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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?

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