Category Archives: Hays State Prison

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

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?

It’s Supposed To Be A Family.

By: King Coe

I remember reading about ”gangbanging for a purpose”. Lately I have been dwelling on the topic because in 2016 a prisoner that I knew had been down close to 10 and couldn’t be released, because he didn’t have an address to parole out to. He was a gang member. So, why couldn’t those ”Brothers” of his provide housing for him? What was the purpose of being adopted into ”the family” if it couldn’t provide for him like family did? Or maybe the individual never looked at it in that light? You are brothers, right? Then serve your purpose. I once saw a guy who was going home in a manner of months, “go in” on another prisoner who had done whatever he had done to violate. If he was my ”Brother” I wouldn’t have allowed him to “fail”. Now this man is on the verge of being here longer and kept away from the ones who really love and need him. Many more will suffer similar fates if we don’t find our purpose. Shot out to my bros in SMU world wide! Stay focused. Swuanyae Lyfestyle! 

Victims of Ignorance: Dying Without A Thought of Understanding

Peace and Power to the struggle, comrades open your eyes to our current state of being. Death is consuming our fellow peers for insignificant causes. Our lives as HUMAN BEINGS bring value to the matters of this world. Week after week, time after time here at Hays the understaffed overcrowded maximum security camp is in a discordance from another near to death stabbing. Many of you may say; its no different from your living environment and that may be true but when are these circumstances going to become acceptable to us? The 13th amendment Slavery clause can be challenged under illegal convictions; the torturous conditions can be challenged under the Human Rights C.A.T. Convention Against Torture Act; and oppression can be challenged by first self-correction in your actions that open the doors for oppression by others. Utilizing your mind and time giving to develop will not bring total diminished to the administrative oppression but it will ameliorate your distressful state. Preventable casualties projects one’s carelessness to their own life. self-damnation — realize the course of ignorance leads the blind man to the pits of self-destruction. We struggle — we strive, we struggle to survive — To all my Prisoners of war keep strong and face the odds of devolution with faith. “The strong rule the weak but the wise rule all”-

Knowledge is Power. 

Comrade BLAQMAN SEER

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

Bound by Chains

Bound by chains, trapped inside this script called prison where the story never end. Where so many turn their backs on you and even forget the word friend. This is not hatred flowing through my pen, it’s truth that so many bend. Trying to rephrase words into what you want to stand. But hold on be easy I come in peace! I want you to comprehend. Don’t confuse my words because I am behind this fence. I’m loyal, dedicated, honest, and entitled to at least on matters that exist. Let me be the one to say I am ashame of my friends presence because of what most of them represent. Still bound by chains but respect goes to the stranger who listen to this.

By Exile

Imagine that you could conjure anything in your mind or cell. Would be a book, freedom, a woman, or money to help you stay in confine. With a book you only read it so many times. Freedom is priceless and precious but it starts in the mind. Money is a key factor however in prison, it’s a stressor that make you blind. How about a woman, a helpmate, someone you can relate to or express your mind. All of these sound good but one definite choice down the line. So as I close and bid you goodbye I’ll leave you this thought on why.

Charles Allen 1105887-D-1-231

Hays State Prison

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

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