Press Release: February 1 Protest To Highlight Inhumane Conditions In Alabama Prisons

Free Alabama Movement

*For Immediate Release*

January 26, 2015
Contact: Ann Brooks (256)783-1044

Press Release
February 1 Protest To Highlight Inhumane Conditions In Alabama Prisons

(Springville, Ala.) – Demanding an end to the filthy living conditions on Alabama’s death row and “a culture of violence” carried out by officials throughout the state’s maximum security prisons, families and friends of the men, women and children who are incarcerated in Alabama prisons will hold a peaceful protest on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Sponsored by the Free Alabama Movement (FAM), the protest will begin at 11:30 a.m.in front of the St. Clair Correctional Facility (SCCF), located at 1000 St. Clair Road in Springville.

FAM was started by men in Alabama state prisons to expose “the deplorable conditions and the slave labor inside the cement walls” of the state’s prisons. FAM has posted videos on You Tube in which over 80 men who are incarcerated in the Alabama Department of Corrections give their personal accounts about the inhumane living conditions they endure in Alabama prisons.

Three Alabama maximum security prisons, St. Clair CF, Holman Correctional Facility, and Donaldson Correctional Facility, all went on lockdown at some point in the past 10 days due to violent-related incidents.

Men and women are confined to their 8 by 12 foot cells 24 hours a day during lockdowns, and their family members
and friends cannot visit them.

On Jan. 25, several men on death row at Holman held a peaceful protest. Holman officials have denied these men use of equipment to clean their cells, and these men are being forced to eat cold sack lunches three times
a day. “We are human beings. Just because we’re on death row doesn’t mean that we have to live like animals,” said one death row inmate. The guards used pepper spray to punish the peaceful protesters in the segregation unit at Holman who were also protesting the inhumane living conditions.

SCCF has turned into one of the most dangerous prisons in America, according to the FAM. The prison’s warden, Carter Davenport was previously suspended in 2012 for assaulting a man confined at St. Clair in the head while he was handcuffed.

Riot police have been called in at SCCF, according to FAM. In the last two weeks, there have been at least 20 incidents in which people were stabbed or assaulted by an officer,  at SCCF. Prisoner Jarvis “Flame” Jenkins was beaten twice by guards and was seen with blood dripping from his clothes. Another SCCF prisoner, Derrick LaKeith Brown, has been hospitalized with injuries for a week.

Prison officials Warden Walter Myers and Captain Darryl Fails, and others, removed  James Pleasant from his cell at Holman on January 23, 2015, and told him that he, Robert E. Council (Holman) and Melvin Ray (St. Clair), known as the FAM 3, were problems to the ADOC and threatened to kill them for exposing inhumane and illegal conditions inside Alabama prisons.

FAM has been organizing Non-Violent and Peaceful Protests throughout the ADOC since January 1, 2015, when over a three week perios, over 4500 men participated in the demonstrated, which were supported by their families, friends, loved ones, and supporters nationwide.

For more information, call Ann Brooks at (256)783-1044.


UPDATED: On January 27, 2015, St. Clair CF went back on lockdown, where the overcrowding and lack of leadership from Warden Carter Davenport continues to cause a violent atmosphere.

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VIOLENCE CONTINUES ON AT ST. CLAIR PRISON IN SPRINGVILLE, ALABAMA

ANOTHER ASSAULT BY AN OFFICER AT ST. CLAIR PRISONS TODAY USING HADNCUFFS AS BRASSKNUCKLES TO ASSAULT AN UNARMED MAN

Part of the situation at St. Clair involves Officer Lindsey, who used a pair of handcuffs to hit a defenseless man in the mouth. The man defended himself in self-defense from this unprovoked attack, which left his mouth busted open and the officer with sever damage to his jaw and mouth.

This is the second incident in the past few months where an officer used a pair of handcuffs to assault someone. In the first incident, Ventura Harris was struck in the back of the head while handcuffed and required over 15 staples to close his scalp back together.

We are asking everyone to please join FAM on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at 11:30 am for a “STOP THE VIOLENCE, WARDEN DAVENPORT MUST GO” Prayer Vigil and Demonstration.

Contact Ms. Ann “Mother Ray” Brooks @ 256-783-1044 for additional details.

“STOP THE VIOLENCE, WARDEN DAVENPORT MUST GO”

“STOP THE VIOLENCE, WARDEN DAVENPORT MUST GO “

DavenportIn 2010, ADOC Commissioner Kim Thomas appointed Warden Carter Davenport as the Warden of St. Clair CF in Springville, Al. At the time Warden Davenport arrived, St. Clair was the least violent maximum security prison in the State of Alabama with only 23 incidents of violence for a prison population of appx. 1,300 men.

  • Just three (3) shorts years after his arrival to St. Clair in 2010, the violence level would quadrupled to 101 violent incidents in 2013, including two murders.

    By 2014, six people have been killed, including 4 murders in 2014 alone. St. Clair prison would witness historic levels of violence that would ultimately make St. Clair prison one of the worst in the Nation.

    Warden Davenport has created a toxic and hopeless environment where violence rules and where there is no accountability, no respect for Adm. Regs and S.O.P.’s, and no resources allocated to Education and Rehabilitation.

    Warden Davenport has overseen an administration that has repeatedly violated the Civil and Human Rights of the men incarcerated under his authority at St. Clair. In fact, Warden Davenport himself has been suspended for beating a man in handcuffs at St. Clair in 2012.

    The Equal Justice Initiative and the Southern Povery Law Center have filed class action lawsuits against Warden Davenport and ADOC for the violent culture and abuse that Davenport has overseen. One man, Joseph Shack was awarded over $70,000 in 2014 when he was beaten while handcuffed by Sgt. Mason- Sgt. Mason remains employed. EJI, The Montgomery Advertisor, and several others have called for Warden Davenport’s removal.

    As Under Davenport’s watch, six (6) people have been killed at St. Clair prison: Jamie Bell, John Rutledge, Marquette Cummings, Tim Duncan, Jodie Waldrop and Jabari Bascomb.

    2015 began with a wave of violence that has taken St. Clair by storm. As of January 23rd, over 20 people have been stabbed, officers have beaten several people, the Riot Team was called in, the prison went on lockdown, and several men are still hospitalized.

    Prior to Warden Davenport’s arrival at St. Clair prison, the men incarcerated, in conjunction with the previous Wardens David Wise and Warden DeAngelo Burrell, had founded a program called Convicts Against Violence. This program was largely responsible for bringing down the violence level at St. Clair to the historic lows that were in place when Davenport arrived. Yet, since his arrival at St. Clair, Warden Davenport stopped the Convicts Against Violence program, and to this day, C.A.V. remains the only program that has been stopped.

    Warden Davenport also ended C.A.V.’s conflict resolution and mediation classes, and the Educational and Mentoring program which had enrolled and actively engaged over 400 Students from L-M and P-Q dorms where predominately black men were/are now “warehoused” with no oulets for their frustration.

    This abuse of power and state-engineered violence, which can be tracked back directly to the hiring of Warden Carter Davenport must be stopped. Some guards at St Clair are undisciplined and abusive under the leadership of Warden Davenport. This is not the way citizens of the State of Alabama intend for their tax dollars to be spent. Take control of your tax money and sign this Petition to have Warden Carter Davenport removed from our payroll.

URGENT MESSAGE: St. Clair CF Prison has begun Retaliation Against Civil Litigants

The Alabama Department of Corrections seems to be implementing some type of covert operation where they are isolating everyone who has filed any type of litigation against St. Clair Cf into the maximum segregation unit of A Block.
In the coming days, F.A.M. will be asking our supporters to assist us in reaching out to some civil and human rights organizations and the U.S. DEPT OF JUSTICE to address these punitive tactics.
The people being targeted are being placed into a segregation unit irregardless of whether they have any segregation time or not. Once there, all mail, reading material, newspapers, visits, phone calls, and other privileges are being denied.

It appears that these moves are being ordered by Captain Gary Malone and Warden Carter Davenport, and that they are in response to the hightened media attention that has been brought onto St. Clair by the lawsuits filed by the EJI and the SPLC.