Commissioner Jeff Dunn and the ADOC have resorted to state-sanctioned violence in efforts to contain the Movement for Human and Civil Rights that is being led by the men incarcerated in Alabama prisons.
In response to the violence that was provoked at Holman prison on March 11, 2016, by former warden Carter Davenport that lead to his forced resignation after he was also stabbed, the ADOC transferred five (5) men ( Antonio Spencer, Amir Davis, Kevin Eldridge, and two others ) from Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama to Donaldson CF in Bessemer, Al. Donaldson CF serves as the headquarters for the CERT Team for ADOC.
Upon entry to the back-gate receiving area at Donaldson CF, one by one, all five of these men were taken into a secluded area and then brutally beaten while handcuffed. These assaults was lead by Officer Gunn, while several supervisors and other officers either stood by and watched or participated in the assault. At least two of the assault victims, Amir Davis and Kevin Eldridge, reported that during the beatings they were stomped in their testicles and told that this was being done so they wouldn’t ever have children. All of these assaults have been verified through medical files, statements, and eyewitness accounts. Several officers were suspended and/or remain under investigation, yet not a single officer has been fired or charged with any crime.
Statement of K. Aldridge
The excessive levels of correctional officers abusing their authority, officer beatings and beatings deaths, and use of chemical agents and excessive for force is already documented in a 2012 class-action lawsuit settlement against Donaldson CF. Sammie Duncan is one of the people who was also beaten and stomped in his testicles at Donaldson prison in the past. The sadistic nature of his beating required him to have one of his testicles removed after it was stomped from his body during the attack by officers. Others, like Mr. Agee (first name not known) , was beaten to death by Donaldson correctional officers.
There are lawsuits currently pending against multiple officers at Donaldson CF for excessive force, rape, planting evidence and creating false documents, and more. This violence, including the stomping of testicles is a routine state-sanctioned and preferred tactic at Donaldson CF. Commissioner Dunn is sanctioning this violence at Donaldson in efforts to silence the internal complaints about the Civil and Human rights violation that are taking place on a day to day basis in Alabama prisona, which are being made by the many people incarcerated in Alabama prisons, including those who are a part of Free Alabama Movement.
“DONALDSON RESORTS “HOT BAY” SO-CALLED BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION DORMS TO IMPOSE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL OPPRESSION “
Beginning on Friday, June 10, 2016, Donaldson CF started psychological oppression and provocation tactics by implementing a “hot bay” behavior modification dorm. Commissioner Dunn started their lateest “hot bay” by transferring men from St. Clair CF at the beginning of Summer. All of these men were taken from general population at St. Clair prison and then placed into this program without any form of due process. No paperwork was served explaining why they were being placed in the dorm or how long they would be there. All of their personal property was taken away, including legal work, canteen supplies, and personal mail, etc.
Additionally, they are behind denied access to visitation, religious services, recreation, and social services. In fact, some of these men have disciplinary free files for several years, yet they are being forcibly placed in this restrictive dorm. Several of the men who arrived from St. Clair report being assaulted handcuffed. Many of these men had received incentive packages while at St. Clair, only to arrive at Donaldson prison where it was then all taken away from them without explanation.
“HOT BAY” OCCUPANTS ORGANIZE HUNGER STRIKES TO PROTEST DUE PROCESS DEPRAVATIONS AND INHUMAN TREATMENT
On Thursday, June 16, 2016, all of the residents assigned to X dorm launch hunger strike to protest conditions. The hunger strike is in response to the Civil and Human rights violations, DEPRAVATIONS, inhumane conditions that include 24 hour lockdown in scorching hot two-man cells, a denial of basic hygiene and cleaning supplies, and the continued police assaults that kept taking place upon new arrivals from St. Clair.
One officer,(Godson) has assaulted atleast three people who were transferred to Donaldson from St. Clair or Holman prison, Zach Wilson, XaBrian, Jeremy Taylor, and during these incidents several witnesses heard the officer making statements like, ” You are with that Free Alabama Movement. Fuck Free Alabama Movement.”
BIBB CO. “HOT BAY” RIOTS, REBELLION, AND DESTRUCTION PROVE THE THESE TYPE OF LIVING ENVIRONMENTS DON’T WORK AND ARE WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS
As many Alabama citizens know, the use of “hot bay” behavior modification dorms in Alabama have already proven themselves to be tinder boxes. Bibb Co CF has already had a major disturbances in their hotbay dorms and several minor ones in less than a year. The first one, in July 2015 resulted in an entire dorm being destroyed. These type of dorms have always had problems and always will have problems.
Yet, in spite of the clear examples that these types oppressive living environments always end in mayhem, Commissioner Dunn presses forward with the plans to install a “hot bay” dorm at Donaldson CF. These dorms, which seem to place lives in danger, appear to be being used by the ADOC to create more headlines and violent conditions that so that the 1.5 billion dollar plan for new prisons can be revived.
“INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER “ Join the Movement and attend the event on June 25, 2016
While the material costs of the prison building plan is known, the question that remains opens is, what will be the final human cost and how many more lives and property will be lost in pursuit of more prisoners in Alabama with a plan that has already been proven to not work ?
Times have changed around the country with respect to mass incarceration, and a conscious awakening to the reality that “INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER “, is taking place. The time for change is NOW !!