Alabama parole attorney does research and discovers that the only individuals granted parole on the day his client was denied, had swastika and nazi tattoos on their ADOC page.
Alabama parole attorney does research and discovers that the only individuals granted parole on the day his client was denied, had swastika and nazi tattoos on their ADOC page.
Springville, Alabama. News broke this morning that another person was found dead from a probable drug overdose at St. Clair prison in Springville, Alabama.
“To be fr us inmates gotta take over all these Alabama prison and take control of every facility and don’t let the police count or enter the building or let dem go out of the building if we want justice and a better life in here fr hell alot of us have time which means there’s no going home right now or probably never go home and it’s only hurts us bc we talk about this bullshit errday but we ain’t standing up period yes we all of us that’s wearing a brown uniform 💯 but we standing up against each other on sum city stuff or gang stuff and the real Gangsta are the ppl who count us errday with a police badge on there shirts or jacket’s or put us in lock up or take our things we plan so hard to get in these prison and it’s funny to dem bc we ass men in brown uniform are sweet not on no gay shit just sweet bc I only seen a few men stand up in these 17 yrs to the police bc it starts with us but we so blind to the fact of making money in here and helping our family and love ones on the outside which is great I love helping my mother and kids but we don’t see that it only takes us as men white black Mexican Bloods, Crips ,disciples to have Alabama prison make the world news but hey one man can’t do it on his own so I guess we gone forever hurt each other and stay in this hell hole 🙏😈”
Now that you’ve watched the videos about medical neglect in the Alabama prison system, here’s what you can do as a concerned citizen or family member to get that person some help pursuant to the Alabama Medical Furlough Act.
Your help could possibly lead to someone regaining their freedom through a medical furlough.
Link to video: https://youtu.be/3E2yLlxigCs
Exclusive new video release from inside Alabama’s death camps.
State inmate serving 1-year sentence dies in Bullock County
By WSFA 12 News Staff
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 11:53 AM CDT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – A state inmate serving at the Bullock County Correctional Facility has died, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
ADOC says Casey Cook, 26, was found unresponsive Tuesday. After an evaluation by medical staff, Cook was pronounced dead.
Cook’s body was taken for a full autopsy. His cause of death is pending, ADOC added.
Cook was convicted in St. Clair County for possession/receiving a controlled substance and was serving a one-year sentence at the time of his death.
The residents inside Alabama’s prison system have awaken once again to news of yet another death inside ADOC.
Last week it was reported that the Alabama Department of Corrections is on pace to surpass last year’s death toll, which was the deadliest of record over the past decade.
The same day this report was published, at least three more deaths were reported. Since then, appx. 7 total deaths have occurred, including the execution of Mr. Joe Nathan James, Jr.
Despite the ongoing humanitarian crisis inside ADOC, Regions Bank and other state businesses continue to partner with ADOC to build new death cages and death chambers.
“July 20,2022 alone; 3 men died in Louisiana State Penitentiary:1 suicide & 2 overdoses. That’s not counting the rest of the month or yr. Y is it that,now laws have changed where men can & will be released,when it was once stated that 95% of the men in Angola would die there;are now going home daily & yet obstacle’s are still taking the lives of these men WHO R MAJORITY MEN OF COLOR? PPL, OPEN YA EYES!!! PPL OPEN YA MIND!!! I SAY AGAIN TODAY AS I SAID YESTERDAY,REACH OUT 2 YA LOVES ONE’S & OR FRIENDS INCARCERATED BC THE PRISON OFFICIAL’S DO NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THEM @ ALL.SO IF U LOVE THEM AS U SAY U DO IT WOULD VITALLY WISE OF U 2 ACTUALLY SHOW THAT LOVE VERSUS JUST SAYING THT WORD. 4 THOSE OF U WHO NEVER VISITED A PERSON IN PRISON,U CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY GO THRU MENTALLY OR EMOTIONALLY.PPL INCARCERATED BIGGEST MENTAL PLAGUE R THE SECURITY BC OF THE UNNECESSARY SHIT THEY DO.. DEALING THE FOOLISHNESS FROM SECURITY ALONE IS MENTALLY DEPRESSING 4 A # OF REASONS I CAN NOT ADDRESS ON FB BC I’LL GO 2 FB JAIL,JUST KNOW I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE. CONJOINED WITH THE LIVING CONDITION’S. ON ANY GIVING DAY THE HEAT IN THE DORMS,NOT OUTSIDE,WILL BE 100° + THAT’S ENOUGH TO FRUSTRATE SOME1 & CAUSE CHAOS. PPL ✔️ ON YA LOVES ONE’S & SHOW THEM THE LOVE THEY NEED 2 HELP THEM GET THRU WHATEVER THEY GOING THRU AN COMFORT THEM MENTALLY.”
40 Days and 40 Nights of Prayer / Meditation 🙏 For Change in ADOC.
Beginning Saturday July 16, 2022, until August 25, 2022, at 7 am and 7 pm.
Please join families, friends, loved ones, supporters, and other for this powerful Prayer / Meditation spiritual journey starting tomorrow at 7 am. If you would like to start a prayer group or if you prefer to pray alone, share your details.
You can also call in to the prayer line @ 551.258.6160 where we can all pray and uplift each other together.
We will be following up the 40 Days and Nights Prayer / Meditation event with a Prayer Vigil and other events in Bham, Alabama on August 25, 2022, from 10 am – 1:00 pm.
Plans are tentatively being discussed to host families, activists, supporters and others at Linn Park in Bham, Alabama, followed up by events at Region’s Bank.
Start making plans today to attend.
For more details, email email@example.com.
More details to follow. . .
A atory from inside an Alabama prison:
“This is no joke this is a true ,fact.employed by the Alabama Department of corrections Warden Carmelia Cargyle, verbally insulted and physically displayed a attempt to assault and undermined another Warden by the name Warden G.Givens awhile this Warden Givens was administering store call canteen call during the afternoon hours at Staton Correctional facility in Elmore Alabama where she has been directed to assist in the plight of all the negative activity that has been going on with this institution so far. Where in Cargill wanted the yard closed totally with not even a single person moving, and Warden Givens was watching over male inmates on the recreational yard picking up their food and supplies, when Warden Camilla Cargill stepped out of the building from nowhere and started shouting at everyone inmates officers and this visiting and acting Warden Givens , stating and shouting did y’all hear what I said get the hell off this yard! Warden Givens politely trying to speak toward and Cargill notifying her that she was about to wrap the situation up and when she walked towards this lady in response wouldn’t Cargill through her hand up two inches away from Warden given space and face and told her to shut up and that she ran this prison ,not her! Warden givens apologize to the inmates and officers that were present and follow Warden Cargill inside at Staton and Correctional facilities administration building, haven’t seen Warden Givens since then, sad no accountability, no leadership, no professionalism, no peace, and we wonder why the prison system are falling apart.”
Message from inside an Alabama prison requesting assistance:
“Today at staton Correctional facility, during feeding hours in the evening Correctional captain Smith, along with Correctional sergeant wheats turns turns black white and in between inmates around and does not allow them to eat, because they have hair on their face?? I guess because they have beards or mustaches they look too masculine and they want to feminize the man maybe because it doesn’t turn them on I don’t know? But I will say this everyone needs to call Downtown Montgomery and ask why this Correctional captain is back in this camp? Because he Captain Smith and Captain Rogers who is located at Bullock Correctional facility at the very moment as acting captain were moved out of facilities because of the death of a white male inmate by the nickname of Cody at Staton Correctional facility back in February this white male was murdered and e dormitory , only after the white male presented himself to both captains and told them he was in danger and they Rogers and Smith turned this young white male inmate around and told him to go to the dormitory and face your fears!! Downtown Montgomery John Ham James ham at the commissioner if y’all ain’t getting rid of these two MFS by the end of the week we know we need to get rid of you and Kay Ivey all together!!! The boy got stabbed and killed in this dormitory because of hearsay, and died on the way to the hospital he was about to end his sentence and go home to his mother, Captain Rogers is still working for the Alabama Department of corrections and he turned this bar around 👉🗡️ Captain Smith still working for the Alabama Department of corrections and he echo the command to this young man to come back to a dormitory to lose his life! Captain Rogers was transferred to ventures for 2 months where he sexually harassed female officers, plotting to have sex or else with them and when one of the females reported the incident. They transferred him to Bullock Correctional facility so Warden Patrice Richie Jones could babysit him and and bandage the deceit and ugly villain that the Alabama Department of corrections employees to this date somebody please some advocate, please! Get off of the remote and pick up the cell phones, in the old vintage phones, and any other devices of communication and call Downtown Montgomery central office John or James ham whatever his name is and ask them why do they have these two sick individuals still working in the system when they need to be getting booked in on charges of criminal negligent homicide, why these individuals denying your children food? And! When they could have left your kid at home if they weren’t going to feed clothes and make sure that their medical and their mental in their life needs were taken care of! Somebody everybody please pick up your phone and call and ask and tell in the man that central office command these people off their property Captain Rogers, via Bullock Correctional facility, Captain Smith via Staton Correctional facility Sergeant Wheats via Correctional facility these are the men that are dissolving your institutions that are allowing neglect, and evil and death into your institutions and one of them calls himself a preacher 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀how sick.”
Atmore, Al. Yet another casualty of the drug epidemic is being reported out of GK Fountain CF in Atmore, Al. Bobby Gilbert, known throughout the system as, was found dead from a drug overdose. Snake is the second person to die from an overdose at Fountain in the past week. He is also at least the fourth person to die in the Fountain lockup unit in the past year.
The conditions inside Alabama prisons continue to breed despair, hopelessness and desperation. Unfortunately, because the ADOC lacks the resources to provide the help needed for the men and women under their care, drugs are fast becoming a third rail way out of misery.
Free Alabama Movement
March 5, 2022.
Atmore, Al. We are receiving a report out of GK Fountain prison in Alabama that a person has died from a drug overdose in the solitary confinement. This would be the third or fourth overdose death in the solitary confinement unit in the past year.
As the drug epidemic continues to rage uncontrollably throughout the ADOC, government leaders ignore the current suffering that is claiming lives while they pursue new mega facilities to serve as the death camps for a new generation.
Getting this drug problem and violence under control will require assistance from families as well as the men and women on the inside. The less we do, the less of a commitment we have to stopping these deaths and the less we’ll be effective in our demands for changes at the parole board and State House.
The maxim Organize or Die has never been more applicable.
Free Alabama Movement
Over the past week, in addition to the multiple violent deaths and drugs overdoses at multiple Alabama prisons, there was also an escape from GK Fountain prison in Atmore, Alabama.
Fountain prison had been a Level 4 medium security facility until 2020 when it was upgraded to a maximum security Level 5 facility.
Over the past two years, hundreds of men with life without parole and others who were classified as maximum security were transferred to Fountain.
After the recent escape, the ADOC starting transferring these men out of Fountain today, back to the remaining overcrowded and exceedingly dangerous maximum facilities. Transfers are ongoing and people have been arriving at other max camps late into the night.
Taxpayers, on the other hand, are footing an enormous bill for these transfers. Mental health services, medical and other needs are going to be disrupted, while those in trade schools and other programs will have to start over. All of these operations will require costs that will be paid for with valuable tax dollars. The fact that thousands of dollars were spent to reclassify this prisons upgrade security, conduct hundreds of transfers only to now scrape everything less than two years later, is yet a other sign of ADOC’s incompetence.
ADOC’s overcrowding woes are expected to get worse at the remaining max camps, bringing more problems to an already out of control system.
Free Alabama Movement
As if the Alabama prison system didn’t already have enough issues, a new crisis is looming over the prison system – a food shortage. A cutback in meals and the unavailability of some food staples are already being felt and causing panic. In addition, many supplemental food items on the canteen are either unavailable or being sold with limits on quantity. Some prisons are serving bologna, hot dogs or corn dogs as much as 8 to 9 times per week over the course of 13 lunch and dinner meals.
Fruit, a necessity for providing nutrition to help stay healthy during the pandemic, is increasingly scarce, while people in some solitary units are denied fruit, milk and dessert outright. Evidence of food shortage issue have also surfaced after several individuals incarcerated throughout ADOC shared photos of skimpy food trays, while others have written about how food quantity and quality have diminished over the past 6 to 8 months.
The prison rumor mill, always a source for information, is saying that the prison system’s food supply chain is strained due to COVID-related disruptions and that food trucks are arriving at prisons with limited inventories. Anxiety is rising over concerns that ADOC could be face a major food shortage issue later this month.
Continue to follow Free Alabama Movement for more updates on this developing issue.
Rikers Island hunger strikers continues.
From wikipedia’s article / Drapetomania
” If treated kindly, well fed and clothed, with fuel enough to keep a small fire burning all night — separated into families, each family having its own house — not permitted to run about at night to visit their neighbors, to receive visits or use intoxicating liquors, and not overworked or exposed too much to the weather, they are very easily governed — more so than any other people in the world. If any one or more of them, at any time, are inclined to raise their heads to a level with their master or overseer, humanity and their own good requires that they should be punished until they fall into that submissive state which was intended for them to occupy. They have only to be kept in that state, and treated like children to prevent and cure them from running away.”
Reports of another person dead from violence in Commissioner Jefferson Dunn’s ADOC.
“Jonathan Clay Click, 33, was discovered unresponsive in his bed at William Donaldson Correctional Facility in west Jefferson County at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. He was pronounced dead at 5:14 a.m.”
Police department complex, fencing, cop cars and vehicles fill the inside, tons of cop traffic in and out, building and cop body cams, and a dead body inside one of the police vans and they say the van was broken into, had no clue of a dead body in it and ruled it ‘not suspicious’ immediately.
This is who was inside that van and there is a dirty cop somewhere in the bushes, maybe more than one.
The body found was that of:
Christina Shawntell Nance (29 years old)
Ms. Nance had been arrested by the Huntsville Police TWELVE (12) times over the past decade, most recently in March, 2021. Most of the charges were for disorderly conduct and other non-violent misdemeanor crimes.
Appears the HPD and/or MCS and MC Jail has even altered at least one of the records, the first arrest where she was 19 and got youthful offender status but the age shown today is 29, her current age, her age at death. They also put her same photo in the 2011 arrest jail record as the March 2021 photo. What the hell? The jail isn’t supposed to show a photo of a youthful offender at all. But it certainly would be the very same photo as 2021. Can you say cover-up?
Christina is someone’s daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, aunt, friend. And they are surely grieving her loss and asking a damn lot of questions.
You can bet money, most likely she was again arrested and some cop purposely or otherwise, left her in that van to die. And be assured people at HPD know and they are covering it up. And whomever is responsible will not be held accountable.
What the hell is wrong with our local law enforcement, every damn agency, what the hell is wrong with them? And with the judicial system, especially the district attorney and his office, that cover it all up.
Let’s hope this family lawyers up with Ben Crump or Hank Sherrod or someone equally skilled at smelling and seeing bullshit when it’s in our faces.
Some cops and deputies and others need to go to prison for this.
Bring in the national new outlets. Something is very wrong and the big dogs need to be investigating this case as murder or manslaughter or wrongful death.
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Don’t lie to yourself about your prospects for Parole. This is the reality you are confronted with.
Today, September 9, 2021, marks the 50 year anniversary of the Attica Rebellion that claimed the lives of almost 40 people for the sake of human rights and human dignity. A full half a century since the gauntlet was thrown down and change was demanded from the revolutionaries, visionaries, activists, organizers and ordinary yet extraordinary men at Attica.
On September 9, 2016, five years ago and 45 years after the Attica Rebellion, the Free Alabama Movement acknowledged the legacy of those who sacrificed before us by taking action to organize the September 9, 2016 Nationwide Work Strikes, Boycotts, Protests and Social Media Campaigns.This organizing effort resulted in the largest prison-led strike in US History. We, like our predecessors, were being denied basic human rights and our dignity and self respect were being challenged by a system bent on destroying us. There was no better way to honor the Attica sacrifice than by taking action in the Spirit of Attica.
Since the Free Alabama Movement’s
contributions to the struggle began in 2014 and especially our national campaign in 2016,, we’ve seen the rise of a “national” Prisoner’s Human Rights Movement being led from the inside unlike anything we’ve seen before. We mark fifty years since Attica and five years since the 2016 national action by reaffirming our resoluteness to destroy the same system that remains committed to destroying us.
From New York to California to Texas to Alabama and all points in between blood marks the path of resistance behind these walls and fences, in the dungeons and cages. We remember those who set the example at Attica fifty years ago by continuing to embrace and love the Spirit of Resistance and Sacrifice that has travelled with us from the Motherland, rose up at Attica in 1971, spread itself across the nation in 2016, made countless appearances in prisons across the nation, and continues to inspire action today. We must make everyday Attica; that is the only way we win!
Dare to Struggle,
Free Alabama Movement
IFA ( Inmates For Action ) Prison Organization, Chagina (George Dobbins), Yukeena (Tommy Dotson) and Frank X. Moore Assassinations
Lest We Forget – April 26, 1975: Inmates For Action (IFA) member, Frank X. Moore killed by officials in Escambia county jail in Alabama
Alabama’s prisons were overcrowded and prisoners were routinely denied basic items such as clean drinking water and eating utensils, while being subjected to violence and extended periods of solitary confinement. To call attention to their demands for improved conditions, prisoners organized as Inmates for Action (IFA), and engaged in work stoppages and strikes in Alabama’s Atmore and Holman prisons. IFA also led classes for prisoners on subjects such as Revolutionary Theory and Black History. In response to prisoner activism, prison guards tortured and murdered IFA leaders Chagina (George Dobbins), Yukeena (Tommy Dotson) and Frank X. Moore. Furthermore, guards continued to deny access to necessities, and attempted to repress continued organizing among the prisoners. Outside of prison, the Committee for Prisoner Support in Birmingham (CPSB) and the Atmore-Holman Defense Committee planned demonstrations, assisted with legal strategy in support of IFA and campaigned for accountability for the murders.
The IFA was founded in the Alabama prison slave system at the Atmore State Prison (now Fountain Correctional Facility) in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The politics of the IFA were the politics of the times: a little socialism, black nationalism/revolutionary nationalism/cultural nationalism, and anti-capitalism and anti-racism. The IFA was mainly composed of black prisoners, but I know at least one white prisoner was a member of the IFA. The IFA was a formation of the times, a time when young black people had become disillusioned with the Civil Rights Movement. This was the generation that birthed Black Liberation and saw the politics of the Civil Rights Movement as bankrupt of any ideas to liberate black people from the white supremacist, racist, capitalist political power structure. Revolution was in the air and seemed possible.
Following the footsteps of the Black Liberation Movement organizations on the streets, the IFA established political, cultural, and general education classes to educate the prisoner population. Many prisoners at that time in the South couldn’t read and write, and the white supremacist power structure wanted to keep it that way. This was also a time when there were no black prison guards, wardens, or commissioners, not that it means anything because today the black prison guards, wardens, commissioners are just as brutal and fucked up as their white counterparts were then.
The IFA intervened in an attempt to change this backwards and predatory culture into a culture of unity and revolution. In fact, the IFA was instrumental in stopping the practice of prisoners keeping count of how many prisoners were in the prison for the guards. They openly challenged the rape culture. In 1971, the IFA staged a successful workstrike at Atmore and Holman prisons in protest of the beating and murder of prisoners on the workfarm. That was unheard of at the time in Alabama prisons. The IFA was so successful in educating prisoners as to who their true enemy was, that when they transferred Mafundi to Holman and placed him in the all-white dorm in the hopes of the white prisoners killing him, the white prisoners joined Mafundi in rioting.
In 1974, IFA members took prison guards hostage at knifepoint in the Atmore prison lockup unit and declared the action “a revolution.” After subduing the two guards they proceeded to open all the cell doors of IFA members who were in the lockup at the time. Most of them were there for “inciting a riot” or “assault against a guard.” They then began to exact “revolutionary justice” on all those prisoners who had been working with the white racist prison guards selling water and ice to other prisoners in the stifling hot lockup cells.
In the aftermath of this “revolution” by IFA members, one white guard lay dead, another seriously wounded, and a number of prisoners were seriously injured by IFA members. The warden and prison guards stormed the lockup unit with shotguns and rifles ablazing, wounding some of the prisoners. Johnny Imani Harris received the death penalty for the murder of the guard, Lincoln Kambui Heard received a life sentence and Oscar Johnson received thirty years. Others also received sentences for taking part in the “revolution.” Johnny Imani Harris eventually had his death sentence overturned and was released from prison.
The IFA didn’t limit their activities and organizing to the prisons. Richard Mafundi Lake and other ex-cons who were IFA members took their organization and activities to the streets of Birmingham and other smaller cities on Alabama. In Birmingham, where they were most active, they monitored the police with scanners and intervened when the police attempted to make arrests. Many shootouts between IFA and police occurred. They held community meetings to organize against police brutality and racism on the part of city officials.
They didn’t forget their brothers left in the prisons. They organized family transportation to the prisons, they aided escapes from Atmore, Holman and some road kamps. They created the Atmore/Holman Brothers support committee to support those still in the prisons facing new charges for assault and murder on prison guards. They IFA had a motto – “Kill one of our, we kill two of yours.” And they lived by that. Many IFA members were killed inside and outside the prisons. George Dobbins, Tommy Dotson, Charles Beasley, Frank X. Moore is just a few of the IFA members murdered by the state inside and outside the prisons.
The state saw the IFA as too powerful and influential in the prisons and gaining respectability in the streets and started shipping many of them to the federal system. Anthony Paradise, Lincoln Heard, Youngblood, Fleetwood, Mustang, and others were sent to Marion, Lewisburg, Leavenworth, Atlanta federal prisons.
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When Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant on the residence belonging to Fred Batts and Perrion Roberts on Monday, March 29, 2001, the first item of evidence they logged onto the Property Sheet was a bulletproof vest.
Sergeant Charles Berry testified that this bulletproof vest was found behind a chair in the den area of the Batts/Roberts residence and that it had a blood smear on it. The only known photograph of the vest shows it sitting on top of a stove, and there are no known photographs of the vest behind a chair or account of who moved it. Sgt. Berry said that he had been told that DNA testing showed that the blood found on the vest matched Andre Horton’s blood. Sgt. Berry did not say where the vest was or who did DNA testing on it. During closing arguments in the case, Madison County District Attorney Robert Lee Broussard stated that this DNA was the best proof you can get:
When former co-defendant Fred Batts turned state witness, he testified that the bulletproof vest belonged to Melvin Ray.
Yet, we have the same problem with the bulletproof vest that we have with all of the other evidence in the case: no one has EVER actually seen the bulletproof vest. It was never brought into the courtroom. No person from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences came to court to testify about performing DNA testing on the vest. No one seems to know where on the vest the blood was located or how big or small the blood sample was.
The Ray family uncovered interesting information about the bullet proof vest, and they say they have irrefutable proof that Fred Batts lied when he testified that Melvin owned this bulletproof vest. They say that the Serial Number on the vest, #031914, tells a powerful story and that it proves who is the true owner.
Fred Batts was released from prison on February 8, 1999. Prior to his release, Fred Batts was assigned to Red Eagle Honor Camp in Wetumpka, Alabama. As a trustee, Fred Batts worked at the Alabama State Troopers Association on Coliseum Boulevard. At this location was a salvage yard where wrecked State Trooper vehicles and old police equipment is kept, including worn-out bulletproof vests. All of these vests are blue in color.
The bulletproof vest found at the Batts/Roberts residence on 3203 Rita Lane was blue in color. The Ray Family says that through phone calls and other methods they were able to verify that the bulletproof vest manufacturer confirmed that they distributed the exact same model of bulletproof vest found at the murder scene and allegedly with Andre’s blood on it, to the Alabama State Troopers Association in Alabama.
After the press conference, the bulletproof vest will be one of the items of evidence that the Ray Family will be demanding that District Attorney Broussard account for and produce. They say there are other issues with the bulletproof vest, but for right now they are demanding to see the bulletproof vest in question for the first time. They want to see the chain of custody records and all DNA reports about the vest, and they particularly want to know, where on the vest was Andre’s blood?
The fact that this vest potentially belongs to a police department raises serious questions about why Madison County DA Broussard allowed it to disappear before trial, and why no forensic scientist ever came to trial to testify about the blood smear and DNA testing done on the vest.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Madison County Courthouse
Melvin Ray (Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun) is the only person convicted of murder in Alabama in the 21st century where:
1) No physical or DNA evidence of any kind connects him to the crime in any way, and
2) No physical or DNA evidence of any kind was admitted into evidence at his trial.
We want answers and we Demand to see the evidence:
How did it happen?
Why did it happen?
Who had possession of the evidence when the trial began?
Where is the evidence today?
Yet another person had been found dead in ADOC. A 27 year old young man serving a 5 year sentence was found dead in his assigned cell at W. E. Donaldson CF yesterday. This death occurred one day after another individual was found dead at Alabama’s Bibb County CF.
At the same time, at least two Alabama prisons are on lockdown as they are mired in violent beatings and almost daily stabbings.
The bottom is falling out, and we expect the conditions to get worse at a rapid pace. It’s beyond clear that the DOJ isn’t going to act soon enough and State leaders aren’t going to do anything.
A white male has been pronounced dead at Bibb Co Correctional Facility. In the image you can see the yellow crime scene tape but you also see other people still milling around as if everything is normal.
The fact that just one bed rack over you see multiple people going about their way shows that ADOC does not take deaths seriously. We are in trouble people, and it’s only getting worse because our legislatures have no plans of repealing laws that will released anyone.
Death is becoming too casual and normal.
Free Alabama MovementF
ATTENTION: FAM will be issuing a public statement concerning an important change in position concerning the term and use of work strikes.
Our position on work strikes is about to fundamentally change. This concept has served FAM well but the time has come for advancement. We can no longer embrace characteristics of a labor movement as we are fighting for our lives against a vicious enemy. We must embrace tactics that accurately reflect upon the ideals, principles and objectives of our struggle for freedom, human rights, and human dignity. The concept and ideology of a “work strike” is no longer capable of bringing revolutionary change. We have to assess our position on the battlefield and make changes where necessary to win. A full statement will be forthcoming concerning this important change, and FAM forever remain on the frontline.
Jerald Sanders was sentenced as a habitual offender to life without parole for stealing a bicycle.
“In re Jerald Sanders v. State. | FindLaw” https://caselaw.findlaw.com/al-supreme-court/1473565.html
We need the entire historical application of this law for every single person it has been applied to. From 2021 backward to 1977. The public cannot participate in the debate if we aren’t informed of ALL of the material facts.
Free Alabama Movement
Further debate on Representative Chris England’s House Bill 107 calling for the repeal of Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act is set to take place soon in the House Judiciary Committee.
The Free Alabama Movement is trying to learn more information about the group of people sentenced to life without parole as a habitual offender. This additional information is vital to any legitimate debate about why this law should be repealed. We also need to know more about the historical application of this law.
According to a report by Alabamians For Fair Justice, 75% of all individuals sentenced to life without parole as a habitual offender are Black.
Ronald Mckeithen. Over 37 years for convenience store robbery.
This racial distinction is consistent with other laws enacted during the tough-on-crime era. For example, in 1997, a special report to Congress by the U. S. Sentencing Commission found that Black people accounted for nearly 90% of all people convicted of federal crack offenses, even though the majority of crack users are white. Additionally, from 1988 to 1995, federal prosecutors did not bring a single white person to trial under the crack provisions of federal law in 17 states.
Based on our math from the limited resources we have access to, appx. 750 people in Alabama are sentenced to life without parole as habitual offenders. This number needs to be accurately determined. We also want to know which counties imposed each of these sentences of life without parole.
The ACLU’s Smart Justice Campaign reported that 527 of the appx. 750 LWOP sentences are for non-homicide offenses.
“Report: HFOA — Smart Justice Alabama” https://alabamasmartjustice.org/report-alabama-hfoa
We need to know the demographics of these 527 people sentenced to life without parole for a non-homicide offense. Many of the recent high profile cases where LWOP was rescinded (Archie Hamlet, Jerald Sanders (LWOP for stealing a $16.00 bicycle) Geneva Cooley, Ira Coney, Alvin Kennard, Flavius Henderson, Ronald McKeithen, Derek Jenkins, Stanley Washington, and several more) involved Black people.
Archie Hamlet served over 22 years on a LWOP for 14 lbs of marijuana before his sentence was reduced in 2017.
Of the appx. 527 still serving LWOP for a non-homicide offense, what were they convicted of? What type of prior felonies were used to enhance? How much time has each of them already served? We also need to know the racial composition of this group because data suggests that Black people are disproportionately and over sentenced to LWOP. How many of these non-homicide cases involve Black people?
One of the more well known and egregious instances of injustice concerning a life without parole as a habitual offender involves a Black man, Willed Simmons. Clearly, racial justice is an important factor to consider when debating whether the habitual offender law needs to be repealed.
Willie Simmons was convicted of first-degree robbery for wrestling a man to the ground over $9.00 and sentenced to life without parole in 1982. Simmons, an Army veteran, became addicted to drugs while stationed outside of the United States. He was prosecuted under Alabama’s habitual offender law, which is similar to other three-strikes laws. Simmons had three prior convictions
Furthermore, it appears that less than 250 people combined have life without parole for some form of a homicide or other crime. We are very interested in learning the specifics of each case, what type of prior felony convictions were used to enhance, as well as the demographics of this group, especially as it relates to the 75%?
There are many other unanswered questions about this law that needs to be known. For example, what are the prior felonies used for enhancement purposes? Some enhancement priors, such as minor drug possession, shoplifting, and other theft offenses, are now reclassified as Class D offenses, and can no longer be used for enhancement purposes. How many of these felonies are still being used today to maintain these sentences?
Other important unknown factors include:
1. What offense was each individual convicted of when they received the sentence of life without parole?
2. If convicted today under current Alabama law, what would the sentencing options be?
3. What prior felony convictions were used to enhance and how old were the prior felony convictions?
4. Were any felonies used to enhance that are no longer considered felonies under current Alabama law?
5. How many prior enhancement felonies were for offenses like burglary, shoplifting, check/debits cards, theft, minor drug possession or sales, or other similar offenses?
6. How many people serving life without parole have already served at least 20 years or more?
7. How many people serving life without parole as a habitual offender were sentenced after being convicted for their first felony offense involving serious physical injury or death (all priors convictions were for property crimes or drug offenses)?
We need research help to get answers to these and other questions. If you are interested in assisting, please share information to firstname.lastname@example.org under the title Habitual Felony Offender Act.
Free Alabama Movement
By the National Freedom Movement Coalition
Original Story posted February 5, 2021.
Contact: NFM Media Dept.
On January 30, 2021, four Black men at Donaldson Correctional Facility were targeted for abuse and brutality by officers and sergeants; the four men were Ephan Moore, Robert Earl Council, Wilbert Smith, and Derrol Shaw. Officers attacked and severely beat Moore and Council, who sustained critical injuries.
Moore has reported to his family that officers beat him in two separate locations, once in the dorm and a second time while he was handcuffed to a wheelchair in the infirmary. So far, Moore has had two surgeries – with more scheduled – after being stomped, beaten, and struck in the head with an object that is being described as a meat cleaver wielded by Officer Brown. Moore’s family reports his injuries as an orbital and nose fracture, a broken jaw, two broken hands, and at least 10 staples in his head, among other injuries.
Council’s injuries, which include serious head and face trauma and broken ribs, were so severe that he had to be airlifted to UAB Trauma Unit. As of February 2, 2021, Wilbert Smith’s whereabouts are unknown and his status is the same — he was believed to have been escorted out by members of CERT (Correctional Emergency Response Team) who arrived at Donaldson after the prison was put on lockdown just after the beatings of Moore and Council. Shaw was forced to defend himself from the brutal attack and was able to escape serious injury, although he was overwhelmed by the chemical agent that was sprayed.
A few media outlets, taking word primarily from the corrupt, brutal Alabama Department of Corrections, have begun putting out articles on this attack, but focusing more on two guards who were allegedly stabbed — witnesses say Ofc. Brown sustained injuries from the meat cleaver he used to butcher Moore — and downplaying the injuries of the Donaldson 4 as if they were minor. It is worth reiterating that Ephan Moore was struck three times in the head with an object described as a free world meat cleaver carried by one of the officers; eyewitnesses report seeing his head split open all the way down his face; he was brutally attacked after having a mental health crisis in his dormitory. Sgt. Binder – one of the attackers – had previously beaten Moore, according to a civil complaint about the incident.
Robert Earl Council (also known as Kinetik Justice) was attempting to de-escalate the situation and was pleading with guards to stop beating on Moore before retreating to his cell after being overcome with the chemical spray. Sgt. Milton and several other officers stalked Council to his cell where they then struck him in the face with a metal baton. Sgt. Binder and Ofc. Griffin then proceeded to strike Council in the head with batons, rendering him unconscious. While unconscious, Council was beaten profusely then dragged out of his cell by his feet, leaving a trail of blood. Images of a vast pool of Council’s blood inside his cell were captured in widely circulated video.
Council is the third member of the Free Alabama Movement to be beaten or targeted for attack at Donaldson. In 2016, James Pleasant was beaten while housed in the “hot bay” unit by the same officers.
Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun had a hit put in his life by the warden and captain at Donaldson in 2016. He was also harassed by Officer Binder and others, and was severely beaten by Commissioner Dunn’s hit squad in 2015.
See video of Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun beaten by officers:
Also see: Donaldson Revealed, written in 2016: https://freealabamamovement.org/?p=1099
Meanwhile, the officers who were allegedly stabbed and received “multiple other injuries” were treated first at the onsite medical facility, and then at a local hospital before being released. These alleged injuries are superficial at best.
In response to the most recent attack, ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn has announced his intent to implement the use of body cameras on supervisors at the prison, and is conducting a review of staffing to determine if adjustments are needed. This is an outrageous, ineffective response to the ongoing brutality at Donaldson Correctional Facility, most of which has been documented by incarcerated activists in the facility, led by the Free Alabama Movement. How are body cameras supposed to be effective when officers can walk around the prison with a meat cleaver, brutally beating on other human beings and then facing no consequences? There has been no indication that any of these officers will face charges or even lose their jobs for nearly killing two people.
Meanwhile, officers wasted no time charging men at Donaldson with unfounded disciplinaries related to the assault. This brutality has been documented for years, so what good would body cameras be? Additionally, Dunn has requested the FBI’s Northern District Office assist in an investigation into the incident. But this assault occurred in the midst of a years-long Department of Justice investigation into ADOC which has yet to prevent such brutality from happening.
More than a Decade of Abuse Recorded at Donaldson
For a full understanding of this particularly vicious attack, it is necessary for the press and the public to understand the full scope and long history of brutality at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility. It took a federal lawsuit to force Donaldson to remove a sign from the back entrance of the prison that greeted new arrivals with the ominous greeting: “Welcome to the House of Pain.” The pain administered at the prison more than lived up to this “creed.”
Most of this brutality has been documented heavily in the last 7 years since the formation of the Free Alabama Movement, but it also goes back before then; in 2009, a class-action lawsuit known as “Hicks vs. Hetzel” was filed on behalf of those incarcerated at Donaldson for the inhumane conditions allowed to persist there — at that time, Donaldson was at 173% capacity, overcrowding that led to illness, an increase in violence between prisoners, and increased brutality from officers. Donaldson is designed to house only 700 people, and is regularly overcrowded and understaffed; as of 2020, the capacity is 1,500 people. In this era of COVID-19, overcrowding effectively turns Donaldson into a petri dish and superspreader for the virus- at least two people incarcerated there have died of the virus, though the number is likely to be higher. This is another failure of the ADOC and more blood on their hands.
On March 14, 2016, following two back-to-back riots at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama, five men: Amir Davis, Antonio Spencer, Kendrick Gaskin, Kevin Etheridge, and Tyreke (last name unknown) were transferred from Holman to Donaldson. Upon arrival, all five men were beaten sadistically and sexually assaulted by over 10 guards at Donaldson. In an interview, Kendrick Gaskin describes how they were taken to a back gate at Donaldson, removed from the van in handcuffs, shackles, and body chains, and then, one by one, taken to a shack where they were brutally beaten, sexually assaulted by stomping them in their genital area, and how the nurses in the infirmary either refused to document their injuries or had simply written that they had “fallen off the van.” When word of these horrific attacks reached the family, Commissioner Price and the wardens of Donaldson began another process of a cover up, which succeeded; none of the officers were charged or even terminated for these beatings and sexual assaults.
See interview of Kendrick Gaskin Part 1:
Gaskin Interview Part 2:
This culture and customary sexual abuse at Donaldson is well documented in the lawsuit filed by Sammy Duncan, whose testicle had to be removed after he was sexually assaulted by the “Donaldson Stomp” and beaten.
See class action lawsuit: https://t.co/I9wPFvVAcB
The officer who carried out this attack, Lt. Jenkins, has a long and sordid history of brutality and violence. Jenkins has been promoted several times during his tenure under Commissioner Dunn, showing a pattern of reward for brutality at Donaldson.
Additionally, there have been multiple lawsuits brought against Donaldson Prison and ADOC on behalf of the men incarcerated there who have been beaten, brutalized, and raped by officers. In 2017, Jeffrey Paul Eugene Stout was severely beaten in the notorious “hot-bay.” A second threat to beat him again, made by officer Charles Willis just days later, was partly captured on video.
See video of Jeffery Stout being threatened here:
There have been multiple murders of men at Donaldson by guards, all of which have been covered up by the wardens, the Commissioner, and the ADOC as a whole; one of the more notable cases was Steven Davis, who was beaten to death by officers in the “Behavioral Modification” or “hot-bay” dorm in 2019, which is a newer, horrific addition to Donaldson. His killer, Ofc. Gadson, was promoted by Commissioner Dunn less than six months after this murder.
Just in the past year, two more at least two other men were brutally killed by institutional malice and neglect. On June 22, 2020 Darnell McMillian died in a suicide watch cell after reports indicate that officers pepper sprayed him and locked him in the cell, where he asphyxiated. And in December 2020, Tommy Lee Rutledge was left in a 101 degree cell in a mental health unit to die of hyperthermia, in the midst of a cold December night. His body was found facing the window and with an internal temperature of 109 degrees.
See video of other men beaten to death:
In the last decade men incarcerated at Donaldson Correctional facility have filed dozens of lawsuits detailing the use of unconstitutional excessive force by prison staff. Below are just two of their stories:
Adrian Dunning: On July 5th, 2018, Officers entered Dunning’s cell in the hotbay to collect him for a visit to the healthcare unit. Upon entering the cell they sprayed him with mace and proceeded to beat him with their feet, fists, and batons. The defendants then dragged the plaintiff out of his cell and into the main area and continued beating him, in view of other prisoners. Fearing for his life, Dunning wrestled free from the officers, and climbed the stairs up to the top tier. Several of the defendants followed. Dunning climbed over the rail, and tried to scale his way back down to the floor away from the defendants. Officer Maclemore hit Dunning’s hand with a baton, causing Dunning to lose grip and fall around 12 feet to the ground. The defendants surrounded him again on the lower level and continued the beating. Dunning sustained the following injuries: broken hand, femur, nose as well as blunt trauma to the front of his head and eyes. He was medi-evacuated to the University of Alabama hospital where he received emergency surgery. This event is described in the federally filed complaint.
Christopher Jordan Jackson:
On April 22, 2016, Captain Baldwin and the CERT team, including Officer Edmonds and Officer Melton came to Jackson’s cell, which was flooded from the toilet. Angered by the state of his cell, the officers ordered Jackson to strip, and then proceeded to beat him while he was naked on the unsanitary floor. The officers used their batons and stomped on his body. The beating was so severe Jackson defecated on the floor. Following the assault, Jackson received 16 staples to his head. Breaking protocol, the nurses and officers refused to photograph any injuries other than his head, and prohibited Jackson from writing an incident report. Two weeks later his hand was X-rayed, revealing broken bones. Prison officials refused to send him to an outside hospital, nor put his broken hand in a cast. Jackson’s efforts to reach the physical abuse department, the FBI, and the DOJ received no response. This event is described in a federally filed complaint.
Also see Dewey Buttram video interview about his abuse at Donaldson here:
Also see video interview of Zachery Wilson here:
The public needs to know that the statements being issued by Commissioner Dunn are damage control and an attempt to cover up a slaughter at the hands of his correctional officer gang. The call for the FBI to get involved in the investigation alongside the ADOC’S Investigative Division smacks of a fraud, as the DOJ has already castigated this agency as part of the culture of violence and corruption within ADOC. The solution to this problem begins with accountability, starting with the termination and arrest of these officers for assault and attempted murder. Additional measures must include:
Special thanks to our National Freedom Movement Coalition supporter Workers World Party for their outstanding work and commitment to this effort. They can be reached at http://workers.org
Support for Ephan Moore:
Imagine opening your front door and finding a man lying on your porch bleeding from several stab wounds while screaming for help as he’s being viciously attacked. Imagine not being able to open your screen door due to a body that’s pressed against it, beaten unconscious with a sock that had two combination locks inside. Imagine your next door neighbors getting into a heated argument over drugs that caused one to literally gouge the other’s eye out, or your neighbor across the street murdering a guy then carving letters on his forehead after he dies. Imagine sharing a meal with friends in your dining room and someone approaches one of your guests from behind and plunges a knife into their neck, causing blood to gush out and land on your face and food. Or imagine someone’s bottom lip being bitten into and ripped off, and blood flowing between the fingers of the victim. Now imagine such brutality occurring in your community so frequently that you’re no longer shocked or horrified, but instead you find it more an inconvenience than a terrible tragedy. This is the community I’d lived in for over 35 years.
Within two years, there had been 19 homicides in the Alabama prison system, causing it to have the highest homicide rate in the country. There are daily assaults, often so severe that ambulances and helicopters are a constant necessity in order to save lives. Alabama’s prison culture resembles a jungle, where you’re either predator or prey, victim or victor. When a lion jumps on the back of an animal, grabs it by the neck, smashes it to the ground, breaks its back, it’s not doing a bad thing. It’s doing what’s appropriate, what’s in its nature. Survival. We’ve all experienced a fight-or-flight response to danger. But what if there is nowhere to flee, that your life or death is determined by how brutal you’re capable of being. Requests for safety and protection too often fall on deaf ears, and can easily tag you a snitch, which would put you in even greater danger. And if the prison officials are forced to get involved before there’s serious bloodshed, you will be asked to sign a living agreement, promising to end the quarrel or be placed in segregation. But once you’ve seen how someone can magically remove their handcuffs and attack another prisoner who’s still wearing his, you realize that segregation isn’t safe, that you need to learn the trick with the handcuffs.
Some of the savagery I’d witnessed would cause an average person to question their sanity, to call their Mama and say I want to come home. It’s as if an apocalyptic beast is roaming these prisons with an unquenchable appetite for blood, mostly black men’s blood. And the officials in Montgomery are contributing to their demise by pretending the bestiality that thrives within the walls is under control, but it’s not. The overcrowdedness, the mind-numbing procedures, the rules and regulations that are enforced by too many racist ego-tripping officers, as well as black officers who believe they must be just as cruel to prove they are not like us, each ill-equipped to handle the unrestrained authority they possess. Prisons are supposed to be about rehabilitation, about preparing us to be productive members of society. But instead it cripples and stagnates growth, causing degradation, anger and frustration, often creating a worse version of the person who arrived.
Some may feel that this is what they deserve, that they lost their right to be treated as human beings once they broke the law, not worthy of any consideration nor second chances. But one should not make a final judgment on a person until he or she is dead, because, until then, there’s room for change, to be better and do better. Yes, there are many in prison that should never be placed in society ever again. Yet there are so many good, responsible, changed men who simply want another chance to prove their worth. But the way things look, they may not survive to receive that second chance. The noose was so tight around my, that it took Alabama Appleseed and the DA to pull it. Yet I’m afraid for those that are still there that can’t breath.
Lest We Forget – April 26, 1975: Inmates For Action (IFA) member, Frank X. Moore killed by officials in Escambia county jail in Alabama Alabama’s prisons were overcrowded and prisoners were routinely denied basic items such as clean drinking water and eating utensils, while being subjected to violence and extended periods of solitary confinement. To […]IFA ( Inmates For Action ) Prison Organization, Chagina (George Dobbins), Yukeena (Tommy Dotson) and Frank X. Moore Assassinations
An Insider’s Perspective
A $3 Billion Dollar Wasteland is Not What Alabama Needs
Over the past several years nearly everyone in Alabama has heard about the many plans and attempts to build new prisons. We, the now- 23,000+ men, women, and (far too many) children incarcerated in the Alabama Department of Corrections have heard about these new prisons too.
We know that the public does not want them. We know that the Alabama Legislature refused to budget them. We know that families who have been extorted, lost loved ones, or don’t know when their loved ones are coming home don’t want them. We also know that the residents of Brierfield and Tallassee, many college students, and thousands of other Alabamians don’t want them either. I can safely say that all 23,000 of us and our families, who are ALL struggling to survive in these death camps, don’t want them either.
Yet, despite this overwhelming public opposition, private prison corporations have signed contracts to build them anyway. What is really going on? Why are corporations and publicly elected officials willing to defy public sentiment and build them anyway? And, why are they willing to invest so much money into a prison system that is already in a deadly crisis?
We all know that we should follow the money on this one but not just the money changing hands in the secret contracts. No, the real money to follow will be after the prisons are complete. The collect calls, medical co-pays, the fees, usury prices for canteens purchases, incentive packages, and cheap tablets the ADOC is rolling out. These are the associated industries that use tax dollars to build the complexes but then exploit them for every bloodsucking penny they can collect as ransom from families. And let’s not forget the biggest prize of them all: the free labor and the factories that will produce hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods and services every year. These profit motives render the dissent of citizens as irrelevant.
It is this greed that is causing so many problems, claiming so many lives and contributing to the public health crisis we are facing because we have an outdated ideology running an outdated prison system.
From a humanitarian perspective, the ADOC was a failed institution before COVID-19 hit. Since the pandemic arrived, everything has gotten worse. For those of us living the nightmare, we don’t see how new prisons that will house more people for the next 30 years will make anything better. We haven’t heard how the new prisons plan to deal with the existing problems. Nor have we heard how the new prisons will help us deal with the traumas we are experiencing in the current system. From a practical standpoint, all we can see from the inside is how these new facilities are nothing more than our next death camps; the places they’ll send us to die over the next 30 years. We do not want a $3 billion dollar casket. No New Prisons !!!
We reach these conclusions based on what we are witnessing, experiencing and living through on a day-to-day basis. Under Commissioner Jefferson Dunn’s leadership and his “culture of violence”, the ADOC is now the murder capital of the entire State of Alabama, and the murder capital over all prison systems in the nation. It was not like this before he arrived, and there were at least 6 thousand more people in the system in 2015 than there are now. Commissioner Dunn’s officers are routinely on the news for sexually assaulting or beating men and women to death. There are also weekly news reports of officers arrested for attempting to bring drugs into the prisons, drug overdose deaths, suicides, etc. Alabama’s prisons are so infested with drugs, that drug overdose deaths are now deemed “natural causes” on death certificates.
The U.S. Department of Justice states in a July 2020 Investigation Report that Commissioner Jefferson Dunn maintains control of the ADOC through a “culture of violence.” Every single person in ADOC custody has been harmed by this “culture of violence.” Our concern is that this “culture of violence” is transferable, and building new prisons will only transfer a humanitarian crisis into the new communities instead of solving historic, systemic, racial and cultural problems that have plagued the Alabama prison system since after the Civil War.
Since October 2019, ADOC correctional officers have beaten at least four men to death and gassed a fifth person to death. At the same time, the ADOC leads the nation in homicide rates, while ranking among national leaders in suicide, drug overdose, and COVID-19 death rates in its prisons. This is what a “culture of violence” and corruption will get you. The Alabama Department of Corrections is a place where death occurs frequently. New prisons won’t solve these old problems.
On January 30, 2021, correctional officers beat two men so severely that they had to be ambulance and air-lifted to a hospital just to save their lives. One week later, on February 8-9, in a 12-hour span two more lives were cut short by the “culture of violence.” A third person, over 70 years old and posing absolutely no threat to society whatsoever, died as well.
All of this leads to a great amount of trauma, stress, and other challenges associated with living in an environment like this every day. Many of us are released back into society carrying these invisible and untreated injuries with us. We have yet to see how the $3 billion dollar prison plan will address these longstanding and traumatic injuries.
There are also additional problems that three new prisons will bring to their new communities. For example,
• Officer Matthew Moore, 50, was a serial rapist employed by ADOC for over a decade. Moore was convinced on multiple counts in Georgia, including aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, and aggravated assault after kidnapping and raping several women. Authorities also state they have DNA evidence implicating Moore in additional sex crimes in Alabama and Florida.
• Over 70 correctional officers arrested for drug trafficking or other attempts to transport illegal contraband throughout Alabama communities and into a prison
• In 2014, the US DOJ found that over a 20-year period, at least half of all correctional officers who worked at Tutwiler Women’s Prison sexually assaulted the women incarcerated there. No criminal charges were filed and not a single officer was arrested. Many of these sexual predators will be roaming around the new communities undetected.
In addition, there are public health issues that routinely emanate from the prisons: ADOC’s abysmal health and safety record, including its Covid-19 response; frequent outbreaks of hepatitis, tuberculosis, and scabies. We are awaiting word of how these new prisons are being designed to deal with pandemics, epidemics, and other widespread infections that threaten closed populations. We don’t see any plan to protect our lives or the lives of those in the communities where we reside in today’s prisons, and we don’t see one in the plans for tomorrow’s prisons either.
The State of Alabama does not need new prisons to address its current prison crisis; instead, Alabama needs to identify the laws, policies and practices that led to the crisis. This starts with historical facts that connect the prison system to the institution of slavery, especially Article 1, Sec. 32 of the Alabama Constitution of 1901 . Article 1, Section 32 of the Alabama Constitution contains the provision that created an exception to the complete abolition of slavery, by preserving slavery as punishment for crime. This new form of slavery would be managed and ran by the prison system. Following passage of this law, Alabama prisons began filling up with Black bodies and became work camps under slave-like conditions for people convicted of a crime.
Then there is Alabama’s habitual felony offender act , a law that has been used to fill up Alabama prisons to the point where we now have the most overcrowded, underfunded, and corrupt system in the nation. Historical data evidences a need for social and racial justice in the Alabama Criminal Justice system, especially with the death penalty being disproportionately used against poor Black people, and the fact that over 70% of all people sentenced to life without parole under the habitual offender law are Black. These and other historical issues extend beyond the prison walls and must be addressed by the Alabama Legislature. This includes removing funds from ADOC’s budget and redirecting those funds towards healing, rebuilding, and rehabilitating those injured by the current system.
Neither Governor Ivey nor any other state leader can show us proof of any improvements made to the ADOC over the past 30 years that justify committing an additional 3 billion dollars to the system for another 30 years. However, the arc of human history shows unequivocally the ability of human beings to evolve, get better and reach higher stages of evolution in life if given the resources and a chance. So why are we going backwards by building new prisons before we first invest in people?
An Inside Perspective on Governor Kay Ivey’s plan to build new prisons.
Reports out of Donaldson prison in Bessemer, Ala, that a second person is dead overnight in ADOC custody. Late last night, a death occurred at St. Clair prison. The ADOC was found to have a culture of violence that extends to all levels of the administration and throughout the prison system. Yet two more lives are now gone while no one in ADOC is being held accountable.
Free Alabama Movement is calling on the DOJ to seek immediate relief in their pending litigation in the form of a declaration of a State of Emergency in the ADOC amidst the humanitarian crisis that is out of control.
It appears that another person has died due to the violent culture that is the ADOC at St Clair prison in Springville, Alabama.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2021
ONE MILLION FAMILIES FOR PAROLE RALLY
On Saturday, April 3, 2021, the National Freedom Movement, in conjunction with other organizers, organizations, activists and advocates from around the US are joining the call to action for a 1,000,000 Families For Parole Rally at Parole Boards, Dept. of Corrections Headquarters, and/or State Capitols in states across the country.
America’s parole system is broken and failing to respond to the humanitarian crisis taking place in prisons across the country, leaving countless lives in danger. In the midst of a global pandemic and a humanitarian crisis throughout US jails, prisons and other places of incarceration, Parole Boards are guilty of exacerbating the crisis by denying parole due to bad parole laws and for political and financial reasons.
To bring our loved ones home, and for real change to occur, we must unite across the nation and demand changes to this broken and ineffective parole system. Federal parole must be reinstated, a mandatory parole criteria must be implemented nationwide to justify the billions of tax dollars being spent for “corrections”, an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic has to be immediately instituted to save lives, and, among other demands, a 3-year limit on parole supervision must be implemented so that people who have successfully integrated back into society can get their lives back.
Participating states thus far include Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, New York, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, and California.
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We are concerned about Donaldson 4 member Mr. Wilbur Smith, and we need assistance in getting an update on his status and well-being. Please contact the ADOC and demand that they provide an update the status, location and health of Mr. Smith. As of this writing, there have been no reports on Mr. Smith and no one has been in contact with him. Please email us at email@example.com and provide updates.
On January 30, officers at Donaldson brutally beat Ephan Moore, a person known to have a mental illness, and Robert Earl Council (AKA Kinetik Justice), a freedom fighter known for his nonviolent organizing. Following the vicious assault, Moore and Council were left fighting for their lives, and the prison was locked down with officers continuing to beat and harass people incarcerated there, including Wilbert Smith and Derrol Shaw. This is only the latest in a long history of officer brutality at Donaldson CF and throughout the Department of Corrections.
The Department of Justice sued ADOC in December for, among other things, failing to prevent officer violence. They have authority to investigate and prosecute brutality against incarcerated people. We are calling on the DOJ to immediately terminate the officers involved in these attempted murders and to investigate the leadership at Donaldson and ADOC which has allowed this violence to continue unabated. This includes Commissioner Dunn, who has overseen the most brutal prison system in the US for years now without accountability. Read the full letter to the DOJ below, and join us in calling for justice for the men at Donaldson Correctional Facility and throughout ADOC.
To the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and attorneys with the DOJ Special Litigation Section:
The undersigned organizations and individuals, unified and standing in solidarity around the nation, are calling for the immediate termination and arrest of officers involved in the attempted murders of Robert Earl Council, also known as Kinetik Justice, and mental health patient Ephan Moore, as well as those involved in the beating of Wilbert Smith and the use of excessive force against Derrol Shaw at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer on Saturday, January 30, 2021.
We further call for DOJ investigators and independent observers to be allowed immediate access to Donaldson to ensure that further retaliatory action is not taken against anyone incarcerated there, and that the family of all four of these men be allowed to visit them immediately, including Robert Council who remains in the hospital, even now, fighting for his life. Finally, the DOJ should immediately investigate the role of Commissioner Jefferson Dunn in responding to this and other incidents and consider removing him from leadership of ADOC.
Witnesses and disturbing video have shown that at least four officers – including Sgt. Binder, Sergeant Brown, and Sgt. Melton, and Officer Griffin – beat Mr. Council and Mr. Moore with batons and kicked them in the head until they were unresponsive. Eyewitness accounts state that Mr. Council was trying to defuse the situation when he was attacked from behind by armed officers. Videos show blood in and around the cell where he was dragged out by the feet, as well as a dislodged tooth that was found in the cell. Mr. Council was evacuated by emergency helicopter to a hospital in Birmingham, where he remains in intensive care. Witnesses stated that the initial blow to Mr. Moore’s head was so vicious that it split his face open, and that officers continued to punch and kick his head once he was on the ground. Mr. Moore’s whereabouts and condition are unknown at this time.
This is an extreme incident, but it is not an isolated one. The DOJ is well aware of the horrific and unconstitutional violence committed by Donaldson staff against the people incarcerated there and in other Alabama Department of Corrections facilities. In the DOJ’s recently filed lawsuit against the State of Alabama, the government acknowledges that ADOC fails to protect people in prison from excessive force from staff. The complaint singles out a 2019 incident where Donaldson officers killed Steven Davis. Mr. Davis was beaten beyond recognition by some of the very same officers that have now tried to kill Kinetik Justice and Ephan Moore, including Sgt. Joe Binder.
Just in the last year at Donaldson, at least two other men were brutally killed by institutional malice and neglect. On June 22, Darnell McMillian died in a suicide watch cell after reports indicate he was pepper sprayed by officers and locked in a cell to asphyxiate. Just last week, reports surfaced that Tommy Lee Rutledge was left in a 101 degree cell to die of hyperthermia, in the midst of a cold December night.
Since yesterday morning’s attack, Donaldson has been locked down and ADOC’s CERT team (Correctional Emergency Response Team) has been committing further violence, assaulting Wilbert Smith and Derrol Shaw, among others at the facility. This only underscores the pressing need for federal intervention.
It is clear that the administration at Donaldson is incapable of keeping the population safe from its own bloodthirsty officers. The urgency of this situation demands immediate action by the DOJ to prevent further loss of life. We call upon the Department to do everything in its power to protect the people incarcerated at Donaldson, starting with the immediate termination and prosecution of the officers involved in this incident. As the governmental agency tasked with investigating and holding ADOC accountable for its unconstitutional conduct, nothing could be more squarely within the DOJ’s responsibility.
Mr. Moore is a mentally ill person who should be receiving treatment, not brutality. Victims Shaw and Smith were innocent bystanders, and Kinetik Justice is a freedom fighter known around the world for tireless efforts to organize people in prison to secure their human rights. Kinetik Justice’s advocacy with the Alabama Resistance Movement and the Free Alabama Movement has resulted in constant retaliation from the Alabama Department of Corrections, including efforts to silence him by putting him in solitary confinement, censoring his communications, and putting his life in danger. Now, it appears they have tried to silence him in the ultimate manner that has always been reserved for Black freedom fighters.
But justice cannot be silenced. We call upon the DOJ to take immediate action against these officers and against the system which has been shown – by your own agency – to enable them.
Imagine being in an Alabama prison with a severe mental health illness. Imagine being raised in foster care. Imagine your Mother being deceased. Imagine being tortured because they knew you had no one to call. Imagine every time you heard a code being called either you were being beaten or someone in your metal health unit was being beaten. Imagine not taking your mental health medicine because no one cared if you took it or not. Imagine hearing a code and being afraid and not knowing what to do. Imagine being beaten unconscious. Imagine being dragged to a medical infirmary only to be beaten some more. Imagine someone seeing you being beaten and their human impulse and empathy compels them to scream “Stop, please.” Imagine your help being beaten without mercy. Imagine your help being dragged out by his feet, face down. Imagine a trial of blood. Imagine the victims and the abusers all being Black. Imagine chemicals being sprayed. Imagine being beaten just because. If you can’t imagine these things, then you have no idea who the Donaldson 4 are. Do something NOW !! What is going on at Donaldson and around the State of Alabama is unimaginable.
Alabama Correctional Officers Respond to Mental Health Crisis With Deadly Force, Leaving at least Four Men Injured, Two in Critical Condition
January 31, 2021
On the morning of January 30, 2021, Mr. Ephan Moore, a man known to have a serious mental illness who is incarcerated at Donaldson Correctional Facility, experienced a mental health crisis resulting in an incident with Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) staff that correctional officers responded to with deadly and brutal force.
One of the witnesses to Moore’s beating described seeing him being struck in the head by a Sgt. Brown with an “ax-like” object that split Moore from the top of his skull all the way down his face. Moore, who was immediately rendered unconscious by the vicious blow, was then beaten and stomped by a group of four to five guards, according to the witness. The witness stated that if Moore is still alive it would be a “miracle.”
Robert Earl Council, also known as Kinetik Justice, attempted to intervene and pleaded with the officer to stop beating the unconscious and critically injured Moore. After making the plea and retreating to his cell, Sgt. Melton tracked Council to his cell, struck him in the back of the head, and, along with COs Bryant and Griffin, as well as Sgts. Brown and Joe Binder, beat him for several minutes. He was dragged, unconscious, out of his cell by his feet, leaving a pool of blood, as well as a trail of blood as he was dragged. The aftermath of the brutal assault was captured in a widely circulated video taken from inside the prison.
Exclusive video footage here: https://youtu.be/psKNCMP8KTM
Mr. Council is currently in the Trauma Unit of the University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB), where he was airlifted from William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility. As of 5:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, his condition is listed as stable. The whereabouts of Mr. Moore and his current condition remain unknown at this time and no known family contact has been discovered.
Shortly after Kinetik and Moore were removed from the dorm and Kinetik was airlifted to UAB hospital, a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) group was called to Donaldson Correctional Facility, where at least one other prisoner, Wilbert Smith, was beaten as well. Both the conditions of Ephan Moore and Wilbert Smith are unknown at this time. Derrol Shaw, who shared an assigned cell with Kinetik Justice, was also sprayed with chemical agents and placed into solitary confinement. His condition is also unknown.
Additionally, family members of Kinetik were able to locate him and dispatched immediately to UAB trauma center, where ADOC and UAB staff denied them access to see him. Advocates and organizers in Birmingham have been gathered outside of UAB for hours demanding that the hospital allow Kinetik’s family in to see him.
Multiple attempts to contact Donaldson Correctional Facility by prison abolitionists, concerned citizens, and other advocates in order to demand answers have been rebuffed throughout the day; as of 3:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, advocates were reporting that the guards answering the phones at Donaldson were laughing at them and then hanging up on them. Donaldson prison remains in full lockdown as Sunday evening. The ADOC has not released any details concerning any of the men’s conditions.
More updates, as well as a joint statement by advocacy groups, are expected to come in the following days.
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Jim Zeigler: Prison lease plan may be a 30-year mistake costing $2.6 billion
By Guest Author -January 25, 2021
We are risking a 30-year mistake that would cost us $2.6 billion.
Governor Kay Ivey is just days away from signing contracts that will saddle taxpayers with a minimum $2.6 billion bill for leasing three new mega-prisons for 30 years. In the end, we will own equity in the prisons of exactly ZERO. The companies that held these lucrative leases will own the prisons, and we, the taxpayers, will have to start completely over and pay for the prisons a second time – pay 100% again.
We would shell out billions of dollars but own nothing in the end. We Alabamians cannot let this happen.
That is why I am calling for an independent management audit of Alabama’s Department of Corrections. I invite my fellow state leaders to join me in this call for transparency.
Is that too much to ask when our state currently allocates a whopping 25% of our general fund budget to the prisons? That’s $624 million in 2020, folks! And you can bet your bottom dollar that percentage will keep rising.
Next week, ADOC will present their proposed budget to the legislature in the budget review committee meeting. I implore our elected officials to thoroughly interrogate the spending practices and promises of the money-eating ADOC.
Given that ADOC is so heavily funded and is about to be hit with an additional $88 million a year expense for 30 years, it seems prudent for legislators to have a chance to evaluate the underlying data that supposedly justifies the prison lease plan.
ADOC says they need new prisons rather than renovate the existing ones. They insist it will be cheaper to pay $88 million in annual rent payments for 30 years–totaling $2.6 billion–than to fix and maintain the existing structures or to have the state build new prisons using bond funds.
ADOC claims that the “consolidation cost savings” associated with closing old prisons and opening new ones will cover the $88 million price tag. Their conclusion is based on a 100% confidential study done for nearly $20 million by for-profit companies Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood and Hoar Program Management.
If the claimed “consolidation cost savings” end up being overstated, ADOC will have to come crawling to the legislature licking their wounds when they inevitably need more taxpayer money. Even if ADOC does manage to scrape together the money within their current budget for the first few years, what happens when these private prison owners hike up the price after 10,000 inmates have been transferred in? The leases must be renegotiated every year. Alabama will have little choice but to pony up whatever amount the owners ask for. This is a 30-year mistake.
Beyond these likely problems, the failure of ADOC to do its basic job — keeping society, staff, and inmates safe — should have us all asking, “What exactly is ADOC doing with that $624 million anyway?” An independent management audit of ADOC finances would allow legislators and the public at large to look behind the curtain and expose any misuse of our tax dollars.
As it stands, the prison lease plan–one of the largest public expenditures in state history–will be pushed through with little opportunity for legislative or public scrutiny unless we halt it now.
Despite ADOC efforts to conduct the entire process in secrecy, anyone who’s paying attention knows enough to see what a terribly wasteful and irreversible deal this is for Alabama.
Our elected legislators have never laid eyes on the ADOC plan, and they won’t be given an opportunity to do so until Alabama is already locked in. The checks and balances by the legislative branch have been eliminated in the prison lease plan.
ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn promised they would release the proposed contracts for these prisons by the end of 2020. Here it is, almost the end of January 2021, and nothing. Is it because ADOC doesn’t want to give the legislators any time to address their dealings in their upcoming session?
ADOC insists secrecy is needed to negotiate the best deal possible with the private developers who will build and own the three mega-prisons. The more likely explanation is that ADOC wants to push this lease deal through without answering anyone.
There are no good reasons why we’re jumping into bed with for-profit corporation CoreCivic—a company with a record of abuse and mismanagement. Just ask Kansas, Tennessee, and Idaho if they would ever sign up to work with CoreCivic again.
A brief dive into ADOC public records reveals wasteful, unaccountable spending for decades. Since 2012 ADOC has spent $32.5 million on outside law firms, despite having an internal legal team.
As for wage costs, ADOC pays over $30 million in overtime pay per year–more than four times the next highest paying agency.
How easy it is for these government bureaucrats to spend our money!
Given that we are the only state prison system in the country currently facing a prison lawsuit by the Department of Justice, we must be doing something wrong.
Other states know better than to let their prisons run unchecked. Many conduct needed audits to catch problems before they balloon out of control.
Take Mississippi, a state that recently conducted a thorough audit of its prison system. Like in Alabama, Mississippi’s prisons were under investigation by the DOJ for alleged unconstitutional treatment of inmates. In response, their commissioner called for an independent management audit to root out wastefulness or corruption.
The resulting report detailed hundreds of thousands in wasteful expenses in the Mississippi DOC budget, including massage chairs, Himalayan salt lamps, and six TVs for the commissioner’s executive suite. When the findings were released, the prison system adopted all 18 recommendations within the report aimed at fixing the abuses.
“Without the [audit], it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to uncover some of the misspending here,” Mississippi State Auditor Shad White said. “It is encouraging to see [the DOC’s]proactive approach to fixing the problems.”
So far, Mississippi has avoided a DOJ lawsuit.
Alabama has not been so blessed. In December 2020, the DOJ officially sued Alabama following findings of unsafe conditions, rampant violence, and excessive use of force on inmates. What ADOC conveniently ignores is that buildings will not address the failed ADOC leadership, from Commissioner Jeff Dunn on down.
Before suing, the DOJ tried to negotiate with Gov. Ivey, Dunn, and Attorney General Steve Marshall. That went nowhere. In fact, prison conditions have worsened since the DOJ released its initial investigative report in April 2019. Like moving into a new house to save a broken marriage, new buildings will do nothing to address the real problem: failed leadership.
We are inching closer and closer to the federal government taking over the Alabama prison system — a process that means the Feds call all the shots, but we foot the unlimited bill.
Perhaps the only way to avoid a statewide takeover is to convince the DOJ that Alabama is actually trying to address its prison problems like Mississippi did. And that starts with a transparent and honest conversation about resource allocation.
If the Alabama State Auditor’s office (my office) had the authority to order such an audit, it would have already been done. But a past legislature took away such authority from the Alabama State Auditor’s office. In Mississippi, the State Auditor does have authority for a management audit, and it is producing excellent results for the taxpaying public.
If Gov Ivey really wants to find an Alabama solution to this Alabama problem, she will encourage a management audit of ADOC.
Jim Zeigler has been the Alabama State Auditor since 2015.
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On April 3, 2021, the National Freedom Movement will be mobilizing people around the nation to demand changes to America’s broken parole system. Organizers, activists and advocates are starting to compare notes and are coming to the realization that parole boards across the nation are functioning in the same arbitrary manner and using the same excuses to deny paroles to millions of families.
If you are interested in hosting an event in your state at the parole board or some other location to highlight the abuses of your state’s parole board and the need for change, please contact the NFM and start organizing and planning with us today.
Register here: https://form.jotform.com/210077530275147
Parole board members and governmental offcials must be made to understand that, with Covid-19 and deteriorating conditions on the inside, parole decisions are life and death decisions more than ever before. The inhumane nature in which parole decisions are costing lives must be elevated on a national scale as our loved ones inside US jails, prisons, immigration detention facilities and juvenile facilities are dying directly at the hands of parole board decisions.
Join the National Freedom Movement as we demand more paroles and fundamental changes to parole systems, including the federal BOP. Millions of lives are at stakes, so support the call for Millions of Families For Parole.
There have been over 100 documented prisoner rebellions related to negligence over COVID-19 safety. Its time we step it up on the outside. A quick and massive release of prisoners is the safest and most responsible option. In reality, its long overdue.Feb 1st Call to Action: Demand Mass Clemency on “National Freedom Day”
The Alabama Department of Corrections has responded to Demands from Free Alabama Movement via the call for a #30dayEconomicBlackout from January 1, 2021, to January 31, 2021, by violently attacking and beating Mr. Ronnie Miller, who is one of 11 men on hunger strike at Kilby Correctional Facility.
FAM has called for the boycott of prison contractors and state agencies admidst the ongoing human rights violations and humanitarian crisis taking place inside the Alabama Department of Corrections.
We are being told that a Sgt. Williams cleared CERT team officer Landrum to carry out the assault. As more details emerge, FAM is requesting that supporters please call the Commissioner of ADOC Jefferson Dunn and the Warden at Kilby CF and demand that the violence and harassment against all participants in the boycott stop.
Please contact @ADOCDunn Commissioner Jefferson Dunn 334-353-3883, or email Jefferson.dunn@doc.Alabama.gov and demand that the violent attack and harassment against all participants in the #30dayEconomicBlackout stop. Also demand that Mr. Miller be taken to an outside hospital for an independent evaluation.
PURSUIT OF JUSTICE
“Proposing a Bill for a one-time ‘Pursuit of Justice claim’ that an inmate can file, excusing procedural defaults, that prove Constitutional violations that occured in their case. The issue may be time-barred or previously denied due to procedural default. This one-time claim gives a person opportunity to expose Malicious Prosecution and prove Constitutional claims previously denied by default.”
By: David E. Files Jr.
Through the Innocence Project several states have passed prison reforms and enacted policies that allow inmates to challenge their convictions, and in some cases actually prove their innocence.
Alabama is long overdue for reform not only prison reform but Criminal Justice reform as well. For example the Alabama Rules of Court state that an inmate has only a one year time period after an appeal or conviction to file a Rule 32 Post-Conviction claim. Alabama Appellate Courts have repeatedly stated that a person ignorant of the law is no excuse for not meeting the requirements set forth in the Rules of Court.
A person wrongly convicted in an Alabama courtroom who has no knowledge of law or the Rules of Court and unable to afford an Attorney to pursue Post-Conviction remedies is completely helpless. Upon conviction a person is sent to an Alabama prison system that itself is held in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
A person sentenced to prison in Alabama with no control as to what facility they are sent to is then required by law to litigate their case and file appropriate Petitions within a specified one year limitation or his Constitutional claims are barred from review and consideration in Alabama courts.
The transfer process upon arrival at Kilby Correctional Facility usually lasts approximately 30 days to several months before being transferred to another facility based upon their classification level.
The process of transferring facilities can easily cause a person to lose vital legal papers they may have in their possession. In some cases officers at different facilities will confiscate or purposely destroy legal papers especially if the person is unaware. All too often a person will not realize their legal papers are missing until it is too late. This tactic used by ADOC officers is intended to further hinder and frustrate the efforts of an individual seeking to pursue Post-Conviction claims.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama and the Prison System for its unconstitutional conditions. In the lawsuit the Justice Department outlines in explicit detail a corrupt system in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
My question is, how can it be possible that a state in violation of the Constitution turn around and prohibit a person from seeking relief from his conviction based on Constitutional claims in his case?
The ADOC is well-known as the most violent and overcrowded prison system in the country. Sadly this didn’t just start. This reputation has lasted for several years.
The DOJ lawsuit provides information through lengthy and vigorous investigations of widespread violence, inmate on inmate as well as ADOC staff on inmate violence.
The investigations also uncovered corruption throughout the ADOC Administrations as well as an extremely overcrowded inmate population that is warehoused in illegal and inadequate living conditions. These are the findings of the U.S. Justice Department, not baseless inmate allegations.
As these facts come to light how can it be possible to expect a person placed in such conditions to:
1. be provided a safe and adequate Law Library for a person to properly research and litigate his case;
2. if the institution has a functioning Law Library the inmate will have access due to Institutional Lockdowns because of rampant violence in the facility and/or staff shortages that result in the Law Library
3. the overcrowded conditions that severely limit authorized usage of the Law Library;
4. the inmate having proper assistance to help and guide them while pursuing a claim.
All of these factors on top of chaotic, toxic and deadly circumstances that surround the person on a daily basis. These unconstitutional conditions make it nearly impossible to meet the requirements set forth in the Alabama Rules of Court.
The Constitutional violations of the ADOC, as horrendous as they are, still fail in comparison to the Constitutional violations that occur in the Court System. Meanwhile those violations remain hidden and protected through Procedural Defaults that are supported by the Rules of Court in Alabama.
As horrible and illegal as the Prosecuting Attorney General William Dill’s actions in my case at trial are I’m positive there are many
worse examples that numerous other inmates who are entrapped in Alabama’s State of Slavery prison system could also prove if given an opportunity.
I am asking for support in proposing a Bill that would allow Alabama inmates to file a one-time Pursuit of Justice claim to prove Constitutional violations that occured in their case that remain hidden and protected through Procedural Defaults such as being time-barred. How is it that such a request that would allow a person to prove he was wrongly convicted be denied that opportunity because of unreasonable demands in an impossible circumstance. How is that JUSTICE?
The awful discoveries outlined in the DOJ lawsuit against Alabama and the ADOC prove what anyone who has experienced the ADOC already knew. Imagine the discoveries of unjust and Malicious Prosecutions
that have taken place in Alabama courtrooms by over zealous Prosecutors who know the the system is rigged and by obtaining a conviction their actions will likely not be discovered because an Appellate Court will not review the merits of a claim that is Procedurely Defaulted. Thereby protecting their illegal unconstitutional actions to secure a conviction instead of ensuring Justice.
Before my trial I had faith and confidence that the TRUTH would prevail in the courtroom. Sadly this is not always the case in Alabama.
I am asking that everyone who reads this letter share it with people that you know and help promote this proposition for a Bill that at least gives a person the opportunity to pursue Justice in their case.
The injustices of Malicious Prosecutions should not be allowed to stand and their protection through Procedural Defaults should be reversed and exposed. These practices must be exposed and the trusted officials found in violation of unconstitutional and illegal practices be held accountable.
Whose signature is that on this contract for prison slave labor?
Today, December 2, 2020, is International Abolish Slavery Day, and oh my! did it start with a bang. This date is historically important in America because of its historic practices of slavery and due to the fact that the 13th Amendment to the United States continues to have an exception clause that legalizes slavery and Involuntary servitude as punishment for crime.
Imagine waking up this morning to learn that a joint resolution has been submitted in the US Congress calling for a repeal of this Amendment. Wow!!
Over the past several years, many incarcerated organizers, activists, artists and scholars in US prisons have worked to highlight not only the slavery exception clause in the 13th Amendment, but also the institutions this Amendment is responsible for creating (the network of Departments of Corrections around the country.
We’ve also fought the inhumane, barbaric practices that are carried out in these institutions, such police brutality, systemic and institutional racism, human warehousing, human trafficking, selling children to private detention, forced labor, and financial exploitation.
We’ve also fought to build awareness about and bring changes to the laws like the Black Codes, Vagrancy laws, the school-to-prison pipeline, the 1994 Crime Bill, the Prison Litigation Reform Act, and the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, as these are slave laws used to keep the plantations full.
The highpoint to date of this 2020 activism was undoubtedly the October 26-30, 2020, P.L.U.S. Party Initiative #FreeThe13. This four-day virtual panel discussion broke down the history of the institution of slavery and then put it back together for people to understand in its current rendition.
Immediately following the #FreeThe13th event, Free Alabama Movement, in conjunction with Be Frank for Justice, collaborated around hosting an “Abolish Slavery Alabama” day in Alabama on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at a former slave depot in Montgomery, Alabama, to mark not only the exception clause in the 13th Amendment, but also similar slave language in Art. 1, sec. 32 of the Alabama Constitution of 1901. December 6, was chosen because this is the day in 1865, that this Amendment was ratified.
During the course of these conversations around December 6th, Amendment 4 was ratified by Alabama voters on November 4, 2020, which authorizes the Alabama Legislative Reference Service to, among other things, identify for removal all racist language from the Alabama Constitution. The Amendment 4 effort was led by Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform and sponsored by State Representative Marika Coleman.
This, of course, opened the door wide open to conversation about Art. 1, sec. 32 of the Alabama Constitution of 1901. The Paul Cuffee Abolitionist Center then stepped up as the sole fiscal sponsor for this event on December 6, 2020, making this event a reality in Alabama.
According to history, there is no language or law in the Alabama Constitution or criminal laws more racist, dehumanizing, debasing or debilitating than Article 1, sec. 32 of the Alabama Constitution:
Plain and simple, this is a slave law. After the Civil War ended, what must be understood is that slavery was never totally abolished. Instead, only a particular form of slavery was abolished — private ownership of slaves by ordinary citizens was banned. In its place, the 13th Amendment transferred slavery to the government under the criminal justice system.
When that was done, Black people went from representing less than appx 15% of people in US prisons prior to 1865, to over 90% less than 15 years later. Human beings in Alabama (just as in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and many other places) have been forced back into slavery in the Alabama prison system under the 13th Amendment and Article 1, sec. 32.
Since 2018, four States have removed slave language from their Constitution, with Utah and Nebraska being the most recent in 2020.
Free Alabama Movement has been waging a campaign against slavery and slave Plantation conditions in Alabama for some time now. For the most part, we have been alone in this slave state in this endeavor. None of the so-called human rights orgs. or the other lot have joined FAM’s call. Why? And, where are the Alabama organizations today, now that Art. 1, Sec. 32 and Amendment 4, are staring us all directly in the face?
The changes needed in the Alabama prison system start with the historically racist practice of slavery and involuntary servitude that are enshrined in the Alabama Constitution of 1901 Art. 1, sec. 32. Now is the time to remove not only the language from the the Alabama Constitution, but to also abolish the practice of Slavery, its institutions, and the laws used to uphold it.
Please join the call on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Montgomery Plaza, from 3-5 pm, Cst to remove this racist language from the Alabama Constitution of 1901.
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1. 2013-current. FAM was founded in 2013, and officially launched in August 2013.
2. January 1, 2014. Organized first multi-prison non-violent and peaceful work strikes, boycotts and protests in Alabama.
3. 2014-2019. January 2014, several FAM leaders and organizers were targeted by ADOC and placed into solitary confinement, including its founder Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun and co-founder Kinetik Justice Amun, both of whom remained in solitary confinement for the next 5 consecutive years. Despite FAM’s non-violent and peaceful organizing, FAM leaders were retaliated against, beaten, tortured, food poisoned, and arbitrarily denied basic constitutional and human rights, including mail, visits, phone calls, humane housing, deprived of natural light, and more. Even in the face of strong opposition and repression by the state, FAM was able to continue to move ahead in the struggle for Freedom.
4. 2014-2016. Conducted at least one multi-prison work strike every year in ADOC, plus the National Prison Strikes. After the initial strikes on January 1, 2014, all other Strikes, Boycotts and Protests were led by FAM from solitary confinement.
5. 2014-2018. Family members and supporters conducted over 20 protests outside multiple Alabama prisons and other locations, including in Clio Alabama, Donaldson CF, Holman CF, St. Clair CF, Limestone CF, Tutwiler CF, Kelly Ingram Park, Edmund Pettus Bridge, ADOC Headquarters, State Capitol, and the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles Headquarters (#ParoleWatch).
6. 2014 (currently being revised). Published book FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT (known as the “manifesto”) on January 2, 2014.
7. 2014- current. Created first multi-medium social media platforms as part of prison-led organizing strategy, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, WordPress blog, Blogtalk radio, and website.
8. 2014-current. Created Free Alabama Movement YouTube channel. Have since released over 200 exclusive exposè
videos from inside ADOC. FAM’s bold and aggressive tactic of guerilla filming spawned a new era in the Prisoner/Enslaved-led Human Rights Movement. Incarcerated Activists all across the nation began using cellphones as a powerful weapon in the narrative around criminal justice reform, prison reform, and abolitionist freedom struggle.
9. 2014-2016. Created, produced, directed first-of-its-kind inside-led, underground Blogtalk radio show, “THE PEOPLE’S PLATFORM”.
10. 2014. Published “A Flicker Turns Into A Flame”
11. 2014. Drafted the “FREEDOM BILL”
12. 2014-current. FAM leaders and members have conducted over 100 media interviews from inside with outlets such as:
San Francisco Bay View
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Al Jazerra America,
13. 2014-current. FAM has been featured in several short-documentaries, including two w/ HBO/Vice, and two w/ Al Jazerra.
14. 2014-2019 Hunger Strikes. State retaliation and abuse against FAM leaders led to hunger strikes that spread to multiple prisons over a span of 5 years, exposing ADOC as a barbaric and inhumane institution.
15. 2015. Published “Let The Crops Rot In The Field” and laid out “The Solution:FAM’s 6-Step Plan of Action 2015.” These documents and the plan outlined therein established the framework for building the infrastructure that led to the first nationwide, Inside-led national initiatives and actions based on work strikes, boycotts and protests. FAM’s infrastructure elevated the profiles and voices of Inside-led organizations nationwide and has hosted and facilitated the organizing of EVERY Inside-led national event since 2015.
16. 2015. Nationwide S-TO-P CAMPAIGN against McDonald’s, highlighting the school-to-prison pipeline.
17. 2015-2016. FAM led multiple peace initiatives under the Universal Peace and Unity Summit. Over this period of heightened violence, FAM was the only entity able to lead multiple successful peace accords in the tumultuous ADOC. FAM never had an incident of violence associated with any of its multiple work strikes and boycotts, and ADOC recorded its lowest levels of violence during FAM activities.
18. 2016. Historic September 9, 2016, 45th Anniversary Attica Rebellion Nationwide Prison Strike. Largest prison strike US history. Over 24 states and 30,000 freedom fighters.
19. 2013-2018. During the height of FAM organizing, ADOC saw the total prison population drop from appx. 30,000 to appx. 23,000, before rising again.
20. 2013-2018. During the height of FAM activism, the Alabama Parole Board created an emergency board and granted over 4000 paroles. The number of parole grants began to lessen in 2018, eventually recording record lows in 2020.
21. 2013-2019. As a result of FAM’s exposure of living conditions and intensive media coverage, two Alabama prisons closed (Holman and Draper).
22. 2015 and 2019. FAM witnessed two Governor-appointed Prison Reform/Oversight Committees that were created to address issues highlighted by FAM advocacy and exposure.
23. 2014-2016. FAM saw two conservative sentencing reform measures passed.
24. 2014-2016. FAM’s exposure of ADOC central to class-action litigation filed by Bryan Stevenson and EJI, Southern Poverty Law Centers, and Southern Center for Human Rights.
25. 2016. In an unpredictable and surprising action, in 2016, ADOC correctional officers at Holman CF adopted FAM’s strategy and led their own work strike, where they were protesting, among other issues, the same ADOC leadership and inhumane living conditions as highlighted by FAM. While not all issues were the same between FAM and the officers, the impact of FAM’s influence for change was undeniable.
26. 2016. FAM’s exposure of ADOC, pro se litigation, and advocacy work led to “first-of-its-kind” statewide investigation of all Alabama men’s prisons by the US Department of Justice. These investigations produced two separate reports, both of which found the ADOC to be violating the civil, human and constitutional rights of those serving time in ADOC custody.
27. 2017. An anonymous ADOC employee released a trove of over 1000 graphic, gory photos depicting violence and barbaric savagery inside ADOC. While a select few of these images were made public, many in the mainstream media withheld 800 of these photos, protecting ADOC and collaborating in their mutual interest.
28. 2018. Campaign to Redistribute The Pain 2018, a nationwide bi-monthly boycott of canteen, collect phone calls, visitation vending machines, and incentive packages.
29. 2018 National Prison Strike. Following FAM’s visionary approach to organizing prison labor nationally and relying on the infrastructure put in place leading to FAM’s historic September 9, 2016, 45th Anniversary Attica Rebellion Nationwide Prison Strike/Boycott/Protest, the 2018 Nationwide Prison Strike took place after the Lee County, South Carolina riots. FAM’s leadership and national Campaign to Redistribute The Pain 2018, spanning the entire year of 2018, were integral to the 2018 National Prison Strike. Since that first nationwide effort in 2016, FAM inspired at least 5 other inside-led national events.
30. 2012-2019. Assisted in filing over 250 excessive force, police brutality, ethics complaints, and Section 1983 civil class action lawsuits against ADOC officials.
31. 2014-2020. FAM’s advocacy and activism produced intensive media coverage that resulted in investigations, forced resignations, demotions and firings of at least one ADOC Commissioner (K. Thomas), Associate Commissioners G. Culliver and J. DeLoach), Wardens (Estes, Davenport, E. Evans, and others.
32. 2015-current. FAM’s advocacy and activism led ADOC to adopt policies requiring warden training and rotations. Results are negligible though due to a lack of accountability enforcement, although a few wardens have shown negative pattern behavior resulting in resignations or other forms of termination.
33. 2019. FAM’s hunger strikes exposed and led to the end of ADOC’s secretive and highly inhumane “bucket detail” and extortion schemes by officials at Limestone CF. FAM leaders caused the end of the 25+ year careers of Warden DeWayne Estes and Captain Patrick Robinson, and civil litigation.
34. 2015/2019. FAM jailhouse attorneys, who have filed pro se litigation on his behalf for years, uplifted the story of Willie “Fire Plug” Simmons on their WordPress blog. FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT’s network of activists and contacts who played a vital role in uncovering this story and facilitating Mr. Simmons’ access to press went uncredited when Mr. Simmons’ story exploded and went worldwide.
35. 2019. Launched #ParoleWatch2020 in response to the Charlie Graddick-led Bureau. FAM is the only organization in the State to conduct protests at the Bureau of Pardons and Paroles Headquarters. Graddick resigned effective November 31.
36. 2014-current. FAM’s influence over the course of 7 years has inspired the creation of or brought close collaboration with over 40 organizations, including Unheard Voices, Free Mississippi Movement, APSP, UHURU Movement, Free South Carolina Movement, Mississippi Southern Belles, Free Ohio Movement, FAM Queen Team, T.O.P.S., IWOC, JLS, United Black Family Scholarship Foundation, End Prison Slavery in Texas, Amend the 13th, Decarcerate Louisiana, NABPP, Faith In Action, The Plus Party, Be Frank 4 Justice, Abolish Slavery National Network, EPIC, Ida B. Wells, and many, many more.
37. 2020. Statewide host of August 22, 2020, National Day of Freedom and Justice events.
38. 2020. Co-Presenters for the Harvard Prison Divestment
39. 2020. Co-lead organizers for the October 26-30, 2020 Plus Party #FreeThe13th 5-Day Virtual Rally.
40. 2020. Host of the December 6, 2020, Abolish Slavery Alabama event, marking the 155 year anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment and the exception clause that allows slavery and involuntary Servitude to continue as punishment for crime.
41. 2021. On January 1, 2021, FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT is calling for a #30DayBlackout Boycott and Strike.
42. Our greatest accomplishment is the awareness, education and Spirit of Freedom that we were able to share with over 10,000 men in the ADOC; the tens of thousands of men and women behind cages, walls and fences in America who participated in the 2016 and 2018 nationwide strikes/boycotts/protests; and innumerable others we have impacted around the world. FAM’s banners have hung in four continents around the world, Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.
Special Thanks to the Ratcliff Family and the San Francisco Bay View Black Newspaper. As always, there are some people and organizations that rise above the rest and stand in such a way as to merit special consideration. For FAM, this honor goes to the Bay View and Mr. and Mrs. Ratcliff. We can’t even recount the many deeds or the many ways. All we can do is stand in awe, admiration, appreciate, respect and Love. ❤️
We are not done yet. . .
The price of Freedom comes at a great cost to Freedom Fighters behind the walls.
When will it end? When will Black people be allowed to live in this country in peace and free from any form of slavery? 400 years and there are still laws and constitutional amendments on record that people have been enslaved under. Over 1 million Black Families have a loved one in a prison. This shit is getting to a point where we are going to have to put morals to the side and go down and meet them on a savage level just to see our humanity respected. Slavery must end in this country. Those who profit off prisons must be held accountable. We can’t keep masking this shit in terms that deliberately evade addressing the problem.
We don’t know what the future holds for those who demand freedom, but we do know that the slave’s future will be whatever his master decrees by the whip or nightstick. Our Movement has to unite once again and we must take decisive action. These prisons are turning into mass graves. Don’t wait for death. Take steps to deliver death to the system.
All Power. Unite or Die.
During the holiday season something as simple as accepting a collect phone call may save a life. It is well documented that during holidays people in prison are more vulnerable to suicides, drug overdose, and other acts of self harm. We miss our families. We remember growing up in these moments and the feelings and experiences that we shared while surrounded by family.
Being separated and knowing that we are missing out on these interactions is depressing, and this depression is added onto an already toxic, hopeless and difficult situation. So if you a fortunate enough to receive a call from a loved one who is incarcerated, please take the call. Remind them that they are still loved and not forgotten, and take a picture or share something that lets them know that their place or spot is still reserved for them.
You never know, but that little gesture may save a little few.
Enjoy your holidays. Free Alabama Movement
By Kinetik Justice Amun
Who would invest in the incarceration of other people if only crime, punishment and correcting individuals was the purpose?
By most historical accounts, from the inception of dominating, controlling -incarcerating- enslaving people there has been a central theme to extract their labor or steal their resources.
Today is absolutely no different. There is so much talk about crime rates, rehabilitation programs, etc. But underneath all of the rhetorical statistics, the real dialogue is purely economical.
Prisons are “Cash Cows” and the Cows look just like you.
Stop evaluating the current crisis through the lens of Humanity, Justice, Right & Wrong, if you truly want to understand Mass Slavery /Incarceration.
Look at from a pure Economical perspective –
Try Chattel Slavery… From a Moral and Humanity perspective it was wrong, some even agreed that it was evil. However, from a strictly economical position, a Capitalist HEAVEN-FREE LABOR MEANS A LOT OF FREE MONEY
Chaos is brewing in ADOC as COVID-19 continues to spread and claim lives. Testing of some positive individuals at atleast two State prisons are being redone as the number of positive results continues to rise to crisis levels.
Also, it appears that the entire population at Bibb County CF has been tested. With additional testing, Bibb CF saw a spike in positive results. BIBB CF is one of the institutions where retesting is underway, while residents feel that ADOC is attempting to skew results. ADOC is not saying why testing is being redone.
ADOC’s medical contractors and healthcare professionals are also facing scrutiny. There are serious questions and widespread allegations being made about tampering and discarding testing kits. Meanwhile, no explanation is being provided as to why retesting is being done? Why the need for secrecy over the reason for retesting? Questions also remain about oversight regulations and audit processes regarding tests? There is much to unpack in Alabama DOC.
As infection rates and death tolls continue to mount while testing continues to lag behind, the call and need for more people to be released is growing louder. Alabama remains an outlier amongst other states who are already releasing people in an effort to save lives. With inhumane conditions and a lack of adequate cleaning supplies and PPEs already an intractable problem, COVID-19 remains a serious threat to everyone incarcerated in ADOC and the entire State of Alabama.
Re-post, originally posted by American Litigation Consultant, LLC
November 13, 2020
The new death penalty: COVID has now killed more US prisoners than capital punishment over last three decades.
I am sad to report that we have passed yet another milestone in COVID prisoner deaths, which prompts another one of my series of “new death penalty” posts. The Marshall Project continues the critical job of counting via this webpage of deaths from coronavirus reported among prisoners, and as of Thursday, November 12, this accounting had tabulated “at least 1412 deaths from coronavirus reported among prisoners.”
As I have said in other posts, this considerable and ever-growing number is sad and disconcerting on its own terms, but it is even more remarkable given that it now amounts to more than the total number of prisoner deaths resulting from carrying out formal death sentences in the United States for the entire period from 1990 to 2020. According to DPIC data, there were a total of 1406 executions from the start of 1990 through today.
Of course, as I have mentioned before, comparing capital punishment and COVID incarceration carnage is problematic in many ways. All persons executed in the US in recent times have been convicted of the most aggravated forms of murder. The vast majority of prisoners to die of COVID were not criminally responsible for a death (although, as noted here, some persons on California’s death row are part of the COVID prisoner death count). In a few older posts here and here, I noted that nearly half of the early reported deaths of federal prisoners involved individuals serving time for drug crimes.
Another problem with comparing capital punishment and COVID incarceration carnage relates to that correctional staff do not die from administering capital punishment, but many have died from COVID. The Marshall Project reports “at least 93 deaths from coronavirus reported among prison staff.” I am still pleasantly surprised that this too-big number is not even larger, but I will be ever troubled by the thought that all these COVID casualty numbers could have been lower if more aggressive depopulation efforts were taken to move the most vulnerable and least risky persons out of the super-spreader environment that prisons represent.
A few of many prior related posts:
The new death penalty: COVID has now killed as many US prisoners as has a quarter century of capital punishment (from October 2020)
The new death penalty: COVID has now killed more US prisoners in months than the US death penalty has in the last two decades (from August 2020)
The new death penalty: COVID has now killed more US prisoners in weeks than the US death penalty has in over a decade (from May 2020)
The new death penalty: COVID has now killed more than 500 US prisoners and prison staff according to UCLA Law data (from May 2020)
The new death penalty: COVID now a leading modern killer of California inmates on death row
From drug sentences to death sentences: documenting arbitrary and capricious drug war casualties
Memorializing more drug war casualties: updating the federal drug sentences that COVID-19 turned into death sentences.
While the BOP is doing its best to address this pandemic, Congress and the Senate need to do more to ensure that people convicted of victimless crimes like non-violent drug offenders need to be sent home where they can be monitored via GPS. This will reduce the prison population dramatically and save lives. We encourage everyone involved from inmates, to BOP staff members to write your representatives and place the foregoing facts before them. Stay Safe.
Come on out to our November fundraiser! Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, the Bay View National Black Newspaper and friends will be celebrating the history, people and culture of Bayview Hunters Point, featuring the beautiful people of the neighborhood partying, dancing, playing music and indulging in our amazing local restaurants. With words and…Bay View Fundraiser 2020
The need for social justice and the abuses that African Americans face in America’s criminal justice system is no longer capable of being ignored. Every day another innocent person is exonerated, the system is exposed, and the decades of life lost behind prison walls that cannot be returned are grieved. We’ve also learned from […]ALABAMA JUDGE MAKES UP THE LAW AS HE GOES: WHY JUSTICE IS SO DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN FOR BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA
One day after FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT calls for peace and unity in the Alabama prison system, several people were injured in incidents of violence. We continue to call for a Truce and an agreement amongst all Tribes and street organizations to work for peace and unity, over self-destruction. I cannot say it any plainer, we are killing each other, thereby killing ourselves.
FAM also wants to point out to everyone that some of those people who many of us consider as our allies in this bottomless pit, the very ones who like to condemn the violence that takes places in the prisons, especially those in the news media, have declined to highlight or publish this call to end violence. Ditto for the non-profits and others who are profiting off the slave empire.
Don’t be deceived my brothers and sisters. We have to be our own best advocates. The system of white supremacy and Black genocide work hand in hand, and those who make a living or profit from it will never collaborate with us to stop the slaughter. Nevertheless, we can do it ourselves ❗❗❗
Stop the Violence in the Alabama prisons and let’s save our communities.
THE VIOLENCE IN THE ALABAMA PRISON SYSTEM HAS TO STOP. WE GOTTA GET BACK TO LOVING OURSELVES, LOVING EACH OTHER, AND FIGHTING IN UNITY FOR OUR FREEDOM. WHEN WE WERE UNITED FROM 2013-2017, WE SUCCESSFULLY FORCED THE STATE TO RELEASE OVER 2000 PEOPLE. WHEN THEY REALIZED THAT WE HAD A MOVEMENT THAT WAS CAPABLE OF ENDING THEIR INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY, THEY SLAMMED US WITH DRUGS. THEIR DRUGS DECIMATED OUR FRAGILE STRUCTURE AND WIPED OUT OUR UNITY. THEY TURNED US AGAINST EACH OTHER AND ALLOWED US TO KILL EACH OTHER BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT OTHERWISE WE COULD NOT BE STOPPED FROM DESTROYING THEIR SYSTEM. WE GOTTA ACKNOWLEDGE THIS AND BOUNCE BACK. RECENTLY, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT BUILDING PEACE AND UNITY THROUGH A TRUCE. WE GOTTA STOP KILLING AND STABBING EACH OTHER AND START BACK FIGHTING THE SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION THAT ALLOWS US TO KILL EACH OTHER FOR THEIR BENEFIT. LET’S BUILD PEACE AND UNITY.
AS FOR OUR OUTSIDE SUPPORTERS, WHILE WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR, RIGHT NOW WE NEED FOR Y’ALL TO HELP US DELIVER A MESSAGE OF PEACE AND UNITY. CONDUCT VIGILS AND SHARE OUR DEMAND FOR PEACE AND UNITY. POST IT ON YOUR PAGE. SHARE IT IN YOUR STORY. TELL THE MEN AND WOMEN IN ADOC THAT YOU SUPPORT THE CALL FOR PEACE AND UNITY. AMPLIFY THIS MESSAGE AND ADD YOUR OWN. WE NEED HELP RIGHT NOW WITH THIS. WE CAN’T DEFEAT OUR ENEMY IF WE ARE KILLING OFF EACH OTHER ❗❗❗
PEACE AND UNITY IN ALL ALABAMA PRISONS.
STOP THE VIOLENCE
THE JUDGE AND THE LAWYER Gary McAliley To destroy Council’s last line of defense, Judge Gary McAliley appointed Dale Marsh, as lead attorney to defend Council against the Capital Murder charges. Upon being notified that he was appointed to represent Council, Dale Marsh brought to the attention of the Court that he had personally known […]THE FIXERS
JUSTICE FOR THE GADSDEN 6
October 23, 2020
A Short Introduction to The GADSDEN 6
Gadsden, Alabama. “Justice delayed is justice denied.” Over 32 years have passed since the early morning hours on March 24, 1988, when six Black youth from Huntsville, Alabama.,Fred Brown, Archie Hamlet, Roland Martin, Melvin Ray, Curtis Richardson and Steve Stewart, were arrested for a department store burglary in Gadsden, Alabama. The consequences of those arrests, the magnitude of the injustice, and what corrupt juvenile authorities did that day are only just now being discovered and understood:
Juvenile proceedings where no attorneys or parents are present. Motions filed and ruled on where no one was present except the judge and prosecutor. Transfers to adult court without hearings and, in the end, over 20 felony convictions, 170+ years combined sentences, over 30 combined years served, and the subsequent use of these illegal felony charges as sentence enhancers, resulting in over 70+ years of extra time served.
The wheels of injustice began to spin swiftly the moment the GADSDEN 6 were arrested and taken to the police precinct. Once there, detectives proceeded to interrogate us for several hours. At no point during the interrogations were our parents contacted, nor were we afforded attorneys. When the interrogations ended, the detectives charged us with over 30 combined counts of burglary and theft.
The chicanery did not end with the interrogations.
Later that same morning, all six of us were taken before juvenile court judge Robert E. Lewis, for what was supposed to be an initial appearance hearing. At the initial appearance hearing, we were expecting: a) inquiry into what we were being charged with, b) to be informed of our rights to an attorney and, c) to be advised that our parents would be notified and allowed to be present at all future hearings. But, this is not what occurred at all . . .
Instead, the supposed initial appearance hearing quickly turned into a detention hearing, where it was to be determined whether probable cause existed for any or all 30+ charges. Proceeding in this manner guaranteed that, by the time our families or attorneys got involved, the decision justifying our detention would already be made.
There was, however, a major problem with this impromptu “detention hearing”. There was no legal counsel present on our behalf to examine the probably cause claim and evidence rendered. To remedy this problem, certified court records show that the adults in the courtroom, the judge, police detectives, and prosecutor, came up with their own unique solution: someone “stipulated” to probable cause — meaning that they (the police and prosecutor) conceded the children’s guilt — to ALL 30 charges on behalf of all six children. The act of stipulating on our behalf is illegal, and beyond dispute.
On April 6, two weeks after the stipulation, the same certified court records show that Judge Lewis decided to appoint attorneys. By then, cause for our continued confinement had already been decided. We were simply awaiting our ultimate fate.
April 27, 1988, 34 days later. . .
On April 27, 1988, the matter of the GADSDEN 6 would come to a close in juvenile court. The prosecutor filed a motion to transfer all six of us to adult court, and Judge Robert E. Lewis granted it that same day. Again, though, no attorneys or parents were present when the transfer motion was granted. In fact, no one was even notified that the motion to transfer was filed and had been granted until the next day.
ADULT COURT PROCEEDINGS
Once in adult court, the GADSDEN 6 all received guilty pleas. We were told we could either plead guilty and be sentenced to 10 years, split to time served, or we could risk being taken to trial on each count one at a time, where we could end up with life sentences. Weighing these options, we were all forced to plead guilty. In total, we received approximately 20 adult convictions, over 170 total years, and have suffered a lifetime of collateral consequences as a result of these felony convictions. What we are learning now, however, is that the GADSDEN 6 were never legally transferred to adult court as authorized by law; that jurisdiction over our cases remained in juvenile court; and that all of our adult felony convictions are illegal and void.
2020. Thirty-two years later
The Etowah County juvenile records depict a picture fraught with unethical and criminal misconduct. We now know that the process whereby the “detention hearing” was instituted is unprecedented; we also know that the probable cause “stipulation” entered on that fateful first day in court was illegal and amounts to judicial and prosecutorial misconduct; and, we now know that the supposed “transfer order” to adult court, issued without a hearing, was not done in a manner authorized by Alabama law. It was all a fraud. All a sham. All amounting to an untenable miscarriage of justice.
EFFORTS TO UNDO THIS INJUSTICE BEING MET WITH RESISTANCE
Efforts to undo this injustice have proven difficult. In May 2015, Etowah County Judge and former prosecutor William B. Ogletree, denied a petition for relief seeking to undo and correct Judge Lewis’s order. In denying justice, Judge Ogletree put forth a ruling that basically attempts to rewrite Alabama law.
Judge Ogletree cited Title 12-15-203 (i), Code of Ala. 1975, for the proposition that he was refusing to reverse these illegal convictions on the ground that one member of the Gadsden 6 had been “previously certified” in another juvenile case.
Yet, this statute clearly states that a child must have an adult “conviction or adjudication as a youthful offender” before they can be transferred to adult court without hearings, without attorneys, and without due process. Not a single one of the Gadsden 6 had ever been convicted or adjudicated as a youthful offender in 1988. In fact, at least four (4) members of the GADSDEN 6 had not even been “previously certified” on April 27, 1988, yet they too were transferred without hearings, without attorneys, and without notice to their parents. These irrefutable facts prove that the officials in Etowah County know that what they did was wrong and that they have no intentions of providing justice to the GADSDEN 6
Sign the Petition https://www.change.org/p/kay-ivey-justice-for-gadsden-6/dashboard
I know it’s the trendy term (Mass incarceration) but, in addition to understanding when this term appeared, you must understand two things about that misnomer.
Mass incarceration did not exist as a description for the warehousing of bodies through prisons prior to 2010 and the publication of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Between the launch of twitter in 2007 and 2009, there were only 4 mentions of mass incarceration.
Literally, it didn’t exist before that.
You need to know:
1- Mass incarceration is a misnomer that does not point out the racial and class aspects of the largest prison population to ever exist on planet earth. It implies that this phenomenon is applied equally across national demographics. A burden shared by all citizens. If that were true there would be over 5 million more “white” people in prisons right now.
In reality, this is a textbook example of the fallacy of the average.
2- Mass incarceration is not a crime. There are no laws against mass incarceration. THERE ARE LAWS against slavery. Slavery can be abolished.
It’s true that Michelle Alexander advanced the understanding of our for-profit and race/class based criminal injustice system. What she didn’t do was label it correctly or offer the proper solution to the problem.
The answer to legalized slavery is not reform. It’s abolition.
You can not FIX, REFORM, or REPAIR a crime against humanity. And that is exactly what we are dealing with. A crime against humanity called slavery. The same slavery we’ve always dealt with.
The differences between antebellum chattel slavery and modern 13TH amendment slavery is that A- You are not born a slave but you can certainly become a slave at any moment. Especially if you live in high crime, high poverty conditions. B- Today’s slaves are not owned by individuals. They are owned and operated by the state or private prisons and their shareholders.
Get your language right and your mind will follow.
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#FreeThe13th is part of a national effort of activists and organizers from behind the confines of prison walls, to the community, committed to ending slavery and prison profiteering. Over the course of 4 days, speakers will examine the dynamics of slavery, review the implementation of processes to keep slavery active, and discuss next steps required to truly abolish slavery in America.
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“When the public is told that prisons are overcrowded, the prisoncrats package these reports in a way that has the public thinking that the problem is nothing more than inadequate space to store our property neatly into our locker boxes or that we don’t have the space of a five star hotel. This is all deliberate misinformation and deceitful propaganda.
Without proper visuals to go with the content being disseminated, society don’t realize that, in actuality, we are stacked on top of each other in the same way that our African Ancestors were packed inside of slave ships. These slave plantation-like conditions are producing catastrophic results in environments that are unimaginable in a supposed civilized country. However, these images are hard to come by. The administrators know this and they work to keep it that way. That’s why cameras, reporters, and filming crews are banned inside of prisons, except for the “dog and pony” shows that showcase the few “public consumption” areas of a prison.
Removing the veil of secrecy is a task that those of us on the inside must play a vital role in. If the media won’t come to the mountain, then we must bring the mountain to the media. In other words, we have to continue with the process that we have already started, which is to create our own media. Taking these cellphones that we have at our disposal and using them to expose the system is one of the fundamental principles of Free Alabama Movement. Indeed, no one else can do this but Us. No one else is responsible for this task but Us. Without exposing the system for what it truly is, we are DEAD.
Last year, the commissioner for the Alabama Department of Corrections was forced to admit in a news interview that the infrastructure for the Alabama prison system was not designed to rehabilitate, but to warehouse human bodies.
Alabama Has the Deadliest Prisons in the Country: It Says It’s Looking for Reforms, by Arian Campo-Flores, Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2019:
“Our infrastructure was not designed to rehabilitate. It was designed to warehouse,” said Jefferson Dunn, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Commissioner Dunn says that work is being done to correct these issues. The problem though is that Commissioner Dunn has been on the job for over 5 years now, and human warehousing has been going on in Alabama long before he arrived and throughout his tenure. The same problems and constitutional issues there are being reported on about the Alabama prison system today, are the same as those that were being said about the Alabama prisons in the 1870’s, 1920’s, 1970’s, and now in 2020.
Commissioner Dunn is only speaking now because we have placed these issues into the public sphere of conversation to a degree that he can’t avoid. Human warehousing and all of the evils that are attendant to it remain a part of the Southern culture and way of life, as they have been since Black people were first enslaved in the Heart of Dixie. Prison slavery or public/State ownership and control of the institution of slavery, the successor to the private ownership industry of slavery, won’t end until we end it.
Exposing its existence and disabusing the lies that conceal it are a big part of that process.
When we did our own filming from the inside by cellphones and leaked this information out in wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, especially in Alabama and California, our videos were featured on HBO/Vice News, ABC News with George Stephonopolous, the Tamron Hall show, and a special report by Gail King ABC This Morning. This shows that when the public actually sees the reality of what the insides look like, they will respond to it.
Predictably, the government responded in retaliation. But their reactionary attacks proves the point that they want the truth hidden; therefore, we should go even harder in our efforts to expose them. What we need to do next is to organize something like a National Prison Slavery Exposure Event where we just unleash thousands and thousands of videos, pictures, and testimonies, all at one time, and all across social media for the world to see. In other words, we have to meet the challenge in such a way that the system can’t simply react with their typical forms of retaliation, but instead, they have to bow down to the truth. (More on this later) “
More to come . . .
WHEN CHILDREN ARE EXPLOITED BY THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN ALABAMA
Thirty-one years ago on March 24, 1988, six Black children, all under the age of 17, Fred Brown, Archie Hamlet, Roland Martin, Melvin Ray, Curtis Richardson and Steve Stewart, were arrested by Gadsden police in the early morning hours around 1:00 am, for a department store burglary. After their arrest, these six children were taken to the police station for a three-hours long interrogation. The children were not represented by attorneys and their parents were not present during this interrogation.
The interrogators were an all-white group of 4 to 6 detectives. When the interrogation was completed around 4:00 am, these children were charged with over 30 felony offenses involving several unsolved burglaries in Gadsden.
Just a few hours after this early-morning interrogation ended, police and the district attorney’s office then marched these children into court for an initial appearance hearing that quickly turned into a full fledged probable cause detention hearing. None of the children were represented in court by an attorney, and none of their parents were present. It was just the judge, police, and the D.A.
At the hastily erected probable cause detention hearing, which was orchestrated by the juvenile court judge, the DA and police, the judge allowed the D.A. to stipulate to probable cause in behalf of all six children to ALL 30-plus charges pending against them. This illegal probable cause stipulation would then be used to justify continued detention of these children and removal from their homes, parents and siblings.
As the above court record shows, attorneys were not appointed until April 6, 1988, two full weeks after the arrest and “probable cause” stipulation were made. Meanwhile, the Gadsden 6 remained in detention for over a month, until April 27, 1988, when the juvenile court judge granted the prosecutor’s motion to transfer these children to adult court. The juvenile court judge granted the prosecutor’s motion to transfer on the same day that it was filed, without conducting a transfer hearing or even notifying anyone that the motion had been filed.
None of the children were present when this motion was heard, no one was served notice of the prosecutor’s motion, the children did not have legal representation to review the motion or present evidence in their behalf, and none of their parents were present when the motion was heard or granted. Injustice was administered behind closed doors when no one was looking. . .
ON TO ADULT COURT . . .
Once in adult court, the Gadsden 6 were given an ultimatum: plead guilty to all charges and go home that day with sentences of time served and probation, or take a chance on trial and spend the next decade of their lives in prison. The authorities in Gadsden saddled these young black children with over 20 adult felony convictions that would follow them for the rest of their lives, and through a process that guaranteed injustice, as no one was present during the juvenile proceedings to protect the constitutional rights of these children or the parental rights of their parents.
These illegally prior felony convictions have been used in subsequent adult proceedings to enhance many of the Gadsden 6’s sentences under Alabama’s draconian habitual felony offender law, resulting in an additional 50-plus years of illegal time being served, including two instances where life without parole was illegally imposed.
Join the Gadsden 6’s demand for justice !!!
All proceedings and convictions be declared null and void and removed from their records.
All records in juvenile and adult court be expunged.
Compensation and acknowledgement of the wrongful nature of the proceedings used against them, including full legal pardons.
Sign our petition to the Alabama Legislature and the Alabama courts to rectify this injustice put upon the Gadsden 6 by the Gadsden Police Department, the Gadsden DA, and the Juvenile & Adult Divisions of the Circuit Court of Etowah County, Alabama.
Follow the GADSDEN 6 on Facebook @ Justice For The Gadsden 6..
(July 29, 2019 court hearing in Montgomery, Al)
On March 24, 1988, six Black children were arrested around 1:00 am, and charged as juvenile deliquents in Gadsden, Ala. for allegedly attempting to break into a department store.
These children were taken to the police station and interrogated for appx. 4 hours by a group of appx. 4 to 6 white police officers. At no point during this interrogation were their parents contacted. There were no attorneys present. When interrogation ended several hours later, the Gadsden 6 were charged with over 30 felony charges for burglary and theft.
A few hours later that same morning of March 24, 1988, the GADSDEN 6 were taken to an initial appearance hearing that suddenly turned into a detention hearing. The GADSDEN 6 was still without parent or attorneys.
At the detention hearing, the GADSDEN 6 were surrounded by appx. 6 white police officers, two white juvenile officers, and a white prosecutor. The record shows that probable cause was stipultaed to on all 30 charges.
Probable cause means that there is reasonable to believe that a crime has been committed and that the defendant committed it. This fact was stipultaed to on all 30 charges.
But STIPULTAED to by who??
The GADSDEN 6 were all children. None of them had attorneys and none of their parents were present. There were only 6 Black children and appx 10 white men present. Who stipulated for the GADSDEN 6 to 30 felony charges on the same day of their arrest ? Children cannot stipulate to anything without counsel and / or their parents present.
The record shows that an attorney was not appointed up April 6, 1988, two weeks AFTER the stipulation was entered.
These cases were subsequently transferred to adult court without a hearing, where the GADSDEN 6 were convicted of adikt charges At least 3 GADSDEN 6 members suffered 4 or more convictions each, rendering all of them eligible for treatment as a habitual offender and subject to a sentence of life or life without parole if they ever charged with another felony offense.
All of the convictions imposed against the GADSDEN 6 are illegal because they were not represented by counsel or parents at all critical.
Join the call for Justice for the GADSDEN 6.
a) Full Pardons
b) Expungement of all records
FACTS OR FICTION
A 30-year-old white, National Guardsman trying to earn some extra money by selling his new rifle, was the picture painted by the prosecutor to portray Ronald Henderson.
A 20-year-old black, drug dealing, gang leader, who orchestrated the robbery and intentional murder of Ronald Henderson, was the picture painted of Robert Earl Council.
From the testimonies of several witnesses, toxicologist reports and other documentary evidence, the facts are clear and speak volumes to the events which ultimately resulted in the tragic death of Ronald Henderson and Robert Earl Council’s sentence to die in a cage.
Prior to the sham, the State of Alabama vs. Robert Earl Council, investigators and prosecutors knew that a robbery in the 1st degree never occurred. They also knew that Council was not present during the alleged theft by deception. Furthermore, the theft was neither committed by force nor by threat or representation of any force. Toxicology reports prove that Henderson being intoxicated as well as under the influence of crack cocaine, were the result of Henderson dropping the rifle while trying to demonstrate its mechanics. Thus, Marcus Neal caught the riffle, gave it to Willie Adams, who then ran out of the house with the riffle. This sequence of events does not meet any form of the definition of Robbery.
Prosecutors and Investigators knew that after Henderson lost his rifle in Dale Green’s house, and watching Willie Adams and Marcus Neal run towards Larry Brooks house, he drove off in a mad rage while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. After circling the block, he saw Brooks car pass through the upcoming intersection, then commenced to chase the car. He, eventually caught up to Brooks car, then forced it off the road.
Prosecutors and Investigators also knew that the death of Ronald Henderson was caused in a last minute effort to prevent him from causing intentional, physical injury to Robert Earl Council and the other passengers in the car. They knew these facts, but yet they completely disregarded what they knew and created a flimsy conspiracy theory, which conflicted with the evidence.
This act elevated a self-defense shooting to a Capital Murder charge- the highest criminal offense in the Alabama Criminal Code.
In spite of the facts surrounding the threat to Robert Earl Council’s life by Ronald Henderson, the Prosecutors Office manipulated testimony, destroyed eye witness accounts of the shooting and manipulated the judicial process in order to give Robert Earl Council a death sentence for the death of Ronald Henderson.
1) Organize prison shutdowns at prisons with major economic industries (tag plants, fleet services, food distribution centers, agriculture, etc.)
Remember, we are working against a half trillion dollar system that is controlled by businessmen and women who are the modern-day slave profiteers. And just like any business, their focus is on the bottom line. From this viewpoint, we must organize work stoppages at prisons with economic industries that are operated by slave labor. The impact of a work stoppage is immediate and significant, as production is shutdown and profit margins plummet around the country.
Believe me, if you want to have commissioners, politicians and the like hunting you down, organize a strike. You won’t have to call them, because they will call you. Prison industry is more than just license plates. Now it includes military, food, clothes, mining, recycling, call centers, car parts, cleaning supplies, printing, and so much more.
And when we organize, we have to demand that real “reforms” take place that will afford everyone an opportunity to earn our freedom, NOT JUST EARN A CHECK FOR OUR LABOR, and that fundamental changes be made throughout the system.
Experience has shown us at FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT that this approach is more effective than hunger strikes, marching and writing letters combined, as those strategies will only bring publicity, lip service and some changes, while work stoppages shut down the entire economic system and gets directly into their pockets, which brings the movers and shakers to the prison for negotiations.
WE MUST LET THE CROPS ROT IN THE FIELD IF WE AREN’T RECEIVING BENEFIT OF THE HARVEST
LET THE CROPS ROT IN THE FIELD is a proven strategy that was passed down to us from our Ancestors from the slave plantations that was used to disrupt the economics of the field. The harvest of the planter season was reaped when the crops were picked from the field and sold on the open market. When the slave master had invested all that he owned into his next crop (prison factories), the slaves would wait until just before the harvest and rebel against the slave system by ‘going on strike’ and causing the crops to rot in the field. This tactic would completely ruin the slave master’s investment.
While these crops were rotting in the field, the slave master would come down from the big house, make nice and beg the slaves to go back to work
But when that didn’t work, the slave master, just like the modern prison commissioners and wardens, would then result to threats and violence. But those determined for their freedom would resist and fight to the end.
In the end, when the crops were left to rot in the field, the slave master would sometimes lose his plantation if he had used it as collateral to secure a loan from the bank to plant. This is what happens to a prison system that is built upon the exploitation and free labor of the people incarcerated: when the laborers stop working, the free labor prison system collapses because there isn’t any revenue coming in to finance the system of 30,000 people in Alabama, 23,000 in Mississippi, 160,000 in California, or 2.5 million nationwide, who still must be fed, still must be provided medical care, still must had lights, water and basic hygiene.
These obligations and costs don’t stop, but the means to pay for them — the revenue that is produced by our labor — stops when we stop.
In 2014, Alabama has a 400 million dollar budget to run its prisons, which is paid by the sale of the products and services that are manufactured by the slave labor from the people incarcerated.
All told, Alabama is making anywhere from 2 to 3 billion dollars each year from our labor, fines, fees, canteen, phone calls, etc. while over $500,000,000,000 dollars is made nationwide off of prison slave labor.
If we are to end Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery, which only those caught up in the slave system can do, then we must Unify nationwide from inside of these prisons and we must stop our labor and LET THE CROPS ROT IN THE FIELD.
Re-post, by Max Prathas, Abolition Today.org
I often think to myself…
“A bunch of folks talmbout what they would have done if they were alive in the antebellum slavery period are straight up FOS. Full of it.”
You’re alive right now while slavery is legal and in practice. While a dozen states and growing are in the process of abolishing slavery through their constitutions. While the most racist president in modern history is demonizing and criminalizing entire groups based on race and class. While the largest caged population to ever exist on earth grows larger.
While they hunt and kill us in the streets. Brutalize us behind bars. Sell us like cattle through prison stocks and jail bonds.
I know you wouldn’t have done anything then because all you’re doing now is turning a blind eye and practicing willful ignorance.
This message isn’t for those who do, it’s for those who don’t and won’t. I see you. Punk ass. If you were around in 1860 you might be conspiring to get that Tubman bounty money.
CLEARING UP CONFUSION AND MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE SENTENCING COMMISSION AND WHAT IS NOT ABOUT TO HAPPEN ON OCTOBER 1, 2020.
Dear Black Man,
Please know that if you haven’t done anything exceptional or monumental like a shutdowns, i. e., a work strike, boycott and significant protest, then you are not getting freedom.
The posts about the sentencing commission makes two points very clear that we can’t just overlook or ignore:
1) Thr standards only go into effect if approved during the 2020 Legislative Session.
They were NOT approved !!!
This is why Free Alabama Movement starting protesting at the Parole Bureau on June 23, 24 and 25. Parole remained the only path to freedom for many, but Charlie Graddick had virtually stopped all paroles.
2) Just this week, Free Alabama Movement posted again that the sentencing standards must be made retroactive in order to help those who have already been in the system. The information circulating around social media clearly states that the law will apply only to offender “on or after” the effective date.
In other words, if you are already in prison, this law doesn’t apply to you.
Why do y’all think FAM is calling for another Protest on September 29?
Answer: Paroles continue to be denied at historic rates.
Until we do something to make them a) approve the standards and b) make them retroactive, this stuff won’t help ANYONE already incarcerated.
In the song the words go “don’t save her, she don’t wanna be saved.” Family, we are not going to be saved. As the Nation of Gods and Earths say, we gotta Self Save.
WE GOTTA SHUT DOWN !!! Okay ! Keep thinking that the system that is oppressing you is going to save you. Why do y’all think the DOJ is publicly expressing that they are not satisfied with Alabama’s response? Ain’t nobody going anywhere. Just keep thinking you don’t have to support these protests and calls for a shutdown. You will see. . .
There is a lot of conversation about Alabama’s habitual offender law going on these days, but the more these conversations play out, the more apparent it becomes that the current solutions aren’t capable of solving a problem of this magnitude. Simply stated and true to its “street name,” this law is a bitch.
One of the problems that individuals sentenced under this law have with current conversations is the “violent v. non-violent” dichotomy. But not for the reasons they one might think. For example, one recent report went to great lengths to distinguish between those who are sentenced as habitual offenders but who “never hurt anyone.” This myopic view misses several important points. Here are a few:
1. Some people who have caused injury and were sentenced as a violence offender are “first-time violent offenders.” Meaning, they don’t have any prior felony offense or history of violence where they have ever hurt anyone.
2. Some people who were sentenced as a habitual offender for a violent offense where there was physical injury are first-time violent offenders have already served 20, 30, 40 , 50 years or more in prison. That’s enough time. But if the “violent v. non-violent” debate rages on, these individuals will be left to die in prison, regardless of their circumstance. Basically, we have so-called advocates and other professionals calling for the genocide of these people in the most inhumane prison system in America.
3. Alabama judges and prosecutors have used this habitual offender law in a racially discriminatory manner. Seventy-three percent of all people who received a sentence of Life Without Parole under this law are Black. Why would anyone try to defend a law that has been used to oppress Black people on a fictitious “violent v. non-violent” ground when that’s not the only basis that this was enforced on? We can’t gloss over or try to justify systemic racism. If the empirical data shows that this law has been applied in a racially discriminatory manner, then the law should be abolished or repealed. Clearly, the “bitch” law has done more harm than good.
4. Most of the crimes used as enhancers are property offenses, drug offenses, or other crimes without physical injury or a weapon involved. Others are years and decades old, many derived from out-of-state, while others are simply inconsequential crimes like credit card and check fraud. We also know that these laws were passed in the “war on drugs” era at a time when police and prosecutors were incentivized to target Black communities.
When people try to debate these laws and frame the discussion along the lines of “violent v. non-violent”, we should be alerted to the fact that these talking heads are attempting to justify systemic racism. These people are complicit in maintaining systemic and institutional racism. If you are paying attention, you’ve probably already noted that EVERY single platform in Alabama where you hear these conversations, they are either being lead by white people or its a white-only monologue just like the 1994 Crime Bill signing ceremony.
We are fighting against a system that has many interlocking parts. Some who you might think of as an ally is probably sent by those you know as your enemy. The habitual offender law needs to be abolished or repealed in its entirety. If you aren’t hearing that, then you are listening to an enemy not a friend.
FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT
In 2014, inmates across three Alabama prisons, organized by a prison group called the Free Alabama Movement, participated in work stoppages for over 3 weeks to protest deplorable conditions behind bars and to call for an end to mass incarceration and prison slavery.
The Free Alabama Movement expanded its efforts outside of Alabama in 2016 to organize the largest prisoner collective action protest in U.S. history: a nationwide prison strike involving more than 24,000 inmates. Although they did not issue a “single, unified list of demands,” the 2016 prison strikers generally protested for “fair pay for their work, humane living conditions, and better access to education and rehabilitation programs.”
While largely unsuccessful in effectuating major changes to the American prison system, the 2016 prison strike and the prison strikes of the past decade have raised the salience of prisoner collective action efforts on the national level.
For the first time, prisoners are collectively making their voices loudly heard across the country — injecting their viewpoints and demands into our national debates on mass incarceration, forced labor, and other injustices of our carceral state.
By Elisha Macon
When my wife told me that she had watched the documentary the 13th. She now better understand why I am still INCARCERATED in SIDE of ADOC. She now sees that IT’S not the crime that they say that I committed that has me INCARCERATED all these decades. And thousands of more men are in slavery,along with me. Yes, slavery people such as well as myself are TRAPPED into slavery through the courts systems, along with other agencies. HOUSING us worse than ANIMALS and working us SLAVES for nothing, while these different agency’s make billions of dollars off the backs of the SLAVES and our families who dare to stand by our sides and support us. These agencies are so corrupt that they even charge us SLAVES for medical treatments. They charge us SLAVES for disciplinaries. The very same items that our loved ONES use to have the privilege of sending us, we now must buy them from the agency. They have entrapped us into slavery with the new laws that our so called legislatures are passing TARGETING the black men of America. LOCKING us up for long periods of time. So many people are blind to these facts. Please I not only urge you to watch the documentary the 13th but I also beg you to. please don’t take my word for this and watch it for yourself please. Even if you don’t know anyone in prison, I promise you that someone who you love and care about is subject to fall victim to this SLAVES trade that is still operating strongly through the United State court systems. If you care anything about the future of our CHILDREN, PLEASE STAND with me and the OTHERS who are making the necessary sacrifices to change the way that we are being Mistreated and enslaved behind these plantation walls. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
In the midst of the George Floyd protests for racial and social justice and a call for the end of police summary executions and murders of innocence, unarmed Black men and women with impunity, many people around the world were shocked when a Democratic prosecutor in Utah charged Black Lives Matter protestors under gang enhancement charges that carried a possible life sentence in prison for merely splashing paint across the steps and part of the street in front of the DA’s with red paint.
“George Floyd: US protesters charged as ‘gang’ face life sentence – BBC News” https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-53698048
While these excessive ‘gang’ charges drew condemnation far and wide, this incident exposed a practice that many Black men know all too well, especially here in Alabama. But, unlike the prosecutor in Utah, who acknowledged that he doubts that anyone will spend even a day in jail for these charges that carry a life sentence, Black men in Alabama have not been so lucky.
In fact, hundreds of Black men in Alabama have been charged with gang-related capital murder offenses that carry the death penalty or life without parole. Although no one has ever received the death penalty under these statutes, hundreds are çurrently serving life without parole sentences after being prosecuted under these gang laws even though none of them were ever charged with actually being in any gang. Many others were originally overcharged with capital offense but ultimately had their charges reduced in plea deals.
HISTORY OF ALABAMA’S GANG LAWS
In 1992, the Alabama Legislature convened to address what was the considered to be a public outcry against gang violence. Among the issues of concern were “drive-by” shooting, where vehicles were being weaponized to carry out gang murders. These gang killings were also taking the lives of innocent children who were outside playing in their yards, or sitting inside their homes when these drive-by shootings were being carried out. In response, the Alabama Legislature added four new capital murder crimes to the Alabama criminal code that were now punishable by death or LWOP:
Over time and after years of these laws being on the books, we have learned that these laws have not been applied as intended. We’ve also learned that the uneven and disparate application of these laws have been applied almost exclusively to young Black men. The facts are undeniable. Alabama prosecutors are intentionally and systematically using gang laws to overcharge, wrongfully convict, and over sentence young Black men for capital murder where the only aggravating factor used to enhance their charges is the fact that they are Black. Excepting a few isolated instances, white people who commit the exact same crimes are not charges with capital murder.
SHIRLEY HENSON: Road Rage and Black Rage
Every fire has a spark.
The case that sparked the fire leading to the discovery of the racial discrimination in how these laws were being used was the road rage case involving a middle-class white woman named Shirley Henson. Ms. Henson was driving down an Alabama interstate when she got into an altercation with another driver over tailgating. When the driver of the other vehicle got out of her car to confront Ms. Henson, Ms. Henson retrieved her gun and shot through her window striking the woman in the face, killing her.
As shown above, under Alabama law, when a person inside a vehicle fires a weapon outside that vehicle and kills someone this is capital murder:
(18) Murder committed by or through the use of a deadly weapon fired or otherwise used within or from a vehicle.
Indeed, firing a weapon from inside a vehicle and killing someone outside that vehicle is exactly how a drive-by shooting is committed. But, Ms. Henson was not charged with a capital offense. Instead, she was charged with reckless murder.
This lesser charge was a revelation to Black men in Alabama because they, unlike Ms. Henson, were told that there crimes were capital based on the factual predicate that a weapon was fired from inside a vehicle that killed someone outside the vehicle or vice versa. This was a fact that, according to their prosecutors and defense attorneys, automatically rendered their cases capital.
Yet, here it was playing out on news stations all around the State that when a white women committed the exact same crime, with the exact same facts, she was not charged with a capital offense. Ultimately, Ms. Henson was famously convicted of road rage and spent appx. 10 years in prison before being released.
Young Black men, however, were receiving life without parole sentences, left to die in the Alabama prison system for the exact same offense.
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 575
While Shirley Henson, a middle classes white woman received the benefit of white privilege in the Alabama judicial system, Phillip Fondren, a young white male did not. Phillip Fondren was charged with capital murder after killing a man (Fondren claimed self-defense) in a domestic situation after an argument with his wife’s ex-boyfriend. A single gunshot was fired from Fondren’s vehicle:
After his conviction, Phillip’s mother, understanding the injustice done to her son, became a vocal activist, refusing to accept as fact that her son would spend the rest of his life in prison simply because he was charged under a statute that defined the crime and length of punishment based solely on the location of the parties when the crime occured. In order words, if Phillip had stepped outside of his truck and he and the victim were both standing in the driveway when the same fatal shot was fired, he would not have been subject to a capital offense or life without parole.
Phillip’s case and many others highlight the fact that gang affiliation and using the vehicle as an instrument of the crime (drive-by) are the elements that the Alabama Legislature intended to punish. These were the aggravating factors that enhanced the punishment. When those aggravating elements are absent, then what prosecutors are supposed to be punishing is a murder case.
Avoiding absurd results like this is the very reason why gang relation was a critical aspect of the original legislation. If there was no gang involvement or the vehicle was not being used to carry out the crime then there was no aggravating facts that would justify enhancing the charge to capital murder instead of regular murder.
This injustice compelled Ms. Fondren to start writing articles, reaching out to legislatures and taking other proactive actions, all of which ultimately lead to her understanding that her son had been charged under a gang-related statute even though his crime was not gang-related and he was not in a gang.
Her efforts lead the Alabama Legislature to passed a House Joint Resolution 575, which was signed by the Governor, all stating that the gang statute was being misapplied in Alabama inconsistent with their intent in passing the law in the first place.
“Legislative Acts | Alabama Secretary of State” http://arc-sos.state.al.us/cgi/actdetail.mbr/detail?page=act&year=2006&act=642
PHYRRIC VICTORY AFTER THE JUDICIAL BRANCH GETS INVOLVED
The success of Ms. Fondren’s campaign was short-lived. After receiving the Resolution, the next step was to file a writ bringing Phillip’s case back to his court of conviction for sentencing relief. The court, however, refused to grant relief, contending that the Resolution did not have the effect of law. As such, all relief was denied.
Challenges to the Resolution went all the way to the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Judicial Circuit, all to no avail. The United States Supreme Court denied certiorari review and any hope for obtaining relief based on the House Joint Resolution were dashed.
According to the judiciary the problem resided in the fact that the Alabama Legislature omitted certain language from the Bill that was voted on after it was enacted into Law, and the House Joint Resolution cannot be used as an amendment to supply that language.
See, the original Bill submitted to committee and voted on by both houses states specifically that the Bill was intended to punish gang-related drive-by activity. This language is also in the minutes of the debates and conversation about the Bill. But once the Bill was enacted into law, the “gang-related” language, somehow and for whatever reason was excluded. As a result of this snafu, hundreds of people have been wrongfully convicted and no one has been able to obtain relief. This is a travesty of justice.
OTHER CASES INVOLVING WHITE DEFENDANTS TREATED DIFFERENTLY AND MORE FAVORABLE THAN THOSE INVOLVING YOUNG BLACK MEN
Over the years, countless other instances of cases have surfaced involving facts where the defendants were treated differently based on the color of skin. In one the more egregious instances of white privilege, a white man named Steven Bedgood in Georgetown, Alabama, arrived home and noticed a truck leaving the direction of his residence. Upon realization that the truck was being driven by a burglar leaving his home, Mr. Bedgood retrieved a high-powered rifle and shot over 1/8 a mile down the road, striking the assumed burglar in the head, killing him instantly.
Under Alabama’s gang statute, this killing of another person inside a vehicle by shots fired from outside the vehicle is capital murder :
(17) Murder committed by or through the use of a deadly weapon while the victim is in a vehicle.
Unlike hundreds of young Black men before him, however, Mr. Bedgood was charged with manslaughter, a class C felony. Ultimately, Mr. Bedgood was convicted of the lesser included offense of criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor, and received 6 months suspended sentence, while each of the Black men mentioned above received life or life without parole. Absent intervention or change in the law, each of them will die in prison, while Mr. Bedgood never served a day in prison.
Oeatha Archie III, Brandon Johnson, Antwaun Phillips, and Jeremy Cattage are just a few of the young Black men who were charged with capital murder pursuant subsection (17), a circumstance where the victim was killed inside a vehicle by a gushot fired from outside that vehicle. Well-known activist and civil rights leader Pastor Kenneth Sharpron Glasgow and his codefendant are two Black men who are currently facing capital murder charges under this racially discriminatory law for a non-gang related offense where the vehicle was not used as a weapon to carry out the crime.
These Black men were all charged with capital murder and sentenced to Life or Life Without Parole even though they were not accused of being gang members or of committing a gang-related killing. The enhancement element in each of their cases was the the fact that they are Black.
Systemic racism and abuse at the hands of law enforcement takes on many forms, resulting in death by different means. While George Floyd met his death in the street, those who protested his death were charged under gang statutes that carry death-inducing life sentences. Prosecutors who routinely overcharge Black defendants are no less guilty that the officers who murdered George Floyd. The manner of death does not remove the certainty of it.
In Alabama, Black men are sentenced to death by incarceration for committing acts that when committed by white people sometimes doesn’t even result in a single day spent in jail. This need to change. The House Joint Resolution makes clear that their intent was to punish ONLY gang-related drive-by killings and/or those killings that uses a vehicle as an instrument of the crime, as a capital offense. Being Black is not a symbol for gang involvement, and being Black should no longer be countenanced as being an element of a crime. Prosecutors should not be allowed to punish Blackness; those who are currently charged or have already been wrongfully convicted as such deserve justice now.
FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT
By Brother Mika’il, a servant to the people and voice for freedom and justice.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
We had a brother, Tommy James Rogers, AIS 246679, go up for parole the other day with a 16 year clear record and multiple program completions, not to mention Mr. Rodgers is a first-offender who has never been in trouble before in his life or since. Nevertheless, his efforts to regain his freedom were denied by the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.
Mr. Rodgers has shown the upmost remorse for his crime and it shows in his actions. After first graduating himself, Mr. Rodgers went on to serve as an intern for eight (8) years in one of the most dangerous program’s in the Alabama prison system, the TC program at St. Clair CF. Mr. Rodgers further served for eight (8) years as a Facilitator for the Long Distance Dads program, in addition to completing many other programs over the years of his incarceration. (See below)
Mr. Rodgers has also worked as a trustee in the store, kitchen stock room, and on the truck crew for a combined 8 years, all while leading by example and helping others learn from their mistakes as well. Mr. Rodgers has committed himself to serving as a positive example to others entering into Alabama’s prison system. However, the decision of the Parole Board to deny him parole further shows that even with an annual budget of over $600 million, taxpayers aren’t receiving any return on their investment in Education, Rehabilitation and corrections. Indeed, if a person is completing all of the programming available and still being denied parole, what is the incentive to others to even consider engaging in Positive behavior?
Please speak up for Mr. Rodgers, as anyone and everyone who knows him can and will vouch for his character, credibility and integrity without hesitation!
He has been an inspiration to young men like myself for years, always showing and teaching what is right and standing on that even when it is dangerous to do so!
Brothers like him and his situation are never made known to the public or taken into consideration because he will come out, teach, and represent what is right and be listened to, hence stopping the “womb to prison pipeline” in the hood; something the system of racism clearly doesn’t want.
Instead of releasing people who have demonstrated their willingness to be a positive influence once returned back to society, the ABPP has released a man who had a stabbing disciplinary as short as 6 months before parole. But this man with an impeccable record before and after his one and only criminal case in his life, who, after atoning and rehabilitating himself from his one and only mistake in life, gets no justice or opportunity at redemption!!!
What can we do to help?
Well, first we need to start a petition and make calls to the parole board and every office over it, all the way to the Governor in regards to him and others like him that have impeccable proof of rehabilitation and remorse but are still being denied parole anyway.
Second, we all must start documenting our own progress of rehabilitation to present before our peers in order for them to go to bat for us with proper ammunition. No one can help us if we don’t make ourselves candidates for help.
Then, we will have evidence and a leg to stand on in our fight for liberation. Those are really the best and most important things we can do at this point; we must stand up for self and each other, it must be documented and sent through the proper channels with the full support of the Movement on the street to bring about true results.
And please know that what is going on here in Alabama with the Bureau of Pardons and Paroles is going on in most other states around the country. Texas, Ohio, Mississippi and Oklahoma, just to name a few, all have a history of this too. Denying people parole for reasons like nature of the offense is simply a way to keep the prisons full and to keep making profits off of these human warehouses and slave labor ppantatu. There are orgs introducing legislation that encourages transparency in the parole process. When people are denied, the board should explain to them what they can do to work toward going home and set out a clear parole criteria, instead of citing static, arbitrary reasons.
The current methods of denying parole for any reason or for no legit reason at all, creates feelings of hopelessness and doesn’t encourage people to want to stay on the right path, especially if they feel like they won’t make it home anyway. Thus, fighting for changes like FAM’s 12 DEMANDS is the type of legislation and change we should be pushing for.
Cases like this one should be the evidence and ammunition to make it happen. Let’s make it happen today. 🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️
Re-posted from the page of the one and only Max Prathas, the Abolitionist that the enslaved trusts
What’s Really Real?
The fight against intangibles and ideals historically lacks one simple but crucial factor. The fact that the 13th amendment never abolished slavery. It was legalized instead under state actors. There’s entire best selling books that break it all down and oddly, never mention the transfer from personal chattel slavery to state convict leasing, and finally, to the modern warehousing of bodies. Many and varied are the explanations in our heads for currently having the largest prison population ever seen on earth. A narrative which fills that void where “Slavery Never Ended” should be instead.
Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad astutely observed that the 13th amendment exception clause has never received the adequate academic scrutiny it deserves.
And that is it in a nutshell. Maybe, those studying slavery, will act like they heard.
I’ve listened to entire panels of highly esteemed academics and constitutional experts in grandiose halls discuss the 13th amendment on its anniversaries and never once mention the infamous exception clause. One time, an elderly gentleman from Jailhouse Lawyers Speaks stood up in the audience and asked about the exception as loud and as clear as could be. With living examples of the amendments sections. It was embarrassing to see the responses and sad to know how long they’ve gone without asking any new questions.
To date, 25 other states adopted their own twisted remixed diction of the pro slavery language found in the amendments description. As was intended, many came long after the civil war had ended. Even though all those states used/use convict lease systems in these incidents, it’s supposed to be just a crazy coincidence.
Legal slavery is not an intangible. It’s not an ideal. It’s not what people think and feel. It’s a real thing we suffer from every day which is written into the constitution and exploited nationwide. And it pains me inside to say it was made that way.
But Slavery can be Abolished.
Just do a little research and you’ll see multiple court cases in places where slavery or slave like conditions in prisons was challenged by an inmates appeal and the court threw up the 13TH amendment like Captain America’s mighty shield. “It says right here, slavery and involuntary servitude is allowed, sooo… case closed. Appeal denied. Sorry. At least you tried.”
Even the NCAA grabbed a vibranium copy of the 13th to ward off college players who generate billions in revenue. So, don’t tell me what they never knew. They know, and now you do too.
You can test the truth of every word I say. Laws exist in reality and affect us every single day. Enforced by guns ready to be fired with as much force as is legally required. Punishable by incarceration or execution. By gas, chemicals, or electrocution. A simple traffic ticket violation can end with cops calling a hearse. Tax evasion means prison with potential death or worse. Just walking down the street with sagging pants and underwear showing (for men only) in some counties is punishable by 6 months in jail time and/or a $1,000 fine.
Try and resist the fascist fashion police and you may end up deceased just like Ervin Edwards in Louisiana. Or broken and brutalized like high school sophomore Jonathan Villarreal as was graphically described by his parents.
Muricans like to consider themselves a just and fair society. Generous and compassionate. It isn’t, and they are not, but neither do 99.9% of rappers have as much as they claim that they’ve got.
Thinking you hear coins clinking never filled anyone’s purse and following desert mirages never quenched anyone’s thirst. I guess, like the present president, everyone thinks the laws of attraction works.
As someone who spends all their time finding ways to change the public’s mind, let me chime in with this advice albeit unsolicited.
if you want to combat pink power, It’s easier and more permanent to remove pro slavery language from a states constitution using a voter initiative.
Max Parthas 9/11/2020
Segregation Forever was created by former Alabama Governor George Wallace, when vowing to restrict Black people from entering state institutions. Today that same agenda is
advanced by another Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey, who is refusing to release Black and poor White people from the segregation of the Alabama prison system, a state State institution where segregation is carried out by enslavement.
Author: David Files
On Thursday 9-3-20, Governor Ivey once again stood behind her podium still stained and scarred by the sins of Alabama’s past represented by the confederate flag. As she stood there talking, the same two words, “Segregation Forever”, once declared by a former racist Governor, stil echoes throughout her speech. The similiarities of Wallace’s declaration of “Segregation Forever” and Ivey’s determined actions to build new prisons is clear.
I remember just a few short years ago when Governor Bentley resigned as Governor and Ms. Kay Ivey took over the Governor’s seat. Ivey’s message back then was clear, simple and refreshing to the citizens of Alabama who were embarassed after Bentley’s escapades.
Governor Ivey vowed to clean up the mess. Ivey made promises to end corrupt Government actions and to clean up Alabama. At first nobody gave Ivey a chance at actually being elected Governor, much less even running for office. However, the “Clean Up Alabama” slogan provided the needed momentum to elect Kay Ivey as Governor.
Since being elected, Ivey no longer means to clean up, but instead to cover-up the Alabama mess. Ivey was able to convince the Alabama Legislature to give her complete authority in selecting Charlie Graddick as the Director of Pardons and Paroles. Ivey fooled the Legislature, but she was unable to fool the citizens of Alabama, who saw a power hungry, fascist dictator in the making as they voted down Ivey’s attempt to obtain complete Authority in appointing School Board members.
Gov. Ivey, just because you lead the near worst state in Education in America, doesn’t mean that we all are stupid.
Governor Ivey deliberately allowed the prison crisis to fall below a constitutional standards. Today, Ivey and every member of Government standing with her in these proposals of new prisons represent the meaning of a “Swamp”. The misuse, misappropriation and abuse of funds, unaccounted for amounts of money, a Criminal Justice System in desperate need of reform, a highly suspicious private company contract to build prisons and a skyrocketing ADOC budget, which happens to be the most corrupt department in America, is ridiculous.
With all of these facts staring Gov. Ivey in the face, she continues to blantantly lie to the citizens of Alabama by assuring them new prison facilities will fix the problem. It’s actually rather embarassing that Gov. Ivey and her cohorts stand up there thinking that what they are saying makes any kind of sense. The only thing that Gov. Ivey ever said that still rings true today is “it’s time to clean up the mess in Alabama”. The very first step of that process Governor Ivey, is your immediate resignation as Governor.
Its truly sad that Gov. Ivey would have the nerve and lack of respect as a woman participating in racism, wearing blackface, to proudly proclaim that the 13th Amendment gives her Authority to warehouse and enslave human beings.
The fact is 53% of the prison population is Black, while only 27% of the Alabama population is Black. It seems to be a proud accomplishment of her Authority to warehouse and enslave Blacks in over half of your prisons while Black people only make up a little over a quarter of your state’s population. Thank you for enlightening us even more of your racist agenda Gov. Ivey. This is a perfect example of your “Segregation Forever” campaign to build new prisons.
Governor Ivey took a tragic incident from a “non-violent” parolee named Jimmy Spencer, who sadly killed 3 innocent people while on parole, and continues to hold that tragedy against the rest of us unjustly, while denying us our deserving chance back into society. So now we hold the racist acts of past Governor’s against you Kay Ivey, because you have not only failed to prove that you are not like them, but instead have actually shown striking similiarities. There is a passage of Scripture which reads: Do not Judge others lest you yourself be Judged. It is one of my personal favorites. Today the only acceptable “Segregated” thing in Alabama is You, Kay Ivey, from the office of Governor of the State of Alabama.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) report of the unconstitutional conditions in Alabama prisons is well documented and publicized. “Alabama prisons: DOJ finds ‘frequent’ excessive force against inmates” https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/5496089002
The levels of corruption inside the ADOC, which is disturbing and unacceptable, absolutely cannot be fixed by new buildings. By this assumption and plan of Governor Ivey’s that new prisons is the answer, when it is obviously impossible, raises serious questions of how far the levels of corruption actually reach in Alabama’s system. By proposing a plan indebting Alabama citizens for decades, that doesn’t fix the problem and can only be a solution to ease the DOJ investigation for fear of what may actually be discovered. In light of the DOJ report and their recommendations, the blatant responses from Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Governor Kay Ivey, and Commissioner Jeff Dunn can only mean one thing: If someone is doing something to the best of their ability and it is unconstitutional, then common sense would say they would gladly receive the assistance of the ones able to correct it.
Otherwise, as true in Alabama, if the operation is illegal in the first place and you are attempting to manipulate the ones telling you how to correct it, this can mean one only one thing:applying common sense, the “Alabama problem does not needs an Alabama solution”. It is no coincidence that this happens to be Gov. Ivey’s slogan used repeatedly concerning the unconstitutional prison crises. The blatantly incompetent responses by the leaders in position in Alabama in response to the DOJ reports is revealing. If you simply place yourself in the Governor’s position and look at the situation as a whole knowing of the corruption, what action would you take? Its simple. I too would propose the new mega-prisons, and welcome the DOJ lawsuit. By doing this I would tie up the lawsuit in court through vigorous litigation for the next two years until I get the prisons built. Then present to the federal court the solution in the form of the new prisons that temporarily relieves the problem of overcrowding and get the lawsuit dismissed. This way, I’ve accomplished the building of new prisons and relieved the burden of the DOJ investigation at the same time, while also expanding the operation of mass incarceration and enslavement.
This tactic currently in process in Alabama only kicks the can of needed and past-due reform, while also enslaving Alabama citizens to foot the bill of over 2.9 billion dollars over the next 30 years. So, what does it cost to cover up the corruption in Alabama? The answer is in the details of Gov. Ivey’s proposal to build new prisons. The fact that recent Governor’s in Alabama’s past have either been disgraced or convicted of corrupt practices serves as a reminder that the corruption hasn’t stopped.
If there are any allegations of corruption, racism and the desire the continue the enslavement of Black and poor white people for perpetuity that Governor Ivey’s office would like to disprove to the citizens of Alabama, we ask that you would open the books to every state agency and department, as well as all supervisors and ranking officials, and invite a Federal audit to investigate all transactions of funds and taxpayer money, fully transparent to the citizens of Alabama and media outlets since you have been Governor.
Furthermore you should release all Parole consideration records along with the criteria and guidelines used in denying the paroles. Along with an Executive Order promising that any and all corruption discovered in any capacity will be fully prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, including your own. This seems like a reasonable request to make of those sworn to uphold the law and abide by the Constitution, who so eagerly wish to enter into a 30 year $ 2.9 billion dollar debt to the citizens of Alabama.
It is the sincere Hope and Prayer of all who see through the scheme of building new prisons that the information in this publication be exposed to everyone. By accomplishing this, everyone needs to pressure lawmakers to prevent the Governor from taking this fascist, racist and unacceptable action. If lawmakers cannot prevent this action, then articles of impeachment should be proposed and pushed forward to remove a Governor for overstepping her Authority in attempting to indebt the citizens of Alabama.
ITS TIME TO CLEAN UP THE MESS IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA !!!!
Today, September 5, 2020, organizers with E.P.I.C. org. (Ensuring Parole for Incarcerated Citizens) held their 24th consecutive protest at an Ohio prison is support of Freedom and Justice. E.P.I.C. has protested at 24 of the 28 Ohio prisons, and they have no intention of stopping.
E.P.I.C went LIVE today on social media and FAM and the FAM QUEEN TEAM are promoting and supporting these amazing organizers in every way possible.
FAM and FAM QUEEN TEAM is asking all of our supporters, friends and allies in the Ohio area to reach out to E. P. I. C. and support their amazing effort.
There FB group information is below. We need boots on the ground in other states supporting as well. This is what dedicated activism looks like that changes things. E. P. I. C. is leading by example. Let ALL join in and do something EPIC.
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Somehow, some way, people think this is all a coincidence.
1 Alabama: That no form of slavery shall exist in this state; and there shall not be any involuntary servitude, otherwise than for the punishment of crime, of which the party shall have been duly convicted. Alabama Constitution, Section 32
2 Arkansas: There shall be no slavery in this State, nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime. No standing army shall be kept in time of peace; the military shall, at all times, be in strict subordination to the civil power; and no soldier shall be quartered in any house, or on any premises, without the consent of the owner, in time of peace; nor in time of war, except in a manner prescribed by law. Arkansas Constitution, Article 2, Section 25.
3 California: Slavery is prohibited. Involuntary servitude is prohibited, except to punish crime. Article I, Section 6.
4 Colorado: There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude. Colorado Constitution Article 2, Section 26 (Amended 2018)
5 Georgia: There shall be no involuntary servitude within the State of Georgia except as a punishment for crime after legal conviction thereof or for contempt of court. Article I, Section 1 Paragraph XXII.
6 Indiana: There shall be neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude, within the State, otherwise than for the punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. Article 1, Section 37
7 Iowa: There shall be no slavery in this State; nor shall there be involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime. Article I, Section 23
8 Kansas: There shall be no slavery in this state; and no involuntary servitude, except for the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.
9 Kentucky: Slavery and involuntary servitude in this state are forbidden, except as a punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. Article I, Section 25
10 Louisiana: No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws. No law shall discriminate against a person because of race or religious ideas, beliefs, or affiliations. No law shall arbitrarily, capriciously, or unreasonably discriminate against a person because of birth, age, sex, culture, physical condition, or political ideas or affiliations. Slavery and involuntary servitude are prohibited, except in the latter case as punishment for crime. Article I, Section 3.
11 Maryland: An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery” by a vote of 34 to 21 on March 1, 1870
12 Michigan: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crimes, shall ever be tolerated in this State. Article I, Section 9.
13 Minnesota: No member of this state shall be disfranchised or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof, unless by the law of the land or the judgement of his peers. There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the state, otherwise than as punishment for a crime of which the party has been convicted. Article I, Section 2
14 Mississippi: There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in this State, otherwise than in the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. Article 3, Section 15
15 Nebraska: There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in this state, otherwise than for the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. Article I, Section 2 (there is a 2020 amendment intended to remove the exception)
16 Nevada: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crimes, shall ever be tolerated in this State. Article 1, Section 17.
17 North Carolina: Slavery is forever prohibited. Involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the parties have been adjudged guilty, is forever prohibited.
18 North Dakota: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crimes, shall ever be tolerated in this State. Article 1, Section 17
19 Ohio: There shall be no slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime. Article I, Section 6.
20 Oregon: There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the State, otherwise than for the punishment of crime, of which the party shall have been duly convicted. Article 1, Section 34
21 Tennessee: That slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, are forever prohibited in this state. Article 1, Section 33
The General Assembly shall make no law recognizing the right of property in man. Article 1, Section 34
22 Utah: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within this State. Article I, Section 21 (there is a 2020 amendment to remove the exception)
23 Vermont: That all men are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent, and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety; therefore no person born in this country, or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person as a servant, slave or apprentice, after he arrives to the age of twenty-one years, unless he is bound by his own consent, after he arrives to such age, or bound by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like. Chapter I, Article 1st
24 Wisconsin: There shall be neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude in this state, otherwise than for the punishment of crime, of which the party shall have been duly convicted.
Ok Folks! Get ready…another National Event in the works. But, this one will be a FIVE day event! 4 days virtual followed by an on-foot march and a mobile Slavery Exhibit that will be travelling, hopefully, near you!
Get ready for the
FREE THE 13TH NATIONAL RALLY
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Exposing a system of slavery when slavery was thought to be abolished
Author: David Files Contributors: Toree Jones, Brian Chiarizio
UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
Sec. 1. [Slavery prohibited.]
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Sec. 2. [Power to enforce amendment.]
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The thirteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States was proposed to the legislatures of the several states by the thirty-eighth congress, on the 1st of February, 1865, and was declared in a proclamation of the secretary of state, dated the 18th of December, 1865, to have been ratified by the legislatures of twenty-seven of the thirty-six states, viz.: Illinois, Rhode Island, Michigan, Maryland, New York, West Virginia, Maine, Kansas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee, Arkansas, Connecticut, New
Hampshire, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia.
What you are about to read will be shocking to some, lived through by many, and unbelievable to others. The informaton in this Newsletter is true and completely factual. It is with full intention to open the eyes of the public and expose the State of Alabama for its corruption, racist ideology, and prejudicial practices. The Alabama Crimnal Justice System was built upon racist ideology. For proof of this fact you should look no futher than the U.S. Constitution Amendment 13 and understand the mindset of that era especially in southern slave states following the Civil War.
In the not so distant past it was the State of Alabama and Governor George Wallace who sadly led the efforts to continue segregation and suppression of African American Civil Rights. In 1978 Charlie Graddick was elected as the Attorney General and proudly served under Governor Wallace. Unfortunately today in 2020 the name of the Governor may have changed but the same racist ideology hasn’t. It is well documented of acting Governor Kay Ivey’s shameful, unacceptable, and racist act of wearing blackface. Governor Ivey was reluctant to come forward and offer an apology for her actions. When she did she asked for forgiveness and to be given another chance denouncing her past. Yet Governor Ivey refuses to miss an opportunity to express her wishes to build 3 new mega prisons. Not only has the Governor’s office kept a racist ideology which is evident by the Governor’s seal still bearing the Confederate flag. It runs rampant throughout the Criminal Justice System. Governor Ivey named Charlie Graddick, former Attorney General under Wallace’s regime, as the Director of Alabama’s Board of Pardons and Parole in 2019. Im sure Graddick is proud to sign his name on documents that still bare images of racism such as the rebel flag which not coincidentally is still to this day proudly displayed on the seal of Alabama’s Board of Pardons and Parole.
In the ’80’s as Alabama’s acting Attoney General Graddick made statements such as “he should have went in there and shot every one of them” referring to Alabama inmates at St. Clair prison. This remark was to then prison Commissioner Freddie Smith who chose to negotiate with the inmates during an uprising concerning inhumane living conditions at the prison. Currently as Director of the Parole Board Charlie Graddick has stated “that no inmate in the Alabama prisons have been rehabilitated”. This quote proves and establishes a prejudicial opinion that cannot go unnoticed any longer. During Graddicks’s tenure as Attorney General in the ’80’s he enacted policies such as the “habitual offender’s act”, the “446 act” abolishing good time that was earned from good behavior by inmates, and established the victims rights organization. This organization known today as VOCAL is allowed to protest and speak against an inmate making parole with no ties whatsoever to the inmate.
At a parole hearing in Alabama the inmate is not allowed to attend. If the inmate has no family at the hearing or is unable to afford an attorney to speak on his behalf at the hearing he will have no voice to speak for his cause at his own parole hearing. Meanwhile VOCAL is granted the opportunity to speak against the inmate even if no victim of the inmate is present to protest. Furthermore Prosecutor’s and the Attorney General’s office are given free reign to basically re-try the case the inmate is serving time for. Often presenting the decision to grant parole would be to find the inmate not gulty of the crime itself. Keep in mind the inmate is not in attendance. The prejudicial practices of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole will be further dissected and exposed later in this Newsletter.
The United States Department of Justice ( DOJ ) has found the Alabama Prison System unconstitutional for its overcrowded population, horrible living conditions, and violence at an all-time high. Recently the DOJ also uncovered corruption within the ADOC’s I&I division, intelligence and investigations. This division of ADOC is responsible for investigating violence etc. within the prisons and staff. The DOJ uncovered I&I’s attempts to coverup instances of officers assaulting inmates. These instances haven’t just begun. This type of corrupt behavior has become the norm amongst ADOC. So far at least four arrests have been made as a result of this discovery and no doubt more should be coming soon. The DOJ has repeatedly given Governor Ivey opportunity to fix the prison crisis. However Ivey refuses to find a solution and instead insists on building 3 new mega prisons.
Governor Ivey in her state of the state address earlier this year mentioned the poosible takeover of the prison system by the Federal Government if Congress fails to pass a bill to build the 3 new mega prisons. Now acting Attorney General Steve Marshall has received recent media spotlight for defiantly stating that Alabama will not be bullied by the Department of Justice concerning its prisons and policies. By “being bullied” Marshall refers to the DOJ’s insistence that the ADOC correct the ongoing violations of its inmates constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment. Marshall states that Alabama will by no means enter into any agreement with federal officials to correct the ADOC’s conditions or actions. Marshall, the head law enforcement officer in the state, is sworn to enforce the law, which is what one may suppose he believes he is doing. What Marshall states, however, is that while “enforcing the law” he has no intentions of “abiding by the law” as set forth by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Alabama has been through this overcrowded, unconstitutional prison crises before. The result was a Federal takeover in 1976. The agenda of Alabama is the same now as back then, expanding their operation by building more prisons. Truthfully the problem isn’t about building new prisons. The real problem in Alabama lies deep in her roots. Still on the surface you find in the leaders in Alabama a certain racist undertone. As you begin to dig below the surface into the state’s past the soil becomes rich in racism. It stinks and the smell is unbearableof the sins of Alabama’s past. Yet its in that past where the Alabama Criminal Justice System was born. Also babies were born and raised in a culture whose ancestor’s fought for the Confederacy. They were taught to believe a certain way and over time that mindset is passed on. This truth is evident through numerous documented racial injustices in Alabama’s past. Whether it be Sheriff’s who were members of the ku klux klan and/or their deputies. Whether it was lawyers, prosecutors, judges, Attorney General’s, and even Governors who participate in corrupt, racist, and prejudicial practices.
As a white man I’ve always known about racism in Alabama’s history. I would hate to hear about it or see depictions in a movie portraying events that unfortunately did take place in Alabama. I’ve served over 18 years in prison and i’ve heard it said a million times how racist the Alabama Criminal Justice System is. Always my initial thought would be if its so racist and I’m white then why am I still locked up. It took me going through this experience of such corruption in my case where evidence was created against me, evidence dismissed that would help me, and witnesses produced to lie on me at trial. Over a decade later those witnesses came forward admitting they lied and were paid by the victim’s family. They gave statements and provided sworn affidavits yet I was denied without even a hearing on the issue when I filed a petition to the court. I knew the system was corrupt. In February 2020, I was denied parole and set off for 5 years. I meet all criteria and guidelines to make parole. Not only was I denied parole for 5 more years, the Attorny General, William Dill, who prosecuted my case was allowed to say whatever he wished at my parole hearing. He retried my case stating lies and adding anything he could to make sure I was denied parole. When my family gave me the news of what happened at my hearing I was upset though not surprised. When they told me that my daughter, who was only 14 months old at the time of the incident, was there and she was weeping at what that man stood up there and said about me I was completely devastated. What has taken me my entire incarceration in prison to eventually establish at least a talking relationship with my daughter was destroyed in 30 minutes by what that Attorney General William Dill said. My daughter gave birth to my Grandson over 3 years ago that I was in the process of making arrangements to visit. Since my hearing my daughter not only will not speak to me but my family as well. She thinks we have lied to her about what happened that night. William Dill’s position as Attorney General makes my daughter believe him because she like so many others believe that an Attorney General would not just lie. William Dill though has a history of prosecutorial misconduct since he prosecuted me. Now evidence exist of his corrupt ways of manipulating evidence and failure to produce exculpatory evidence in at least two other cases he prosecuted. State v. Moore 969 So. 2d 169 (2006)… State v. Martin 2017 Ala. Crim. App. Lexis 73 (December 15, 2017)…
Since then I’ve wondered how a system as this can do what they do to countless people and get away with it. The truth is its been happening well over 100 years. This system was not designed for me to be entrapped in. However now that I am I’m no longer a color I became a number. The system way back in 1865 was designed to lock up black men and poor white men after slavery was prohibited who were unable to hire an attorney to weave through the tangles of the Rules of Court especially in Post-Conviction procedures. Are there people who deserve to be in prison today? Absolutely. There are also many who are either innocent, made a mistake as a young man, or are victims themselves of corrupt and racist lawyers, investigators, prosecutors, judges, and an Appellate system rigged to ensure your conviction. Even further than ensuring a conviction the Alabama Parole Board has established a system of prejudicial practices with absolutely no oversight and no accountability. Having had this experience I’ve often thought how many of my fellow inmates, black and white, have experienced these prejudices.
The reason this system was designed and still in operation today is best described in one word, SLAVERY. What better way to camoflauge racism and slavery than mass incarceration. You pass legislature to enact bills that guarantee lenghty sentences for repeat offenders. You establish a prison system full of corruption that initiates violence and covers their tracks. You make it harder for those who are given opportunity back into society to succeed. Until recently it was virtually impossible for a convicted felon to obtain gainful employment. Though today it has improved, the struggle to survive much less be successful upon release is real.
The State of Alabama does not want to relieve the overcrowded prison system. Their desire is to further expand their operation. It worked in the late ’70’s and if this system is not exposed it will work again. The ADOC guidelines state that inmates at minimum- community and community work facilities will not be exploited for their labor. It states that inmates will earn at least the Federal rate of minimum wage. Nowhere does it state that inmates at work centers who work in the community shall only earn $2.00 a day wages. Yet thousands of men are exploited across Alabama who are required to work various jobs for $2.00 a day or risk disciplinary action and have their custody revoked and transferred back to a higher security facility. The ADOC website states that the Red Eagle Work Center is designed for inmates to integrate back into society before their release. It is this statement of hope that men at this facility take to heart along with their families. This concept is also used by ADOC officials who demand that you go to work or be written a disciplinary for refusing to work and transfer you to a level IV prison where chances of making parole drop considerably. The ADOC establishes a mindset of integrating back into society and being released to our families. While exploiting our labor under false pretenses that our release is evident. Instead we are denied parole for ridiculous reasons that are prejudicial and opioniated at best. I am currently incarcerated at Red Eagle in Montgomery, Alabama. Not only was I denied parole and set off for 5 more years, but the majority here just at this facility are done the same way. We are denied parole to live in society with our families. Yet fit to go to work in society for $2.00 a day on behalf of the state. This is how a state of slavery exist. This operation is hidden from the public eye. With no transparency or oversight it is unknown the amount of money the state is allowed to make by exploiting inmate labor through work contracts with cities, counties, various businesses and organizations. By only paying the inmate $2.00 a day the state keeps the remaining amount. Multiply that amount by at least 1,500 inmates, possibly more, who are under this treatment and it becomes clear why the Alabama prison system is overcrowded and looking to expand. How much money is the state making this way? Where does the money go? ADOC’s overall budget for fiscal year 2020 is an obscene $624 million dollars. Why aren’t the public allowed to see their tax dollars at work? Can anyone
answer where is the money?
In the Code of Alabama Title 14, Chapter 8, Article 6 – wages; it outlines the states authority to withhold 40% of the inmate’s earnings at work release. Keep in mind that almost all violent offenders are barred from work release.
§ 14-8-6. Wages. The employer of an inmate involved in work release shall pay the inmate’s wages directly to the Department of Corrections. The department may adopt regulations concerning the disbursement of any earnings of the inmates involved in work release. The department is authorized to withhold from an inmate’s earnings the cost incident to the inmate’s confinement as the department shall deem appropriate and reasonable. In no event shall the withheld earnings exceed 40 percent of the earnings of the inmate. After all expenses have been deducted by the department, the remainder of the inmate’s earnings shall be credited to his or her account with the department. Upon his or her release all moneys being held by the department shall be paid over to the inmate. HISTORY:
Ala. Code § 14-8-6 is not unconstitutionally vague. Ala. Dep’t of Corr. v. Merritt, 74 So. 3d 1, 2010 Ala. Civ. App. LEXIS 291 (Ala. Civ. App. 2010), rev’d, 74 So. 3d 25, 2011 Ala. LEXIS 70 (Ala. 2011).
Work-release inmates’ action alleging that individual State agents improperly overcharged them for transportation costs or withheld more money than was authorized from their work-release earnings based upon misinterpretations of Ala. Code § 14-8-6 was not barred by the sovereign immunity clause of Ala. Const., art. I, § 14. However, because a judgment awarding refunds of the improperly collected money would have affected the financial status of the State treasury, the action for refunds could not have been maintained. Because the inmates could not have recovered damages in the action, the judgment was properly certified as final under Ala. R. Civ.
P. 54(b) and, therefore, was reviewable by the appellate court. Ala. Dep’t of Corr. v. Merritt, 2010 Ala. Civ. App. LEXIS 172 (Ala. Civ. App. June 18, 2010), op. withdrawn, sub. op., 74 So. 3d 1, 2010 Ala. Civ. App. LEXIS 291 (Ala. Civ. App. 2010).
Knowing the information you just read in title 14-8-6 pertaining to wages there was no mention of inmate labor only being paid $2.00 a day. The overwhelming majority of inmates subjected to this treatment is violent offenders who have served large portions of their sentences and maintained a clear record for a specified time. It is these inmates who desperately yearn for their 2nd chance in society. So much so they are willing to fall for the deception portrayed in the description of facilities such as Red Eagle which states: This facility is designed to integrate inmates back into society before release. Governor Ivey always attempts to alleviate the overcrowding issue by enacting policies such as “mandatory release”. This policy excludes violent offenders and is designed for very short time sentences for minor non-violent offenses.
This policy may seem reasonable at face value. However the recidivism rate among that group is extraordinarily high. Studies prove that the recidivism rate among violent offenders who have served large portions of their sentences is extremely low. Do all violent offenders fit this category? No. But there are many that do, especially at Red Eagle. In fact we are trusted enough to be released to work in society without law enforcement supervision everyday. Governor Ivey portrays to protect the community from violent offenders. What she fails to admit is that she uses a class of violent offenders to achieve her plan. It is us, who make up that class, who are continuously overlooked in being released.
As you read Title 14-5-10 you begin to understand why.
§ 14-5-10. Hiring out of labor.
The Board of Corrections is hereby authorized to hire or lease convicts to any department, agency, board, bureau or commission of the state on such terms, conditions and at such prices as may be mutually agreed upon. Any department, agency, board, bureau or commission of the state is hereby authorized to contract with the board for the lease or hire of convicts upon such terms, conditions and at such price as may be mutually agreed upon. Any department, agency, board, bureau or commission of the state contracting with the board for the hire or lease of convicts is hereby authorized to expend any available funds necessary for carrying out the provisions of such contract.
What you just read was the legalization of a state slave trade. This group of inmates are barred from work release placement where they receive 60% of their earnings at a rate of the federal minimum wage. Its this group who is leased out to work and only paid $2.00 a day. You won’t find that fact written in the Code of Alabama. There are alot of men who have been locked up for many years, decades, at this facility who are very appreciative of those $2.00 a day. They come up for parole and time after time they are denied. Its sad that this practice is allowed to continue without allowing us our chance back in society. The wages issue is relevant. However we chose to accept it as a display of our successful integration back into society. All we lack now is the opportunity. The contracts mentioned in this article are unknown by the inmates concerning the amount of money the state makes a day from our labor. It is obvious that $2.00 a day is far less than 60% of the total.
Being denied parole after being allowed to work in society everyday is nothing short of corrupt intent to exploit labor. Obviously they cannot claim our denial for public safety concerns. The only explanation for our denial of parole is our role in the operation. SLAVERY. Who else in human history is exposed to hard labor, paid hardly anything, trusted to leave and then return, given opportunity to escape, treated harshly, held against their will, who deserve to be free other than slaves. Include Alabama inmates to that list. Governor Ivey stands behind that podium bearing the Governors seal emblazoned by the rebel flag as she continues to lie and deceive the citizens of Alabama. She asked to be forgiven when she got caught in her racist acts. Yet she runs an operation of slavery in Alabama absolutely refusing to give others the 2nd chance that she herself desires.
While it is true that incarcerated individuals may not have a “created liberty interest” in being granted parole as set forth in constitutional rights, they do have the right to fair consideration of the facts pertaining to the parole request. Notably, on the denial sheet are reasons #5, #7 and #13, which allow for less than understandable criteria requests to be met.
Reason #5 states that, “severity of present offense is high“. This reason is ambiguously vague to the point of promoting inconsistency. No criteria is set forth to gauge the severity of the offenses, save for the Criminal Code of Alabama created by the legislature. If the Criminal Code of the state does not bar an offense from consideration of parole, then obviously the severity be not too great as to rise to the level of ineligibility, otherwise the legislative body would have deemed so and voted such as to exclude the charged offense from consideration eligibility. Therefore, it can only be inferred that this reason for denial is based solely on opinion and not factual.
Reason #7 states, “negative input from stakeholders (i.e. victim, victims family, law enforcement)”. While it is completely understandable and natural to garner input and consideration of the feelings of an involved party in an incident, it would also only seem reasonable to assume also that, to some extent, involvement may infer a natural bias and partiality. Upon conviction and an incarceration period for a crime, a certain level of restitution has been made for an offense. Ones’ inability to accept recompense for an offense, and to harbor resentment or to long for revenge, rather than to desire for justice, may be so great as to render an involved individuals’ sentiments excessive or extreme. Some involved parties may never accept justice in a case, even long after the entire completion of a justly imposed sentence. Counter point to that, positive input from family members, members of the community, or even from the victims themselves, seem not to carry the same weight of consideration in the eyes of the Board as does negative input.
Reason #13 states, “release will depreciate seriousness of offense or promote disrespect for the law“. Once again, one could only assume that a duely elected legislative body is competent and capable of determining and imposing criteria for defining and punishing criminal offenses. Once these criteria have been approved and implemented, it would only seem to promote disrespect for the law if those policies and criteria were ignored. If such policy has been discussed, approved and implemented concerning the punishment of an offense and the criteria which must be fulfilled to meet eligibility for consideration for parole, then once the criteria is met, how could it possibly depreciate the seriousness of the offense or promote disrepect for the law by abiding in accordance with said law? This reason too falls short of factuality, fairness or meaningful and thoughtful parole consideration.
The denial of parole for these 3 reasons is unjustly prejudicial. Though the inmate meets all required criteria these reasons of denial that are beyond the inmate’s control to correct are used to keep the inmate incarcerated and enslaved.
The sore subject of the real foundational principles that our Criminal Justice System was founded on has been discussed before. However ever effort to expose it has either lost momentum, been bribed or brushed aside to silence. In my opinion those efforts lost traction because they began their fight at the U.S. Constitution. Don’t get me wrong, the 13th Amendment needs to be attacked. According to the 13th Amendment, however, they give the Authority over to individual states. Just like the states were given authority to enslave Black people over 200 years ago. The best tactic to Abolish slavery altogether and force a nationwide Criminal Justice Reform is to expose the individual state who relies on the 13th Amendment. There could never be a better candidate than the Home of Dixie, Alabama. With the DOJ pressuring Alabama concerning its prison system crises there is alot of disturbing discoveries being uncovered. If the shovels were tossed aside and a backhoe brought in to really start digging there will no doubt be some leaders sent to prison and an operation fully exposed. Im sure once this took place and those leaders were subjected to their own policies a reform would take place.
The uncovering of Alabama and its practices that have evolved to a level of sophisticated corruption sparked by racism, now driven by greed, and licensed by the U.S. Constitution Amendment 13. If you are familiar with the Bible, there is a parable taught by Jesus of the “return of the unclean sprit”. Alabama’s unrepented sins of the past have long ago returned and the seven evil spirits with it have infiltrated our Municipalities, Judges, Appellate Courts, Attorney General’s office, Congress, Parole Board, and the Governor’s Mansion. Its no coincidence that the birth of this enterprise began in the era of post Civil War and evolved to a more covert, undercover enterprise in the era following the Civil Rights Movement. That same spirit of hatred and racism that controlled the leaders of Alabama in 1865 was on full display through Governor George Wallace as he was so famously quoted as saying “Segregation today, Segregation tomorrow, Segregation Forever”. Following the Civil Rights Movement and the integration of our schools and businesses as Blacks and Whites were legally mandated to share public restrooms and water fountains. What could a man who so proudly proclaimed
“Segregation Forever” do but further corrupt a Criminal Justice System to help segrgate society. It took Wallace a little time to gather like-minded and trusted officials in position to enact an evil scheme that would portray a system that is “tough on crime”. By dropping the “common law” standard which defines charges and criminal offenses. The Code of Alabama, formerly known as TItle 13 was repealed and replaced with what is now known as Title 13A.
TITLE 13 CRIMES AND OFFENSES [Repealed]
Annotations Editor’s Notes
Acts 1977, No. 77-607, p. 812 adopted the Alabama Criminal Code which was later amended by
Acts 1978, No. 78-770, p. 1110, and Acts 1979, No. 79-125, p. 230. All sections of Title 13 were repealed or transferred, and the Criminal Code has been designated as Title 13A.
Former statutory definition. Under former § 13-1-70, which generally followed the old
Pennsylvania formula, there were four types of first degree murder: (1) by poison, lying in wait (ambush), or any other willful, malicious, deliberate and premeditated killing (common law murder plus the element of premeditation); (2) in the perpetration or attempt to perpetrate arson, rape, robbery or burglary (modified version of common law felony-murder doctrine); (3) same as (1), but intent to kill some person other than deceased (common law rule plus premeditation); (4) by any act greatly dangerous to lives of others, evidencing a “depraved mind” regardless of human life (so-called “universal malice”). Every other common law murder was second degree murder (intentional killing without premeditation). (But death due to resisting arrest, or while committing some felony not specified as felony-murder under (2) uncertain.)
Abolition of degrees. Section 13A-6-2 preserves the basic type of murder—intentionally causing the death of another person—but eliminates the degree distinction based on deliberation and premeditation. Miller v. State, 145 Ala. 677, 40 So. 47 (1906); Warren v. State, 34 Ala. App.
447, 41 So.2d 201 (1949); Miller v. State, 38 Ala. App. 593, 90 So.2d 166 (1956). The premeditation-deliberation formula originated from an 18th century effort, probably initiated by the Pennsylvania Legislature to reduce the number of capital murders. Atkins v. State, 46 Ala. App. 401, 243 So.2d 385 (1971). Originally the provision was intended for calculated killings, e.g., ambush killings which require advance planning. Mitchell v. State, 60 Ala. 26 (1877) (Deliberate — formed with deliberation, in contra distinction to a sudden and rash act. Premeditated — contrived or designed previously.) But later judicial interpretations hold that substantial reflection is not required, and indeed, any existing mental state indicating a capacity to choose between refraining or proceeding with the murderous act is sufficient. See Perkins, Criminal Law 73-76 (1st ed. 1957). Often a finding of a conscious intent to kill is deemed sufficient for, or indistinguishably close to, premeditation and deliberation. “Deliberate” and “premeditated” means only this: If the slayer had any time to think before the act, however short such time may have been, even a single second, and did think, and he struck the blow as the result of an intention to kill produced by this even momentary operation of the mind, and death ensued, that would be a deliberate and premeditated killing within the meaning of the statute defining murder in the first degree. Daughdrill v. State, 113 Ala. 7, 21 So. 378 (1896). “Premeditation and deliberation” may exist and be entertained while defendant was grasping the knife with which the fatal stab was committed, White v. State, 236 Ala. 124, 181 So. 109 (1938), or at the instant in pressing the trigger to fire the fatal shot, Caldwell v. State, 203 Ala. 412, 84 So. 272 (1919).
The deliberation-premeditation formula, undoubtedly, has served as an “escape-hatch” for sympathetic juries in exercising mercy and also as a bargaining device in negotiating guilty pleas, the future utility of which seems doubtful since the general abolition of capital punishment. Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).
Moreover, the case for a mitigated sentence should not depend on a distinction between impulse and deliberation. Some purely impulsive murders may present no extenuating circumstances: “As much cruelty, as much indifference to the life of others, a disposition at least as dangerous to society, probably even more dangerous, is shown by sudden as by premeditated murders.” Stephen, 3 History of the Criminal Law 94 (1883), as quoted, Model Penal Code, (Tent. Draft No. 9), Comments to § 201.6, p. 70. (Possible modern examples: Out of wanton barbarity, defendant douses victim with lighter fluid and ignites him. When girl repels advances, defendant instantly cuts her throat. Here there is no true deliberation and premeditation unless the term is continued to be used in an unnatural sense, like “aforethought” in “malice aforethought.”)
This action of changing the definitions of crimes seems to most as no big deal. As usual with Alabama policies you have to look below the surface. By changing the wording how a crime is defined it drastically lowers the burden of proof placed on the prosecution to portray a man guilty as charged to a jury. Take the crime of murder for example. As you read under Title 13A they no longer include vital elements such as “with malice, malicious intent, or premeditated etc.”. All of these elements that a prosecutor should be burdened with proving before ensuring conviction and sentencing a man to life in prison is no longer needed. When investigators and prosecutors were tasked with having to do their job that they are paid to do they couldn’t stand Justice prevailing instead of their conviction rate.
The evil agenda that was enacted produced their desired results. What came next was an overcrowded prison system that was taken over by the Federal Government. This resulted in Alabama receiving their wish of new prisons, which were built across the state. One of Wallace’s like-minded trusted officials became Attorney General Charlie Graddick who as outlined earlier not only fit in with Wallace’s agenda, but enacted his own policies with the “lock ’em up and throw away the key” mentality. The evil scheme of Title 13A began to evolve from a hate filled racist ideology to a money producing organization after the building of the new prisons. the “Prison Industrial Complex” mentality took over. By lowering the standard of proof applied to criminal prosecutions the doors of crooked, corrupt, over-zealous, conviction-rate minded prosecutors and their tactics opened wide. This is not an accusation that all are corrupt. There are still honest people with integrity throughout the Criminal Justice System. The message to those individuals is clear, that to remain silent after becoming knowledegable of corrupt, racist, prejudicial, or dishonest tactics used by trusted officials and fail to report them then you are just as gulty. It wasn’t some backwoods District Attorney from the 1950’s who manipulated the courts and spit in the face of Justice who prosecuted me. It was the top law enforcer of the State Attorney General William Dill. The record proves that I wasn’t the only one victimized by his antics. Prosecutors being allowed to operate in dishonesty without any regard to the lives impacted must stop. If a witness were perjured in court they would be subject to a felony. How can prosecutors be exposed for lying and deceiving a Court proceeding as a trusted official and not be held accountable.
Finally another sad reality is the Rules of Court placing time limitations and procedural requirement obstacles in front of Justice. Imagine being falsly accused, an Indictment is produced through an unchallengeable hearsay testimony, evidence that would help you at trial dismissed, witnesses produced to lie on you at trial, you are found guilty, sentenced to Life in prison, barred from Appealing your case because by the time you learn some aspects of law in prison and discover issues that would entitle you to relief you discover that time had elapsed and you are procedurely and time barred, after serving the minimum time required you are denied Parole unjustly, subjected to hard labor and only paid $2.00 a day while incarcerated in the most violent, corrupt prison system in America. Does it seem impossible to fathom? Alabama will make a believer out of you. Looking back I feel foolish for sincerely believing in a Justice System where Truth prevails.
In conclusion of this Newsletter exposing the State of Slavery Alabama. We ask for your support to help bring change to this corrupt and crooked system. The concerted efforts of inmates at Red Eagle helped to provide needed information and input to make the publishing of this Newsletter possible. The goal is to give the reader a better understanding and more detailed inclusive perspective of why Alabama’s prison system is unconstitutional. On behalf of all the inmates at Red Eagle as well as our families, friends, loved ones, and all who are a part of the struggle, we ask that you help in exposing these injustices of a slave state and stand with us to bring change to the Parole System, Criminal Justice reform, change the prejudicial policies of ADOC, and establish a system that operates in integrity by holding those in trusted positions accountable by felony for misconduct in court proceedings where the livelihood of the accused is at stake in Alabama. Go online and sign the Petition at http://chng.it/gRLFqYV5 and forward the link to everyone you know. GOD BLESS!
Final thought: Every time you hear Governor Ivey talk about building new prisons you should now understand she means “SEGREGATION FOREVER”…
INMATES AT RED EAGLE WHO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
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Sneak peek at FAM ARMY camouflage.
Pink, purple, navy, yellow, white, L-Blue, maroon, grey.
Plus, we got Khaki and White Ballons for the Ballon Release, same color as ADOC uniforms.
The DOJ investigation found that Alabama corrections officers frequently use excessive, and at times, deadly force in violation of inmates’ constitutional rights in 12 out of 13 prisons reviewed. It concludes the problem gives rise to “systemic unconstitutional conditions” and that “such violations are pursuant to a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of rights secured by the Eighth Amendment.”
LIFTED W/O PERMISSION FROM A BADAZZ’S PAGE NAMED DANA WHITE, SOUNDS LIKE SOMEWHERE IN RED-NECK ALABAMA
“Here’s the truth about many nonprofits and the harm they cause in the name of social good. As long as white funding is tied to white saviorism, as long as boards function and recruit the way they have historically, as long as exploitative peer support models are sustained without fair pay and clear paths to leadership beyond program roles, these organizations are using Black and brown talent and passion like batteries. We will continue to be burned out, disposed of, and replaced unless all of the above is transformed on a wide scale.
I’m in a much better position and organization than where I started, but I have stories I could tell about my career thus far. And those stories are not uncommon.”
Sounds like he been around one of those”class action”, KKK Confederate, White Power joints. Y’all know which ones I’m talking about.
There was a pro police rally at Eisenhower Park. I won’t even touch the vile racist nonsense coming from them as they don’t need any more attention.
I went to the counter protest event hosted by BWBU (Black White Brown United) and can I just say how tired I am of people hijacking movements? I applaud BWBU’s plan and I love the idea of keeping our backs to the people shouting at us and allowing them to reveal their character without our assistance.
The protest was supposed to be silent, there was a strategy and a purpose. I wasn’t aware of this until about 5 minutes into marching but as soon as I was informed, I adjusted accordingly. Maybe there are other ways to do it but this is what was planned by those hosting the protest. I repeatedly reminded people that we were not supposed to engage directly with any of the people on the other side but to no avail. People (mostly [color redacted]) were shouting nonsensical insults and undermining the strategic direct action that was planned. This is my own intuition and not to be taken as a stated fact however I suspect that there were people marching with us that were not really *with us*.
I even witnessed a Super enfranchised person getting dangerously close and shouting at a Black cop for aligning with their oppressors. Now I agree that cop is most definitely a house n***o but it is NOT the place of a ⚪️ person to shout obscenities at them about their internalized colonial complexion supremacy.
All that’s needed is one wrong move for things to go left. By recklessly antagonizing the police, you are putting Black and Brown lives in danger so you might as well put that sign down because clearly you don’t understand what it means.
To people considering themselves an “Ally”:
If you can’t follow the direction of Black people leading the movement,stay home.
If you don’t know how to respect a space that isn’t yours, stay home.
If you think you are swooping in as some kind of privilege-wielding Super Hero to save the day with us as your magical negro sidekicks, please stay home.
If you care more about your own fragile ego than advancing the agenda of those directly impacted, stay the F home.
YOU ARE *NOT* AN ALLY.
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk ✊🏾
When I first saw the Tweet I was immediately offended.
I also immediately responded to it because I recognized it for what it is. Being exposed to racism and consciously fighting against it, opens ones eyes to the subtle slights and nuances when confronted with it.
Black people are used to this type of racial discriminations when we see them. We know these tigers by their stripes well. We also know that they hate FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT and how this hatred keeps them away from us and our Movement against prison slavery. Their hate sometimes forces them to reveal their hand at times and in circumstances when they can’t help themselves. Nevertheless, their hatred, mixed with their racism will always find outlets for expression. It rips their own mask off, even when we know it was already there.
July 15, 2020, was just the latest example. On that day, FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT was supporting another grassroots organizer, Rev. Sankey and Sis. Kim in the fight against oppression on Black people. Like FAM, Rev. Sankey doesn’t have the watered down message that others have. Like FAM, Rev. Sankey doesn’t tap dance to White Supremacy. Instead,we confront it and call it out when we see it. This means that our access to many media platforms to deliver our message is denied. We are locked out by institutional racism and the individuals who enforce it. In spite of these obstacles, we sojourn on. We simply have to grind harder to get our message out about our oppression as well as our oppressors.
Thamkfully, for that protest, Rev. Sankey and Sis. Kim were able to reach our Sister Ms. Gabrielle Evans. This amazing, strong and courageous Black Queen appeared on stage and delivered a message of pain, loss, courage and Black love for her son just four days after losing her 31 year-old him in an Alabama Death Camp. At the time, she was still planning her son’s funeral.
Ms. Evans shared the stage that day with Ms. Sandra Ray, whose son Stephen died in 2019 in another Alabama Death Camp. Ms. Ray, though, is white. She is also the media darling and go-to person for white media personalities like Beth Shelburne. While they would never cover our events, they keep close tabs on their own. That’s how this story unfolded. Beth Shelburne was trying to support a white woman but without supporting a Black organization.
It was this racist motive to support a white woman and to uplift the story of the white life that was lost, that equated into a difference in the way that these women were shown respect by Beth Shelburne. It took me back in history to the time when Black women were treated as less than animals by medical professionals like Dr. James Marian Sims, a story I included in my response to Beth’s racist Tweet. Dr. Sims is one of the physician who used to perform major surgical experiments on Black women without using anaesthesia because white supremacists ideology premises that Black women did not feel pain.
I thought about my own Black Mother. I contemplated how it made me feel just imagining if it were me instead of Laveris who was dead, and my Beautiful Queen and Black Mother was standing next to a white Mother who had also lost her son, and my Mom was treated with this level of disrespect and disregard. I felt rage at that moment because this same system that took Laveris’ life – and Steven’s — has also tried to take my life for fighting to reunite families just like Ms. Evans and young Black men just like her son back together. I know that racist like Beth Shelburne who have no respect for the pain and love of Black Mothers like Ms. Evans would have handled my Mom the exact same way.
I will defend the pain, the respect, the love and devotion of Black Mothers the World over. Black mothers feel the same sting of death as any other mother. It is not okay for Beth Shelburne or anyone to take liberties to try to highlight one life over another based on the color of skin. BLACK LIVES MATTER and BLACK MOTHERS MATTER too.
In the midst of a protest that was attended my a majority of Black people, Beth Shelburne took the liberty and exercised her white privilege to elevated the life and loss of white Mother over a Black Mother. These Mothers literally occupied the EXACT same space, yet Beth Shelburne chose to separate them by race. This is unacceptable.
An apology is DEMANDED !!! ACLU must DEMAND that their employee apologize for this racist disregard for Ms. Evans and Mr. Evans. Black Lives Matter is not a slogan to everyone.
FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT
p. s. For those who may want to try to defend these racist actions of Beth Shelburne, I ask you where were you when it was time to defend Ms. Gabrielle Evans and the life of her son?
God hates it when the innocent are afflicted with violence and bloodshed. He hates evil and political corruption. He hates courts that are false and leaders that are abusive of their power. We need to rest assured that he will provide deliverance for his faithful followers and administer justice to those who have abused or harmed other people – if not in this life, for sure in the life to come.
We the “Concerned citizens of Alabama” are seeking help for the incarcerated women and men who have been brutally raped, beaten and murdered by the inside officers.
We are asking that these women and men have proper food (that does not say on its labels “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION”).
We are seeking help for people with a mental illness who are being “over- medicated” to the point they are unable to function.
For the women and men who are not getting the proper equipment to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus that surrounds them in the prison facilities; and all the injustices that our people face each and everyday.
At Donaldson Correctional Facility, the individuals with mental illness are housed in the gym of the facility due to overcrowdedness. The gym has very few windows and there is no ventilation flowing through. When it rains, the floors are flooded and these mentally ill men get wet. They sleep on the floor of the gym on a mat that was assigned to them. No beds or bunks but matts on the floors.
Women at Julia Tutwiler Prison are being raped everyday by prison officers and getting impregnated and having their child/children “ripped” from them. Women are also being raped and tortured with “flashlights” by ADOC prison officers.
Men at Bullock Correctional Facility are medicated to the point that when taking the meds administered by ADOC officials, they sleep for two (2) and three (3) days. When awakened, they find CONDOMS in their rectum. This is torture and taking a man’s manhood from him.
Another important factor is COVID-19. There have been many many deaths due to this virus and pandemic that we are all affected by. This virus is in every correctional facility in the state of Alabama. When an incarcerated person complains of feeling sick to someone of authority at the facility, he or she is denied medical attention and has to wait days to see a nurse. When it’s too late, they either die or have tested positive and in many cases are then sent back to their assigned bed (spreading the virus to other inmates) or finally transported to a hospital and in many cases have died upon arrival. That is mere hate and unconcern of human life. There are not enough masks or sanitizer for every incarcerated person.
Staff/employees of the ADOC have been diagnosed with this deadly virus as well. On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 only four (4) ADOC officials reported for work at Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, Al due to being sick, tested positive for Covid-19 and in fear of contracting this deadly virus. The entire facility is on lockdown with the exception of one (1) dorm and the individuals in that dorm are being forced to work in the kitchen and serve food to everyone in the facility — putting their lives at risk.
Another demand we, the “Concerned Citizens of Alabama” are demanding is the removal of Alabama Parole Board Director, Charlie Graddick. The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles has become a dysfunctional institution under the directorship of Charles Graddick and is exhibiting signs of institutional racism. Emerging data compiled in a recent report by Southern Poverty Law Center shows that paroles are being granted/denied based on race and that Black people up for parole consideration are being disproportionately impacted.
In May 2020, 160 people were considered for parole. Approximately 51% were black and 47% were white. Of these, only 15 made parole. 11 of the 15 were white, while 4 were black. This is a clear example of Institutional Racism that is being openly practiced by government officials.
Removal of the Director of Paroles, Charlie Graddick, is indeed needed due to there being a conflict of interest on Graddick’s behalf. Graddick sentenced many men and women to prison when he served as a Judge in Mobile, Al, before he was appointed to Alabama Attorney General’s Office. Graddick has now been appointed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey as Director of Paroles for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Parole.
Graddick also uses the word “hanging” at press conferences when speaking in regards to people up for parole, and his motto is “LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY”. In his position as director of ABPP, the lives and future of many men and women sits rests in his hands.
Lastly, we, Concerned Citizens of Alabama, demand automatic restoration of voting rights upon release from incarceration without having to wait 3 years for a pardon to have their voting rights restored.
This is just the “tip of the iceberg” of some of our concerns for our incarcerated men and women of Alabama.
We are also requesting a meeting with Governor Kay Ivey and Director of Paroles, Charlie Graddick to express our concerns regarding our incarcerated men and women in the Alabama prison system.
Sponsored by “Concerned Citizens of Montgomery, Al, joined in by “Concerned Citizens of Alabama”
Thank you kindly for your time,
Rev. Albert Sankey, Chairman (334) 269-5876
“Concerned Citizens of Montgomery”
Kimberly Garner, Co-Chairman (205) 563-3786
“Concerned Citizens of Montgomery”
Donna Smith – Parole Advocate (256) 404-5394
“A Voice for the Voiceless & “A Hope for the Hopeless”
Yesterday, June 25, 2020, the #AbolishABPP held 36 Parole hearings. According to their news release, only 4 people were granted parole.
However, when you read their parole list from this same website, it shows GRANTED by the names of 5 different people:
1. Jamal DeCosta Short
2. Kandance Leanne Short
3. Anna Maria McNutt
4. Charles Wayne Phillips
5. Terry Wayne Short
So, why is it that the #AbolishABPP is issuing conflicting statements within the same document? Here’s what we think:
As everyone knows, over the first two days of our #J232425 Protest at #AbolishABPP headquarters, FAM and the FAM Queen Team noticed that not a single Black woman had been granted parole. At the time, 72 hearings (35 on Day 1 and 37 on Day 2) had been held. Twenty-five Paroles were GRANTED as of Day 2, 17 to white males, 4 to white females, and 4 to black males.
After publicizing this information across social media, the very next day, June 25, 2020, #AbolishABPP granted its first and only parole to a Black woman, Mr. Anna Maria McNutt. We also noticed that #AbolishABPP was stalking our Twitter account when we sent out an ALERT after Queen Nikki D was blocked from entering the building where the #AbolishABPP is located. Queen Nikki D was attempting to deliver #FAMs12DEMANDS to the #AbolishABPP. So they definitely knew that we were informing the public about the Institutional Racism that was going on at the #AbolishABPP.
It appears that many deserving people are being left hanging for parole by #GraddickMustGo, while there is credible evidence suggesting that racial quotas and Twitter posts are dictating parole considerations. Does any of this have anything to do with the fact that the #AbolishABPP is providing conflicting results in their statements? FAM thinks so.
Why is it that these people can’t count to 5? Is that the reason why parole numbers are so low?
We already know that the#AbolishABPP does not have any criteria or guidelines for granting Parole. Why is it that these people can’t count to 5? Is that the reason why parole numbers are so low?
So, who was #5? When were they added to the list? Are Paroles being granted based on Twitter posts to mask institutional racism? What’s really going on?