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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”.

Inmates in “Please Help We Dying” photos beat up, heads held in toilets, in the hole

Inmates who sent photos pleading for help for inhumane conditions were abused and put in the hole as retaliation on April 11, according to the mothers of the two men. Their relatives had posted screenshots from an April 7 video visit on a jail device that the inmates are allowed to use.   The posts began going viral on social media April 10 with the hashtags #JusticeForInmates and #DekalbCountyJail.

The inmates pictured in the post were beat up on April 11 and thrown into solitary.  Guards forced their heads into toilets.  The county claims they found cell phones and other contraband in their cells, but inmates’ families say there is no way they could have had that contraband.  It is clear from the photos that they are from a jail-issued device, not cell phones.

A disruptive demonstration was held April 12 at the jail, with flares, fireworks, drums and noisemakers. One of the inmates’ mothers delivered a speech via cell phone over the megaphone. “We are not going to back down!” she said. Four protesters were arrested, two are facing felony charges.  They will be arraigned April 13, and funds are being raised to get them bailed out.

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

Changed by a mentor in prison

As Salaam Alaikum 
Couple of weeks ago I lost someone important to me, but not to death. Valdosta transfered my mentor, the person who changed me from the grimey and slimey ways I was living and turned my heart to being loyal and doing good deeds in the second chance I was given at living on compound again after the 18 months on tier 2 for another assault on inmate! The old me had no understanding and no sense in direction only destruction to the same ones I’m trying to educate and bad to this path I’ve been shown! Stressing my mama, turning my baby mama who I love unconditionally the other was forcing her to live her life without me causing me more pain and anger. Blaming the world when the only one to blame is me! 
My mentor told me take the pain and heart break like a man because you are the cause of your own down fall not the next man! He told me you are what you put out and you’re the only person who was to suffer physically but mentally the ones you love unconditionally suffer and that makes me selfish! Time in that room being chastised by my mentor every day brought me to my turning point. I relied on a being I never once in life thought about going to for anything, GOD! 
Now I’m a Muslim like you Aziz, the same trigga from B2 at Reidville who had no direction and angry mad because people avoided me! I’ve learned how to deal with my issues and defeat the evil whisper call Jinn I live by Surah 5:45 Now I’m trying to save my son and do good deeds along the way! I’m still an active Blood but I’m a Righteous Big homie! So if I can change my ways of thinking and living I know you can too. Cause your kids they do pay attention to your every move, so make sure they see you move the right way and live right 
Rasulullash 
By: JaCorie Hinton Brother Baqi the Everlasting One AKA Trigga 1000

An Appeal by a Transgender Prisoner for Unity

Valdosta State Prison is fully out of control. On August the 8th 2018 an inmate killed another inmate. It has been a very hot summer here, so much violence, stabbings, so many deaths this year and the year is not over! The problem is people incarcerated are not understanding it’s time to set aside the hate, envy, beef with each other this is a time we as human beings need to come together no matter what gender! Unity is strength, unity is love, unity is hope, unity is completeness, unity is correction, unity we will stand, get answers. Without doubt in prayers this is from a heart that have been trouble so many years of incarceration. Divided we all continue to fall no matter what beef you have with another, come together is foremost going to get better results! Stop killing each other! And fight, confront reality and be a source of empowerment to each other! One another stand for what each them all tiny, small, or else it’s going only get worser! Divided we fall. Recognize or get recognized
Written by my pain and long struggles by chance tears reach its destination as I am fully transgender seeking hope, a new growth, I’ve been incarcerated 19 years totally this journey has been a war, still is a war.  Never accept defeat despite our incarceration or color. I’m talking all humankind in best regards. I am a beautiful person in caged within behind these walls. If there’s anyone that would like to write me please do. In all due respect I’m here I solely exist for the poor, blind, and the foremost anyone.. True.. 
In best regards,
Loyalty 
Never forget loyalty 
Never betray another..
Recognize 
or get recognized
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