter last week. I have noticed that no one spoke / wrote about Georgia’s peaceful refusal to be modernized slaves or involuntary servitude. At the appropriate time a mass movement of resistance comrades at Autry State Prison sat down stood up for their rights to refuse being slaves and forced involuntary servitude under the 13th Amendment. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights completely obliterate / abolish all forms of slavery, servitude and the harsh inflictions of cruel and unusual punishment.

These brothers definitely deserve to have Black Power Fists and salutes as Warriors in a righteous cause. I have not heard or read anything about them anywhere. Why not? I encountered several of them at Hancock State Prison after they was maliciously and sadistically victims of vindictive retaliation acts by prison officials. They was deprived of the due process rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights equal protection of the law.

Power Fist and salutes goes out to the brothers who stood in this for a righteous cause in our ongoing struggles against slavery, involuntary servitude and the harsh inflictions of cruel and unusual punishments in the forms of Prisons. The brothers need to know the sacrifices are appreciated and they need to be recognized and fully acknowledged in our efforts to stop / terminate the slavery of black people and people of color.

They was transferred from Autry State Prison to Hancock and placed in the Tier II program administration segregation [solitary confinement and deprivation of all property — ed.]. Many fabricated charges was vindictively brought against them and they did not receive fair hearings. It is all malfeasance and misfeasance against them for courageously opposing the established government of white supremacy.

Continue to fight to win in our mutual struggle. Be safe and take care.

Sincerely,

Divine El Supreme

[If you or someone you know has participated in or face retaliation for protest or strike activity, please let Insight know. –ed.]

Black Panther Suffering Medical Neglect in GA Prison

Former member of the Black Panther Party Kamau Sadiki is suffering from medical neglect in Augusta State Prison.  Supporters are asked to call in and write to support him.

Urgent Call For Black Panther Medical Neglect Kamau Sadiki AKA Freddie Hilton #115 06 88 Contact- Call Write Letters: Augusta State Prison 3001 Gordon Hwy, Grovetown GA 30813 Chief Medical Facilitator Dr Alston Warden Philbin (706) 855-4700

NC’s “progressive” razorwire plantations: A report from a prison strike leader

Revolutionary greetings.

I hope these words find all my komrades in support of the August 21st prison strike courageously strong and defiant. In response to our prison strike here in NC, North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) put out a three-paragraph statement, which contained a bunch of frivolous words. But one that caught my attention the most was “Progressive” (NC is one of the most progressive states in the nation concerning prisoner rehabilitation) “LOL”

Komrades let’s look at the definition of “progressive”: 1. moving toward, advancing 2. open to or favoring new policies or methods 3. tending to spread or become more severe (the American Heritage dictionary 4th edition)

Now if the (NCDPS) hierarchy was referring to the latter definition, then komrades we all could agree with them right? But any conscious person knows that the totalitarian sadist that rules with a iron fist would never blatantly admit that the spreading of their totalitarianism is severe. So we will agree that it was the former two definitions that was used in the (NCDPS)  response to the August 21st prison strike. Moving forward, advancing. If this form of progression was being made, it would be noticeable to those of us immured within These razorwire plantations. There isn’t no form of progression being made towards the rehabilitation of the prison commune.

how does long-stints of solitary confinement rehabilitate a person? If you are resilient, strong of mind and body, then the harsh conditions of long-term confinement may not cause one to break. But there are many who broke mentally because of the strain put on one’s mental health, there’s the inevitable depression, social disorder derived from long-term confinement in these razrwire plantations deepest and darkest holes.

I witness it daily with those around me, many komrades become mentally ill and become depended on psychiatric medications that kills the consciousness to a point they become less responsive to the daily oppression. It’s easier for the overseers to “control” a prisoner sedated by one of the many experimental psychiatric medications given to prisoners. The overseers are conscious that this tactic is very effective.

the most common mental health disorder is schizophrenia, this is a psychiatric illness marked by psychosis, including hallucinations, delusions and disorganized thoughts. This illness causes many prisoners to deny their provided meals daily. This is due to the fact that the prisoner thinks that the overseers are doing things to their food to cause them death. Komrades we are aware that this is one of the harmful tactics used by the overseers, but usually done to those who fight the applied oppression. Not done to one who has no voice because it’s being silenced by the seductive psychiatric medication he/she takes daily.

On September 1, 2016 mental health prisoners seeking psychiatric help (level 2) and taking psychotropic medications (level 3) were no longer to serve more than 30 days per year on solitary confinement and are not to be housed on isolation supermax (H-con) pursuant to high security maximum control conditions of confinement, chapter C  section 1701(b)(2)(3)(4). When I brought the above policy to the attention of mental health staff member Mrs Lutz of Lanesboro, she stated that yes it was true that the above policy should be implemented but being that so many offenders were mental health level 2 and level 3 that there was no room at the at the current facility that house mental health prisoners. In return I asked, so the guys that’s dealing with severe mental health illnesses that’s being held on long-term isolation are being disregarded due to the overcrowded mental health programs? Mrs Lutz stated it was above her head and it was a problem she couldn’t fix!

The case law of Ruiz vs Estelle was brought to my attention by my fellow komrade Keith “Komrade Malik” Washington Deputy Chairman of the New African Black Panther Party/White Panther Organization Prison Chapter in his article (Ben Larue RIP)

The release case says:

The components of a minimally adequate mental health program are encompassed by the following: there must be a systematic program for screening and evaluating inmates in order to identify those who require mental health treatment. Treatment must entail more than segregation and close supervision of the inmate patients. Treatment requires the participation of trained mental health professionals, who must be employed in sufficient numbers to identify and treat in an individualized manner those treatable inmates suffering from serious mental health disorders.

There is no progression being made towards implementing the above, komrades. But let the hierarchy of (NCDPS) tell it NC is one of the most progressive states towards prisoners rehabilitacion. definition 2 of progressive states: open to or favoring new policies or methods.

The (NCDPS) hierarchy has its own ideology and its totalitarianism, which means all opposition is outlawed. This isn’t inscrutable comrades, it’s very clear they’re not open to or favoring new policies or methods. The same methods that’s being implemented today were also implemented in the 70s long-term isolation. Some methods derived from the days of slavery, there’s nothing new about any of these methods or policies.

If (NCDPS) hierarchy was open to new policies and or methods, they would acknowledge the national demands of all those supporting the August 21st prison strike:

1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.

2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.

3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.

4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.

5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.

6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.

7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.

8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.

9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.

10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded.

When requested by NC public radio show the takeaway to have a representative for (NCDPS) the producers of the show was told that they had no one to come because all were too busy! But the written response stated that (NCDPS) was progressive! Not having a representative to speak on behalf of (NCDPS) concerning the NC prisoners conditions shows just how progressive the oppression is.

That brings me to state the following before I bring this to a end. We have little sense of our own power. The power is in the masses we komrades are the masses. The actions we take this day forward will dictate our future. you know just as I do what needs to be done in order for those above 10 demands to be met with regard.

It’s going to take Mass solidarity amongst the prison communist, individualism isn’t the key to rectifying these harsh inhumane conditions applied by the oppressor. It’s going to take both outside support and inside demonstrations. Malcolm X made it clear comrades! If you ain’t willing to die for your freedom then you need to remove the head from your vocabulary.

Before I conclude this essay I request any of you who desire to assist the prisoners Liberation Organization with raising awareness of the inhumane conditions Force upon prisoners in NC and throughout the nation please contact me via mail at Joseph Stewart #0802041
PO Box 2500
Butner NC 27509

The prisoners Liberation Organization is in its infant stages, any ideas are welcomed. Our goal is for those on the inside of this razorwire plantations to teach prisoners literacy and legal rights, providing outside resources info to prisoners who will be in need of assistance after they are released and instructing them how to obtain basic necessities. A 501(c)(3) tax deductible account will be established for fundraising. So we can provide prisoners with books, newspapers, legal material and funding for our own newsletter. The newsletter will serve as a platform for prisoners and outside supporters to express themselves concerning tactics and solutions to alleviate these inhumane living conditions until prisons as a whole are antiquated. Dare to struggle
Dare to win
Deputy Minister of Defence
White Panther Organization
NC Branch
Joseph “Shinewhile” Stewart

Report back from NC prison striker: Seg for 6 months for protesting

I just received your newsletter today. Thank you. But I’m no longer at Hyde. I was moved to Bertie, for my role in being one of the three people who organized the protest at Hyde Correctional in Swan Quarter, NC with outside parties organized by ST.

I saw a article y’all had wrote about the four inmates being held in segregation. I am one of those four, and I only know of two others. Because they were with me at Hyde to organize and participate in the peaceful protest. Our names as followed: Todd Martin, Randy Watterson, and myself Jace Buras. The protest which was peaceful, was supposed to start on August 21st 2018. I told T&R and S that it would be better to do it on August 20th 2018 so the police, if got wind of it, would still believe it was on the 21st. On the day of August 20th, around 1 p.m. five or more cars pulled into Hyde’s parking lot, and out came many protesters. They were marching, blowing trumpets, beating drums, videotaping everything. All the while inmates hung up self-made banners saying “In Solidarity”, “Better Food”, “Better Wages”. Simple heartfelt messages asking to be treated as human beings and not slaves & animals. While the peaceful protest went on, prison guards had their weapons pointed at us and the outside protesters. In order to get the 400-plus inmates to no longer protest and cause friction inside the prison, they closed the yard and put Hyde on lockdown. To which in spirit of the protest, everyone went peacefully inside. Many men, some with no release date under NC’s structured sentencing law, had tears in their eyes. Why? Because it showed to them that there are people who still believe in them and want them to be free and productive members of society. Which is all of us what. Even under such harsh sentencing, we just want a second chance and to be viewed as men, not convicts. After the prison shut down, days later I was put in the hole for backlog and pending investigation. The following day so was Todd and Randy. We three went on a hunger strike starting that day. The following Monday we were shipped away from Hyde. I was moved to Bertie, and have no clue where Todd and Randy went. For my understanding they were and still are in segregation. I myself was placed on ICON for 180 days, which is long-term isolation, my release date was pushed to February of next year, and I was labeled srg level 3 for a non gang infraction. To this, I stand proudly  still and hope that all men and women who deserve a second chance at life is given it. You may lock me away and throw away the key. But you cannot take my voice.

In solidarity, Jace

Jace Buras #1522417
Bertie Correctional
PO Box 129
Windsor, NC 27983

PREVA1L: Poetry from Behind Enemy Lines

 September 17, 2018
“PREVA1L”
Daily and nightly I’m warring to reach the other level!
Whereas I’m trapped serving within a war where a lot of individual don’t love each other!
Due to the fact, a lot of individuals don’t love each other they telling on one another!
However, the hating, snitching, and telling won’t even stop the dirt!
I was born with some ancestors that didn’t make it and some of us in pain from putting in work!
Nonetheless, from the lies, blood, deceits, and misery I can’t escape!
At the end of the night and day our decisions can end us locked down 24 hours in a cell!
Some of us experience so much dirt or betrayal; especially from some that has sworn not to tell but violate and tell!
In which minority of the individual in this war are African Americans, and a lot of African Americans are under the divide and conquer spell!
Because a lot of African Americans are under the divide and conquer liberation with majority has failed!
Being that liberation with majority has failed; a lot of individuals are scared to rebel!
Then because liberation with a lot of African Americans have failed; some individuals are serving until their dying day or dying night in jail or prison cell!
Is there any secret how must we as brothers and sisters of the strong struggle “PREVA1L!”