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Brother of Prisoner who spoke out about Dekalb Jail abuses also reports abuses

Malaya Tucker is anxiously awaiting news of her son Darnell. She is told he is in solitary confinement after having been beaten by jail guards. She has not been able to contact him since their video visit on Sunday, in which he showed her moldy food trays with insufficient food. Screenshots taken from another video visit went viral on social media on Wednesday. On Thursday, guards reportedly entered Darnell’s cell and beat him up. They put him in solitary confinement, claiming they found a contraband cell phone. This cut him off from communication with the outside.

Mrs. Tucker received news of her son from her other son, Larnell. He is also in DeKalb County Jail due to an administrative error that left an arrest warrant in effect after it had been lifted.

Larnell called his mother from the 6th floor of the jail on Saturday, and she connected him with Atlanta ABC. Larnell was willing to risk being abused himself in order to go public about the inhumane conditions. He said that another inmate who had been transferred from his brother’s floor told him today that his brother had been “jumped” by guards again. He does not know how badly hurt Darnell is.

He also described a case of medical neglect of a diabetic person. Diabetics are not given access to their insulin upon being jailed. Each person has to request it via “health request” on the jail kiosk. A notice says “it can take up to 7 days for your request to be seen”. Larnell witnessed an inmate fall ill from going too long without insulin. It was only when other inmates gathered and began yelling at the guards to give the man his medicine that he was brought downstairs to a medical facility.

Larnell also said there was mold in the food today. He was given food with black and white mold in the noodles and meat. There was so much mold that all of the food was inedible, he reported. “I threw my whole tray away… everybody threw their tray away.” Larnell says another inmate filed a report about the moldy food and held onto his tray so he could show it to someone on the outside next time he had a video visit. While we were talking on the phone, officers came up to the floor to look at the moldy food. Then 11 officers took out tazers and told everyone to get in their cells (Larnell was allowed to stay talking on the phone). The man who reported the food was surrounded by guards outside his cell as they aimed tazers at him, ordering him to get inside his cell. They took the food tray away, but refused to give him a new tray as he requested.

Larnell also reported an infestation of black mold and flies in the showers. “I have to keep a sheet under my door to keep flies out”. He sleeps with just a wool blanket.

Why is Larnell in jail? He says he has a “failure to appear” but he went to court for it in January, and the judge ruled that the warrant would be lifted if Larnell went to pretrial services once a month. But before he could report to pretrial, he was arrested for the same warrant. Now he has been waiting in jail for a month for the courts to fix their administrative error. He says he has called the office of the Public Defender every day and has never talked to the lawyer.

I asked, “are you willing to go public, knowing what your brother has gone through and the risk you’re taking?” Larnell said, “I am because this is ridiculous”.

JPay Restrictions are Discrimination

A memorandum was in reference to the restrictions of depositors who use JPay. Starting February 5, 2019 only depositors who are identified as approved visitors will be allowed to deposit money via JPay. For their loved ones incarcerated here in NC. This may not seem like a problem to some of you but allow me to explain:    

This is another form of repression as well as discrimination. 79% of prisoners incarcerated here in NC have been profiled as members of Security Risk Groups (SRG), formally known as Security Threat Groups. Being profiled as an (SRG) prisoner you face several restriction, some that no human should have to endure. Those who are profiled (SRG) aren’t allowed to receive visits from no one but immediate family members. This consists of mother, father, brother and-or sister [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter A, Section B (H) (1)]     Children cannot be accompanied by their mother or father to visit a profiled (SRG) prisoner, the child must be accompanied by the prisoner’s immediate family. If there isn’t a healthy relationship between the child’s mother and the prisoner’s immediate family than the child as well as the prisoner are deprived of maintaining a relationship that would ensure familiarity between the child and the parent that is incarcerated.    

Furthermore, being profiled as an (SRG) prisoner in NC you’re restricted to only two phone calls a month, that’s if you’re not confined to long-stints of isolation in this case you receive no phone calls at all. Two phone calls a month also destroy any familiarity between a child and the incarcerated (SRG) profiled prisoner [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter B Section B, (A) (2).    

All incoming and out-going mail is impeded and majority of the time “misplaced” throughout the censorship process. All profile (SRG) prisoners’ mail is sent to the (SRG) officers to be censored for any threat to security. This opens up the door for malicious mischief, profiled prisoners known for their advocacy concerning prisoners’ rights and who have outside support our mail is “misplaced” regularly. [Security Risk Group Policy & Procedure Chapter B, Section A (1) (3)] The specter of Willie Lynch runs rampant throughout the whole (SRG) Policy and Procedures.    

The qualifications required to be profiled as an (SRG) prisoner is at the discretion of the same miscreants who patrol these concrete fields daily. There isn’t a professional process that would ensure that prisoners being accused of participating in (SRG) activities receive a professional investigation to determine if the prisoner is or isn’t a member of any (SRG) formation. The smallest things such as having a tattoo of a five point start can get you profiled as an (SRG) prisoner. All it takes is for the “trained” (SRG) officers to say the prisoner is a gang member and its over for you.     As Komrade Kevin Rashid Minister of Defense for the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter pointed out, in his letter “Racial and Political Persecution of Grassroots Black Political Leaders and Activists”,      “Typical of the tendency of racists to stereotype groups of people, these official make no distinctions between Black political organizations, and indeed declare that ‘all Black groups that promote dissent’ fit the criteria of a gang or STG, as does any group or organization that critics government and prison practices and policies”    

In a previous essay of mine titled “Defeating the Razor-Wire Plantation Hydra” I pointed out that most of these Security Risk Groups were founded on revolutionary ideology, because of the economic, political, and social conditions that the people were subjugated to. These street formations were formed to serve as vigilance committees to protect and uplift their communities. The vision of the Founding Fathers have been lost and we’ve become predators of the prey (oppressed). So are we really real right? Or are we proxies for the enemy?    

The aforementioned memorandum claims that this change (only allowing approved visitors to send prisoner’s money) is to ensure that no one is engaging in illicit enterprises such as selling drugs and phones to garner funds. All of which leads to the probability of offender or offender assaults. I’m inclined to disagree, this is another one of the enemy’s tactics to keep us at each other’s neck. Now if you bereave the only means a prisoner has to receive financial support from others beside immediate family, this only engenders robbery and violence amongst ourselves. A lot of us who are profiled (SRG) don’t have immediate family who financially support us. We receive financial support from friends, our child’s mother and some outside activists. So what are these prisoners, myself included going to do?    

This restriction is to ensure we stay divided and forces us to work the concrete fields of these razor-wire plantations. Because we’re not going to be provided with the necessities. The average man isn’t going to go without, so he is left with two choices, work for pennies a day or oppress and rob your own people. This restriction doesn’t have our or our families well-being in mind, it’s all for the betterment of the plantation.    

These (SRG) policies and procedures must be redressed, not only does it serve as an instrument to destroy family values, but it will also cause us to be divided and conquered. These acts of repression shouldn’t be tolerated at all. We the prisoners have the strength in numbers, we the prisoners are responsible for our own liberation, these acts of repression aren’t unbeknownst it being done right in front of our faces and the enemy is questioning what are we going to do about it? If we don’t do anything we are cowards!!    

It would be politically and strategically advantageous for us to boycott all canteen items as well as the union supply packages offered four times a year. The aforementioned restrictions are an impasse that’s surmountable, the next one may not be. If we lay down and accept this, I can put my word on it more restrictions will follow. The Komrade Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun of the Free Alabama Movement, founded the Redistribute the Pain Campaign which is a nationwide boycott campaign that boycotts collect phone calls, canteen and incentive package purchases, during the months of February, April, June, Black August, October and December. This is a form of economic warfare that’s necessary in these times of war.    

Furthermore, those of us housed on Special Housing Units (SHU, I-Can, Supermax) we should boycott the little canteen privileges that is offered to us. Buying the fragrance oils, the stamps and limited items should cease. Only purchase the amount of things needed. Those who study law, research should be done to see if these restrictions violate any laws on rights.     Komrades I’m entreating that y’all wake up! This added restriction will not only impede (SRG) profiled prisoners from receiving money to purchase the necessities, but also will impede us from making phone calls to our family members and friends as well. No money equals no phone time. The enemy was conscious that implementing this added restriction would bring upon us great difficulties. The enemy is distributing the pain, we must redistribute it, apply the pressure economically as well as physically.     Before I conclude this I would like to salute the Komrade Randy Watterson I see the work you putting in for the prison class here in NC. Hope to hear from you soon. As Komrade George Jackson stated “If one accepts revolution they must accept all that it implies: repression, counter-terrorism, days filled with work, prison, and funerals”.                                                                                                               

White Panther Organization – NC Branch                                                                                                               

Joseph “Shine White” Stewart

Reportback on Conditions from Prison Striker

Revolutionary Greetings,    

I hope these words circumvent the many communication barriers put in place to impede any of my out-going mail that may expose the atrocious acts against elderly prisoners with mental health issues and political prisoners at the hands of the miscreants that patrol these concrete fields. I’m reporting live from North Carolina’s Supermax Facility, Polk Correctional in Butner, NC. My oppressors transferred me here with hopes that these inhumane conditions and communication barriers would suppress my voice and extinguish this revolutionary fire I have burning within me. The enemy has found the latter to be impossible.     I was transferred here July 28, 2018 from Lanesboro Correctional for answering the call for the Aug 21st prison strike. I had composed a piece titled “Operation Pow” (can be read at itsgoingdown.org/operationpow) that entreated all prisoner’s here in NC to unify and answer the call and demand that the 10 demands put out by Jailhouse Lawyer’s Speak be granted. Prior to this I had organized a hunger strike on Anson Unit of Lanesboro Correctional demanding administration redress the living conditions forced upon prisoners being housed on Anson unit. I refused and encouraged others to refuse to accept what was being done to us as a whole. I was attacked by several officers, my property destroyed and transferred to this razor-wire plantation, where the officers murder, beat, brutalize and slander us with impunity.    

Since being held captive here, I’ve witnessed or heard about all the aforementioned acts. I’ve written several article/pieces exposing these atrocious acts. The most prominent article was on the murder of prisoner Freddie Pickett, who in June of 2018 was wantonly murdered by being left in a cell that he had set on fire to get the attention of the officers being that none of these single secluded cells are equipped with emergency call-buttons on intercoms. Prisoner Freddie Pickett was left in this smoke filled cell to die while several of these miscreant stood by and watch. This article can be read at atlblackcross.org.I entreat that you share it with everyone so that these murders here will be exposed.    

With that out the way allow me to get to the substance of this article, its been proven throughout history since the first prison was built 1829 in Cherry Hill Philadelphia that the administrators as well as their subordinates will go to great lengths to silence prisoners who refuse to become subjugated to their sadist ways and prisoners who seek to destroy the systematic repression that runs rampant throughout all prisons in the world. The enemy murdered Field Marshal George L. Jackson Aug 21, 1971 at San Quentin. 48 years later the enemy is still committing murder with impunity and total immunity from legal challenge. On January 18, 2018 the Komrade Chris Monfort was murdered at the hands of the miscreants who patrol the concrete fields of the razor-wire plantation Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. His murder was retaliation for his brave acts to serve justice for the people. (Rest in Power Long Live the Guerrilla)    

On Jan 14, 2019 I myself was a victim of one of the enemies several retaliatory tactics. Around 10:45AM my lunch tray was brought to my cell by officers Worthman and Alston. Be it that I’m a vegan my tray has my name, opus# and room# on it. Upon receiving my tray as I always do I thoroughly inspect my food for any foul play. During my inspection I found shards of glass throughout my food (crushed glass) I brought this to the attention of the aforementioned officers, they witnessed me pulling glass from my food, in agreement with me they admitted that it was glass. I then requested Sgt Gillis be called to my cell, he came to my cell I showed him that there was glass in my food, he agreed as well that it was glass. He then told officer Worthman to get my tray. When she came to get my tray I refused to give it to them, until the officer in charge (OIC) came to my cell so he could witness the glass and so that I could file an incident report. Officer Worthman called this in, after doing so unit manager White came to my cell seen the glass, agreed it was glass and told me he would take pictures for the incident report. Against my better judgment I gave the tray up to unit manager White. A short period of time had passed when both Sgt Gillis and unit manager White returned to my cell with another tray. I refused the tray and questioned unit manager White about submitting a DC-138B (statement) concerning this incident. He stated that it was on the kitchen staff to investigate this and once that was done I would be allowed to submit my DC-138B. I then questioned if the pictures were taken of the glass, he ensured that he had done so.    

Now this attempt to harm me wasn’t done on Jan 14, by accident prior to receiving my lunch tray, Sgt Gillis came to my cell informing me that I had been written up a disciplinary infraction for a A-2 which is a infraction for organizing or participating in a riot or group demonstration . This infraction derived from a hunger strike that started Jan 2, 2019 which was organized to demand that we receive outside recreation and limited phone calls.In pursuant to North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) Policy and Procedures                 

Conditions of Confinement Chapter C, Section 1206 Exercise Periods © State:outdoor exercise cells should be used as the primary exercise areas except during inclement         

weather or for security reasons. Offenders should be allowed to exercise unrestrained subject to         

any exception which may be granted but the Director’s Classification Committee (DCC)Prisoners are being housed on Supermax for years without any environmental stimulation. The denial of outdoor recreation violated the 8th Amendment because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment expert psychiatrist through several studies discovered that outdoor recreation is extremely important for the mood, sleep and overall well being of an individual. The 6×6 square foot inclosed area where we are allowed to exercise isn’t the equivalent of outdoor recreation. This inhumane restriction is only one of the many that causes mental health disorders. The courts of Colorado has ordered the Penal System of Colorado to provide outdoor recreation to prisoners being hold on Supermax. In agreement with the expert psychiatrist that being deprived of environmental stimulation for long periods of time causes mental disorders and is a form of cruel and unusual punishment See: Anderson v. State of Colorado, 887 F. Supp 2d 1133 (D.Colo.2012)    

In pursuant to (NCDPS) Policy and Procedures, Conditions of Confinement Chapter C, Section. 1214 Telephone Privileges (b) States:offenders assigned to Restrictive Housing for Disciplinary Purposes and High Security         

Maximum Control (Supermax) will be allowed limited telephone privileges except for calls related specifically to access to the attorney of record     We’re not being allowed to make phone calls at all, this is dehumanizing and it also destroys any familiarity between a prisoner and his-her children. What is the use of a policy if it isn’t being implemented. When we questioned administration about this issue we were told that we would not receive any phone calls.    

However, allow me to get back to the incident with the shards of glass in my food. Not only was I given notice of my infraction on the 14th of Jan, but my born day also fall on Jan 14th. So I question is it wrong for me to think all of this was orchestrated to fall on this day?    

I feel my life is in danger here and I know there will be other attempts to cause me bodily harm. Because I refuse to falter or waiver under their atrocious acts. I’m duty bound to redress these conditions here, sop the future generation wont be subjected to these conditions. If you’re reading this than you have been made aware of my situation. I entreat that a mass phone zap (call in) take place on my behalf. I entreat the Reuban Young Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of North Carolinas Divisions of Prison’s be called, I entreat that Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter be called. They should be notified of the attempt to cause me bodily harm. They should be questioned on why the (NCDPS) Policy and Procedure aren’t being upheld. They should should be asked why was Freddie Pickett murdered and the miscreants who carried out this murder punished? Both can be reached (919) 838-4000    

Also I entreat that Superintendent be called and asked the aforementioned questions. They can be reached at (919)575-3090. By calling in this will let administration know that I have outside support, this phone zap could prevent any further attempts to cause me bodily harm. You have been informed, please don’t allow my call for help to fall on blind eyes and deaf ears. I entreat that you share this with as many people as possible on the many social media platforms. I don’t fear death for it would be a relief from these conditions. But  they shouldn’t be allowed to wantonly murder me as they done prisoner Freddie Pickett without the fear of exposure. I will conclude this now if my oppressor’s are reading this, be aware that “you can kill the revolutionary but you can’t kill the revolution”.Dare to Struggle/ Dare to WinAll Power to the PeopleJoseph “Shine White” StewartPO Box 2500Butner, NC 27509

Letter from a Hunger Striker in NC

Greetings Warriors,
Years ago I vowed to never use J-Pay again and use my own bank account and card, our families work hard and I refuse to give the prison their money. To those brothers on my old yard in Pender, NC on strike. In 2017 I awoke from a dream. Close custody quit working. Medium & minimum custody was a bit slower to quit. Pender, NC is a medium custody camp. How the national guard will still do the work anyway. I’m on supermax going through all the oppression in the news. I just came off a ten day hunger strike. Advice on that is do it safely. No more then 8 days (unless you still got body fat left). Don’t take the red pill. I went from 155lbs to 137lbs (6′). Don’t think of food. The fifth days a piece of cake. Peace be upon you and your family with mercy and blessings of god.
Warrior of God/Iman Husayn
“AK” Anthony L Harris
Peace. Serenity.
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Hays State Prison: The Safest Prison in the State of Georgia

With respect and understanding to the reader of this literacy, the above saying is a quite reiterated from the time you arrive at this camp to the time you leave, if you’re blessed to see that day. The storm of death is just around the corner. I’ve been here at this camp for over 5 years now; and as time passes the old Hays is starting to resurface. Both offender and staff can sense the hostility that lingers in the midst of our living quarters.

    Hays State Prison has a historical background for violence, both offender on offender assault and staff abuse. Some of our superior staff have allegedly beat murder charges before becoming tenets of their administrative position. A level six (6) maximum security institution understaffed and overcrowded; and to make matters more disturbing we are under the supervision of a vitiate administration. Before I begin my elaboration I want the reader to know all of the following attachments are classified as “prohibited documents” in pursuant to O.C.G.A. 42.5.36; Cited as Confidentiality of information supplied by inmates, Penalties for breach; Classified information nature of department investigation reports; confidentiality of certain “Identity Information”; Custodian records.

   The following is an example in which one can consider a form of Breach of security. [REDACTED]…you can see both general population (A,B,C, D-1 and Y building) and the Tier Unit (E-Building- Tier 1, and F, H, and G building as Tier 2)  all lack adequate staffing to properly supervise their unit. In the segregation units there are days where there isn’t a control booth officer available. Consequently, preventable incidents take place and sometimes claims the lives of those involved.

    In similarity but more direct, I will now examine general population. The functional capacity rate for this camp is no more than 800 offenders; However it houses over 1060 offenders. Each building has two (2) sixty four (64) man cell houses except for Y building, it has four (4) units. The majority of its offender population is level 2 mental health and/ or are down here for disciplinary reasons. There are two (2) “pre-agressor” buildings- C and D-1. Here is where they house offenders who scale to be potential aggressors rather than victims in a situation of assault, at least this the reason the admin provides an offender when they inquire them about their housing. In my eyes it is a stereotype placement designed to create a “Gladiatorial Environment”. Majority of the occupants in those units are affiliated and there is a great number imbalance between the groups.

    Imagine the possible depravity inside those units or around compound,to help make this possible I included a small “incident list” a comrade of mine recorded. More than likely most of these incidents have gone unreported to the Central Office in Forysth.   
1. 10-31-18 Tier 1 allegedly stabbed (2) offenders in defense after bursting out their shower  
2. 11-11-18 (D-1) 2 prisoners stabbed each other  
3. 11-20-18 (D-1) Multiple prisoners draw weapons on each other  
4. 11-22-18 (D-1) 1 offender stabs another in main artery  
5. 12-13-18 (D-1) 8 prisoners stab 1 over 20x  
6. 1-6-2019 6-10 prisoners stab 1 20x  
7. No control booth ofc in E- Building Night Shift  
8. Per Lt. T. Smith (1-14-19) No control booth ofc. for E-Control   
9. 1-17-19 Marion Luke was stabbed to death in front of the main chow hall  
10. Tac Squad search 3 buildings and found over 50 weapons  
11. 1-25-19 in Y building several offenders fought and stabbed each other  

Aggression is bred in such environment, so for the officers overly aggression is a safeguard but sometimes triggers confrontation. If you exclude the Tier Unites, infirmary, education, details, and tower officers you only have 20 to 30, sometimes less especially weekends and holidays, working general population. By them knowing the vast difference in the numbers that exist between offenders and the “Iron Fist” concept is applied and oppression becomes the state of administration.

   Psychologically a conflict derives for few of the staff, the ordered malpractices characterize those who see this as a job and not as a place to abuse. Physically they are fatigued, the staff response to institutional emergencies is inefficient due to poor training, organization, and poor physical stability. To be realistic what else can you expect after working 2 post for 12 hours and at times your off days are spent working too?   In accordance to O.C.G.A. 42.5.36 (D)(1) [REDACTED] Again, negligence can be seen by those responsible for filing and protecting such information. In respect of the staff the staff their personal information was scratched out for the purpose of its exposure is not to defraud but to prove breach.

    I know this revealment will cause repression or maybe worse, for this matter I ask you to make it go viral. More will suffer on bot ends if those who can help or know how to fight remain inactive. in a situation where you must become Pro-active. To conclude this I state the following:       Officials who reluctantly work under these life threatening conditions know that you ahve a right to complain for correction. The Whistle Blower Act Protects you- O.C.G.A. 45-1-4. Comrades within the struggle, realize before we can demand a stoppage to administrative oppression we must case the oppression amongst ourselves. Our disorder excuses the necessity for their venal order. PEOPLE society, these conditions cannot be expected to bring correction or reformatory to a criminalized person. Send your complaints and concerns to the Georgia Department of Correction Commissioner’s Designee
       P.O. Box 1529      
Forsyth, Ga 31029
And/or Warden K. Sprayberry at kevin.sprayberry@gdc.ga.gov        

      The above words were express with no intentions to incite disturbance. I am exercising my 1st amendment right of Freedom to express and access to media. Keep strong my fellow Prisoner of War.  
Marcus Aurellis #926687
       AKA
       Comrade Left Hand      

INJUSTICE: Disciplinary Reports

In the GDOC us prisoners receive disciplinary reports for fractions. Aka DR’s. At Hays is that we never know that we have received one until we get investigated. There is a process to go by and if U don’t serve the offender a copy within 24hrs of the infraction then it is procedural error on the staff’s part and dismissed. Ha! Inv. Ofc. Kendricks claims that we should take it up with the Disciplinary Hearing Officer (DHO).

So is the Inv. incompetent in his position or deliberately malfeasant to hinder our release, deduct a $4 fee, or just to see us miserable by placing sanctions on us such as visitation, phone, store, personal property, packages and sometimes library and recreation? He is misguiding us and knows it. And we can’t do anything about it cause we can’t grieve the DR process whatsoever, per SOP. WTF?

Many of us plea out in order to avoid the max sanction when we can win by SOP rules. U fail to realize that it still sticks on ur record when U plea. The ones of us who are vets and try to fight get fuk’d because they don’t want to admit that we beat them cause of they’re err. The DHO advised me that he was trying to work with me for a plea of 20 days. Pick 12. So for a DR I never even saw, I got 75 days. My advocate who was supposed to make sure all procedures were followed was clueless to her duty! After I spoke with her the next week she stated: He was trying to work with U.

I appealed to Forsyth. Before U ask who am I to have such opinions that I express though I am not perfect, I am an honest enough 60% self-reformed prisoner whose actions speak 4 themselves, to say that I’m Fed up with the INJUSTICE of the WORLD.
By: Willie Coe

Eating: A privilege or right?

By: King Coe

At Hays State Prison in Trion, GA. 

A man can’t tell the difference between his human rights and his offender privileges. I was always told by CO’s that the basic necessities was all that the GDOC had to provide for us: Food, Clothing, and Shelter. And anything after that was a privilege. Which is contradictory  because the 1 hour of daily recreation required by State law, is diminished to 2 hrs a week of gym and is received all in one wop! But that’s another topic of. When reporting to chow  administration post themselves in front of the chowhall and stops and returns to their dormitory any prisoner who is inadequately or improperly dress to the 8:00-4:30 inspection hours regulated by the DOC.  Which means  if I don’t have certain clothing such as a belt, cogs, striped shirt or haircut or beard trimmings not in accordance to the rules  I’m refused my meals and COMMANDED to return to my dorm hungry. But the absurd thing is that this is a spiteful tactic because there is a process called the Disciplinary Report (D.R.) process. And the infractions vary from unkempt cell to assaults. Why don’t they use these codes of conduct and instead our food? When we argue our right to eat they reply: “all that you have to be is given an OPPORTUNITY TO EAT and you just refused your opportunity. NOW TURN AROUND AND GO BACK!” Sometimes the prisoner may be wrong but honestly we also just don’t have the materials designated by the institution due to theft, lost/misplaced and  often mislaid. But the overall question is: Is eating a human right or an offender privilege?? 

Overcrowded – Understaff Prisons: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

January 12th 2019
Written by Brother Ladarius Colbert 100145093

Greetings people of society, there is a statewide issue within the Georgia Department of Correction that continues to go underestimated and unattended. To guess many of you would think I’m referring to the gang epidemic or high rate of contraband within the walls of prison, all of which surrounds the criminalization of the offender. However, this article is more so focusing a more vital problem that not only affects the offender’s livelihood but the staff as well… Overcrowded prisons with staff shortages.

I arrived at Hays State Prison on February 16th 2016 on a disciplinary transfer; immediately upon arrival I notice the restricted movement at the camp. Outdoor exercise was rarely allowed and interaction between dorms were prohibited. I will admit, the strict movement had the camp atmosphere settled amongst the offenders but between us and the staff there exists a hostile vibe. Officers were always overly aggressive anytime we encountered one another and at a split action or sign of defiance cause for unlawful use of force.

I was confused at the “fear sowing” tactic because as stated earlier the violence level at the camp was moderate in comparison to the other facilities such as Valdosta, Telfair, and Smith State Prison. It wasn’t until I was placed on Tier 1 in E-1 cell 204, here is where I would find out the cause behind the above said insignificancies. The camp was understaff; like now, the offenders in segregation were deprived of a number of basic necessities. They receive infrequent cell sanitation; infrequent outdoor exercise; infrequent shower call-sometimes two times a week; and infrequent medical attention.

Often there would be one guard working an entire building that houses 128 offenders. On the same notation, but not as severe, general population is no different. The workload is overwhelming for the staff, where there has been numerous occasions where officers have spasm. Their irrational state can be results from lack of rest. Indenture labor, which consists of demeanful treatment, long hour hauls, seldom break periods, and occasional work on off days, has produce poor work ethics and ineffective response efforts to emergencies.

Inadequate security supervision: I am currently housed in a “pre-aggressor” dorm (C and D building). classification claims in a case of any form of an assault we will be the aggressor. Nonetheless, more than often our dorm floor officers are periodically stationed to work other work areas. There is hardly ever an officer available to attend to our concerns except for the control booth guard.

In consequence there has been a pattern of assaults in our dorm as well as others. In the segregation unit there has been a number of suicide attempts (some successful and gone unreported) and a vast of offender on offender assaults. Officers are unable to do consistent rounds because they are required to be in two different stations.

Medical illnesses / emergencies: medical illnesses go untreated and eventually worsen because of insufficient attention. If there is no escort officer available and unit manager McAllister is occupied you’re bound to miss your medical appointment. Friday – Sunday medical is shut except for urgent emergencies, pill call, and dialysis / diabetic check-up.

Education and access to courts – particularly in C and D Building we are subject to frequent setbacks in our litigation efforts and/or completing case plan program due to staff shortage. Many of those who are subject to such preventable disparity fail to meet certain time limitations and in case of the former are delayed relief and for the latter are denied pardonship for parole. On file it appears as the offender is being neglect to his assigned task, without notice or chance to provide an explanation they are shot down in their stride for equity or release.

Lately the education level has been high, reactionary transgression is motivated by capricious thinking. in an environment where the capacity level is 723 but the functioning level is around 1050 with so much animosity and little supervision, what do you think goes on? With the exception of a few, correction cannot be expected when your survival is at a high stake. Let’s not denote the provocative oppression used as an action to maintain submissive order. There are short-timers such as myself, medium/minimum-security offenders, nonviolent offenders, probationers/parole violators, and hardworking staff just to make ends meet inside an unsecured maximum security prison. People of society recognize the existing dangers and misrepresentation of this factor – Incarcerated lives matter too!

On the behalf of the Georgia offender population and the rightful staff who state of peonage goes unnoticed. Keep strong better days are to come.

All concerns and inquirements need to be sent to the following contacts. Your voice matters, make an effort to cause a positive change.

Questions and concern should be sent to the following people:

  1. Warden Sprayberry office number 706-857-0432 email Kevin.Sprayberry@gdc.ga.gov
  2. Commissioner 404-656-6002
  3. Facility director 404-655-2809

Racist Jailers Watch as Prisoner Burns Alive

This is a letter from a prisoner who witnessed a gruesome, preventable death. He would like all the help he can get in seeking justice:

On June 29, 2018 prisoner Freddie Pickett lost his life here at North Carolina’s Supermax Facility Polk Correctional, due to the deliberate indifference shown daily by the miscreants who patrol these concrete fields. Prisoner Freddie Pickett’s death was documented and reported as a suicide, not as a murder. Mr. Pickett was murdered by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) representatives. Mr. Pickett who had an extensive history of mental health disorders, set a fire in his cell. Once the fire began to burn it activated the smoke detector, which the “then” got the attention of the block officer (Gardner). From my time being held captive here at this razor-wire plantation, I’ve noticed that officer is a racist sadist who has no regard for a prisoner’s life and wears his neo-nazi pride as a badge of honor for the world to see. Once officer Gardner visually noticed the smoke and fire in Mr. Pickett’s cell, he then left at a unhurried pace. Gardner returned with assistant unit manager Harriss who looked in Mr. Pickett’s cell window and stated to her subordinates who by this time gathered around, “to not go in and get him until he is unresponsive.”

Several officers from units throughout the facility had made their way to A-Hall of Polk’s Supermax unit to watch a man be burnt alive. The same type of gatherings took place in Springfield, IL when there were anti-black riots in 1908 where New Afrikans were tied up and burnt alive while neo-nazi men, women, and even police officials stood by to watch.

These miscreants stood by and watched Mr. Pickett bang on his cell window and beg that they take him out the smoke filled cell. These sadists’ only response was “once you’re unresponsive we will come in and get you”. The same officers who took an oath to serve and protect stood by and watched Mr. Pickett be burnt to death. It was a full thirty minutes before the officers went into the cell and “pulled” Mr. Pickett’s “unresponsive” body out. By this time it was too late, the smoke, the fire, and the disregard for human life took the life of Mr. Pickett, who had been incarcerated almost 20 years and was to be released within the next year. He was documented as a prisoner who committed suicide.

I could enlarge on the details of this murder but I want to get to the question I’m sure several of you have. Why would a prisoner set their cell on fire knowing that it could be the cause of their death? These fires are being set “to get the attention of the block officer.” I’ve been to many of these plantations here in NC and even the oldest have emergency call-buttons in the cells. These are buttons placed in each cell, that when pushed alerts the officer in the control booth, who then should notify the floor officers that the emergency cell-button has been pushed and the prisoner of that cell is requesting the officers assistance. Here at Polk’s Supermax Facility there are no emergency call-buttons in any of the 96 cells. The majority of these cells house mentally ill prisoners or prisoners with health disorders. There being no cell-buttons isn’t due to complications because when this Supermax Facility was built it was equipped with emergency call-buttons in each cell. But over time maintenance was given the order by administration to disconnect all the call-buttons in the cells. This was done because of the complaints of the officers in the booth claiming it was aggravating but not only is this a health hazard, more importantly it also violates the building codes required by the state contractors that must pass this inspection before the facility can be open. That is why this facility was equipped with call-buttons that were later disconnected.

Being that there aren’t any call-buttons, prisoners are compelled to bang on the window of their cell for long periods of time to get the attention of these sadist overseers. To drown out the noise of us beating on our cell windows these miscreants plug up four industrial sized fans. So when prisoners grow tired of beating the windows they set fires, which then activates the smoke detectors that’s in the cell, and then higher ranking officers such as Sgt.s, unit managers, etc…are notified.

We are being murdered, brutally beaten, denied adequate medical care, housed in cells that are not properly heated, given no phone calls, given no outside recreation and treated similar to the prisoners of war at WWII. The (NCDPS) policy and procedures and the 8th amendment are supposed to protect us from these violent acts. But neither the policy nor the 8th amendment are regarded without care or respect.

How many of us have to die at the hands of these miscreants, be brutally beaten or tortured before these tyrants are demanded to cease these on-going atrocities and be held accountable. We don’t have call-buttons, we don’t have any phones to call authorities to help us. Many of these prisoners don’t have families to care about their well being. But I care about these prisoners, I care about these prisoners with mental health disorders and I vow to continue to fight this oppressive, exploitative, murderous system. But I’m only one man, I need the assistance of those of y’all in society who can protest outside of these razor-wire plantations, who can call the administrators and question these atrocities.

Joseph Stewart

PO BOX 2500

Butner, NC 27509

NC’s “progressive” razorwire plantations: A report from a prison strike leader

Revolutionary greetings.

I hope these words find all my komrades in support of the August 21st prison strike courageously strong and defiant. In response to our prison strike here in NC, North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) put out a three-paragraph statement, which contained a bunch of frivolous words. But one that caught my attention the most was “Progressive” (NC is one of the most progressive states in the nation concerning prisoner rehabilitation) “LOL”

Komrades let’s look at the definition of “progressive”: 1. moving toward, advancing 2. open to or favoring new policies or methods 3. tending to spread or become more severe (the American Heritage dictionary 4th edition)

Now if the (NCDPS) hierarchy was referring to the latter definition, then komrades we all could agree with them right? But any conscious person knows that the totalitarian sadist that rules with a iron fist would never blatantly admit that the spreading of their totalitarianism is severe. So we will agree that it was the former two definitions that was used in the (NCDPS)  response to the August 21st prison strike. Moving forward, advancing. If this form of progression was being made, it would be noticeable to those of us immured within These razorwire plantations. There isn’t no form of progression being made towards the rehabilitation of the prison commune.

how does long-stints of solitary confinement rehabilitate a person? If you are resilient, strong of mind and body, then the harsh conditions of long-term confinement may not cause one to break. But there are many who broke mentally because of the strain put on one’s mental health, there’s the inevitable depression, social disorder derived from long-term confinement in these razrwire plantations deepest and darkest holes.

I witness it daily with those around me, many komrades become mentally ill and become depended on psychiatric medications that kills the consciousness to a point they become less responsive to the daily oppression. It’s easier for the overseers to “control” a prisoner sedated by one of the many experimental psychiatric medications given to prisoners. The overseers are conscious that this tactic is very effective.

the most common mental health disorder is schizophrenia, this is a psychiatric illness marked by psychosis, including hallucinations, delusions and disorganized thoughts. This illness causes many prisoners to deny their provided meals daily. This is due to the fact that the prisoner thinks that the overseers are doing things to their food to cause them death. Komrades we are aware that this is one of the harmful tactics used by the overseers, but usually done to those who fight the applied oppression. Not done to one who has no voice because it’s being silenced by the seductive psychiatric medication he/she takes daily.

On September 1, 2016 mental health prisoners seeking psychiatric help (level 2) and taking psychotropic medications (level 3) were no longer to serve more than 30 days per year on solitary confinement and are not to be housed on isolation supermax (H-con) pursuant to high security maximum control conditions of confinement, chapter C  section 1701(b)(2)(3)(4). When I brought the above policy to the attention of mental health staff member Mrs Lutz of Lanesboro, she stated that yes it was true that the above policy should be implemented but being that so many offenders were mental health level 2 and level 3 that there was no room at the at the current facility that house mental health prisoners. In return I asked, so the guys that’s dealing with severe mental health illnesses that’s being held on long-term isolation are being disregarded due to the overcrowded mental health programs? Mrs Lutz stated it was above her head and it was a problem she couldn’t fix!

The case law of Ruiz vs Estelle was brought to my attention by my fellow komrade Keith “Komrade Malik” Washington Deputy Chairman of the New African Black Panther Party/White Panther Organization Prison Chapter in his article (Ben Larue RIP)

The release case says:

The components of a minimally adequate mental health program are encompassed by the following: there must be a systematic program for screening and evaluating inmates in order to identify those who require mental health treatment. Treatment must entail more than segregation and close supervision of the inmate patients. Treatment requires the participation of trained mental health professionals, who must be employed in sufficient numbers to identify and treat in an individualized manner those treatable inmates suffering from serious mental health disorders.

There is no progression being made towards implementing the above, komrades. But let the hierarchy of (NCDPS) tell it NC is one of the most progressive states towards prisoners rehabilitacion. definition 2 of progressive states: open to or favoring new policies or methods.

The (NCDPS) hierarchy has its own ideology and its totalitarianism, which means all opposition is outlawed. This isn’t inscrutable comrades, it’s very clear they’re not open to or favoring new policies or methods. The same methods that’s being implemented today were also implemented in the 70s long-term isolation. Some methods derived from the days of slavery, there’s nothing new about any of these methods or policies.

If (NCDPS) hierarchy was open to new policies and or methods, they would acknowledge the national demands of all those supporting the August 21st prison strike:

1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.

2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.

3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.

4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.

5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.

6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.

7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.

8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.

9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.

10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded.

When requested by NC public radio show the takeaway to have a representative for (NCDPS) the producers of the show was told that they had no one to come because all were too busy! But the written response stated that (NCDPS) was progressive! Not having a representative to speak on behalf of (NCDPS) concerning the NC prisoners conditions shows just how progressive the oppression is.

That brings me to state the following before I bring this to a end. We have little sense of our own power. The power is in the masses we komrades are the masses. The actions we take this day forward will dictate our future. you know just as I do what needs to be done in order for those above 10 demands to be met with regard.

It’s going to take Mass solidarity amongst the prison communist, individualism isn’t the key to rectifying these harsh inhumane conditions applied by the oppressor. It’s going to take both outside support and inside demonstrations. Malcolm X made it clear comrades! If you ain’t willing to die for your freedom then you need to remove the head from your vocabulary.

Before I conclude this essay I request any of you who desire to assist the prisoners Liberation Organization with raising awareness of the inhumane conditions Force upon prisoners in NC and throughout the nation please contact me via mail at Joseph Stewart #0802041
PO Box 2500
Butner NC 27509

The prisoners Liberation Organization is in its infant stages, any ideas are welcomed. Our goal is for those on the inside of this razorwire plantations to teach prisoners literacy and legal rights, providing outside resources info to prisoners who will be in need of assistance after they are released and instructing them how to obtain basic necessities. A 501(c)(3) tax deductible account will be established for fundraising. So we can provide prisoners with books, newspapers, legal material and funding for our own newsletter. The newsletter will serve as a platform for prisoners and outside supporters to express themselves concerning tactics and solutions to alleviate these inhumane living conditions until prisons as a whole are antiquated. Dare to struggle
Dare to win
Deputy Minister of Defence
White Panther Organization
NC Branch
Joseph “Shinewhile” Stewart