Tier Program inmate exposes abuses from the inside

To: Brother Seer

From: Brother Grip G, Quindarrius Duffre

Dearly beloved bretheren,
Today is Nov 25 2014 @ G.S.P. Nothing has changed. I write you once again, enlightening you concerning my current living, health, and this corrupt Tier II program that has been instituted. The atrocities and inhumane acts are innumerable.

The Tier program started July 2, 2014 @ G.S.P., which is a medium security prison that houses closed security inmates on special management unit (SMU). The Tier II program originally only had 3 phases Now in the middle of the program they have instituted another phase in which another 3 months have been added. Each phase consists of 90 days, in which a 90 day review will be conducted to see if the inmate qualifies to be raised to a higher phase, remain on the same phase, or dropped to a lower phase of the Tier II program. The classification committee then bases their judgement according to every inmate’s performance sheet. Throughout the 90 days dormitory officers write and sign daily in these charts, also medical staff and mental health counselors.

This is a great format. The only problem is, if any inmate in particular yells on the floor, beats on the door, or use profane language towards an officer, the officer may not know his exact identity or location, so he or she writes the outburst in the inmate’s performance sheets that were in the vicinity of the infraction, which tracks all inmates behavior. Thus causing innocent inmantes charts to deem negative behavior. One infraction can cause you to remain on your current phase or dropped lower, depending on the severity “according” to their judgement.

Every inmate is given an appeal form after his 90 day review. You are judged based on your performance sheet. In some cases rendering you of winning an appeal. Example: In my performance sheet I had flooding and paper in my window written in my chart. I turned in my appeal and this was my rebuttal – I have not received any disciplinary report for either of these allegations. My cellmate attests to his disruptive behavior of flooding the cell and having paper in the window. My appeal was denied and the warden, who all appeals go to, concurred with the classification committee that I be reassigned to Tier II Phase 1. These infractions are invalid and can’t be proved! Also there is no other level of appealing once the warden has his or her final say so. Question: why would he or she disagree with his classification committee? They are all co-workers.

The Tier II program also boasts social, mental, psychological and educational classes. These classes are to prep you for general population and enhance your social skills. Each week of your current phase you are supposed to recieve a pamphlet on different topics. Truthfully out of 24 weeks on Phase II, I recieved one pamphlet for week 24. It’s a facade to make the Tier director, commissioner, etc. think they are implementing the policies of the Tier II program. The counselor pulled me and 3 other inmates out of our cells to hold a class in dormatory. The counselor said, after we were placed in to holding pens, “Just fill this paper work out I’m handing you inside of these compisition books I’m also giving you guys. You can write anything in them just as long as I have something to turn in. Alright!” we were then placed back into our cells. How is this program really designed to help us? They say that this program is not used to discipline us, then what is the true purpose? What is the mission?


Daily we are locked down 24 hours a day we only receive 2 days out a week for recreation an hour a piece for the last 5 months. It’s SOP policy that we receive 5 hours per week. We can not receive books from the library on phase I or II, so we’re not mentally able to set our minds free, that’s “mentally”. As I stated about recreation above, that’s “physically” we can’t receive pictures on phase I or II that’s a form emotionally. All spiritual books, besides one bible or koran, are not allowed and if you did not have either on your initial date entering the program, you will not receive one, that’s spiritually. Correctional officers make loud noise in the early AM hours doing count, intentionally slamming the window sliders. if you question their authority, they threaten to write in your performance sheet. Every meal, day in and day out, they slam food ports while serving trays deliberately antagonizing and irritating us. They are constantly exercising and flaunting their power dynamic. I’ve recently studied that sound is a well known tactic in both psychological warfare and torture.

The Tier program is designed for only 2 purposes that I can see based on my participation within it and that is psychological torture and sensory deprivation. Solitary confinement without mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally help from the various entities I addressed earlier, deprives you from all your godly senses that he has given unto mankind. This is heavily in contrast with the Tier program. Crippling us to be anti-social, anti-depressed, mental health and sometimes in poor health conditions due to stress which has taken on the form of physical pain i.e. migranes or headaches. This evolves into depravity, as a result of little necessities and all common privileges taken away. This consequently makes a person become morally corrupt. They actually wonder why we are so angry, aggressive, rebellious and unruly. The administration and all parties involved are basically trying to shape and form us into repeat offenders! In majority of the individual cases it’s working. Recently we had a brother commit suicide to free his self from this program. These issues need to be addressed.

Living and health conditions. Cell clean out is ran maybe once a week. Which the officer only pours mix chemicals on a rag, that’s it. No broom, mop or scrub brush. Daily we are fed through a rusty and unsanitary tray box. Laundry is ran once a week, even though they take it up 3 times a week. We have received laundry back numerous times without it being washed. We ask for more clothing and receive the same reply, we’re short on material. Brother Seer I need you to get our hardship out to the media. I love you, brother. – Grip