Category Archives: Georgia

GA restricting emails to visitors list

By Willie Coe

Greetings friends, family of incarcerated luv ones. In Fall 2019 we will no longer be allowed to send / receive email from anyone not on our approved visitation list. There is now a spot for email address on the approval form. I just think that is TMI! What has that to do with the rehab of the offenders?

Not everyone has a visitor to begin with. I say that it’s a crude way to taint our reconciliation with society. Shout out comrade Shine White (N.C.). This isn’t just taking place in your state. In GA our trust funds have been restricted for more than 10 yrs. from family and friends. But now the through the commissioner’s office we are being barred from a simply electronic letter. With people who love us, care about us and support us with pics, videograms and words.

If this tactic excels I’ll go from 7 to 2 contacts. I’m indignant because my birth cousin who helps me with communication between my sick mother won’t be able to contact me anymore. In a world of modern technology snail mail is being becoming obsolete. Some offenders communicate with their child mothers, lawyers, cousins, school buddies, etc. through email. Do we see significance in this??

I spoke with a JPay rep and asked why the video visits become restricted to “approved visitors” only? Why aren’t we allowed pics of our wives/significant others in negligee? Why family/friends can’t fund our media account directly from the web? He said, quote “…All of these things are accessible in other states; but the GA DOC are the ones restricting us…” unquote.

So, Mister commissioner, why do you and your board of directors oppress us in this manner? Family/friends please contact the commissioner’s office and urge them to stop the madness!! For the welfare of the offender.

Commissioner Timothy C. Ward
404-656-2809 or 404-656-6002

More Reports of Abuse from DeKalb Jail: Blocked Windows, Overflowing Toilets, Religious Discrimination, Dirty Water

Atlanta ABC and Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee have been collecting reports of abuses within the DeKalb Jail. One incarcerated man, HL, called a number that had been chalked on the sidewalk outside the jail on May 15. He wanted to publicize abuses but without his name attached since he is afraid of retaliation by guards. HL said that during the protest on May 15 guards came into the cells with paintball guns and threatened to shoot inmates for banging on the windows. During that protest, people incarcerated in the jail put signs up in the windows for the public to read. Some smashed holes in the windows and shouted to the protesters or attempted to pass messages and examples of the rotting food through. Another man who called ABC on May 21 says the windows have since been blocked by some kind of film, a sticky paper or plastic. Protesters tabling below confirm that the windows are opaque in a section of the jail facing the sidewalk. This will prevent imprisoned people from sending messages using signs or seeing the ABC number. The United Nations has a “Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” signed by the US that requires windows to allow in fresh air, and keeping prisoners in the dark is also prohibited. ABC also received a report on May 17 that the lights in many cells are broken.

HL also reports that the jail is “nasty, there is mold in the shower. They feed us on brown trays they’ve had for probably 20 years. The trays themselves are moldy and smell bad.” The trays have holes in them that water seeps into when they get washed, so mold grows on the inside.

Sheriff Man, the administrator in charge of the jail, has said protesters are being unproductive because he says they do not file formal complaints. But reports from those who have tried to use the complaint system show it to be a sham. HL says he has complained via the kiosk and filed a formal grievance. No complaint number is given when a grievance is filed. It is supposed to take 14 days but actually takes 60 days to get a response. When a response is finally given, you are required to accept their answer no matter what and cannot complain again. There is a note that the issue is going to be addressed but no one ever actually follows up, and the issue is never addressed.

HL says the toilet in the cell works, but they lock the door to the cell during the day and the toilet in the commons area doesn’t work and overflows with sewage. He has digestive health issues and needs to use the toilet frequently and the broken toilet gets in the way of this and creates an unhealthy condition in the jail.

Protesters have been setting up tables outside of the jail and speaking to people coming out since mid-April. Last week they spoke to a Muslim woman who had been arrested for a traffic ticket a few weeks before and held overnight. Her headscarf was immediately confiscated when she arrived and was never returned. She also was served nothing but a pork sandwich which she could not eat, so she did not eat for her whole overnight stay before being bailed out.

Also on May 21,  ABC got a call from a Muslim man in DeKalb jail, KR. he reports that according to regulations Muslims are supposed to receive meals before sunrise and after sunset during the month of Ramadan, but they have not been getting their trays until after sunrise. This means they’re not able to eat before the day. KR says Muslims do not receive evening trays until 10 p.m. or later.  This means they get one meal a day. The meal is supposed to be larger for Muslims during Ramadan, who are only eating before sunrise and after sunset, but they are not. It is the same meager tray that the other prisoners get for each meal, and previous reports have indicated that these trays are not enough food for the day even when they receive three a day.

KR also says that about a week ago, there were signs up in the common area saying not to drink the water or shower in it, and it was coming out of the faucets brown. But there were no signs in the cells themselves, so he woke up in his cell and did not see the signs before he made soup with some from the cell faucet. He says these signs were up once about a week ago and twice the week before that. Water was provided in orange coolers in the common areas.

Another man wrote in a post card from the jail, “The officers don’t  respond to the call buttons and sometimes treat us inhumanely”. He mentioned mold, poor food, and unfair disciplinary procedures as well. “Just because we are inmates and prisoners our lives matter too!! It’s so much goes on in between these walls it’s not being brought to the light!! I’m praying and hoping I can change that!!”


Mistreatment rife in Dekalb Jail; jail blocks calls to ABC phone

Atlanta Anarchist black cross has been speaking to people outside the DeKalb County Jail and receiving numerous phone calls from inmates and their family members revealing abusive conditions within the jail. Although the phone originally used to accept calls from prisoners was blocked by the jail system, ABC got a new number and has been receiving multiple calls since. They include complaints of inadequate and inedible food, a rampant mold infestation, a standard practice of medical neglect, and violence and retaliation by guards against people who make complaints.

One woman who spoke to ABC on May 17th said she had to call repeatedly to demand that her son receive medical care that he had been requesting; it was one or two months before he received care. She did not want to give her name because she feared reprisals by guards against her son if she speaks out against the abuse. “I wouldn’t want anything to happen to him… You got to protect your loved ones who are in there, the guards can do anything at all.”

Her fear is not without grounds; guards retaliated violently against the men who sparked protests after photos of them with handmade signs went viral in April are in solitary. their families were not able to hear from them for a month after the photos went viral. when one of them, Darnell Thompson, was able to finally get a postcard out, he reported that his solitary confinement will last until June 7th. Other inmates reported that the three were beat up and had their cell ransacked after the photos went viral.

Another mother told ABC that her son was beaten by guards.

A third mother who spoke to ABC also chose to remain anonymous. She said her son has been told that they are going to stop him receiving his medications for bipolar disorder. She does not know why.

A fourth mother also reported making numerous official complaints against the jail and the mental health staff for refusing to take her son’s mental issue seriously.

An inmate named Matthew Burkins called ABC on May 17th. He said that he began having pain in his chest while breathing a few days after he was brought to the jail. He suspected it was due to the mold infestation. He spent four weeks making a medical requests every day or every other day. He experienced delays in being seen and when he did go to the medical floor they just checked his vital signs and made sure they were within normal limits and then decided that he was okay and sent him back to his floor without treatment. Burkins also reported that it was not until six weeks after he arrived at the jail that he began receiving his regular prescribed medication. The jail staff kept saying that they were unable to verify his prescriptions. It was not until he put in a request at the kiosk saying that he was suicidal that he finally began receiving them; he has been doing much better since. Burkins also said the light is broken in his cell and in many others, meaning that he is not able to study and prepare for his upcoming court case. He has filed formal grievances, but he says, “the grievances don’t mean nothing, they [guards] can get away with murder and still be working the next day.”

Another inmate who called and identified himself just as Victor says his area is on lockdown for 21 hours a day, and he is only out on the floor from 11 am to 2 p.m. Victor also says that the food is inadequate. Breakfast might be oatmeal or grits, and lunch goulash or chicken patties, just a sandwich for dinner with nothing to drink. Victor was also concerned about retaliation for speaking out. He said, “a lot of people come up in here missing, a lot of people come up in here dead. Especially if they don’t got no family” outside to advocate for them.

On Wednesday May 15, a spirited demonstration took over Memorial Avenue. The original ABC phone number was announced for protesters who got arrested to call for assistance with bail, and for people already in the Dekalb jail to speak out about conditions. One of the police at the protest made a show of listening to the number, writing it down and then making a phone call. Less than a day later, that number was blocked by the jail so that no one inside could dial out to it.

Shortly after the beginning of the demonstration, heavily armed police made four violent arrests. Protesters were thrown to the ground and charged with disorderly conduct and blocking a street or sidewalk.

During the protest, people incarcerated in the jail were breaking windows and attempting to pass messages through the holes to the crowd below. One person tried to pass out food to show how moldy and inedible it was. Others shouted out of the holes, one saying that a correctional officer named King was choking someone whose hands were cuffed behind his back. Others put up signs in the windows for the protesters to read, one said I love U.

The next night, May 16, there was another loud demonstration. Protesters banged on drums outside the jail, while inmates banged on the windows to the beat. Police outnumbered protesters by a factor of about two. The sidewalks were lined with barricades. A new phone number not yet blocked by the jail was written in chalk on the sidewalk so that prisoners on that side of the jail would be able to see it–several who called had seen it that way. The number has also been circulating in the jail by word of mouth.

Protesters have decided to return each day with a table and literature to speak to people coming and going from the jail.

GA’s Dept. of KKKorrections’ Protocol 204.10

On 10-4-2018, GA. Dept. of KKKorrections along with J-Pay / Securus Inc., will implement a protocol / policy “204.10” designed to limit the prisoners’ ability to communicate with the freeworld and those persons that keep a close eye on GA’s slave system. Prisoners will now be limited to only twelve (12) aproved persons that they’re allowed to send and receive emails to and from. It’s clearly an attempt to suppress the enslaved’s ability to communicate with people and organizations that can and are willing to provide help in exposing and fighting a system that is inhumane, uncivil, oppressive, and exploitive to the Common Man; especially those of low-income status and those people of color…

How can anyone, especially the enslaved prisoner justify spending their money with J-Pay / Securus Inc., when they take your family’s hard-earned dollars, then use their products to spy on them and oppress them?? The J-Pay kiosk and tablets are used by both Securus and GA Dept. of KKKorrections to hypnotize and misdirect prisoners’ minds from the true cause of their spiritual, mental, and physical torture. They use them to keep the enslaved submissive, docile, and controlled; yet the J-Pay system is propagated as a tool to help keep prisoners in touch with their families and the world at large. The reality of the matter is Securus is a corporation established by imperialistic / capitalists to monitor and target citizens of this American country and identify / target those members of this so-called civilized society that belong to groups or organizations that resist, rebel, and defy the imperialistic / capitalistic machine of exploitation, manipulation, and  world oppression which keeps the white neo-fascist KKKrime in full operation and the white neo-fascist imperialistic capitalistic 1% in their positions of power….

Securus holds KKKontracts with GA. Dept. of Corrections for telephone commissary, J-Pay programs etc. These programs are closely monitored such as voice recognition software which is used on the phone system, facial recognition software used through video visitation, snap and send, and videograms. Therefore use of said programs allows law enforcement agencies (both Federal / State), between units, and the dept of KKKorrections the opportunity and ability to identify, target, torture, and destroy members of the revolutionary movement. The enslaved affiliation, family or organization anyone that may be active in protesting and fighting against the system of oppression. These tools are aggressively use as tools to neutralize any and all threats to this KKKonfederate slave system. Therefore the continued use of said programs by the enslaved prison population is extremely foolish!! Why would the oppressed / exploded, help the oppressor tax, exploit, and oppress themselves? Unless the oppressed / exploited loves and enjoys being oppressed / exploited. I along with many others have used aforesaid  programs to reach out and contact persons in organizations that give support / help to expose and fight this KKKonfederate system of oppression; yet I will no longer use any of the programs due to the many negative elements attached to Securus Inc. And its J-pay subsidy. I further urge all awakened and revolutionary comes to go back to using the postal service and other means of communications, in order to keep their revolutionary organizations, affiliations, and family members safe from being targeted and neutralized. Word to the wise, big brother has a constant evil eye on all revolutionaries / world masses, so be wise and divest your funds from aforesaid oppressive / exploitive programs; in order to bring about a positive effect in the Revolutionary movement. In closing I send forth love and respect to all revolutionary comrades. Power belongs to the people!!

Respectfully submitted,

I am Kelevin J Stevenson

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Lack of Unity in Prison: What the F Happened?

By: Charles Shepard
AKA ‘Su’hayb’ 
So, I started doing time in 1997 and I have been in prison in Indiana, Oklahoma and Georgia. I’ve seen the system change for the worse. On both sides! The convicts became Inmates and the movement has slowly become restricted. Its called ‘controlled movement’. Georgia prison system is the most fucked up I’ve seen from every aspect, but especially the prisoners’ mind frame. They allow sex offenders in population; its cool to ‘kick it’ with the police; and the Muslims protect the trash. I am a Muslim, but took my shahadah on the streets. In Georgia prison system it’s ‘cool’ to masturbate in the day room when females are around. What the fuck is that shit?! Gang members change flags like I change socks.

These cats will snitch on a person just because they don’t have anything going on, just to try to move into their position, but they are green and broke. Shits crazy!

I’m in a high max unit called Tier III (SMU) and can’t even pass a shot of coffee without a rat puttin in a kite. Haters! The prisoners don’t get paid to work. Only get 2 meals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No TV’s, hotpots or lamps on the store list. You can’t order books unless the money comes off of your account.

The prisoners wont stand up for shit, they mostly all have a slave mentality, they are afraid to be locked down. Just recently at Macon State Prison the warden came in all the dorms and told the Muslims they couldn’t pray in congregation and you know what happened? The brother had a meeting and said no one prays in the day room, pray in your cells! Are you fucking kidding me. I ask why and the response is we got too much to lose! Unfucking believable.

When I started doing time, you got your paperwork checked when you came in the door if you had fucked up charges- you gotta go! If you speak to a cop- you gotta go. If the police get slick with one prisoner – we ALL fall down, and if you don’t – you gotta go.

Georgia! Pick yourselves up! You gotta learn to sacrifice to get what you want. Everyone screamin Georgia on the map, but for what? Shootin your own? Snitchin on your own? Or maybe, the most sexual predators in the chain gang? Get it together!

Feel free to contact me at:
Charles Shepard #1001527186
G.D.C.P.-SMU-LE208
P.O. Box 3877
Jackson, GA 30233

Protesters demand answers about DeKalb Jail abuses at county commissioners’ meeting

Members of Atlanta Anarchist Black Cross, the Street Groomers, and Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee spoke at the DeKalb County commissioners’ meeting today about the abuses at the DeKalb jail.

During the public comment section Meg Dudukovich said, 
“I became involved in the protests about the inhuman conditions at the Dekalb County Jail after I saw a series of social media posts depicting men incarcerated there speaking out about abuses and showing the moldy food. Their signs said help us we dying, need food, and we sleep and breathe mold. I got in touch with the mother of one of the men who has been calling attention to the abuses on social media.  She says she has not been able to speak to her son since Sunday April 7, before her posts went viral. He is in solitary.  She has heard multiple reports from other men jailed there that her son & the other 2 men in the posts had their cell raided, were beaten, had their heads forced into toilets, and were thrown into solitary under the pretext that they had a cell phone, which is untrue–the photos were screenshots  from a permitted video visit. The mother of Darnell Thompson, one of the men in the posts, was unable to be here but sent these brief comments that I’m going to read now: ‘Why are inmates being stripped of their rights? My son, along with two other inmates, has been place in solitary confinement; their cells was swarmed and excessive force was used–for what reason? Produce evidence to show reason for the confinement. Since this post has went viral it is very evident that their reason for solitary confinement has been in retaliation; is it unlawful for inmates to take a stand for their rights to speak up against being subjected to abuse and inhumane conditions?  I want to know the physical condition of my son and the other inmates since their reported attacks by officers from several inmates as well as an investigation of every officer involved. (I received a tip that officer “Jones” was one of the attackers). Why are guards abusing their authority to use excessive force on inmates that lead up to physical impairment or death? What happened to funds that was disbursed to fix the air quality in the jail to remove mold and fix plumbing? Are you aware of the man y deaths that have occurred in Dekalb County Jail and no further investigations have been pursued to give justice to families of their loved ones? Why are inmates medical needs being neglected?'”

Later, Adele MacLean said, 
“After we heard about the viral social media posts of prisoners begging for help with the inhumane conditions in the Dekalb jail, we have been speaking to people who have been inside or had loved ones inside, and collecting stories of mistreatment and neglect. Lynn from Mothers of Sons in Prisons is here to support. Almost everyone with experience of the jail tells the same story: horrifying conditions and physical abuse. 
Every person who needs daily medication to survive or avoid serious health problems that we spoke to reported days-long delays in receiving their meds, or never got them at all. – my friend was denied the right to speak today, but he’s here. He ended up in the hospital because was denied his seizure meds for–how many days Haroun?–three days.- I spoke to a woman who went 3 days without her blood pressure meds. I asked did you get sick, she said, “Yeah I got sick! What do you think would happen?” – I spoke to a person in the jail two weeks ago who had just witnessed a diabetic man get ill after going without insulin. he says you have to request meds via the kiosk, which has a sign that says it can take a week for your request to be seen.  not processed, not addressed. there is no time frame posted for that. The other men imprisoned there had to shout at the guards to give him his insulin. I take daily medication, I imagine a lot of you do too. Any one of us could end up in there. Due to racial profiling and biased policing practices, some are at greater risk,  but any of us or our loved ones  could end up in there. For those of us who need meds, that could be a death sentence.   
Medical neglect is far from the only issue.  The outright abuse needs to be addressed. the extreme efforts to silence the men who spoke out in the social media posts shows the length they go to to keep these problems from coming to light. They are clear that speaking out will be met with severe punishment.  These brave men took their lives into their hands to bring our attention to these issues, so why are we still ignoring them? What has happened to these men? Why are they being held incommunicado? Why have their mothers been given no information about their whereabouts? Why has Malaya Tucker been banned from video visits with her son and anyone else?  Can you all speak to this? What do you plan to do? Are there going to be investigations into the allegations of abuse, or are we going to continue to allow the abusers to brutally suppress any criticism?”

The chairman of the commissioners said “now is the time for public comment only. Commissioners can speak during the time allotted for that if they choose to address the issues.” MacLean replied, “I would very much like it if you would ‘choose to address the issues'”.

After the activists stood up to leave one council member approached them and asked for their contact info, saying he would speak to the Sheriff and ask about procedures for investigating complaints. However he did not offer his own contact info or make an concrete promises to follow up other than that he would speak to the sheriff.

Groups involved in protest plan to continue tabling and speaking to people outside the jail, and a public meeting is planned for April 27 at 6 pm at the Little Five Points Community Center on the third floor. Protesters plan a large demonstration for ‘fuk 12’ week, the week of May 12-18.  

Still Standing on My Toes

By: Jamal Lundy
AKA Don Mall

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

Gang Members: Lead the Youth

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

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

Unconstitutional but justified through our ignorance

By Ladarius Colbert
Comrade BLAQMAN at Hays

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

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

Insider Report: Negligence Leads to Stabbings at Hays

Greetings My Fellow Brothers and Sisters!

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

Victor K. Moten