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“Why Doesn’t The Sun Shine On Me” collection by prison poet Exile

“Why Doesn’t The Sun Shine On Me”
By: Exile
It’s a lonely day and the sun isn’t shining on me as I sit behind these bars. No one seem to have compassion or humility toward the incarcerated. So many forget about me, leaving me in this darkness that consume my presence. It seem that prison is contagious because no one wants to assist a brother in need. It’s hard to feel warmth and sun rays from this cell I call my home. As an outcast my heart is crush by I refuse to lose hope. Because whatever is waiting on me just as the sun rises the next day. Faith is in my corner, truth is guarding its place. Hope has made me face each day. I know truly someone out there wishes for me to see the sun shine. But today isn’t that day, I won’t lose hope so as this falls upon your lap, give me some thought. This is just a reminder because we move so fast and miss so much. Yes, the sun isn’t shine on me but in the future, it will be.
“Can You Hear The Walls Cry”
By: Exile
Imagine you can feel the pain that comes from behind these walls. Silent are some if these walls could talk, emotions are stall. So intense is the distress that can be felt from the floors. Groans from the poor soul that has lost focus and control. Left to handle the stress which caress my heart at the door. And everyday the guards inflict more wounds to my core. Loss to this weary world, can you hear the cries from my walls. No one cares, I am a distant memory that all. So with poem I hope it open your eyes to let me in your arms.
“Truest Thought”
By: Exile
My truest thought was held inside of this cell, definition of pain written on my heart scroll, silent cries emerge from my tattered tortured soul, misery invaded and stole my loved residing place, it caused my entire to suffer and ache, loved ones abandoned me when I need them most. Envy could’ve been my company but pain was more close. Pain has truly given my life an overdose. No mercy dwells in trials and tribulations, constantly dealing with incarceration while time keeps me conseal in its shadows. Allowing me to appreciate life, love, and freedom to the fullest and also to see who really was sincere in my time of need, hated, despised neglected, mostly forgotten was things I received. With few choices and not many options, hurt encraved deep in the depths inside of me. A maze of misery with no map, guide, or light to remove this darkness I see. Long gone are the thoughts I cherish so much, in their absence is this cell which has bind so many of us. 
“In Life”
By: Exile
Some things in life can’t be tested by time 
Even inside of this cell I can speak my mind 
Because so few blossom like the fruit of earth
Yet behind these bars you fail to know your worth
So many left to rot on the vine. So many left to rot on the vine. 
But in their absence I call you mine. 
Yes the labor of the harvest outweighs worth, because I paid attention only to lust. 
You are reason I can awake and trust
Hot so your value, it exceeds degrees, even though you feel far away I feel your touch.
In this life I live I only have so much.
“Jungle”
By: Exile
This jungle that has me trap, with no way to escape.
I am force to suffer and humble my state. 
So many hard lesson that have confused my common senses.
I refuse to let these bars steal my confidence.
Beyond this cell I can be a person of interest.
Yet I let so many small things pull me in a ditch.
Every time I seem to gain some ground a distraction causes me to relent.
In this jungle call prison I have to be cautious or be forced to commit. All thru this jungle it seems I go thru stages like this. The only thing that will bring joy is being on the other side of the fence.

The Evil of Georgia’s S.M.U. — expose by a prisoner

Isolated island like, sitting ominously on a little more than an acre of land and enclosed behind several barbed wire fences stands a torture chamber known as the Special Management Unit (S.M.U.)
This morbid looking structure is home to up to 192 souls who are alleged to have committed an assortment of prison infractions or who have simply been designated as individuals of notoriety by the Georgia Dept. of Corrections.
Admission into this draconian abode often comes absent of even the most basic fundamental due process of law protections as many inmates are essentially kidnapped and sent to the S.M.U. At the mere whim of prison wardens across the state.
To assign the word “appeal” to the process that inmates have at their disposal to challenge placement in the S.M.U. does the very word a grave injustice.
The so-called appeal is nothing but a thinly-veiled, empty and meaningless farce as field operations manager, Belinda Davis, responsible for the processing of these appeals rarely if ever bothers to answer or issue an inmate a response to their written appeals. Let alone conduct a legitimate review as to the validity of the reasons for an inmate’s internment.
Once encased inside this house of horrors a person can expect to languish inside it for four, five, even six years or more of practically 24-hour a day solitary confinement experiencing physical, mental and psychological torture in its purest form! 
While there are certainly aspects of the S.M.U. which inherent to its construction render it inhumane and cause its punishment design to be of a medieval type, the real malevolence of the S.M.U. is directly attributable to those who operate it on a day-to-day basis.
The S.M.U. administration is composed of three classic house negroes; Superintendent Michael Cannon, Deputy of Warden William Powell and unit manager George Ball. In concert with one another, this sadistic trio ensures that inmates under their supervision experience the absolute worse that humanity has to offer.
Inmates under their care are prohibited from enjoying any outside recreation time for an automatic three-month period of time when first admitted to the S.M.U. This despite the S.O.P. policy requiring every inmate receive a minimum of 5 hours out of cell rec. per week.
These three orchestrators of misery through their non-intervention and subtle direction allow a Gestapo like atmosphere to fester inside the S.M.U. in the form of numerous physical beatings suffered by inmates at the hands of prison staff.
Inmates housed in the S.M.U. are fed animal-like as meals are served in child-sized, thin styrofoam trays, where food items are often mixed together, cold to the point of congealment and severely under proportioned.
Even the very core of the Tier III Program in the S.M.U. which is based upon a gradual increase in relation to an inmate’s behavior and compliance to rules is subjugated by the administration as inmates who have earned certain privileges do not receive them.
The S.M.U. administration’s indifference to inmates’ health is manifest in delayed or blatantly substandard medical care.
The administration also places inmates safety in constant peril as they ignore the widespread practice of officers essentially abandoning dorms and falsifying cell check documentation. It is not uncommon for officers who have been assigned to work in dorms to disappear for two, three, sometimes four hours. When the officers do show up and make their rounds they routinely sign the “cell checklists” multiple times at once giving the impression that their required 30 minute cell checks were performed.
While there has been an onslaught of attention focused on the many deprivations of the S.M.U. by various media outlets lately, I wonder how much longer it will take before the brutality and inhumanity being inflicted upon myself and other inmates here comes to an end?
I wonder when the Georgia Dept. of Corrections hierarchy will have an epiphany and recognize that the S.M.U. is an innate object and that those who they have assigned to operated are responsible for its cruelty?
I do know that the arch enemy of evil is light. The light of exposure to its darkness!
Thus, I encourage anyone who believes that all human beings deserve humane treatment to utilize whatever resources at their disposal to expose the S.M.U. for what it truly is.
The Pen is My Sword

Sad But True

Title: Sad But True

Author: Lamar Westside Gates

 

The word help never be heard, but fuck you get an answer

Talkin with sense, they turn their nose like you’re a dirty pamper.

But I’m the crazy one if you let them tell it, Respect goes a long way but not in this pace!

If you not part of the elite, you get beat to sleep.

Most e-mails dont go out cause they dont want the heat.

Inmates wanting to be officers dying to speak, Sir I’ll pack his Property and destroy his good.

Most in the step-down lost and can’t be found, what I mean bout that, inmates will lock you down.

For a detail and packout sir I’ll tell it all, to show you I’m not playing #— got a phone.

Now you see what I’m talking bout fuck the step-down,

For four hours and T.V.s these killers become police.

But I’m the crazy one cause I wanna be free!

I’ll die before I fold, starve before I break,

Never will I help the Pigs OPPRESS Inmates.

 

BLACC CANDLE INCARCERATED

The unsoothing sight of an unsettling picture welcomes misery in this traumatized moment. Silently we reflect on the things that brought us happiness and joy rather than the possibility of a future that offers discomfort.

The sudden sounds of distress piercing the tranquility of one’s mental solitude often times shatters what hope remains for reformation and rehabilitation, disrupted by the mighty roars of the affects of suffering from incarceration.

The root of our shortcomings has introduced us to a world of violence, racism, corruption, deprivation and other injustices. But recapturing an accurate understanding of black history could excite transitioning if we’re lucky.

Coming to fruition, surrounded by chaos, is a positive awakening, stemming from decades of my people participating in our own dehumanization, ridding ourselves of all senses of humiliation.

It wasn’t by chance that we were born blacc in America, where we’re considered pariahs defined by our skin color by a system of white supremacists who set traps to dismantle us.

It is only necessary we determine the content of our character by replaying the history of our lives as well as those of our ancestors, present times used to bring awareness to our youth of future scenarios.

How much work is required to repair the damage done? Where there’s a lack of fire in the drive of our adolescent sons, death or incarceration will be the outcome once that candle has burned…

By Robert Watkins #1245402

First-hand report: Hunger Strike in GA Prision

My name is Charles Shepard #1001527186. I am housed in the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison – Special Management Unit (SMU).

Anyhow, there is a class action against this prison headed by Human Rights Attorney Ryan Primerano, phone # (404)688-1202 extension (404)688-9440.

I hate the system! Have been fighting them for almost 20 years. Anyhow, I have organized a hunger strike involving approx. 8 inmates, with more to join. This will start 1-30-18. I need the public to know. I will try to explain our situation, my hands hurt as I have been writing all day.

We are not receiving Recreation at all. Some people do, but the majority of us have been placed on Red. Restriction which is illegal. When you first arrive here, you don’t receive it at all for 90 days.

Our property is held for 90 days. Religious, legals, personal mail, hygiene. We don’t receive proper cell sanitation. Our food portions are very small. Our counselors don’t come around when they are supposed to. We are not given books to read. And many other issues.

I was told a little about what you do and am very interested in getting involved. I’m down to 18 months left, but have some new bogus charges that I’m representing myself in. I’m 37, white male, associate’s degree in psychology; theology and currently studying law; language; Islam and electronics. I’m very intelligent and hate the government. I am a Muslim (not a terrorist) I am actually Sunni. I am very interested in corresponding with anyone who wants to and can discuss just about any subject, will accept mail from any race, religion, sex or creed.

Please do what you can to get my info out there in the mainstream. Mailing info:
Charles Shepart #1001527186
GDCP SMU LE 208
P.O. Box 3877
Jackson, GA 30233

United for GA. DIA. SMU Program: Solidarity from a prisoner to his brethren

By Anarchy BLAQ

Higher elevation to the comrades behind enemy lines at Jackson State diagnostic prison. I can readily sympathize with Rocky Loc and prayers have been submitted for your liberation. I have been victimized similarly with tactical, oppressive, malevolent and unsanitary, unsafe unconstitutional, inhumane living and starvation while serving time in GSP from 2012-2016. Your voices are heard my brother. Never feel that you are alone. LT Russo and his higher compatriots will receive their just rewards.

I will aid you in destroying these imperialistic slave plantations. For now; I must remain anonymous. To each and every one of you Uncle Tom prisoners that wash your brother’s trays with a water hose and fail to stand up or sit down to build an equipped complex or have that entire Plantation close down and condemned: YOU are ENSLAVED and don’t even know it!

The comrades who I’ve bid with wouldn’t last 30 days there. Too much unity and heart amongst us. Every guard that has forced your brethren to eat food off of molded and fungi laced trays; a straight up BITCHES!!

Do you know that you’re paid to enslave your own people?? How can you face your own family knowing that you are abusing and slowly killing a mother’s son or A daughter’s father? You are helping kill off your own seeds. What an idiot you are! So much deaf, dumb, blind stupidity you possess. That you are no better than a misled and unguided gangbanger that robs and kills his classmate for a pair of Jordan’s.

Brethren in SMU: first of all congrats to the ones who made it out and are being housed elsewhere. Walk light gentlemen. No matter what race, color, or creed believe that justice orgs are taking notice within Georgia. Slaves are being freed and are exercising their rights to help us liberate the imprisoned from the clutches of capitalistic imperialism. We are becoming one across all walks of life.

With each stroke of our pens; each book read; each lock of wisdom passed down; each prayer sent up above; each mind awaken; we are chipping into the iceberg. We are united in the living tombstone of slavery in modern mankind. Realize, Mr. Officer that the ILLUMINATI is going to discard your carcass once you have served your purpose in their evil diabolical plot of New World Order domination. The journey continues…

SMU (Stressing More Unity): Abuses in the Tier Program

SMU (Stressing More Unity)

Tier III SMU in Jackson, GA houses almost 200 inmates: six dorms, 32 inmates each dorm, two sides east and west side which hold three dorms apiece. Each dorm is supposed to have two floor officers and each side (east/west) supposed to have one transport officer. I’ve been housed here going on two years and the facility has been understaffed the whole time. You’re lucky to have 1 dorm officer most times one officer is overseeing at least two if not all three dorms on the side. Which if it’s an emergency we are forced to kick on the door for long periods of time just to get help. Two months ago a man hung himself he was dead in his cell for five or six hours before they found out. The only reason they found out then was because the officer was serving breakfast.

Tier III is the best example of dehumanizing you get here they keep you locked down for 90 days no recreation, no phone, no nothing. You go see the doctor for health issues he only has two answers: stop working out, drink more water. The facility doesn’t have a dishwasher so the trays are washed with a water hose, green yellow mold growing on the trays. Most of the time if you complain it’s either take the tray or don’t eat.

Constantly being denied our due process grievances not getting processed or properly investigated. If administration doesn’t like you and are on duty when your family comes to visit they will turn your family around and make up a false reason (Lt. Russo). The warden of all care and treatment, security and unit manager abuses his job being that he has to sign off on order forms for books. He’s coming up with new things you have to do to receive books and still denies request after they’ve met the criteria.

This is supposed to be a behavior program but there isn’t no release date majority have been here 4 years or better. The program at most doesn’t supposed to exceed 18 months with good behavior.

None of the toilets work properly yet we are limited to flushes per hour showering in cells with no proper cleaning supplies.

Mail being refused and not being able to send it home it’s automatically destroyed.

In two years no more than 15 people have left–nine of them had filed a lawsuit. Parole wants nothing to do with you if you’re housed here or transition centers they constantly jumping on you or doing some type of harsh punishment not feeding you.

It’s gon take outside help to make a change. We constantly say Black Lives Matter not everybody feel that way. The Captain, Warden and superintendent are black here and they allowing a white man, Lt. Russo, to do as he pleases.

People are so ignorant and stubborn they’ll continue to not get unified because of little boy reasons the fight Behind These doors is against the oppressor administration. All Lives Matter if you think so you should have no problem with us ALL getting together.

They got me under lock & key but my mind free: Writings from Hayes Prison

H.A.Y.S. (Housing. All. You. Shares.) 
By: Lamar Westside Gates 
Forced to be a DEPENDENCIES with no voice for mistreatment abandoned by so-called loved ones, love becomes a CONTRADICTION. How you love one when you let them “SUFFER”? Yes they suffer when their cries 4 help falls upon DEF EARS made def ears. You hear what they saying but do you care! Yo actions show you don’t but every time before the call end you lie with these words I love you if that’s love I want to be hated cuz they care enough to hate… What’s going on behind theze PRISON IS NOT EXAGGERATED. Punish 4 what you are a BLACKMAN and where you are from ESPECIALLY ATLANTA, punish 4 not backing down, punish for YO GRIEVANCE COMPLAINT, punish 4 wanting what you’re INTITLED 2 NO FOOD & NO SHOWERS IS NOT THE WORST OF THE UNWANTED PUNISHMENT. Imagine being made something you are not through FALSITY 4 the AMUSEMENT of others. Oh I forgot you love so you don’t care. Out of sight out of mind NONE BENEFICIAL PAY IT NO MIND – I promise if theze was your shoes you’ll commit suicide now you’re saying to yourself should have never got locked up. If anyone knew they would die for pulling over DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD HAVE PULLED OVER? With that being said know some things are INEVITABLE like OUR SKIN COLOR and that us behind the wall want EMPATH NOT SYMPATHY. Cause there is no justice for this INJUSTICE IN WHITE AMERICAN. Just them phucking us with your help yeah your help! Having not to care so keep yo fake love cause you’re them keep us down with NO LOVE… 
Sad but true 
By: Lamar Westside Gates 
They got me under lock & key but my mind free  
Speaking my mind got me naked with nothing to eat! 
Bwoy how many meals it’s gone take you 2 see I own you? 
Nobody care for you you’re AMERIKKKA’S WASTE.  
In yo eyes & mind but ask me do I care boss –  
You can’t break my focus Freedom be my goal! 
Jump on me as you please I will soon HEAL  
While this smile on my face bruise yo pride. 
I bet your wife in bed with another man (the white man)  
Cause yo only focus is jumping on a black man  
Da sad part bout it you a black man AmericKKKa’s waste!

Just because we’re convicted of crimes does that mean we’re incapable of changing?

there’s so much that can be done for many of us prisoners when we have the support on the outside, but there aren’t many people out there who truly understand the struggle that we go through in here. Majority don’t give a damn because they view criminals as worthless lower class people not citizens, they feel like we deserve every bit of the mistreatment that we are getting, inside these walls despite the laws that protect our human rights. I’m not saying that it’s wrong that we’re being punished for our crimes, I accept responsibility for my actions and will make do with the loss of my freedom. What society don’t seem to realize is that freedom being stripped from us is our punishment for our crimes. Not being able to live or move freely, time away from our family and loved ones, not being able to eat what we want, being told how we’re to live and so on and so forth! That’s our punishment! But there are rules and policies within These penal institutions that protects our safety and well-being. Some of these policies coincides with federal laws/US Constitution and these are the policies and laws that are continuously being violated by the officials of the Dept of Corrections. Laws that they know they’re breaking but instead they choose to violate because they knows we are unable to prove they’re wrong doings in the court of law due to the fact that they control our corresponding avenue. They control our incoming and outgoing mail, monitor our phone calls and visitation. They only allow who they want to enter the prison. When our family and friends call the prison to check on our beings these prison officials ALWAYS tell them lies about us whether we’re doing good or bad.  This is something that the judgmental citizens in society don’t know about our jailers, policeman, prosecutors and other government officials — THEY ARE ALL LIARS AND THE BIGGEST CRIMINALS IN THE WORLD!!! These people get paid to tell lies and mislead us, beat us, railroad us, dehumanize us, psychologically torment us and emotionally abused us. People of this nation has been brainwashed to a point to where they only perceive circumstances from a one-sided outlook instead of an all-around standpoint, this one-sided perception is the AMERICAN way to think and see things. And for this reason alone nothing about this country will never be fair.

Convicts and criminals are classified as dangerous people according to society but the question that tells it all is what actually made criminals dangerous? Could it be the bad economy or the history of violence in America that’s affected people from Generations on down, could it be racism??? Either way we are all just a product of our environment – America!! The rulers of America are the people who in political power of the government – all government employees!!! They made us this way! Then they turn around and place Us in these prisons where we endure the traumatic hardships that changes the way we think, our mentality and our hearts. After taking us through all this minivan release us back into society and expect us to be better people and do better. Either these people who are in power are just playing dumb or the system is a dead on track!

As the great Gandhi quotes: “BE THE CHANGE THAT YOU WANT TO SEE!!” And I phrased this quote because all the turmoil that has enveloped this country in the recent years and throughout history demonstrate just how corrupt U.S. government really is. Everybody expresses the change that must be made for the people and their living conditions and for a better economy but nothing is actually being done when the power that the ensure that they keep their foot on the necks of the people to keep them in their place. It is displayed on a variety accounts just how unimportant the minority class (especially blacks) is to this country. Dr. MLK Jr said it clearly:

“The seal and the Constitution reflect the thinking of the founding fathers that this has to be a nation for white people and by white people. Native Americans, blacks, and all other non-white people were to be the burden bearers for the real citizens of this nation…”

Until the world rid themselves of their racial hatred then everything regarding mankind will crumble. No man is superior over another, God is the greater being of all things and through the spirit of God we must answer to for our actions whether good or bad.

Just because we’re convicted of crimes does that mean we’re incapable of changing? Because every time I look up I see that us prisoners are continuously being judged for past misdeeds, even those that were committed mistakenly / blindly. Why are we not given the opportunity to show that we are worthy of a chance? If the system really sees us as dangerous criminals why don’t they establish programs within their system to help us become better people, teaching us the ways on the other side of the law? Applying these efforts will enable us to do better because we’ll know better instead of them repeatedly subjecting us to these extremely traumatic measures of what they call Justice, it is only affecting us mentally in the worst ways. What makes matters even worse is that the evil mistreatment perpetuated upon us by our jailers we would not have known just how spiteful these people can be if we had not witnessed it firsthand. These same individuals are mingling out in the free world with our families and other good righteous people, smiling in their faces without them having the slightest thought of the poison that flows through their DNA. We are placed in these institutions as punishment so when these government officials violate the law how is it that they always manage to avoid prosecution? A crime is a crime in the eyes of the law so when one is committed by any man that makes them a criminal, why judge another without judging themselves first? The same people who prosecute and sentence us are criminals but the same individuals base judgment on us as if they’re better. With this type of mindset is why the world is full of madness. The changes that we seek for ourselves and for our children and families as well as the future won’t ever come to fruition until we change our attitudes and outlooks on life. We as humans shouldn’t adapt to other people’s ideas and opinions because then we won’t be being our true selves when living in another man’s shadow. And this is one of the biggest problems in today’s world. Einstein stated – “We can’t solve the problems with the same thinking that created them.”

Roccy Loc

Valdosta prisoner denounces medical neglect death at ACDC

As I sit here, a few days from the celebration of AmeriKkka’s Independence. I ponder the hypocrisy of this nation.The so-called citizens of this KKKountry turn a blind eye to the treatment of their fellow human beings in this so-called civilized society, and allow the enslaved human to die in these Torture Chambers.The Government in the guise of protecting its so-called citizens have implemented a program of enslaving humans in detention centers and denying them basic human decency and rights! In the ACDC of Georgia, Atlanta, A human was subjected to Willful and Deliberate Indifference by his captors and was allowed to suffer and eventually Die from medical neglect. How can a so-called civilized society ignore and deny any Human being medical help? The answer is simple, the Common man/woman doesn’t matter to the Spiritual and Morally dead.They don’t matter to the enslaver because if they did, the Operator and sustainer of this Evil, would have to admit to the World that he/she is Morally and Spiritually KKKorrupt! Thus in being forced to admit such a Truth, this nation would have to dismantle this System of Exploitation and Oppression of the Common man/woman. So how much longer, will AmeriKKKa’s citizens fail to fight for the voiceless, the poor and disenfranchised, and allow Humans to be Tortured and Murdered by this system. The Land of the so-called Free, what a joke! As AmeriKKKans prepare to parade and party on the 4th of July, a family will be mourning the loss of their loved one, who’s only real KKKrime was trying to achieve the so-called AmeriKKKan Dream. As one who is KKKonfined in this system of Oppression, I can Truthfully Testify that not a day passes, that a Human isn’t being subjected to the Evils of this Twisted and INHUMANE system of so-called public safety. All anyone has to do is investigate the system, and they’ll find just how KKKorrupt AmeriKKKa’s Executive, Judicial, and Administrative administrators truly are. So when anyone boasts and brags about AmeriKKKa’s so-called greatness, think about the senseless death a HUMAN suffered at the A.C.D.C of Atlanta, Georgia due to his captor’s Willful and Deliberate Indifference to his need of Humane and Adequate Medical Treatment. How many more must suffer and Die from such Moral Deprivation?
Respectfully Submitted,
KELEVIN J.STEVENSON #570391
V.S.P- P.O.310
Valdosta, Georgia 31603