Category Archives: Letters from prisoners

Buried Alive

By: Frederick Radford
Wickedness, inside an iron fence.
That’s tailor made with razor blades.
Stuck inside a twilight zone
with herds of beast, that lurk for thrones.
I live within an episode of Frankenstein…
But I’m divine.
This origin of goons and goblins,
indexed in volumes,
who’s seen as numbers, instead of names. 
These cell’s are hell, so let them burn…
Like a book of matches, as I turn to ashes.
Without a flame.
Who’s to blame?
The judicial system,  that’s designed to keep us oppressed.
Lose your case, then lose your life,
whether you’re wrong or right.
The judge don’t lose no rest.
While he holds his wife,
I’m dressed in stripes. 
Stand up for count I don’t get no rest.
Life in prison as I discern, is a living hell!
The dead are buried in caskets.
The lifer casket is my cell.

Defeating The Razor Wire Plantation Hydra

“Keeping prisoners violently divided and at each other’s necks is a policy calculated to maintain control and keep the prisoners focus off of the officials who are oppressing them all.”
~California’s Department of Correction Ombudsman Ken Hurdle

Greetings Komrades,

As the words are conveyed full of dedication, resiliency, and camaraderie, I hope there isn’t any hindrance so they may reach ya’ll in the same manner. I’m perplexed to find these razor wire plantations get away with doing shit to us that we’d never tolerate from each other. All of us continuously complain about prison conditions being “fucked up”, complaining how security threat group policies hinder us from receiving visits, but there’s nothing being done to rectify our situation.

Let me tell you what’s “fucked up”, is that the individual tyrants who make up the hierarchy of these street formations are plagued with the same characteristics of our oppressors. How many of you are confined to isolated tombs due to taking orders that wasn’t beneficial for you? But only beneficial for the one who gave you the order. Then once you were sentenced by the administration of these razor wire plantations to long stints of isolation, you’ve been forgotten and you’ve become one of the many whom has been exploited for the personal gain of the street formations leadership. But this is brotherly love right?    

Why isn’t there never no orders given to obtain better food? Better medical treatment? Better programs or educational opportunities? Why are sacrifices being made to tear down the next man who shares the common oppression, but none to rectify this system?    

Komrades we’re in a very sad state, and if we continue to allow the oppressor to atomize us, and assisting the oppressor to keep the yoke of oppression on our necks. The the future of prisoners may consist of us being whipped in the fields, ALL of us every race. The founding reasons these street formations were organized must return and these bylaws must be implemented.Most of these street formations were founded on revolutionary ideology, because of the economic, political and social conditions that the peer were subjugated to. These street formations were formed to be vigilance committees, to protect and uplift their communities. The vision of the founding fathers has been lost and we’ve become predators of the prey (oppressed). So are we really real right? or are we proxies for these miscreants?    

Komrades we can surmount the barriers we’ve placed in our own way! This vicissitude (change) is reachable. It begins with us understanding the strength in our numbers. Envisage (envision) the ten demands put out by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak for the Aug 21 prison strike being implemented. This isn’t a dream this could be reality, but reaching this accomplishment falls on the leadership of the street formations.We must purge the separationism and individualism from our character. We musn’t compromise for taking victories, for individual privileges and incentives. Compromising didn’t win the revolution for China, compromising didn’t end slavery, it took a civil war. Our struggle won’t be romantic, I recognize that we must always make a choice between what is beneficial and what is pleasant. The coward would choose pleasantness because it don’t demand a struggle or sacrifices. But we know the choice that would make things beneficial for us as a whole. It isn’t skin color, the hue of the flag or a certain sect for these are the things that fuel separatism and competition. Competition amongst ourselves has destroyed us komrades! Instead of outdoing each other we must coalesce towards the common goals.     Malcom X stated “we have a common enemy, we have this in common, we have a common oppressor, a common exploiter and a common discriminator, but once we all realize that we have a common enemy, then we unite on the basis of what we have in common”.     I conclude this by quoting the komrade Benny Hannibal Rasun or the Free Alabama Movement, “its revealing that we are housed in institutions whose security is predicated on our remaining ignorant”

Dare to struggle dare to win

all power to the people

Joseph “Shine White” Stewart

Deputy Minister of Education

White Panther Organization

NC-BranchG.
Note: To circumvent the communication barriers to hinder prisoner to prisoner dialogue I can be reached at:
Joseph Stewart
P.O. Box 15401 
Durham, NC 27704

Resist Now

By Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain 

It is easy to fall into the prison trap of imagining who we are going to be and what we are going to do when we get out. This is something of a past-time in prison, creating wonderful futures in our minds.     

It is an effective way to avoid the awful now. And when we avoid the awful now, we engage in a kind of escapism, a self-defeating escapism that contributes to this awful now.     

So, what would happen if, instead of dreaming of some future fantasy, we started to imagine what we can do right now? We are not paralyzed by anything other than our own lack of imagination. We are not held back by anything other than our own fear.    

We can start like this. We can imagine that we ourselves are the warden. What would we hate to see happen? If we were in the warden’s shoes, what kinds of things would make it difficult to keep the prison going?     

Look around. There are all kinds of things you can break without getting caught, or jam, or steal. Little things. But the little things add up. One toilet flushing will cost the prison more money on the water bill. A hundred toilets flushing at the same time will bust the plumbing. Two thousand toilets flushing over and over, will destroy shit.     

We outnumber them. We’re smarter than them. We have more to lose and more to gain. If we can just get our heads out of “when we get out”, and get our heads in the now, we can resist and we can change the conditions right now.     

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.     

We have now. Right now.     

Imagine. Share. Resist. 

Still Standing on My Toes

By: Jamal Lundy
AKA Don Mall

I done lost every thing and still I stand 
I done lost every one yet still I stand
I done lost hope before but still I stand
I done been through it all and I’m still standing.
The judge sentenced me to life without
But still I stand and I fight cause I know one day I will stand on my 10 toes
back on the west side zone 1 Bankhead where my roots are for a better reason.
To help others not go down my footsteps cause the streets don’t love no one and violence ain’t the way of life 
It only takes life.
Black lives.
And why we help knock our beautiful race off with black on black crimes.
90% of guys lock up for doing some to there own race!
Today I stand on my 10 to be a leader and help make a change for black lives. 

Gang Members: Lead the Youth

Hello, All Gang Members, I’m OG DRO NHB Rollin 20

Listen we all were founded for a purpose. To be a family, To stand together against oppression. To help the youths avoid going thru what we’ve been thru. The system is corrupt and getting worse. We cannot and should not let the power and respect we have go to waste. It’s time to change in the south and be real Big Homies and Big Brothers. We must start now behind bars and change the minds of our youths. By showing them how to fight the system and oppression without physically fighting. And stop fightin and killin each other. Show them how to stand up for their rights the correct way. If change start now behind bars they will get out a man and help better those that are headed for confinement. If you got any type of respect or power, Please join hands with me and others to make a change, lets not keep leadin these younger brothers where we are or have been. We need them to be better than we was or are today. If you’re reading this and are any type of member it starts again with you. I’m OG DRO from Augusta, GA. Join hands with me and others to lead these younger brothers away from prison.

Unconstitutional but justified through our ignorance

By Ladarius Colbert
Comrade BLAQMAN at Hays

This message is to the entire offender population in Georgia. Wake the fuck up and put the differences of frivolous matters to the side. Our state of being is literally worsening as time past. Generally because of our ignorance we are subjected to various forms of maltreatment such as poor living conditions, deprivation of adequate/sufficient medical service, ridiculous restrictions are being imposed upon our right to correspond with society, and worst of all our likely livelihood is that a high risk because of ineffective security guidelines. Nevertheless, we have no one to blame but ourselves due to our inactiveness and ignorance. Our ignorance is their (GDOC) capital (profit) literally!     

One major example is unpaid labor – in accordance to the “Working Against Recidivist Act (GA.L. 2005 p.1222, OCGA 42.5-60, and the Fed. Prison Industrial Enforcement Enhancement Cert Program (18 USC sect. 1761) brothers that work under private contractors such as Aramark, Optics, and GCI tag plants can get paid a set wage for their labor. Thus, since it is a legislature issue those same brothers must take this issue to the Civil courts. According to OCGA 42.10-14 the GCIA is authorized to compensate their workers. If I am not mistaking at Smith State Prison 15 prisoners are being paid an allowance under the PIE program. in result of a collective effort to litigate one will accumulate fund to pay restitution / State fees, child support, commissary funds, and enable one to have funds saved up upon release and more. This is a statewide calling to my comrades. Use the insight to enlighten, mobilize and eventually overcome. Less talk more action. Loyalty and power comrade BLAQMAN. 

Wonder Why Your Public Defender Won’t Properly Defend You?

You wonder why your public defender would not challenge the cops or D.A. In your case. You tried to tell him/her that cops were lying and the D.A. is helping them. Your public defender would not listen when you asked them to hire an expert or P.I. and refused to file certain pre-trial motions; speedy trial demmurs; 4th amm.suppression; motion to dismiss that you knew could had proved you innocent or got the case thrown out. If your public defender properly defended you, they would get disbarred or possibly thrown in jail. Here are a few reason why. 

1. Public Defenders are paid a paltry sum that is capped at a flat rate, which severely limits the amount of hours they can spend per motion, traveling court appearances etc. They are defending your life on a plumber’s wage. 

2. Attorneys in general are not in the business of “messing with the churches money.” Their first loyalty is to B.A.R., not to the client! (Go read their B.A.R. Oath) The members of the B.A.R. In the courtroom include (but not limited to) your attorney, the D.A. and the Judge! All brothers and sisters. A family affair if you will. So your public defender, the cop that arrested you, the D.A. and the judge are all being paid by the same state. Can you say: conflict of interest. The B.A.R. Is a private club, is not a state or federal agency, it is not open to the public; it controls the courts and the government. 

3. Your public defender works for the client. The client is the person who pays said public defender? (under the “color of law” a corporation is also a “person”.) The same state fund that pays the judge, the D.A. and the cop that arrested you. You are not their client! They don’t work for you! The client does not want them filing motions that the state cannot contend with, motions that may get the case dismissed early on in the proceeding. 

4. Attorneys are private agents to a private principle (the B.A.R.) and are only allowed to represent other corporations. So how did attorneys enable themselves to represent you? By fraud: They use your name (in all caps) as if its a corporation. So then your name acts as a “Joinder” or “transmiitting utility” to connect the flesh and blood you, with a fiction (corporation), to enable other corporatìons, B.A.R., the court, the STATE to contract or do business with you. The fraud in all of this is that they neglected to “fully disclose” all this to you. They can’t disclose the true nature of the attorney client relationship to you. However they can and should inform that in court proceedings, the “law” provides other options then trial or prison to discharge a cause of action or claim against you. Check out: AFFIRMATIVE DEFENCES: confession and avoidance. What you are avoiding here is prison time!!!

5. Your attorney cannot and will not correctly inform you that there is no such thing as “victimless crime”. “Victimless crimes” make up about 98% of all crime in this country. So the whole judicial system is basically funded by it. Faliure to pay a fine, moving violations, drugs, guns, tax fraud etc. etc. are not crimes. They are what is known as statutory violations; “mala prohibita” and do not constitute crimes under the courts own law. Here is some more latin for you; “corpus delecti”: The body of a crime. The criminal intent;  The person responsible; The victim or remains of the victim and damaged property. This is the courts own standard for what a crime is. Who did you victimize with your bag of weed? Here is another legal standard. The federal rules of civil procedure: “To make a pleading in any federal court, one must plead a violation of civil rights and damage”. The violation of civil rights speak for itself. Damage means an actual injury or you damged my property or you just owe me a debt for something. So if you are locked up for a traffic violation or fishing without a license, who is the victim? The state can’t be a victim because the state is not a human, its a corporation. If the state is claiming to be the victim than it needs to come and take the stand so I can cross examine it. The cop can’t be a victim to the sack of weed he took from me. An inanimate object cannot be a crime.      Like it or not the scheme I have presented to you is the system at hand and part of the reason you will never get a fair trial. If you want to effectively agitate you must learn how to operate, I hope this truth I have shared with you will inspire you to learn the true nature & cause of these proceedings. We must step our game up!     Please excuse my lack of citations and errors. For I am being held in GA.s own baby Guantanamo (SMU). I don’t have any of my books or papers. Just my thoughts and this liquid sword. Hotep! 11/17/18

Jose M. Rosario Gonzalez #1001280113

L.E. 107

GDCP (SMU)P.O. Box 3877

Jackson, Ga. 30233

Insider Report: Negligence Leads to Stabbings at Hays

Greetings My Fellow Brothers and Sisters!

My name is Victor K. Moten and I’m a prisoner in the (GDOC) housed here at the facility of Hays. And here I chose to publicize such Negotiations and Careless acts by those who call themselves “Professionals” and also viewed as the innocent ones. There such fine artists! Sadly but true to speak, it seems such a natural yet the usual thing for Administrative and Official personnel here at this facility to have a vast disinterest in the safety and issues of the inmates house here. Take my situation for ex: I was stabbed Feb. 6th 2019, if rounds were conducted properly during the change of shift my situation could’ve been avoided. Here is another situation on maybe the 17th of Feb. 2019 a inmate died from multiple stab wounds also. All because of the neglect and careless behaviors things of this nature are able to occur. I spoke with Warden K. Srayberry of Hays State Prison after I was released from Redmond Hospital treated for 20 stab wounds. Mr. Sprayberry asked me “how long do I think it lasted?” I replied “for a situation that could’ve been avoided sir, too long”. He then stated “15 seconds it was only 15 seconds.”  It was said with a hint of excitement and wow as if pleased by the after response of his security. Now in F-2 which is a lockdown dormitory that contains a mixture of tier-1 and tier-2, I have no exchange of clothing, neither do the Deputy Warden’s, Unit Mangager, or Lieutenant/ Shift Supervisor make their daily rounds so we have no opportunities to speak with anyone about our issues, we’re not able to recieve any forms such as grievances, general request forms, etc. because officers are too lazy or just don’t care. Nor does officers monitor our meals so food products are stolen, spit in and there’s no telling what else. People on stripped cell doesn’t get fed on time sometimes not all. Unit manager doesn’t make his segregation hearings I mean there is literally way much more. But what does my contradiction to the so called “Safest Prison in the State of Georgia” matters? Again I just ask that the wrongs are rectified… Peace and Blessing and More Power to the People!

Victor K. Moten

Change Today

The government is pimpin’ the  Blaqman, Illuminati runs the world, so fuk pimpin’ my pen. I’d rather help my community, Lil’ Chico looks up to me. Disappointed with myself of how I abandoned the streets… Blinded by greed returned me back to slavery; it’s more than a G-thang. It’s bigger than you & me. We need our cribs in our names; boss up our economical game, I hated to slang crack cocaine. I witnessed Momdukes lose everythang; plus I never gang-banged… What if I made 1 person smile today? I’ll set the trend here; because I’m told FAITH is contagious. It takes more muscles to frown, so I’ll smile away. I can’t predict tomorrow but I can save today. Give us back our country; not Amerika but the one you stole from me. Wanna kno’ what I hate more than cops? A thief…   

I’ve studied the history and FREEDOM is owed to me. I just keep it BLAQ like we’s supposed to be… Shot outs to Lupe, Wale  and Nasir Jones. Larry Hoover, Tookie Williams and James Brown. B.O.B., Big K.R.I.T. and Killer Mike. Kaepernick, Stacey Abrams, Condoleezza Rice. King Coe; and I’m prepping Amerika for her future. Our brothers are on the way and they gone be remembered like Malcolm and Luther…   

Why expose brains when I can expose truths! The proof is right between the pages of this book, young dude. I can’t believe I said no to school, rebelled and broke the rules. Smoked weed, cut class or even fought in school. But it’s what I was taught to do…     

Please become someone, become MORE than the average dude. Don’t get blinded by REALITY T.V. like most people do, and DYING is not worth putting our mom’s thru. And killing ain’t really worth living our lives like fools… By O.G. King Coe

PREA/AGGRESSOR: AN ODE TO VIOLENCE

By: King Coe

Here I will describe a flawed committee called: Classification, in which prisoners are housed in like dormitories and/or cells with similar prisoners according to crime, age, size, height, and affiliations. All which basically means that our lives are subject to be taken at any moment because the system is so flawed.

In the GDC we have what is called ”Jscribe”. And it is a computer file that possess our entire institutional record and the classification ”committee” uses the info to assign us details and housing status. It consists of from my knowledge: D/W of C and T, Captain, Chief Counselor, an L.t. and a Sgt.” But prisoners aren’t given the opportunity to be present at there convenings, at least not here. There is a ”blue strip” that is in constant motion across the top of each prisoners page which identifies certain ”security risks or medical issues, etc.” that apply to that person. For instance  I’ve saw some that say: Learning Disability, do not house with codefendant (which can’t be too accurate because I was housed with my codefendant at 2 different prisons) and Vegan Menu. But one that I saw in 2011 said: Do not house with prea victim, such and such. At the time I was slightly familiar with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. But ignorant of the ”Aggressor” label. When I saw my file in 2018, I did not see this ”tag” but somehow, I seem to only be placed into these Prea/Aggressor dormitories from prison to prison within the last 4  and  1/2 years. Georgia, Hays, Macon and Hays State Prisons. So, I inquired about it. I believe that I’m old enough, wise enough and have been in the system long enough to be able to be removed from these atrocious environments. It is stereotypical to house prisoners in this extremely stressful capacity when everyone overall, in some format, qualify to be house in a close-security prison. I’ve been in prison for 10 years. I’m 35 and tired of these dormitories. If I have managed to survive this dangerous lifestyle over this amount of time without major incident: is it safe to say that I’m capable of upgrading my living arrangements? When will I be housed in a more safer and sane dorm? My work, respect, image, ethics, presentation, institutional record all speaks for itself. By response to my inquiry, as of 4-15-18 I was removed from the aggressor label. I’ve been to Tier 1 on 2 occasions but was still placed in one of the aggressor dorms. But the irony about this system is that while though my dorm is considered  the worst on the compound  miraculously we have the least violence throughout the entire prison and more targeting from administration for just being who we are: the stereotypes, outcasts, thugs, gangster, hoodlums, criminals, addicts or whatever you feel the need to label us? Think about?