Statement From Hunger Striker
As to date Georgia’s prisoners are being arbitrarily and unlawfully denied their First, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the United States Constitution. Prisoners are being forced to live in conditions that are atypical and cause significant hardships! Prisoners are being subjected to treatment that has been deemed torture by the United Nations. Prisoners are being subjected to mental, physical, and emotional torture on a daily basis by being forced into GA’s prolonged solitary confinement/disciplinary administrateice segregation (Tier Program) without having any disciplinary sanctions to justify such a punishment placement.
Therefore I am forced to challenge aforesaid violations through the non-violent means of hunger strike!
(1) I demand an end to the torture of all prisoners unlawfully placed on GA’s Dept. of Corrections prolonged solitary confinement/Tier Program.
(A) No prisoner should be held in a Special Management Unit for longer than 30 days. Rehouse all prisoners currently in all tier programs throughout GA’s Dept. of Corrections to mainline facilities.
(B) Interaction with other prisoners every day.
(C) Time spent outdoors with space and basic equipment for exercise every day.
(D) Healthy food items with full food portion sizes and clean water every day.
(E) Proper clothing, footwear, and climate/temperature control.
(F) A complete end to the use of and threat of violence by staff against prisoners who have not made any physical threat to staff.
(G) Access to phone calls and contact visits with family at least once a week.
(H) Timely and proper health care.
(I) Access to engage in productive activities including correspondence courses and vocational and remedial education courses.
(J) A meaningful way to grieve any abuses or denial of the stated basic rights.
(K) Weekly access to the satellite law library for opportunity to adequately litigate.
(2) Freedom of association.
(A) No punishment based on what books one reads or has in their possession.
(B) No punishment for jail house lawyering for oneself or for others. For filing grievances or for any challenges to conditions of confinement through legal means.
(C) No punishment for what outside organizations one belongs to or corresponds with.
(D) No punishment for tattoos or cultural identity practices/beliefs.
(E) No punishment for communicating with other prisoners if not breaking the law.
(F) No punishment for what individuals of the same race/nation/organizational affiliation do unless you as an individual were involved in violating a rule or law; i.e. no group punishment!!
(G) No punishment for affiliation with a gang, security threat group, cultural group, or other organization. In other words, a complete end to Gang Validation System that punishes people (currently puts people in prolonged solitary confinement/Tier Program for an indeterminate amount of time without being given due process) based on their affiliation and/or ideology without having broken any rules or laws.
GSP-2164 GA Hwy 147
Reidsville, GA 30499