March 7th 2016
We have been fighting in this common struggle since 2012 from G.S.P.’s torture chamber to their general population and beyond! Now; we are, by more than mere coincidence; residents of Hays State Prison where we shipped out the same night and have become roommates!! Fine with us because as the saying goes: steel sharpens steel…
I was asked to share in this letter and I’m delighted to expose the inner workings of corruption that takes place here. It is my duty and anything less would just not be me. I sent a letter to BayView Newspaper last week called: “Welcome to K.K.K.ville” in that letter I described the verbal and physical abuse I have endured and witnessed in less than 14 days in population. Since then, even more has taken place. I’ll begin with arrival: upon first exiting the bus we were approached by this huge, high testosterone, wrestler type officer claiming to turn our testicles into our nipples if we violate facility rules. After intake, we were assigned to the stereotyped behavior dorm. This is our second lockdown in less than 30 days. Word on the cell block as we have 30 days to do this time, because of a disturbance between two different organizations. I am glad to say that me and Ladarius were no part of this commotion, yet still we have to suffer the consequences.
In our first week here; a fight in the chow hall left one prisoner tased by three officers simultaneously. And they got a kick out of it. The same high testosterone officer was amped up as he responded to the fight. He entered the southside chow hall where we were eating our meal, which was the wrong location. Screaming out “where are they?!” When he received another call to report to the northside chow hall, he urged the other officer to move out of his way. This man was jumping up and down with excitement. A day or so later, he brags to prisoners about tazing the prisoner and hearing him scream and holler.
On our 9th day here; prisoner Aaron Graylor was harassed by an officer named Camp during a random “pat search”. The young man is only a few months from being released back into society. Officer Camp said that Aaron’s legs were not spread far enough and attempted to kick his feet from under him. When this did not work he slung the prisoner by his coat, while at the same time causing him to choke. In the process Erin shook loose and it caused the officer to lose his own footing and fall. This prisoner did not take any action but was wrestled to the ground when more officers arrived. I was unable to see any more. During this incident Ladarius and I were told, along with others to lay down on the ground. Several officers ran past us, but this one officer; Officer Germany ran extremely close to us, to the point that he kicked debris on myself. I assure you it was more than enough area to pass beside us. Somewhere between 6 to 10 feet of space to run freely. In less than another minute as we were being escorted into the dormitory. Alan Hansen was attacked after officer Craig provoked him. This officer was upset because of the first incident and became belligerent and as Hudson stopped to speak with him; another officer grabbed him and slung him to the ground. He was that was swarmed by at least six to eight officers in a “dogpile” maneuver. As the command for us all to get down again, Tyrone McGee was blindsided when officer Germany ran and jumped into the air with a flying knee and took him down. Another officer then kicked McGee in his face.
Ladarius and I made it safely inside our cells, even though, officers wanted to demonstrate on us, but for a female officer told them that we had nothing to do with it. We came together and immediately grieve the whole ordeal and asked that no retaliation be taken upon us and also ask to be transferred.
The individuals: Aaron Graylor, Allen Hudson #1000330320 and Tyrone McGee #1243099 have not been heard from since that day February 25th 2016, even though we asked about them through orderlies who work in the tier I and tier II details. I will continue to seek them out, because right after this I was placed in the kitchen for my detail. Once we are off of lockdown I’m back on my search.
As for the conditions: we haven’t had any recreation except one gym call on March 4th. Out of 6 showers only three work. The kitchen is pretty clean except for the trayroom where I work; there’s mold, the dishwasher is in total collapse, the floor drains do not work, their stopped up. Their are also rats everywhere in the back of the kitchen.
This place also practice a no-touch torture called “sleep deprivation”. We are awakened at 5 a.m. and pulled out of our cells to stand by for breakfast. Once we go to breakfast we’re kept out until after 8:00 count. Then we are given several minutes to get our rooms ready for inspection and held out until lunch. Then after lunch we must wait to after 12:00 count. Then we can go in cells until 3 p.m. for dinner, we must come out again and then we have 4 p.m. count. Now we have until 9 p.m. count to get some rest. Then we have 9 p.m. count. So all day long we have to sit outside our rooms. Some even sleep on the floor beside their doors or in the TV room or the top range where walking is at a minimum. Lockdown is 11:30 p.m. I must admit that being locked down in our dorm is a relief here. This is the only way that we can read, or do work on our cases or write to our family and friends. I also feel safe in my cell. I’ve been to about 12 prisons. I mean not the baddest of the bad, but it’s a pure shame to where a prisoner feels safe being locked down. After I did 34 months., that’s the last thing I want, is to be in my room 24 hours a day. But it is what it is until better days arise.
I’m honored to share with you the ins and outs of Hays State Prison, I’m pretty sure there’s plenty more to uncover about this place. Remember we haven’t been here 30 days yet. SMH?? So stay tuned!!
Willie Coe #1122706
King Coe the Righteous