ADOC targets Black Newspaper For Reporting on Prisons 

The ADOC continues its efforts to muzzle the voices that are raising up behind prison walls. In their latest move, the ADOC has finally put into writing what it has been unwritten policy for the past 18 months: banning the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper from all ADOC prisons.

The pretextual reason for the ban, according to the ADOC, is that the newspaper is “racially motivated.” What the ADOC ignores is that its own existence is “racially motivated.” As many readers of the Bay View know, this newspaper extends its platform to the entire Black community, including those incarcerated in America’s prisons.

It was the Bay View Newspaper that started the coverage of FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, when no other news agency would, and their support never wavered. In addition, Bay View has continued to support ALL Movements being lead to end prison slavery in America, including in Alabama.

As a result of the current ban, a subscriber to the newspaper, Michael Williams, who is incarcerated at Holman prison, has went on a hunger strike in protest. The ADOC has banned many other publications over the past 3 years of any entity that covers the corruption and scandal that is the ADOC.

We encourage all of our supporters to make phone calls to the prison in support of Mr. Williams, and to demand that this unconstitutional ban be lifted. In addition, we encourage our supporters to contact legislatures in the House of Representatives and request that they investigate these attempts by the ADOC to stifle free speech and press, where ADOC officials are attempting to ban critique of their illicit practices from being exposed, while they seek over 350 million dollars in taxpayer funds to build new houses of horror and torture.

If ADOC wants to ban “racially motivated ” activity or ideology from spreading, perhaps they should start with the death penalty and habitual offender laws, which are used to disproportionately incarcerate Black people in the State.

From anonymous page Correctional Officer 


The Department of Corrections, more specifically St. Clair Correctional Facility, has reached a new low this week.  The Warden has decided to enforce a policy that prohibits Correctional Officers from bringing in normal items such as mesh backpacks, can sodas, and even sealed bags of chips.  Correctional Officers are being required to work 16 hour shifts on a regular basis and are already being forced to work with their hands tied behind their backs due to the lack of security equipment.  This new policy restricts Officers to using only plastic bags/backpacks not to exceed 16” x 12” x 4”, prohibits sealed / unopened / unsearchable opaque or Styrofoam food / drink containers, and even goes as far to state that a wallet cannot exceed 4” x 8”.  Once Correctional Officers enter the facility they are not authorized to leave during their shift, even if their 12 hour shift has been involuntarily extended to 16 hours.  With no designated lunch period or official breaks, Officers rely on the food and drinks they bring to last their entire shift.
Ever since the facility’s x-ray baggage scanner stopped working (and was later removed) approximately a year ago, the flow of contraband into the facility has increased exponentially.  The regular occurrence of “packages” being tossed over the perimeter fence has mysteriously stopped.  One can only imagine why.  Why not replace the x-ray scanner, instead of relying on inconsistent and substandard hand searches of Officer’s property?  If stopping the introduction of contraband is the Warden’s concern, why not do it the most effective and proven way possible?
The department’s regulations and this policy also prohibit cigars of any type.  This has always been enforced at the institution.  Approximately two years ago, a Correctional Officer was handcuffed, interrogated, and forced to resign upon the discovery that he had given an inmate some Black & Mild cigars.  Yet nearly every day, a Warden brings in Black & Mild cigars, openly smokes them, and gives them to inmates.  If this is illegal for an Officer to do, what makes it acceptable for a Warden to commit?  Why prevent Officers from bringing food and drinks to work?  Why are Officers the only ones being held to the regulations and policies?  At what point does one realize how irrational their policies and decisions truly are?

A Witness to Genocide: Soul-less in Alabama DOC, by S.J.

​”I have witnessed more than my share of young men that have been sucked into the modern-day plantation. Young men that have been abandoned, forgotten, and alienated. Young men that have been discarded like the trash in our every day households.

I’ve witnessed the transformation of these young men from someone’s son, brother, grandson, father, or husband/boyfriend; to an animal!! What was once hope in their eyes turned to hate, and despair.

I’ve watched and witnessed the lives of young men drain from their eyes, and their soul when they were forced to adapt to this cruel, and violent lifestyle of the concrete jungle. I’ve watched and witnessed the lives of these young men be taken from them because the concrete jungle engulfed them and claimed their blood.

I’ve watched and witnessed these young men laugh to keep from crying for way too long.

But one thing I’ve yet to witness is, the mass majority of society see what I have witnessed!

I WAS ONCE A YOUNG MAN!”
Received via a letter from Swift Justice.

EMERGENCY ALERT: Another Violent Death Being Reported by U.V. at Elmore CF


Unfortunately, we are receiving word of yet another stabbing death at Elmore CF. Elmore has already had one stabbing death this month and another in the complex at Staton. As these deaths continue to pile up, ADOC officials focus their attention on dollars over life.

As the death toll continues to rise, there have been no fundamental changes to the culture of ADOC. Efforts to save lives must be expedited because, in the eyes of the ADOC, bodies are replaceable.

 

Another Death in ADOC: No Statement from ADOC Spokesperson 

We are receiving word of a stabbing death at Staton CF. According to the report, the deceased had been stabbed twice in a two week period.

“Inmate stabbed to death at Staton. Second time same inmate been stabbed in less than 2 weeks.”

The ADOC has stopped reporting on violence incidents as they try to extort $800 million from taxpayers for new prisons. Not a single one of the “human rights” orgs have ever filed a wrongful death action against the ADOC for damages. All they want is attorneys fees.

We will not allow these deaths to be swept under the rug.

#incarceratedlivesmatter

 

HOW ABUSE OF THE INCARCERATED IS JUSTIFIED 

​Prisoner Hatred: The Psychology of Justified Torture in America        2/11/17

 
Millions of Americans are currently being held in modern day concentration camps on American soil. We call them “prisons”. Prisons are being ran “for profit” and have become torture chambers and “legalized” slave labor camps. Similar to Germany during the Nazi regime, Americans have been “trained” through media sources to look the other way, continue in complacency, mind our own business, and remain apathetic. We have naively believed whatever they, the prisoners, receive, they deserve. 
In an ego driven society, where personal gain and self preservation is cherished above consideration of our neighbors, whether we know them or not, projection, scapegoating, and superiority are the “ego defenses” used most often when directing hatred toward prisoners. It is how we justify the torture of millions of people, whether they are guilty or innocent. We do not stop to consider the aspects of “guilt versus innocence”, “crime”, or “authority”. 
In order to justify the torture of millions of people, held in these modern day concentration camps, called prisons, we project onto them everything we hate about ourselves (projection). Whatever quality of ourselves that we “secretly” hate, we see it perfectly in prisoners. Therefore, we believe, “whatever they receive, they deserve”. 
Even as we project our self hatred onto a group of people we deem as worthy of hatred, we say to ourselves, they deserve to die, or be tortured, or suffer, or be locked in a cage for the rest of their lives, they are less than human (scapegoating). We become sadistic abusers. 
And after all, we are the “superior” group (superiority). We believe we deserve all good things and they don’t because they are less than human, less than deserving, less than worthy of love….etc. 
Because we blindly trust “authority” and are taught to “worship” “authority”, we do not consider if the prisoner is innocent or guilty by doing our own research of the “crime”. We really do not care; our ego needs someone to hate and blame. And, we do not consider if a “crime” was even committed at all, as in “conspiracy” charges. We continue to project, blame, and criticize. We do not consider what the “crime” is…again, we need somewhere to place our self hatred. 
We need someone or some group to be our “slave” so that we can keep up our superiority ideals. We need someone or some group to oppress so that we can feel good about our intelligence, our college degrees, our material  possessions. We need someone or some group to place our “hatred” so that we can continue our denial systems, our lack of accountability, our own slave mentality. 
“In Deep Love and Eternal Kindness”, 
Angela Clemons, LAC

Alabama House Speaker unsure if Governor’s prison overhaul plan will pass | WHNT.com

http://whnt.com/2017/02/06/alabama-house-speaker-unsure-if-governors-prison-overhaul-plan-will-pass/

  The Governor is playing politics with the location of the proposed new prison sites. Closing down 17 prisons will affect the economy of alot of communities in Alabama. Thus, to disclose a location would influence the vote of many legislatures. 

ADOC and US DOJ are in on investigation together 

​  https://www.bna.com/sessions-confirmation-pit-n73014450289/

 “Faced with unfavorable political decisions necessary to adequately fund its prison system—such as raising taxes or letting out low-level offenders early—Alabama instead backed civil actions and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation that raised questions about the state of its prisons, Arthur Rizer, justice policy director at libertarian think tank the R Street Institute and a former assistant U.S. attorney, told Bloomberg BNA on Jan. 19.

State officials were hoping that the results of the investigation would allow them to blame former President Barack Obama’s already unpopular administration for any unpopular actions, Rizer said.”

THE FLEECING OF THE PRISON POPULATION

​Repost by Don Shula in Prison Reform Movement: 
This is a post from Debra Hernandez. What she is saying is so important and true. 
SILENCE AND INACTION IN THE FACE OF ALL THIS INJUSTICE IS CONSENT, IS COMPLICITY. 
  Here she comments on the reasons behind the prison abolition movement.

I love it.  
  Been involved since 1978. The pendulum definitely swung way way right. I hope to see it in my lifetime. 

The problem is that the Legislature and system that created the system will put up a fight due to the profiteers.   I believe like in Arizona the same people who started to put this in motion in the late 80s are the exact same who are the ones who profit. Many in AZDOC   administration now work in conjuction with the private prisons we have here. It continues to grow. 

Actually,  Arizona is in a teacher crisis.  They are down thousands of teachers. Several thousand class rooms don’t have teachers that are credentialed. They have babysitters. Governor Ducey who gave his address at the beginning of the year started all about education being a priority.  It is smoke and mirrors. He have condemned buildings that used to be the classrooms,  next to what was supposed to be temporary. 

He proposed,  get this a .04% raise for teachers. What a joke. Minimum wage gets more than college educated professionals.  

Now,  if journalists want to uncover what’s underneath the smoke and mirrors, they would find it is criminal how our education system has been raided over the last 20 years. The politicians stole from the kids and made a crime and punishment industry that gets billions. Here in Arizona,  the budget for prisons is extremely high.  Like I said a couple ofbillion or more.

Now, over the years they have put the costs onto the prisoners families.

They pay $25.00 for an application to visit per adult and children who become teems then have to get a back check even if they have visited for most of their young lives. Azdoc took control through the AZ Legislature, years ago, the inmate account and made it the property of AZDOC.  So, once it goes on their books it belongs to Department of Corrections.  They receive the interest. They get kick backs from the telephones,  the commissary . They have to buy there own clothes which are orange AZDOC uniforms. They don’t actually own them, they rent them. Doc will take them back once you are released if they are so lucky to get out. They pay electric,  they pay for Doctors appointment and there are fees that have nothing to do with inmate. Those fees are expenses for other parts of the prison system, like programs for drunk drivers who are serving time. There are no programs, no incentives to learn and better themselves.  They say they do but in reality that is another smoke and mirror. 

WHAT I AM GETTING AT IS,

WE HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM SET UP HERE IN ARIZONA THAT GUARANTEES THAT MORE PRIVATE PRISONS WILL BE NEEDED. 

THE PROBLEM IS THE POOR SCHOOLS ARE ATTROCITIES.  

THE PRISONS DON’T HAVE THE STAFFING.  THEY ARE SO SHORT ON STAFF THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A CRISIS. REMEMBER THE LONGEST PRISON HOSTAGE SITUATION HAPPENED IN LEWIS PRISON, THE EXACT PRISON THAT MY HUSBAND AND SON ARE IN. 

THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO FEED THEM  THE FOOD PACKAGE LIMIT HAS GROWN OVER SEVERAL YEARS. THE AMOUNT THEY CAN BUY IN COMMISSARY ALSO HAS GONE UP. 

THE FAMILIES OF THE INMATES ARE SUBSIDIZING THE MEALS, THE CLOTHES, THE DENTIST OR DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS.  THEY PAY ELECTRICITY,  FEES ARE PASSED ON AS WELL.  WE THEN PAY OUR TAXES AND WE PAY FOR THE BILLIONS IN AZ DEPARTMENT OF THE BUDGET. 

WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY GOING TO?  NOT TO SCHOOLS, OR PRISONERS CARE AND NOT SECURITY OF THE PUBLIC.

I WOULD LIKE AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER USE THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL.

San Francisco Bay View » Michigan prisoners speak out against ‘epic’ abuse and retaliation

http://sfbayview.com/2017/02/michigan-prisoners-speak-out-against-epic-abuse-and-retaliation/
Michigan prisoners speak out against ‘epic’ abuse and retaliationFebruary 3, 2017

by Harold Gonzales

  On Sept. 9, 2016, prisoners participated in the largest prisoner work stoppage in the history of the country. Prisoners in at least four facilities in Michigan joined in the workstoppage,including Kinross Correctional Facilitynear Kincheloe in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The next morning, after retaliatory actions from staff, Kinross prisoners held a peaceful demonstration in the yard. Since then, hundreds have faced harsh, unjust retaliation.Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS)formed to help amplify the voices of prisoners brave enough to speak out publicly against the abuses of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). Harold “HH” Gonzaleswas a spokesperson for the prisoners at thedemonstration at Kinross and wrote the following account.This photo illustrates a Jan. 9, 2017, story broadcast by WCMU Radio, a NPR station, headlined, “Disturbance at Kinross cost almost $900,000.”It is hard for me to write these accounts because they are so numerous in blatant retaliatory actions against us, without any regard or fear of accountability. A lot of the public would not believe a state agency could stoop to a lot of the persecution I’ve faced for standing against past and presentinhumane treatment. They count on that fact, as well as the hope that an attitude of “prisoners don’t deserve rights,” or the public turning a blind eye to the mistreatment of prisoners, will be their license to mistreat us.I will try to give you a brief, concise description of events that precipitated the fall event, the event itself and the actions ofMDOC afterward. Before I do so, though, I would like to share a perspective that I believe will help people to understand our plight.When people hear prison or Department of Corrections, they think of a system of incarcerating criminals; they relate through what they’ve seen in movies and so forth. They see it as a state agency run by a pseudo-government, governed by a system of checks and balances.It’s an “easy on the eye, mind and soul” vision. What it really is, is a multi-million-dollar corporation. I believe it accounts for one of the top three largest parts of the state’s budget. It outsources to outside bidders for contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, for huge kickbacks.It is now beginning to monopolize the sale of goods and services to the inmate populations. In essence, it’s “big business” and, like all big business, its goal is to protect its interest. Couple that with a system that creates its own policies, answers to itself and, because its merchandise is prisoners, has no real moralor ethical responsibilities, and you have the Michigan Department of Corrections, or MDOC!It is hard for me to write these accounts because they are so numerous in blatant retaliatory actions against us, without any regard or fear of accountability. A lot of the public would not believe a state agency could stoop to a lot of the persecution I’ve faced for standing against past and presentinhumane treatment.Now I can begin the story of the events at Kinross that culminated in the fall work stoppage, and the subsequent actions taken by the department.All the inmates at what is now known as Kinross were transferred as a whole to that facility in the fall of 2015. The “new” facility was abhorrently below the health and safety standards required to open it. When we arrived, there was no heat, the plumbing didn’t work, the room and cell furnishings that are required by Correctional Facilities Administration (CFA) policies could not be met, i.e., blankets, sheets, washcloths, towels etc.The ventilation system, when turned on, caused three people to be rushed immediately to the hospital and 26 people ended up going in time. The chow hall was woefully inadequate to facilitate 1,150 inmates, the cable didn’t work, and there were not enough outlets for the eight men required to live in cramped cubes built for four men – in fact, there were only two outlets. There were no shelves for the inmates’ bunks, no curtains, no fans, no sprinklers for fire safety, and we were fed well beneath calorie and nutritional standards!There is more, but I will stop here. As you can see, though, the prison clearly was not ready for human or animal habitation. Everymaintenance man was heard to say, “I don’tknow why they brought you guys here; the prison is not ready.”This actually sparked a previous protest that was blamed by MDOC on Trinity, one ofthose outsourced, privately-owned, kickback-giving companies that was supposed to feed us. And so the onus of the cause of the protest was placed on Trinity, and the overall general conditions that it was really about were conveniently overlooked by the MDOC Public Relations Department.The prison clearly was not ready for human or animal habitation. Every maintenance man was heard to say, “I don’t know why they brought you guys here; the prison is notready.”We lived under these conditions for most ofthe time we were there. I’ve been doing time for almost 30 years and in all that timeI’ve never seen conditions so bad they united 1,150 prisoners: Bloods, Crips, GDs, Vicelords, Red Teams, Blue Teams, Five-Pointed Stars, Six-Pointed Stars, Christian, Muslim, all united in the common cause of ending the abusive conditions, mental and physical, that all inmates are subjected to, not just at Kinross, but all overMichigan.Kinross just created a united mindset to stand against it finally. Suddenly, everyone was an activist, willing to support in any way they could.We exhausted all the avenues for legal redress on the issues to the kangaroo judicial system – it just happened to be the same system we were seeking redress from: “Big Business MDOC,” the same people who approved and allowed us to be transferred there. Clearly, they were not going to answer in our favor and give in to the most hated enemy of Big Business: “liability.”So they took us on the roller coaster of “spins,” false promises, creative interpretation and bureaucratic red tape! It reached the point where we were clearly able to see the nature of the animal we were dealing with and the futility of seeking justice from the system built, owned, written by and answering only to itself, without outside assistance. There were many solutions to go about getting it, but the one that held was the work stoppage of Sept. 9, 2016.Kinross just created a united mindset to stand against it finally. Suddenly, everyone was an activist, willing to support in any way they could.Suffice it to say the work stoppage was organized and put in effect the morning of Sept. 9. The protest had taken on a nationalaspect, where it was no longer just about Kinross, but the idea and concept of mass incarceration, built with racial overtones, unfair and unethical sentencing practices, unjust taxation without representation, suchas the 6 percent sales tax on anything we order except food from store, even shippingand handling, “the New Jim Crow.”The warden knew of the protest and the truth of why it happened at his facility, a fact that can be logically proven by his stance of inaction against it. He instructed his staff not to write tickets or fire inmates for not working. If you check the records, no tickets were written and no one lost a job for not working that day. Clearly, he knew we had legitimate gripes against his facility.His staff, however, were of a different opinion. They chose to try and exorcise the protest out of us through mistreatment: malicious shakedowns, breaking property and underfeeding us with dated, spoiled food; and when seeking redress, we were told to “deal with it.”This sparked off the assembly on Sept. 10, 2016. In short, against my will I ended up out there. I blame no inmate for their actions. These were men who were desperate and believing they had no other option. While I did not agree with some of the methods used, I believed in the principles at their core.The warden knew of the protest and the truth of why it happened at his facility, a fact that can be logically proven by his stance of inaction against it.You have to realize the severity of the situations we face in here. They (MDOC) have literally killed people in here and gotten away with it. They were basically starving us, had us living in filth, no bleach, watered down sanitizer, with lying and abusive staff, and the only people to complain to would rather protect the interests of “Big Business” than the rights ofsome prisoners!So I ended up out there and, yeah, when things started to turn dark (mindsets, not the time of day) and people – scared, tired, frustrated, with hope almost gone – asked me to be the spokesperson for the inmates with the administration, I did it, and peacefully ended the assembly. This action has me labeled as the “leader” of the fall incidents, when in actuality I ended a situation that could have turned ugly for everyone. I thought I did a good thing for us: no one hurt, good discussion with the warden, a positive tone all around.You have to realize the severity of the situations we face in here. They (MDOC) have literally killed people in here and gotten away with it.But “Big Business” couldn’t allow it to end like that. It had too much attention and theycouldn’t allow the focus of the incident to be on the issues, so they literally sent in the guns to an already agitated, anxiety-filled, desperate group of individuals who were barely talked out of violence, to aggravate and intensify their aggression.They intentionally incited a riot-type atmosphere so the department would back their past transgressions – they would haveno choice! They intentionally collage all the events together to paint the picture of a bunch of inmates storming out of units rioting, when in fact the assembly had been over for at least two hours, inmates were in their units in their cubes and peaceful whenthey sent in the “storm troopers.” Inmates in my unit were on their bunks and still they gassed us repeatedly.They intentionally incited a riot-type atmosphere so the department would back their past transgressions – they would haveno choice!We were taken out of the unit and myself and 102 other inmates were taken to Marquette Prison, to a condemned block that had been closed down for four years prior to our arrival. We were placed in filthy cells here also, plumbing didn’t work, and supplies and treatment were below standards. We were always fed the same bag meals, although they had a functioning kitchen with workers, and already fed everyone else there in their cells hot meals.After the second day, I was separated from the rest of the transferred Kinross prisonersand placed in another block, where I was informed that they “knew” I was the “leader”and I had nothing coming. They meant my property was “lost.” Everything I possessed – hygiene, legal transcripts, coat, shoes, appliances, photos etc. – everything gone. Iwas denied toothpaste the whole time I was there.Twenty-severn days later, 88 of us were transferred again to Baraga Maximum facility, where again I was separated from the rest of the inmates. I was immediately called into an office, told they “knew” I was the “leader” of the “rebellion” and that I should plan to be there in segregation for two years.After this event, my security classification was raised up four levels and I was placed in administrative segregation where they can keep you for as long as they want. HereI was denied blankets, washcloths, towels and laundry bags for the first 10 to 12 days, an extra set of clothing for 27 days, the right to buy things from the store for 70 days, and none of these things did they end up giving me without me first having to go through the lengthy grievance process.I was immediately called into an office, toldthey “knew” I was the “leader” of the “rebellion” and that I should plan to be therein segregation for two years.These are all things that another prisoner is given by procedure, but here I have to grieve to get them. They have an “incentive”program here that allows inmates to earn privileges and even though I do all the things necessary to gain the privilege, I have to grieve to gain them. This is a process that can be stretched out to 60 days, so I’m always behind in anything I earn. They have still not “found my property.”As of Aug. 19, 2016, I was a level one-one prisoner, the lowest security achievable. I was a father with an 8-year-old son I have never seen face-to-face, not living in the best of circumstances, striving diligently to reach him. I had three years left on an 11-year sentence.Men like me are the perfect “patsy” for the MDOC. We are supposed to take the abuse and make no waves. They pit our desire to go home against our desire for humane treatment. Ninety percent accept the abuse,but the abuse throughout MDOC is reachingepic levels! Sure, on the surface they have asystem of checks and balances, but the checks don’t balance the scales. They cover up the transgressions, so in essence the checks balance the scales so that they ever favor “Big Business!”We need help, I’m shouting out from this 8-by-10 cell, help us! Don’t let them quiet our voice; be an amplifier for us. Don’t let what they are doing to us and throughout the MDOC fade into oblivion. We were not angels, but we don’t deserve this!We need help, I’m shouting out from this 8-by-10 cell, help us! Don’t let them quiet our voice; be an amplifier for us. Don’t let what they are doing to us and throughout the MDOC fade into oblivion.I cannot express adequately my appreciation and gratitude or the humbling effect that knowing I’m not in this alone hashad on me. I’m thankful for the strength andinspiration that your support provides at thetimes when things get overwhelming. I will not run from this or hide. There are too many inmates that are counting on me to be their voice, and since that’s where this started for me, that’s where I’ll be until the end!

Send our brother some love and light: Harold Gonzales, 194496, Baraga MaximumCorrectional Facility, 13924 Wadaga Rd., Baraga, MI 49908-9204.

ALTERNATIVE PLAN FOR ALABAMA PRISONS PROPOSAL 

Monday, January 30, 2017
Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) will present his alternative to solve Alabama’s prison overcrowding to the Prison Reform Committee Monday.
The committee meeting will be at 10:00 a.m. in room 325 of the State House.State Auditor Jim Zeigler is promoting his “Plan Z” as “a cheaper and faster way to alleviate current inmate overcrowding.” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) for the second straight year is promoting an extreme proposal he is calling the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative (APTI).

The Bentley Administration wants to borrow an incredible $800 million to build four mega-prisons and close 14 of Alabama’s existing prisons. Auditor Zeigler warned that the Bentley plan, “Would indebt the State for almost a billion dollars and still not solve the overcrowding problem.”Zeigler said that Alabama Department of Corrections commissioner Jeff Dunn said last weekthat the Bentley plans would raise inmate capacity from the current 13, 318 to 16,000. Zeigler said: “That is nowhere near the current population of 23,318 inmates. We incur almost a billion dollars of debt for the next 30 years but do not come close to solving the problem. Big borrowed cost – no solution.”

Zeigler said that his Plan Z would build a new women’s prison, refurbish the old Tutwiler women’s facility to a new men’s prison, reduce overtime paid by the prison by up to $18.9 million, and continue with criminal justice reforms that are already causing inmate reductions.

Zeigler said that his plan would only require a bond issue of $123 million, which Zeigler points out is far less than the APTI bond issue of $800 million. Zeigler said that $7 million of the annual savings by cutting overtime will pay for the bond issue with no burden on the General Fund or taxpayers.

Zeigler said, “Supporters of APTI are attempting to paint a picture that it is the only alternative to overcrowding and a potential federal takeover. APTIis NOT the only alternative. As a matter of fact APTI does not solve the overcrowding problem at all, by their own facts.”

Zeigler said, “Before the Legislative Session is over, Plan Z can be substantially improved by input from all concerned. This is a much better methodology than presenting the Legislature with a package dealand seeking their approval.”

Zeigler wrote that a Jan. 20, 2017 analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Office determined that Plan Z could decrease inmates to 18,727, dropping overcrowding to 132 percent of Federal guidelines. The figure of 135 percent is generally considered acceptable and is an appropriate target.

Gov. Bentley recently told the Alabama Media Group that borrowing the $800 million to build the four new mega prisons was his top legislative priority of the upcoming 2017 Legislative Sessions. Gov. Bentley had proposed the enormously expensive plan in 2016. The controversial plan was passed by the Alabama House of Representativesbut went down in the Alabama Senate.State Auditor Jim Zeigler has been a frequent critic of this and many other Bentley Administration proposals.

Zeigler has been mentioned as a possible 2018 Gubernatorial candidate. Bentley is term limited from serving another term. Many critics of the Bentley plan argue that a lame duck governor facing possible indictments and/or impeachment should not hamstring the next Governor with paying for prison debt run up by the previous administration.

CERT Team OFFICERS CARRY OUT BRUTAL ATTACK AND USE CHEMICAL AGENTS AT HOLMAN PRISON

*Attention Emergency Confined*** ***********Citizens Alert**********Prisoners in the segregation unit (lock up) at Holman Prison are currently being attacked and sprayed with a chemical agents by the CertTeam. It has been reported that prisoners are having trouble breathing due to the harsh chemicals and no ventilation. Staff are refusing to open doors to vent out the strong smell. The Prisoners were conducting a peaceful protest against inhumane conditions. Inmates are complaint of non functioning toilets, showers, refusal for daily walks . It has been reported that are having trouble breathing due to the harsh chemicals and no ventilation.These type of attacks are a violation of Prisoner Rights according to the 8th Amendment under Crueland Unusual Punishment.A use of force is excessive and violates the Eighth Amendment when it is not applied in an effort to maintain or restore discipline but is used to maliciously and sadistically cause harm. Where a prison official is responsible for unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain, the Eighth Amendment has been violated.Please contact the A.D.O.C and the Alabama Governors Office demanding that prisoners are provided proper treatment and that their current inhumane conditions need to be addressed immediately.

Warden Stewart 

Holman Correctional Facility1240 Ross Rd, Atmore, AL 36502

‎(251) 368-8173

Comissioner Jefferson Dunn

Associate Commissioner

Grant Culliver

Alabama Department of Corrections

301 South Ripley Street

P.O. Box 301501

Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1501

webmaster@doc.alabama.gov

(334) 353-3883

Governor Robert Bentley

600 Dexter AvenueMontgomery, AL 36130

(334) 242-7100

Department of Justice

(205) 244-2001

ussaln.civilrights@usdoj.gov

A RESPONSE TO THE CRITIQUE PUBLISHED BY IT’S GOING DOWN 

Link to Critique:
A Look at the Free Alabama Movement https://itsgoingdown.org/look-free-alabama-movement/?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C3211025623 — 

As an inside/outside supporter standing in solidarity of the FAM, it is my duty as a comrade and supporter of FAM to respond to the critique of the FAM post on January 25, 2016 on the site, Its Going Down. This response is by no means to disregard the opinion of the author; however a response is much needed to clarify the actions, works, and accomplishments of the FAM.I would like to begin by addressing the opening quote by the author of the article. 
  It was stated, “Non-violence is itself just an insidious hypocritical form of violence, a sign of certain people’s inability to stand up for themselves as human beings. “ As a comrade of the FAM I know that the members have been taught, studied, and duplicated the works of many leaders such as; Civil Rights Leaders, Revolutionaries, Political and Spiritual Leaders from our history and current times. The actions of such leaders were not always supported by violencebut were effective forms of actions that led to manyaccomplishmentsthat brought change. Leaders such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and The Black Panther Party were of great minds that were often met with a level of violence; however, in most cases they chose to use their minds versus violence. This choice did not deem them as unable to stand up for themselves nor the rights of the people.One of the easiest things for the inactive to do is criticize works of the active without suggesting or offering any form of a solution. It is also the actions of a reactionary to cause more damage by using violence, especially if the violence is not being used in effort to defend a cause or for protection. 
  To criticize the works of FAM in such a blistering manner suggest hate and envy towards FAM, the movement and its supporters inside and out. After carefully reviewing your article, what “you” considered to be a critique of the actions of FAM, was more so an attack geared towards discrediting the works and accomplishmentsof the FAM. Also, I do recall that you mentioned that you “sincerely” hoped that FAM changes its mode of action and incorporate a diversity of actions into its tactics when it came to fighting the state. You continued to state that you hope that FAM abandons it reformist goals where strengthening the state. I am very curious to know, how effective would it be to approach the state in a violent manner in effort to change, reform, or repeal laws. It is the right of the people to hold those who are place in these offices accountable for their actions, policies, and procedures without jeopardizing the safety of those of the movement inside and out.The use of the non-violent approach being used by FAM is based on multiple reasons, one, as I stated, is the safety of the members and supporters (insideand out), using the knowledge gained by extensive research in its proper manner, and attacking this system on the economic basis in which this system is thriving on. 

  The sole reason why Mass Incarceration exsist is due to a profit based agenda.It was the portrayal of violence and violent related crimes that led the majority of those incarcerated to end up behind prison walls. “You” being a previous participant and observer (as you so stated)have knowledge that the strategic planning, organization mobilization of the FAM in January 2014, cost the state of Alabama millions of dollars during days of the work stoppage, also sparking the attention of the state and the awareness of the nation to finally recognize that changes needed to be made in the system. This system capitalizes on the suffrage of the men, women and their families not only in the state of Alabama, but across the nation. The only thing the system (naming the ADOC, law makers, corporations, and politicians, etc.) understands is the bottom line (money). The only way to fight this profiting system is to attack its investments and industries economically (non-violently)by the use of work stoppages, labor strikes, sit downs, and more importantly boycotts with the aide and assistance of the outside ( family members, organizations, and those who view this draconian system as unjust) standing in solidarity, once again non-violently. 
  Now if met with violence, it would only be of human nature to defend one’s self “by any means necessary”, in the words of Malcolm X. It is unfortunate that you and the media have mislabeled and misinterpreted the so called “riot “that occurred on August 1, 2016 as an act of violence instead of resistance to the unjust actions of the ADOC. However, FAM and its supporters deemed these actions as “the language of the unheard”, as stated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It isevident that you have not paid close attention of theplans of the ADOC and state officials that it is more important to build more prisons to combat the over crowdedness instead of repealing laws, revamping the parole system, and implementing rehabilitation programs (as stated in the FAM Freedom Bill) in effort to lower the recidivism rates and restore families and communities.
   It is the lack of knowledge and ignorance of those, including yourself that aide in the efforts of the state to allocate money to be allowed to build more prisons. My question to you is what other way do you think they will get this money? Simply put, it is to create situations of violence to show and prove that it is necessary to provide money for the building of new prisons to continue this profit making process. It is also amusing that you have missed this concept considering you are a part of this process just as much as those who participated in the “riot”. Furthermore, it is sad that those who work for this system recognize the acts of the administration and have expressed to the members of FAM in conversation, documentation, and participation of the movement that they too agree that some actionneeds to be taken not only on the behalf of the inmates, but also themselves, as they suffer as welldue to lack of pay and their safety. Unbeknownst to you, FAM is in possession of this proof and this information. This information has been dispersed tothose who are trusted to disclose this information to assist in bringing awareness to this situation.One thing that I do agree is that FAM has been excellent at spreading the information and raising the awareness to people on the outside. However, I do not agree that they have failed to spread and articulate this same awareness inside the prisons inthe state of Alabama, January 2014 Shutdown, May Day (May 1st), and September 9 are indications thatthe information were well disseminated and well received in the inside for those who were receptive of the information. FAM has and will utilize continuous efforts to continue spreading the word about their goal, which is Freedom and Humane Treatment. I will admit that it will not reach everyone, but it will not stop them from trying nor will it stop this Movement. 

  To say that the work stoppages that occurred on the fore mentioned dates were ineffective is ludicrous due to the fact that the work stoppages cost the state millions in lost revenue, brought the awareness of the Alabama (tax paying) public, and the nation that there is a serious problem. It also revealed to the prisoners that are being used as slave laborers that we the people have the power to change this system.More importantly, FAM recognizes that the people must be educated as to the root cause of Mass Incarceration, Prison Labor, and legalized slavery can only survive under the protection of the U.S. Constitution by way of the 13th Amendment which states that: slavery is abolished with the exception of one duly convicted in a court of law. This education must be applied to those on the inside and outside in order to raise awareness so that this can be effectively combated.You stated, “In order to end prison slavery, prison society must be destroyed and the same goes for Mass Incarceration. I would advise prison rebels to not allow so-called free-world allies to dictate how we fight. We really don’t need allies, we need accomplices, conspirators.” This is the rhetoric of a fool! Until FAM organized the work stoppages, labor strikes, and shut downs, NO ACTION had been taken by the masses of prisoners to bring raises awareness about the system of Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery on a state, national, and even international level. 
  My questions to you and those who you have “talked” to, what organizing and plan of actions have “you” taken to attack the very conditions you are currently under?In closing, your attempts to slander and denigrate FAM are without merit and support. Also in regards to the “Peace Summit” you referred to, the peace that was brokered at Holman was done so by members of FAM, UPU (Universal Peace and Unity) religious communities, militant communities, and those affiliated with youth organizations this peace was brokered by THE PEOPLE working in unity and solidarity. The person, to whom you are attempting to slander, Kinetik Justice, has worked tiredly and effortlessly on the behalf of the people to be a voicefor the voiceless and to bring awareness to the squalor, pain, and suffering of the incarcerated in Alabama and across the nation. You do NOTHING and have done NOTHING, yet you attempt to slander and discredit a movement based assumption that only Facebook post is the cause of being placed him in solitary confinement for the past three years and as of current date. Kinetik Justice, Ra Sun, and Dhati Khalid (FAM 3) have duplicated the actions of our most prominent leaders for the fight for Freedom, Justice, and Equality which definitely constitute them as being leaders.
Respectfully,

FAM QUEEN Team UPU (Universal Peace and Unity)

Who’s guarding Alabama’s death row? Holman prison ‘severely understaffed,’ internal documents show | AL.com

Who’s guarding Alabama’s death row? Holman prison ‘severely understaffed,’ internal documents show | AL.com http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/01/whos_guarding_alabamas_death_r.html

Pick the day; pick the problem. ADOC has them all. 

JOIN F.A.M. IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IN AUGUST FOR THE MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS MARCH

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT is announcing our plan to support and attend the Millions For Prisoners March on Washington, DC in August. The current projected date for the March is August 19, 2017.We encourage all of our supporters to help spread the word about this important event by visiting the FACEBOOK group.Also, FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT would like to start producing fliers and preparing travel plans for this event. FAM will be providing free travel and food, etc. from the donations that we have received since September 9th. If you are interested in helping to plan and organize this event with us, please inbox your contact info so that we can add you to our conference call and email lists.In addition to this event, FAM will be receiving input from our supporters on the feasibility of a suggestion that was made by Unheard Voices ofhosting an event at the Alabama State Capitol on this same day for those who can’t attend in Washington. We need your input on this, so please share your insights, ideas, and suggestions.

RISING DEATHS AND ASSAULTS CONTINUE TO PLAGUE ALABAMA PRISONS

The death toll is on the rise in Alabama prisons. In addition, suicide rates are increasing. Despite these rises in preventable deaths, the voice of the family members of the living incarcerated members  remains fairly quiet, if not muted about the conditions and happening in Alabama prisons.

  As the lead voice on reform is Alabama, FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT receives messages from family members “after the fact” that their loved one has been harmed. Yet, when the warnings are sent out by FAM that something is amiss in the prisons and more vocal action and organizing is needed, the responses are usually negligible to non-existent. 

  The solution to these problems will require UNITY. WHY wait until a loved one is being carried out on a gurney or med flighted to a trauma center or hidden in a solitary cell incommunicado before deciding to reach out for assistance? 

  If you have a loved one is prison, NOW is the time to act, while they are still healthy, alive, and breathing on their own. Don’t wait until disaster strikes before deciding that you want to contact someone. Get involved in doing something that will bring your loved one home; don’t settle for a visit and incentive packages to bring comfort to a person who cannot know comfort in such deplorable conditions. 

  In appx. 45 days the Alabama legislature will be meeting to make decisions that will affect the lives of 30,000 families. The sad part is that the families are not organized in any meaningful way to have their voices heard, neither on the question of building new human warehouses, nor on the issue of using tax dollars to pay for it. 

  As one lawyer said last year, these people are planning to build a 1 billion dollar tomb to bury people alive in. If the family members don’t act, then it won’t be long before mothers and wives start buying flowers and caskets instead of shoe packages and Christmas packages. 

 

  

Alabama Prison Purgatory and the Billion Dollar Fraud to Build More Prisons 

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Posted on June 7, 2016 byinternationalprisonwatch

By an Alabama inmate*

2015-2016

This is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

That is what the following that you are about to read is and will be. You may not like it, and you probably won’t, you may even doubt it or disregard it, but it will still be the truth, and not what your elected officials and appointed do-boys want you to believe, and yet have been reportedly telling you the public for years. If you doubt because of who or where I presently am, I can prove every word that’s said and that makes me dangerous to these liars.

I have been incarcerated here in the Alabama Department of Corruption (ADOC) since November, 1989, almost 26 straight years, for Theft of Property 1st degree, from Mobile County (I was passing through). I have not been out since that arrest, nor have I been pardoned, I have been denied repeatedly, yet I have only had 5 disciplinary infractions in all these years. I am well educated, and I have completed every so-called program the ADOC allows me to participate in. I am a practitioner of Native American Spirituality and believe deeply in the existence we as humans share, and yes there is a creator.

I am also guilty of the charged Alabama crime. I am sorry it happened and I have paid dearly for it. I have put this before you to let you know this will be based on facts, the truth, and be honestly given to you so you’ll know how your politicians are and have lied to you.

What you are about to be informed about is what the true reality is, no cover-up, no misinformation being thrown at you to scare you into reacting and doing (voting) on what your politicians are trying to get you to do. Just the true honest facts.

Fact 1

This wonderous cure-all Prison Reform Bill [SB67], that has been talked about for the last 15 years, that your legislature just passed, well here is the real scoop on it:

– It does not do anything to relieve the worst overcrowded prison system in these United States. They are telling the public it fixes the problem. They have lied to you! Why?

There is nothing in the whole Bill SB67 that relieves or releases, or even helps release anyone who now makes up this prison overcrowding problem. Nor would it help anyone who has done 20+ years inside here with a chance or any way out of here. Here is why:

First, they never tell you the public the exact real prison population. It is always between 28,000 or 33,000 whenever they state the prison population figures.

Second, if a prison system is designed to hold less than 14,000 inmates, and the actual population is one of thes 28,000 to 33,000 figures, how can a prison system only be 185 to 190% capacity when the figures say it’s actual number is twice the designated capacity? The true figures don’t lie, but the politicians tell you only what they want you to hear, and yet Sen. Cam Ward went before Congress on July 15, 2014, and stated the prison popuation was “192%,” but he doesn’t tell you the public that. You’re not really supposed to know, so they hide the real truth. Doesn’t it make you wonder what else they hide from you?

The Prison Bill has the Parole Board hiring 100 new parole officers, for who? Not anybody in here, but to drop the caseload of the already hired Parole Board officers, yet only 3 out of 10 people are granted parole.Those parole figures have steadily declined since 2008.

Also, they keep talking about the Federal government coming in and taking over the prison system. The Federal government doesn’t want to take over, it has 48 other states that have overcrowding problems to worry about. Alabama is just the worst.

If the Alabama politicians don’t fix the problems they themselves have helped create, then they can let the Feds take over, and sit back and say “We told you (Alabama) they would take over,” and they don’t have to worry about being voted out of their easy jobs by looking like they are easy on crime or couldn’t fix what their own have created.

Did you know that Governor Bentley’s January 14, 2014 State of the State address said not one word about fixing the prison probem? You should read it.

Fact 2

Sen. Ward and new Commissioner Dunn have both stated that 4500 inmates will be released within the next 5 years.

How?

They don’t tell you that.

Why?

Because that money will be released through normal ADOC or Parole operations. This does not drop the overcrowded population in any way. There are that many prisoners awaiting to come from county jails and the streets new. Yet, they also tell you the Prison Reform Bill will expand the prison system by up to 2000 more beds. Where are they gonna be put?

But it is interesting that neither 4500 released inmates nor the 2000 bed expansion was in the revised Bill the Governor signed.

What are you telling the public these lies for?

Again, there is nothing in this miraculous Bill that releaves the overcrowding.

And Mr Commissioner Dunn: the Federal Courts have already struck down the stacking of beds three (3) high. They stopped that at W.E. Donaldson and St. Clair. Making it even more overcrowded and dangerous is not the solution. There is already enough violence in here now, how much more will you create and how many more inmates will one guard have to oversee, or how many more stabbings and deaths will you allow?

And yes, a lot of these needless stabbings and inmate deaths are on those politicians’ hands for creating this mess in here. But they won’t take credit for that, will they? They tell you whatever they want you to believe, but it’s not reality. Nothing changes and what is bad gets worse.

For the last 15 years that I know of, every year it’s been the same: “The prison system is broke, we need more money.” Again more money is given, yet the system doesn’t get fixed, it gets worse. Yet these politicians keep saying the same old song and dance, but you keep re-electing these same showmen. They took $500 million from you to fix problems, and now they can’t repay it. Where did that money go? The same problems still exist, yet they will think up something new the following year. But that’s okay, you’ll never know about it.

Makes me wonder who the true criminals are: the ones who take your money by telling you whatever they want to -or what you want to hear, or us who are actually incarcerated, and who have to live in the mess they have created?

Maybe those elected officials should spend some time in here, I bet they’d change their tunes. But like Don Seigleman who got caught in the cookie jar, he is in a nice federal retirement home prison.

Fact 3

Some of us (a lot actually) have lived in here 20+ years and have lived through the ADOC’s bragging about feeding all its inmates three (3) times a day on less than $1.00 (one dollar) (in the 1980s and ’90s).

Well, guess what? Now most of us that have lived through that are sick. I am 61 years old and my health and that of a lot of older inmates is failing and an awful lot are dying in here.

We do not get fresh vegetables or fruit (one apple, one orange a month). Our meat patties are made by the ADOC and are full of meat byproducts. The veggies come out of cans gotten from the lowest bidders. They are not the same quality you buy at the grocery store. And they are usually over- or undercooked and not seasoned at all. The cooking is done by inmates who would rather steal it to sell, than take pride or time toprepare it. Almost all who are forced to work in the kitchens don’t want or care to be there anyway. So why should they care what the food tastes like?

We do not get salt or pepper. Yet if you read an ADOC menu it makes it sound like we eat at a four (4) star restaurant, and your tax dollars at work. Why would you have multiple dieticians working in Montgomery on a menu that almost never changes? It has only changed 3 or 4 times in the last 20 years, and these multiple dieticians are getting paid very good money for basically doing nothing.

Your tax dollars at work.

Or take the “ADOC family plan.” There are so many family members working in the ADOC, like one family member working in the laundry and two in the kitchen. Even some akin to eachother work the same shifts. There are husbands and wives working the same shifts at some prisons, yet they are not supposed to be doing that. But the ADOC does what it wants.

You should see how much wasted food goes out of here because no one will eat it. The cats in here won’t even eat these meat patties they give us, they are that bad.

After all these years of havingto eat these meals to survive in here, the quality and quantity we are fed has destroyed a lot of our health. The ADOC’s medical costs have soared because of it. There’s all kinds of newspaper articles to look it up, or better just ask the commissioners. They are constantly complaining about health costs to the media. Well again, they have helped cause these rising health costs by these unhealthy meals they feed us in here, year after year.

Do you know how the health inspectors do spot-checks on restaurants you go to? Not in here, they know days ahead of time when they’ll make their spot-checks for inspection. And it will be clean and pretty, but yet there will be roaches and rats still running around. And within a day of the inspection they look like they usually do: unclean tables (metal), black knots so thick you can’t even see the trays with food on them. Who cleans these? Inmates who don’t want to work but are forced to. What would you expect of 1200 men, locked up and who do not want to work (for very low wages) or even care about something that “belongs to the state”? But these state inspectors work for…the state. Go figure.

Fact 4

This new Commissioner Dunn has said if the Legislature cuts his budget he’ll have to close 2 prisons. Wake up out there: where would he move 2000 inmates to? He certainly cannot release them and he won’t. There is no place to move that many inmates to. So he is already sounding like a politician. And here’s an ex-military officer coming in to run a prison system that’s 20+ years behind the times, and way behind the other state prison systems.

Commissioner Dunn took office on April 1st 2015, and he is yet to even visit the first prison he’s deciding over. How can you lead when you haven’t even seen what you are leading and the true picture of how messed up it is? Are you, Commissioner Dunn, relying on what some staff member who has had an easy cushy job for years tells you what you want to know? Are you even going to talk to us who have been here longer than your officers, about the real issues inside here? Oh yeah, we don’t know anything or matter to you. Kim Thomas didn’t listen either, tht makes us in here wonder why he ran away and went to work for Governor Bentley’s legal team: was he bailing out before it really got bad? What’s the deal on that?

But here is reality: one officer being responsible for two (2) cell blocks that hold over 200 people each for 8 hours (Draper), and here one officer over 240 or 188 inmates, and now according to the June 12, 2015 newsarticle that they have changed the projected Red Eagle prison, and will close Ventress and Draper, and say that 5000 inmates have to be moved. Well, another lie! Between the two prisons there are only about 2600 at most. Another score tactic to be used on you, the public.

And now here’s another State Finance Director, Bill Newton, telling you in this June 12th article that the ADOC is going to have to close two prisons. What does he have to do with ADOC? Is he just trying to make it sound good, and cause panic? It’s a lie and they can and will not do it. They have been threatening to close a prison for years (so they say) and have not, and can’t do it. Alabama, are you listening to these lies?

I live in a 240 men dorm (warehouse). My bed is 39 inches from someone on each side of me, and 21 inches from the bed that makes up the isle behind my head, from the mattrass, which is 1 ½ inches thick; one steel bed frame (not springs) to the bed directly above me is 27 inches, When I sit on the edge of this bed, my neck hits the steel frame above me. I have one blanket, two sheets, no pillow, and I had better take care of those sheets, because I won’t get any more (I’ve had one set for six years). I have a laundry bag and a bed box that is 31 ½ x 25 x 6 inches, or 3 square feet of storage space. That’s it to hold anything I have after 24 years in here. It’s about the size of one of your chest of drawers. And you’ll still have more space. That’s my home, subject to be searched anytime 24/7, to be torn up or destroyed and anything taken as contraband by any ADOC employee wanting to do it. For any reason or no reason at all.

And it’s hot: not airconditioned, only a few ceiling fans. The airconditioning is for the ADOC or medical units. Nowhere else. Not for the inmates. And the temperatures go up into the high 90s and more. It’s not a nice environment to live in or sleep in, and to prove my point: on June 13th 2015 there was one officer over 188 inmates and he got stabbed for taking a phone. This put all the other staff on panic. Just another day in the ADOC.

Fact 5

The ADOC budget is $400 million dollars plus, yet here in one of Alabama’s oldest prisons which is falling apart the maintenance budget is only $60.000 a year. That is to fix all the maintenance problems. When it rains, the dorm I live in has a mini flood from the water coming in, and this is every time it rains, and yet the ADOC paid $20 million in overtime salaries to its employees, for one year. What other company or state agency pays that kind of money for overtime?

In 2009, the overtime salaries for the ADOC went like this:

A C.O.I. officer made $28 and change. A sergeant $32 and change, a lieutenant $38 and change, and a captain $42 and change, and every weekend a aptain would sit in a tower for 8 hours and get paid $42 an hour. All overtime, and I think it’s the same now in 2015, but you pay that, Alabama.

And in here I get one (1) roll of toilet paper and one (1) bar of soap a week. I get 3 sets of clothes: 3 shirts, 3 pants, and that’s supposed to last a year, with one of those sets being for visitation. I get no other type hygiene products except for shaving cream and a disposable razor. We must be clean shaved at all times. If you need anything else you buy it or do without.

Fact 6

The Alabama courts have nowhere to send mental health prisoners. The State has closed its main mental health facilities, so guess where the State through its judges are sending these individuals? They have flooded the prison system with the mental health patients.

It’s not a pretty sight in here seeing the problems and situations these guys face. They need more help than these officers are willing or trained to give them, or are even equipped to handle. There has beena mental health lawsuit filed against the State by the Southern Poverty Law Center on this issue, yet it remains unresolved. And yet, the infamous Senator Ward told a congressional subcommittee on July 15, 2014, that 56,2% of Alabama prisoners have mental health problems [see page 8 ofhttp://media.al.com/news_impact/other/Read%20what%20Ward%20told%20the%20panel.pdf ]. And yet I have seen first hand these same mental patients stopped, beat up, attacked, robbed of their possessions, and made to stand up all day in an enclosed shower stall, as punishment for their actions, this being done by inmates and prison guards. They truly need help.

But Senator Ward went all the way to Washington to talk about an Alabama prison problem. Why did he spend the taxpayers’ money to discuss an Alabama problem with some other people who can’t fix the Alabama problem? Was he grandstanding? Or being a typical politician?

Did you know Senator Ward submitted the Bill to repeal the Kirby Law, which actually helped some inmates sentenced to Life Without Parole or Life get their sentences reduced? (See this article by Lee Hedgepeth, in the Alabama Political Reporter on Senator Ward’s SB84, Jan. 25 [13], 2014). This was the only law that these inmates could use to get actual help from the court system for errors that had been made on their sentences. Sounds like Senator Ward doesn’t like inmates or inmates getting help.

Is that, Sen. Ward, why this Prison Reform Bill you pushed through does absolutely nothing to ease the real problems? What the public doesn’t know is you have pushed through this Bill that actually raises and increases sentences to further fill the system, yet this Bill you kept saying will save Alabama money and ease the worst crowded prison system in America does neither. No one has eased the present problem. It’s still here. This SB67 isn’t even a good bandaid to slow it down. You’ve shoved more responsibility on a Parole Board and the ADOC to manage things they can’t manage now.

People, do not believe me, read the Bill, then you’ll understand. They talk the talk, and yet it’s always the same, just different words and promises or quick fixes that actually change nothing in here, the words just fool you, the ones who pay for their unfulfilled promises.

Senator Ward must want to be Governor. It seems like you always want to be seen or heard. Hey Senator, even I, a lowly inmate, can tell you how to truly ease overcrowding in just a couple of very simple ways. You make it seem like it’s a major problem. You don’t want to ease this moneymaker, just tell the public the truth, and how about that DUI problem, Senator Ward?

Fact 7

We inmates are simply being warehoused. I know the public isn’t really concerned with inmate comfort, but as they continue to pack us into these few facilities and not truly letting anyone out, we have become a cash cow for the ADOC through the tax payers and the Federal Funds that the State gets for prisoners that they also do not tell the public about (which is in the millions of dollars).

So the more they keep in here, the more money comes into Alabama, its a fact, at $42.50 a fay (Senator Ward’s figure before Congress). For every inmate in the ADOC you add it up, and with some of us being in here 20+ years (on property crimes) and then parole and probation violaters that are kept for 5+ years or more, for simple technical violations like moving without permission or failed drug tests, who are yet not let back out for long periods of time… Don’t get me wrong, some of these other inmates that have done 20+ years need and should be in here.

But long sentences and life sentences back in the 1970s could be served in 7 to 10 years, then paroled, then it went to 15 years at one time in Alabama. Now according to this 3-member Parole Board, they told my family and several others, that in Alabama a Life sentence means a Life sentence. Even if an inmate was not sentenced to Life Without Parole, and yet I know an inmate who was paroled in 4 years on a Life sentence. So who truly makes the rules or the law, the Parole Board? If someone with a Life sentence can’t be paroled (for a property offense, like mine) or the Parole Board won’t parole someone who is eligible, how does someone get out, and help ease the overcrowding that is happening in Alabama? He (she) doesn’t, he has become part of the warehousing and money machine and will probably die in here (my biggest fear).

These politicians have no solution to ease overcrowded prisons. Well, to name but one:

Set a cap on how long someone must actually serve on a life sentence. Other States already have done so, it carries from 15 years to 25, 30 years for others. After that many years of being locked up, shouldn’t someone be abe to be released for nonviolent property crimes? There are a lot of them in here, including myself.

There is no such thing as rehabilitation in the Alabama prison system. There is not! There are no life skills programs for the majority who need it, only for a very select few, which the ADOC wants to showboat or deceive the public with for more money. The ones chosen have little time to serve and haven’t been locked up for any prolongued time either. Your tax money at work. It may help a few but it ignores the many. If you do not try to rehabilitate yourself, the State won’t and doesn’t care: if you do or don’t, it’s all money in their bank so why should they care?

Let me give you some of the parole figures given at a meeting of citizens in Birmingham, which come from the Council of State Government Justice Center (CSG). They said Alabama has some of the highest crime rates in the country. Total crime is 8th highest, violent crime 14th, and property crime 7th compared to all other states, for the years 2008-2012 [see also these figures.]

The actual Alabama Parole figure are for 2008: 43%, 2009: 41%, 2010: 40%, 2011: 31%, 2012: 29%, 2013: 30%. If you’ll notice the figures that made parole have steadily declined. Why? What happened that so many were denied parole? Alabama is 4th in the country in adult incarceration (CSG), yet the Parole Board has kept more and more fom being released, again: why?

More prisoners, more money? Shouldn’t somebody explain this steady decline in paroles? I bet no one will, ’cause they don’t care. Yet the prison population in 2008 was 29,959, and then in 2013 it rose to 32,467, and they keep telling the public that the prison is only at 190%. And yet 2,266 more inmates have come into the prison system since 2008, than have gone out. Can you guess where they put them?

Fact 8

The ADOC has sold off all their moneymaking industries, the farms, farm equipment, horses, cattle, hogs, catfish ponds, and now there is nothing for inmates to do. No way to work off stress or be kept occupied, or to learn any type of responsibility, or work-ethic. A few go to trade school (more money into the system), a few get GED’s, but the larger majority of ADOC inmates do nothing, except, lay around, shoot the breeze, about all the things they want someone to believe. They talk about the crimes they did or are going to do, only differently, so they don’t get caught, gangbang, get tattood, or do drugs. Yet these are the revolving-door ‘non-violent’ inmates who are always being released.

Do you know that a study was done on 100 violent inmates and 100 non-violent inmates who were released. Here is the result: 85% of the [so-called] non-violent offenders came back, yet only 2% of the ‘violent’ offenders returned. Are you listening? Gives you something to think about, doesn’t it? ADOC job security, and lots of money for the State to get.

I’ve watched these non-violent inmates come and go, some as many as 3 or 4 times with new sentences and still get back out, with almost no actual time spent incarcerated. When some of us oldtimers try to teach or show these newbys (shorttimers) how to think or act differently to change their lives and stay out, we’re laughed at or told we don’t know what’s going on. It’s amazing they’re doing life on the installment plan, and don’t even realize it.

But I guess when half your neighborhood is in here, it’s just like being at home, and easier to plan the next great caper. The courts give all these short split sentences and know they’ll only be here for a little while, so why should they do any work or try to change in here, or even get on education? Some never get out of bed, just up all night, and no responsibilities. They don’t care, nor does the ADOC.

The less the ADOC officers have to do, the better they like it. And they tell us so. Free easy money, and all the overtime they want… don’t believe me, but check out the July 7/8, 2014Tuscaloosa News article, which states: 20 million in overtime paid to prisons. This was done in 2013. This article appeared in every State newspaper. Quick, join up, corrections is hiring. There’s a 21-year-old who just worked 50 hours overtime, at $28.00 an hour. Good money.

But, you should also be aware that some ADOC personell, not all, have stolen from inmates, took illegal cellphones and then sold them back to whom they were taken from or to other inmates. For a $19.95 flip phone it costs upwards of $300.00 without a charger, for the smartphones it’s $350-600, without chargers. I’ve seen guards charge toll fees to transport contraband from the kitchen to cell blocs (St. Clair) or let inmates steal what they want as long as the kitchen officers get their cut; take an inmate’s personal property and call it ‘contraband,’ even religious items; take legal paperwork and personal legal books (at Fountain) to hinder legal work, and deliberately take and the destroy sacred religious articles, that inmates are actually allowed to have, then tell them “You don’t like it? Sue me, we’ve got plenty of lawyers” (St. Clair). But you, tax payers, pay for this. This has happened and still happens. A guard walks into a kitchen during chow call, takes a small brown paperbag, fills it with cookies made for the inmates, then walks around eating these same cookies in front of all in the chow hall, an inmate confronts him, then writes a complaint on him, and the inmate getspunished and locked up in segregation, and the officers laugh about it (St. Clair). And they keep saying Tutwiler is a bad place. But nobody wants to know about any of this.

You follow the rules they (ADOC) have set out and nobody cares or does anything. You complain or cause trouble by having someone on the outside complain, then you (the inmate) are going to end up in segregation or at worst stabbed up or beat up by this officer’s homeboy who is a locked up inmate or inmates, it happens in here, but no one cares. There are stabbings or killings happening in here pretty often but the outside is very seldom ever told. And I ask: Hello, are you listening or do you even care?

Welcome to the ADOC and reality. I know you the public have your own lives and problems, but hey you’re paying for this stuff with your tax dollars. Your State governments and State agencies are not telling you the truth about what you should know about. But the only thing that I have been able to come up with these 20+ years is, the Legislature keeps shifting the burdens on to the next ones, and the next one keeps passing it on down the line. The State Legislature that you vote for does not fix the very problem they have helped create. Yet they cry wolf and say whatever they need to say to get more of your money, for their self-caused problems. And you continue to pay!

Hey Alabama, are you that blind, nonhearing, or do you just not want to get involved? Well you re involved, because what you keep failing to acknowledge is these locked-up individuals in here, will get out some day, and they will be changed, angry, unskilled to cope with modern society, and desperate. What will youdo when you release someone society has passed by with new technologies, new laws that make it harder on the ones released and you give him $10.00 to get started on? Could you do it?

Hey Alabama, your prison system is a mess and it is only getting worse, because you keep changing the commissioner at the top trying to change the system or fix the problem, yet all the rest of the top stay the same. So what’s gonna change? Nothing! You have to change the people causing the problem to make things change. The ADOC will never change, because it’s going to keep doing what it always has, and the people of Alabama will keep on paying for it, because the ADOC is not accountable or answerable for anything it does, or any amount of money you supply it to spend.

But Alabama, you should want to know. And you should want to know how you’re being lied to. Do you? Prove it.

Alabama, life has changed as I knew it 25 years ago. Cell phones have been invented, Ipods, even MP3-players have come and have now mostly gone. But I have done what I can to change me. I used what was offered. But then I am from a different generation.

What does the future hold? I have no idea. But your taxpayers will foot the bill for it. You will continue to pay for your politicians, and they’ll get rich. They still won’t tell you the truth, ’cause it’s like what Jack Nicholson said in “A Few Good Men,” “The Truth, you can’t handle the Truth.” I do give you more credit, but time will tell, how long you keep accepting the loss of your hard-earned money. For your politicians’ failures, and when the ‘mass accident’ that’s waiting to happen in here, happens, they’ll come crying and screaming for you to give more money to fix their continued failure. As Senator Ward said in 2012, cited in a Jan. 7th, 2014 article: “The whole system is a ticking time bomb…”

It has already actually started, these last 3 years with all the inmate killings and assaults or other acts of violence within these fences. This is even on Correctional officers. The mini-riot at St. Clair. The incidents at Holman, and all the ones you don’t know about most of all. Because they won’t tell you about that unless it fits their agenda’s.

An ADOC officer stated to me that, “If this place was a dog pound in here, the way it is ran and the conditions it’s in, someone would be in jail for it.” It’s amazing that a dog pound is in beter shape than a prison system. Even their own ADOC employees know it. But they won’t let you know that.

I promised the Truth, well did you truly want it? ‘Cause that’s what you’ve been given.

The ADOC do not want us writing or letting those on the outside world to know about what it’s really like, or what goes on in here. Out of sight, out of accountability, the beatings, stabbings, the real violence, the race-related problems [unreadable], and how the keepers of the gates are not all they are supposed to be. You should check out how many have been charged and convicted for stealing our Social Security numbers and ID’s and selling them. Yet the ADOC doesn’t even tell us about this going on, we find out from newspapers. They have stolen mine and filled false Income Tax on me twice… And I knew nothing about it. [see: here (Justice Department website) and here for example]

One final word, for those of us who do get out, will you be there to help or to turn your backs on us, as your judges, district attorneys, legislators, and so-called defense attorneys all have when we enter the system, when we have been abused, dehumanized, stripped of any pride or ambitions, and yet tryign to have a little dignity in the face of adversity?

Like ex-Supreme Court Judge Sue Bell Cobb said in her own editorial from 2014, WWJD? Reform Alabama’s horrible criminal sentencing laws. What would Jesus do, Alabama, about these packed prisons and horrible criminal sentencing laws?

Alabama, don’t let them keep telling you only what they want you to know.Ask questions, or in the end you’ll be paying a lot more of your money on taxes for things you do not want or need.
Thanks for listening, Alabama, I only hope you truly are.

Now for a quick update:

The ADOC has stopped serving its inmates eggs of any kind, and hasn’t for a few months now. ADOC is also not giving adequate substitutes calorie-wise, if at all, to make up for its loss of food that makes up our daily diets. They have taken away pancakes, oranges, apples (we only got them once a month). No type of fresh produce of any kind. Yet their prison budget was fully funded and they have still cut down on the portions they feed us. Why?

They are telling us here at Atmore that before or shortly after the New Year (2016) they are going to put 250 more inmates into an already overcrowded unit (1250 inmates). And we’re wondering where these extra beds will go!

So Alabama, are you listening? I’m still wondering why Cam Ward keeps talking about the millions that are going to be saved by the ADOC (Nov. 6, 2015)…. How is this Bill you passed saving any money, when you had to have 26 million to fund it and will have to keep funding it? You are not saving anything. Quit telling the people of Alabama fairy tales. Oh, I forgot you’re a politician, you’re good at that. But what about your DUI, do you want to tell us more about that? I didn’t think so.

Well Alabama, you’ve been told, will you continue to let business be as usual? Your money, your future neighbors are in here. Are you just going to let the time bomb explode? These killings, stabbings, semi-riot situations happening all over the state, but do they tell you the truth or even let you know it?

It’s your choice and really your responsibility, and as Judge Sue Bell Cobb said: “Alabama what would Jesus do?”

Shame on Alabama!

The author of this pamphlet

And all Alabama inmates

Dec. 2015

Finished typing and editing on June 2016

We’ve made this article anonymous, because we do not want to cause the author any repercussions for expressing his opinion.

THE CRISIS CONTINUES: NO SOLUTIONS FROM ALABAMA LEADERS 

   Death defines the ADOC and its leaders, who sacrifice bodies for dollars. 

Over the past 20-plus months, since the violent attack of Mr. Xabrian by Lt. Ronald Carter at St. Clair CF, violent stabbings, police brutality, murders, suicides, and government heavy-handedness has gripped Alabama prison on a scale never seen before. 

    Carter committed suicide at Holman prison

  Peaceful protests have been organized both inside and outside of the prisons by various factions, including FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT.

   But, dispute the many pleas for leaders to step forward and address the many problems that plague Alabama prisons, no fundamental changes of any kind have been made within the ADOC. The sole response from the ADOC has been predictable: call in the CERT Team. 

 This special tactical unit is guilty of its own brand of police brutality. In one instance, ADOC officials put out a statement claiming that the CERT Team had been attacked. But FAM released videos (see Free Alabama Movement’s YouTube channel)  showing men who had been tortured, beaten and bloodied by the CERT Team, as they stood and admired their handy work. The lies of the ADOC were exposed, as not a single CERT Team member suffered any injury of any kind, not even a scratch. 

   This is but one of the man who were  beaten by the CERT 

  In the upcoming 2017 Alabama Legislative Session, some politicians and public officials will be asking for over 1 billion dollars to build new prisons in Alabama. These funds will be requested despite the current dysfunction of the prison system, and there will be no public oversight of these funding, nor will there be any unfettered access allowed  to the prisons by the press or public watchdog groups. 

    In addition, the main contributors to the dysfunction (overcrowding, outdated habitual offender laws, ineffective parole board) will not be addressed.

  Building new prisons may alleviate the overcrowding quota, but it will not alleviate the problem of mass imprisonment. Alabama, one of the smallest states in the US, currently has the fifth highest incarceration rate in the world.  In books like “Slavery By Another Name” and “How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America”, we see how prisons have been used to re-enslave and disenfranchise Black and poor people, and we also see that human rights abuses have plagued Alabama prisons since the 1800’s. Underinvestment in education, rehabilitation and re-entry is a hallmark of Alabama prisons, which contributes to recidivism, violence, and corruption in the ADOC. 

  The next critical moment in this Movement must be geared towards promotion of FAM’s “FREEDOM BILL”(see on http://www.freealabamamovement.com) and exposing the nefarious intent of the corrupt officials who are plotting to steal 1.5 billion from taxpayers. The rhetoric of the struggle and all of the self-professed and self-righteous  is loud, but the organizing and mobilizing of the People around a solution and clear goals is woefully lacking in substance. 

  Where are you in the struggle for Freedom? 
FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT 

  

 

CONFINED CITIZEN’S ALERT: HOLMAN CF

​Dara Folden 

****Attention Confined Citizens Alert****

Confined Citizen Deatwan Lasted #285632 housed at Holman Correctional Facility was brutally attacked for refusing to occupy a segregation cell once occupied by Robert Carter who recently committed suicide on October 9, 2016.

When Laster refused to enter the cell he was attacked and sprayed with a chemical agent known as Saber Red that severely burns the eyes and skin. Laster pleaded with the Riot Team to take him to the infirmary however his request were ignored. This type of force is a violation of his 8th Amendment, Cruel and Unusual Punishment. 

Please show your support by calling Holman Correctional Facility at: 

(251) 368-8173 to demand immediate treatment and relocation to another cell for Laster.

URGENT:  Violent Attack Against F.A.M. Member Mr. James Ware at Donaldson CF

  On Saturday night at Donaldson CF, FAM Member James Ware was attacked by corrections officers after being removed to an isolated area of the prison in an obviously planned attack. Mr. Ware was placed into the “hot bay” dorm , which is an isolated and restricted part of the prison where assaults have been frequent. 

  FAM first reported on the “hot bay” dorms, also called Behavior Modification Program, when a rebellion took place at Bibb Co. prison over inhumane treatment and abuse by staff. These programs have had multiple rebellions at every prison that they are located, included G.K.Fountain. FAM leader James Pleasant, also known as Dhati Khalid, was transferred from St. Clair CF to Donaldson and then placed in this “hot bay, where he was also assaulted, sprayed with chemical agents, and subject to other deprivations. The hot bay dorm at Donaldson has drew the ire and criticism from officers as well, and many incidents, especially the spraying of chemical agents goes on weekly; many incidents are not even reported.

  Mr. Ware has been moved to another area of solitary confinement and is being denied a phone call to communicate with his family. Please assist Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies by contacting Commissioner Jefferson Dunn at Commissioner Jefferson S. Dunn at 334.353.3883 and Warden Leon Billing at  205.436.3681, and demand that Mr. Ware be afforded a phone call to insure that he is safe and receiving proper medical treatment. 

  Sincerely, 

Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies 

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More Violence in Alabama Prison 

By Dara Folden

Another violent day in the A.D.O.C. Inmate Jason Regan was stabbed at the St. Clair Correctional Facility today Oct 27th around 5:30 p.m. This incident occurred in the Faith Based Honor dorm unit at the facility. This stabbing rides on the heels of 5 inmates that were brutally stabbed which required medical treatment from a hospital outside of the facility. The A.D.O.C is wracked with daily acts of violence against staff and inmates on a regular basis. These incidents are also in direct corelation to the govenor attempts to dupe the voting public into approving 1.5 billion to build new prisons.

Prior to today’s stabbing there have been a rash of other stabbings, one including an officer, along with a suicide and suicide attempts. These acts of violence are a result of multiple factors such as over crowding, lack of staff, and the mistreatment of inmates and staff of the A.D.O.C. The conditions have been so bad that officers have walked off the job during shifts and have also refused to report for scheduled shifts. As a result, the Riot Team, which is called in for special cases, are being sent from facility to facility across the state to cover shifts but yet their presence is not effective especially when the screams and banging of the inmates went unanswered resulting in the death of Robert D. Carter, a hanging victim at Holman Correctional Facility.

The A.D.O.C is currently under investigation by the DOJ regarding saftey issues and violations, amongst other issues that have not received the necessary attention from the administration. But as concerned family, friends, and citizens we must aide in this investigation by reporting issues affecting our loved ones. Our voices can and should be heard.

As family and friends of loved ones behind bars how long will we not bring attention to these issues? How many more Jason Regan’s and Robert Carter’s will we have to read about before something will be done? Keep in mind silence is consent. The longer we remain silent about situations that need to be spoke on and require immediate attention, the longer the list of names will become in the next story.

Is our thinking pattern distorted?

(Top row depicts pictures of unsanitary conditions inside of Alabama’s prisons, bottom pic depicts unsanitary conditions relating to animal rights.)

October 27,2016

       The question above arose as I was pondering the fact that more people are prosecuted annually for animal cruelty across the nation than those that participate in human cruelty within our prison systems.

        I ask the question ” Is our thinking pattern distorted ?” People today seem it more fitting to prosecute and educate for animal cruelty more so than acts against fellow humans. To me this raises my curiosity as to how can we become so sadistic.

        The way people have become so easily swayed to seeing these men and women in our penal system as less than animals baffles me. We have de-humanized many individuals that will one day return to our neighbourhoods and be expected to be civilized, and better than when they entered our prisons. This is a perfect example of distorted thinking, and why the recidivism rate in our nation is over 76%.

         Maybe there’s more truth to the saying “A dog is man’s best friend“. I think it’s time we reevaluate and correct our thinking pattern.

            Unheard Voices O.T.C.J. Swift Justice


Robert Earl Council , also known as “Kinetic Justice”, remains on hunger strike within the dungeon of Limestone Correctional Facility.

October 26,2016

     Today within the walls at Limestone Correctional Facility Robert Earl Council remains on protest against the retaliatory actions taken against him for speaking out on the inhumane injustices that plagues our state.

      We have come to know Robert Earl as “Kinetic Justice”, which seems to be a fitting name from the looks of how things have taken off across the nation.

    Webster defines the adjective kinetic as an energy “of or relating to the movement of physical objects”. 

       From the looks of things there’s definitely no question that the momentum is still going regardless of the fact the administration continues to attempt to break the spirit of the movement.

Sources say there has been another stabbing at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.

October 25th, 2016

     Another report of a senseless stabbing at Holman Correctional Facility earlier today. Details are unknown at the time, and Holman prison administration refuse to give a confirmation, or refute this report. However at this time it is believed to be an inmate on inmate altercation. 

    The rise in violence within Alabama’s prison system has all to do with the near 200% over crowding problem that has haunted Alabama for well over two decades.

    The founder of UNHEARD VOICES stated when asked, why is there a sudden incline in violence behind the walls of Alabama’s prisons,”It’s to be expected when you have double the capacity of men in one spot, more than that spot was designed for. And to make matters worse you have a system that has only one thing that is consistent, and that’s inconsistency. It pushes these men over the edge. There’s no structure among the admin.so there damn sure no structure for the men housed in Alabama.

    “It’s a sad situation to be honest. You have men that the courts declared unfit for society, and they declare guardianship over these men and remove them. But yet they provide no guidance, establish no structure in these guys life while they’re here. They in essence create rabid animals, and complain when they act out. It’s sad!”

        Last month the Department of Justice declared an investigation on the entire ADOC. But these processes take time and we can only ask how many more men will die while we wait?

           UNHEARD VOICES O.T.C.J/THE FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

Retaliation against one of the heard voices in Alabama’s prison.

October 25th,2016

      Robert Earl Council (known as Kinetic Justice), was transferred from Holman prison earlier this month as a strategic move by the ADOC administration in Montgomery Alabama. It’s believed that this move was to purposely implemented to stop the momentum in the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT.

    On October 21st,2016, Robert Earl Council engaged in a hunger strike at Limestone correctional facility, making today his 5th day protesting the retaliatory actions against him for leading the national wide movement against mass incarceration. Today it was reported that the Warden, Christopher Gordy at Limestone Correctional Facility ordered the water supply to Robert Earl Council be shut off as well. 

    It’s plain to see that the leaders of Alabama will do nothing short of retaliating against those that expose the injustices that have remained silent for decades. However it is also plain that these men like Robert Earl Council will do nothing less than continue to shed light on the reality of Alabama’s darkest kept secrets. 

    Robert Earl Council your voice is heard! FREE ROBERT EARL COUNCIL!

          Unheard voices O.TC.J./FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

Another report of assault to an inmate at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama.

October 25,2016

  It was reported by an inmate just moments ago that he witnessed inmate John Baker, who is housed at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama being assaulted by C01 Barbers for speaking out on scripture from the bible.

      Inmate David (witness of the assault),reported said assault to an inmate activist that stays speaking out against the many injustices within Alabama’s prison.

     This act is a custom or policy among many officers within Alabama that has been denied for years. It will be interesting to see if this assault is denied when the assault took place in front of a security camera at Staton health care and fellow officers Herns.

      We ask that this incident be reported immediately to the Staton Correctional Facility warden #334-567-2221 and Elmore Correctional Facility warden at 334-567-1460.

          Unheard Voices O.T.C.J.

Alabama Department of Corrections allows the Corizon medical healthcare to not issue medicine to inmates at Elmore Correctional Facility?

October 22,2016

     It was reported today from a source within Elmore Correctional Facility that RN.Cain employed with Corizon refused to issue the inmates their medication.

     There is no doubt men that suffer from mental illnesses, diabetes, and other medical issues that require medication, but apparently are not receiving their medicine as required.

       It has been told that RN.Cain stated that the computer used to dispense meds was down. Even if true there should be a backup way to ensure the medications are issued.

       Alabama Department of Corrections is responsible for ensuring inmates receive proper medical. Are they falling short and how often does this occur?

Alabama Prisons Flow With Blood as State Leaders Sacrifice More Bodies in Pursuit of 1.5 billion for More Prisons 

​PRESS STATEMENT: FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT 
UPDATE: Another officer-related stabbing at Holman 
   ROBERT WASHINGTON was tied up and then beaten by CERT Team officers at Holman Prison.

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 21, 2016
Contact: 
Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies 

P.O. BOX 186

New Market, Al 35761
freealabamamovement@gmail.com
  Holman Prison, Atmore, Ala. As the culture of violence in Alabama’s prison system continues to spiral out of control, yet another provocation has resulted in another day of violence at Holman prison. Holman prison is experiencing major staff shortages as a result of officers joining and supporting the non-violent work strikes being lead by FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT.
  In response to the work strikes and quitting of their jobs by correctional officers , the ADOC Commissioners responded by dispatching CERT Team staff and officers from other prisons to fill staffing positions. These CERT Team officers are notorious for, and have a well documented history of violent beatings, sexual harassment, and excessive force. (See FAM YouTube channel for videos. https://t.co/y4VLiUp7Cc)
 Just last month, CERT officers beat Cleveland Cunningham , the man who has been charged in the death of another correctional officer, leaving him with an unexplained broken arm and broken leg. This after-the-fact beating was administered after it was widely reported to the news media by ADOC that Mr. Cunningham  was taken into custody without incident. The same brutality was meted out in March on five men transferred from Holman in March after a riot had taken place. All five men were taken to W.E. Donaldson prison, where they were taken one at a time in handcuffs, shackles, and belly chains  into a guard shack and severely beaten and sexually assaulted. This matter was investigated by the Commissioner’s Officer, but not a single officer was disciplined. 

   In response to the escalating violence at Holman prison, various factions, including street organizations and religious communities formed a peace summit last month that was called for by FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT and its co-founder Robert E. Council, also known as Kinetik Justice. The peace accord proved effective and provided a temporary stop to violence, while organizers sought more permanent solutions, including a request for more educational and rehabilitation programs. The response from Warden Raybon was that he did not care about any truce and that he was going to stop the violence with his own methods. The peace accord dissolved and aggression tactics by the warden were implemented in furtherance of a plan that has been described by FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT co-founder Kinetik Justice as “THE HOLMAN PROJECT.”

  Warden Raybon oversees the “Holman Project ” that has lead to over 50 stabbings and several deaths.”

   Kinetik Justice described this Holman Project, and many officers agreed, as wardens and commissioners in collusion and deliberately creating conditions that lead to violence in efforts to push their plan for 1.5 billion dollars to build new prisons. One example that Kinetik Justice gave was when Warden Raybon released over 20 offenders from segregation units at one time who were all in segregation for violent incidents. Immediately upon this release, over 8 stabbings took place in less than 72 hours. Not long after these incidents, officers began openly supporting FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT’s non-violent stance and started giving media interviews calling out Commissioner’s and Wardens over the violence, poor leadership, inhumane living and working conditions, overcrowding, and lack of educational and rehabilitation opportunities, while focusing exclusively on new prison construction.
   Kinetik Justice has since paid the price for organizing this peace summit and exposing the Holman Project, as he was transferred to Kirby Prison last week to prevent disrupting the 1.5 billion dollar prison construction plan. The Commissioners and the politicians need violence in the prisons so that they can spread their campaign of fear to the pybluc and sell their 1.5 billion dollar extortion plan for more prisons. 
   In a move that further served to escalate tension, Warden Raybon put out a memo effective October 1, 2016, wherein he directed officers to direct their attention to minor infractions like haircuts and shaves, in the midst of an unprecedented scale of violence. Officers were instructed to begin confronting people on these minor infractions, and it was this aggressive, confrontational policy that lead to yet another officer-related stabbing today. 

 

  The crisis in ADOC is not going away. Despite rising violence for over 3 consecutive years, ADOC officials have not added any new educational or rehabilitation programs. In fact, the root of this current stream of violence can be traced back to 2009 when former warden Carter Davenport was installed as warden at St. Clair. Davenport’s first action as warden was to remove the Convicts Against Violence Educational and Mentoring program, which, at the time, had made St. Clair prison one of the least violent prisons with the most Freeworld support and sponsorships in the State of Alabama. One year later, under the leadership of Davenport,  St. Clair was one of the most violent prisons in the State. By 2013, St. Clair prison was one of the most violent in the nation. At one point, both head wardens at St. Clair, Davenport and Eric Evans, had multiple prior assaults and misconduct reports against them in their personnel files. (See report by Casey Toner, https://t.co/QPKsimvV59). After Davenport was transferred  to Holman prison, in less than 90 days the prison experienced two riots and Davenport was forced to resign after being stabbed. 

  The trail of violence has spread to multiple prisons, with disruptions, stabbings and violent deaths all on the rise. Bibb Co, Elmore, Ventress and just this week, Draper have all experienced excessive violence. Instead of adding programs for an idle population that has Alabama prisons filled to over 200% capacity, ADOC has removed GED and other programs, and replaced them with nothing. While the politicians and commissioners position themselves to extort 1.5 billion from taxpayers, the men and women on the ground continue to pay a heavy toll in blood.  
  FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT is calling for a return of the Convicts Against Violence Educational and Mentoring program as part of their Education, Rehabilitation, and Re-Entry Preparedness program. These programs are self-funded and didn’t cost taxpayers one dime. Thus, there was no room for fraud or stealing funds and so these programs were removed and replaced with programs that clearly are not working and that exist only on paper. 

  Robbing taxpayers to the tune of 1.5 billion dollars for building new prisons is not the answer to the problems that are plaguing Alabama’s prisons today. When there is a culture of violence that has ran this deep and for this long, the root of these problems have to be traced to the ever present factors, which then have to be removed. This starts at the top where policies and decisions are being made. In two neighboring states, Florida and Mississippi we see similar problems, yet Alabama has a different response. In Mississippi, we see corrupt prison officials going to jail. In Florida, we see corrupt officers being fired. In Alabama, we see no response at all. Instead of building new prisons, it appears time to build a new commissioner’s office in Alabama, and create a culture of education and rehabilitation, while putting an end to the perpetrators of the “culture of violence.” 
FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

“News break”Another Alabama Department of Corrections officer stabbed moments ago.

​October 20,2016

     Just moments ago a confidential source inside Holman prison in Atmore Alabama where officer Kenneth Bettis lost his life, another officer was rushed to the hospital from multiple stab wounds.

      At this time there are no details and administration of Holman refuse to answer questions.

       CERT TEAM members were at the institution and were of no help in preventing another senseless stabbing.

            UNHEARD VOICES

Who will benefit from the demand for change within the Alabama prison system?

October 17,2016

   The recent strikes across the nation’s prison system were sparked by the movements within Alabama’s prisons by men that have been sentenced to do time for crimes committed.

    Founders of the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT have relentlessly educated men inside these concrete jungles and pushed them to understand they were more than animals, that society has for years impeded.

   Robert Earl Council, a co-founder for the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT has stressed for years that the system today is designed for failure, and would eventually fall.

   Today we see evidence of Robert Earl Council’s prophesy. We see an overcrowded, understaffed, and inhumane violent environment that has taken the lives of officers, inmates, and civilians.

     The men and women behind the walls of Alabama’s prison strive to change what’s going on in this state and set a stage for change all over our nation.

  These men and women want the senseless violence and murders to stop, they want to ensure they as well as officers return home and not become victims of the concrete jungle. They want to become better men and women once they’re released back into society in order to break the recidivism cycle. 

     For years officers have suffered just as much injustice as any inmate within these walls. This fight is too see that they receive justice from their negligent employers and leaders, and that those responsible are held accountable.

   Why don’t we ask some of these officers if they agree.I’m sure officer Kenneth Bettis who died from the fatal stabbing on September 1, 2016 would have allot to say about this situation.

         UNHEARD VOICES.

   

Why has the Alabama Department of Corrections failed to report inmate Kendrick Eaton’s murder to the public?

October 16,2016

    If you have any information concerning inmate Kendrick Eaton of Pritchard, Alabama,that was housed at Ventress Correctional Facility last month and the circumstances of his death please contact the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, or UNHEARD VOICES via Facebook. We need his AIS# and any other information.

    Unreported murders should not be allowed to continue.

    UNHEARD VOICES

What is the Alabama Department of Corrections covering up, and is the media helping?

October 14,2016

On or about September 2,2016 it was learned that Eric Conrad,a convict housed at Draper Correctional Facility in Elmore county died a horrible death while serving punishment time in what’s wildly known as 5 up. However there has been no media coverage about this murder at Draper. And although family members of Eric Conrad have confirmed the demise of their loved one, Alabama Department of Corrections spokes person Bob Horton has declined comment as well as employees at Draper Correctional Facility.

   Further more it has been leaked by individuals at Ventress Correctional Facility yesterday that also last month another murder took place at that facility and was not covered by the media.The name of this unfortunate lost life is still unknown, but the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, and members of UNHEARD VOICES say their source at Ventress Correctional Facility is working to get that individuals name.

   Once again Alabama’s employees are tight lipped and refuse to comment to us on the subject.

    These incidents going unreported to the public are beyond unethical, but are nothing less than a cover up from the tax payers of Alabama.

    The question is however, is the Alabama Department of Corrections covering things on their own or is the media in on the cover-up as well here in Alabama? 

    If you have any information on either incident reported above please contact the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT or UNHEARD VOICES O.t.c.j. 

              UNHEARD VOICES

More negligence at Elmore correctional facility that allows more violence.

Inside the dorms of Elmore prison.

October 14,2016

At approximately 8:44, two officers at Elmore Correctional Facility confront an inmate outside a dorm. An altercation between the inmate and officers transpire leading Capitan McGee to call a code for assistance.

Once the code was called all officers left there post to respond. In the mean time another incident occurs inside one of the now un-manned dormitories. The unsupervised incident resulted in more unnecessary blood shed caused by a stabbing inside one of the dorms recently searched by ADOC employees earlier this week.

Alabama Department of Corrections has rules and regulations that require that at all times an officer is to man a post, even during codes for assistance. However Elmore correctional facility has been notorious for ignoring and cutting corners of these rules and regulations. 

 Again we ask the question, how many bodies do you want?

The Alabama Department of Corrections scrambling to cover their neglect!

(Maintenance replacing broken security cameras with new ones)

October 13,2016

Inside of one of the most violent prisons of Alabama the administration scrambles to correct a number of Constitutional and Alabama regulation violations.

       Today we received hard core evidence that the maintenance teams at Elmore were activated once again this week to start “fixing”the many things that the Department of Justice plans to investigate. Specifically issues in relations to the conditions, safety, and violence.

    However it’s been documented with irrefutable evidence that they are now trying to fix or correct these issues in order to claim it’s always been up to par and in compliance standards set by Alabama’s own rules and regulations as well as governing case law that set the standards for 8th and 14th Amendment violations under the United States Constitution.

     It’s also been reported that the Alabama Department of Corrections has taken retaliatory actions toward Robert Earl Council ,(Kinetic Justice), co-founder of the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, and nation wide strike, due to his participation in exposing the many injustices that corrupt our prison and justice system. Robert Earl Council was transferred from Holman Correctional Facility yesterday after being harassed and threatened by ADOC employees associated with the Departments CERT team.

    It is believed that council was removed from Holman and placed at Kilby Correctional Facility to silence the movement. But it has seemed to have back fired on the ADOC.

     Members and supporters of the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, and UNHEARD VOICES stated,”…..these actions can only make Kinetic’s voice that much louder, and we expected such a move.”

     More and more evidence is being accumulated daily as the groups persistently fight to expose governor Robert Bentley and leaders of the Alabama Department of Corrections.UNHEARD VOICES founder stated,”I’ve been waiting and preparing for this moment for years, they’re coming no doubt but the thing to remember is they’re not our allies. If anything they’re the government and will side with Alabama unless we put before them indisputable evidence of the things we say are going on. We can’t be half cocked with only bare allegations.I’ve got numerous things up my sleeve I’ve yet disclosed, so now I’m just waiting.”

         Free Alabama Movement & UNHEARD VOICES

What is happening at Ventress CF ??

Hey, I had to send this kite to make thou all aware that at ventress correctional facility in Clayton, Alabama a inmate was stabbed to death two weeks ago and there was no mention of it on the news. Yesterday October 11, a inmate neck was slit ,by another inmate, he was rushed to a free world hospital and received 11stitches. Also the inmate who slit the guys throat he was jumped on by multiple inmates and guards once he was handcuffed.

The reason for all these incidents is overcrowding you have 1 officer for 110 to 125 inmates per dorm….

There is no way one officer can properly maintain safety and order when they are outnumbered as such.

I am begging that you look into these incidents and would you please push for the Feds to take over. None of our lives are safe….

Sincerely, 
Anonymous

Is the Alabama Department of Corrections head leaders panicking?

October 12,2016

At 6:00 am early this morning at Elmore Correctional Facility two shifts if correctional officers join together and perform a major shakedown in the notorious “thunder domes”at Elmore.

  For the past few years, two murders have occurred in what is widely known as the worst dorm at Elmore,A2.

 Until today the Department of Corrections administration at Elmore has shown no interest in stopping the violence at this facility. Matter of fact their neglect, and actions of ignoring the violence is overwhelming.

  However now the leaders of ADOC take action in cleaning up, why? It’s obvious from the fact that Regional director Cheryl Price making an appearance during the major “shakedown”,(which has not occurred before today) that the leaders in Montgomery, Alabama are feeling the heat from the Department of Justice announcing their investigation.

  It’s obvious that the leaders in Alabama are making a desperate attempt to cover themselves from years of neglect. Should they be notified that is too late to make a move now?

   This action requires the one question to be raised however. How many knives were removed from these violent cages? This is something that needs to be answered. 

  If you can provide more information to this question please contact The Free Alabama Movement and/or UNHEARD VOICES.

       The Free Alabama Movement and UNHEARD VOICES.

Alabama Department of Corrections feeling threatened by mere “uneducated”black men?

October 11,2016

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding thefree exercise of religion, abridging thefreedom of speech, infringing on thefreedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights was originally proposed to assuage Anti-Federalistopposition to Constitutional ratification. Initially, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by the Congress, and many of its provisions were interpreted more narrowly than they are today. Beginning with Gitlow v. New York(1925), the Supreme Court applied the First Amendment to states—a process known as incorporation—through theDue Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), the Court drew on Thomas Jefferson‘s correspondence to call for “a wall of separation between church and State”, though the precise boundary of this separation remains in dispute. Speech rights were expanded significantly in a series of 20th and 21st-century court decisions which protected various forms of political speech, anonymous speech, campaign financing,pornography, and school speech; these rulings also defined a series ofexceptions to First Amendment protections. The Supreme Court overturned English common lawprecedent to increase the burden of proof for defamation and libel suits, most notably in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964). Commercial speech, however, is less protected by the First Amendment than political speech, and is therefore subject to greater regulation.

The Free Press Clause protects publication of information and opinions, and applies to a wide variety of media. In Near v. Minnesota (1931) and New York Times v. United States (1971), the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected against prior restraint—pre-publication censorship—in almost all cases. The Petition Clause protects the right to petition all branches and agencies of government for action. In addition to the right of assembly guaranteed by this clause, the Court has also ruled that the amendment implicitly protects freedom of association.

   With that said it’s been reported today that the founders of The Free Alabama Movement have once again become targets by the Department of Corrections by way of harassment, threats of violence, and destruction of property.

  It was reported that officers are repeatedly visiting Robert Earl Council, and Melvin Ray entering there cells under the guise of routine shake downs, in the process administering threats of violence, and destroying their property including but not limited to personal items, and legal work.

WHY? Is the question. To answer that in simple form, the State is threatened of there long time monopoly by what these men are exposing. Thus they retaliate.

The state says they welcome the Department of Justice but their actions show otherwise. If they did why would they infringe on these men’s 1st amendment rights of the United States Constitution?

 It’s been common practice in history that organized crime families will silence witnesses against them. The State of Alabama at this time is nothing less than an organized crime group that should be prosecuted under the Rico Act.

 Please continue to support these men and contact the Department of Justice and voice your concern about the Department of Corrections harming these men further.

         Unheard voices

Update from Holman Correctional Facility and the latest suicide.

 October 11,2016

Sadly to say it’s been confirmed that Robert Deangelo Carter, who suffered from a long history of mental illness ended his own life on October 9,2016, in Alabama’s most secure dungeon at Holman.

 It’s also been reported by witness’s that Carter has made a deal to start back taking is medications used for his mental disorders in exchange to be released back into population with the warden of Holman.

 However Carter was not released, and had requested to see the warden and mental health specialist. After officers ignored Carter’s request Carter then told the same officers if they did not let him out he would kill himself, reported by eye witnesses’s.

 This is the second successful suicide within six months inside Holman Correctional Facility lockup. Inmate Tripplett ended his life in April of this year under similar circumstances.

There is no doubt a pattern of neglect in these situations relating to the Alabama Department of Corrections standard operating procedures and it’s staff exist. There’s been numerous reports from the men at Holman that there is no security, no way to communicate to staff, and intentional ignoring of complaints in relation to conditions, and medical issues. Reports of inmates necessity  to bang on doors in order to irritate officers enough to go and check on these men.

These conditions are beyond a violation of the Eighth amendment of the United States constitution. It’s a violation of human morals and dignity.

The question has arose and should be answered today by the United States Justice Department…..”how many bodies do you need?”

   Published by: UNHEARD VOICES & the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT!

Alabama Department of Corrections failed!

Above caption depicts just a few of the men killed within the walls of Alabama’s prison in the past months.

 Today we publish this article pointing out that Alabama has failed in its duties. The faces above are men who have lost their lives due to neglect on the behalf of their guardians. 

  We come together as a collective whole, inside and out side the fences and demand this stops!

               Unheard voices

Alabama Department of Corrections, allows another life to be lost at Holman Correctional Facility, today.

October 9,2016

 Today it was reported that in Holman’s super max lockup in Atmore, Alabama another fatality has indeed occurred. There’s no doubt that this facility is under staffed and operating on nearly no officers on the facilities floor.

 Administration at Holman has refused to answer any questions in regards to this new tragedy, today. At this time the only thing known is the inmate was known as “Swole”, and he hung himself in the lockup at Holman earlier today where no officers monitor the inmates.

If you have information in regards to this incident please contact FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, and/or UNHEARD VOICES.

Police brutality in the streets vs. Police brutality behind closed doors.

Today we are faced with the brutal facts that we suffer still from injustices that have been going on for decades. 

  •  The media is swamped with coverage of police shootings, and beatings in our streets, and neighbourhoods, thanks to technology, and the quick thinking of citizens.This provides a platform to expose the brutality of the very ones the citizens employ to “serve, and protect” those that are on the receiving end of the very opposite action.
  •     But today we’re not only facing a crisis in the streets. Recently a platform for the men and women in prison and the jails across the country have been raised. These men and women have been victims of the same abuse as we see in our streets. The only difference in the two is one has the publicity exposure and the other is done behind the cloak of closed doors.
  •  All officers in the United States no matter if they’re beat officers in the police department or correctional officers take an oath before being released to carry out their duties. It states “On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.”

So with that said this article is being published to make one point . There is no difference in the street police brutality and police  brutality behind closed doors. An injustice is an injustice.

   

Department of Justice announces it’s plan to come into Alabama prisons, “Alabama Department of Corrections will do all to cover up”.

October 7,2016

Now that Alabama is feeling the pressure from the Federal government, you can bet they’re giving orders to facility Wardens to correct all things that are below acceptable.

 Just today there were reports from Elmore Correctional Facility that the maintenance employees were running around attempting to locate and address long overdue issues in the prison.

However the inmates there at the facility demanded that the maintenance employees leave things alone. One inmate stated, “…they been leaving this shit like this, ain’t no need in trying to fix it now that the folks coming in!”

It’s widely anticipated that this will happen all over the state of Alabama in the days to come before DOJ makes its first initial visit in the facilities. This cover-up has been going on for decades when inspectors visit the facilities,because they’re forewarned before hand that inspectors are coming. 

The Free Alabama Movement, and UNHEARD VOICES groups have supported the fact that the inmates are rubbed wrong by the administration’s sudden concern to fix things all of a sudden, and ask the inmates in these facilities not to aid in the clean-up mission. Shaun the founder of UNHEARD VOICES addressed the issue by saying,”These actions don’t come as a surprise at all. It’s like a criminal that knows the police is coming to catch you in an act. That criminal is going to try and get rid of all evidence before they get there.All I can say to the guys here and in the other camps, is don’t let them do it, and if they do, record it , record it, record it!”

This is not a shock, but it is an admittance of guilt!

The Next Step for Free Alabama Movement: Legal Clinic Network

THE NEXT STEP FOR FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT (F.A.M)

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
13th Amendment, US Constitution

There are several fronts that F.A.M. is currently working on to continue the fight against mass incarceration and prison slavery. With the growth and continued exposure of F.A.M. also comes the need to organize more soundly on a structural and foundational level. In this respect, we are working to structure our legal department and Legal Clinic Network:

STAFF ATTORNEY

1) We need to recruit a volunteer to serve in the capacity of a staff attorney and to develop a fundraising plan to provide compensation when available. This office will help to advise F.A.M. on legal issues and represent F.A.M. in legal matters.

LEGAL CLINIC NETWORK

2) We would like to structure a F.A.M. Legal Clinic Network.

We already have a commitment from several law students, one attorney, and we are exploring opportunities with a law professor and another attorney that we are already in contact with. We anticipate the Legal Clinic Network to start out working in the following capacity:

ASSISTANCE WITH CRIMINAL CASES

a) Handling at least one criminal conviction and/or civil suit per year. In addition, we would like to build a network of volunteers composed of law students, paralegals and researchers to assist with legal research, editing and typing, copying, and filing and collecting public records.

FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUES

b) Filing litigation concerning First Amendment rights as they relate to the right of people incarcerated to peacefully assembly in protest of ongoing civil and human rights violations, and to establish and declare free speech zones at Alabama prisons for Freeworld supporters without interference from state officials when conducting demonstrations or protesting on prison grounds.

(i) First Amendment peaceful assembly rights will also address state retaliation for non-violent and peaceful activity inside of prison, and establish precedent that will be backed by TRO’s to prevent arbitrary detention in solitary confinement and retaliation by prison officials for the exercise of constitutionally protected rights. In California, several recent decisions were issued stating that people in prison could not be punished for hunger strikes because this activity was not violent and did not pose a threat to security.

(ii) First Amendment free speech zones will declare the rights of the public to access public prison facilities and to communicate with visitors on visitation days at these prisons and pass out information concerning public safety, mass incarceration, and civil and human rights issues taking place in Alabama prisons.

https://t.co/65lbuXcM2K

WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

3) The Legal Clinic Network will address the violations of women’s rights at Tutwiler as outlined in the U.S. Dept of Justice report in January 2014, and seek compensation and assistance for all children who were born as a result of these sex crimes.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-releases-findings-showing-alabama-department-corrections-fails-protect

LABOR RIGHTS

4) The Legal Clinic Network would also like to build a network of labor attorneys and experts to address labor issues within the prisons.

Contact:

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT
P.O. BOX 186
New Market, AL 35761
Freealabamamovement@ Gmail.com

Alabama Department of Corrections to be investigated for civil rights violations, by the Department of Justice


Above you see pictures taken by incarcerated men throughout multiple prisons in Alabama.These pictures depict only a few of the many inhumane conditions including but not limited to improper ventilation, smoke infested state buildings, improper plumbing, accessibility to homemade and real weapons, lack of security and in sanitary kitchens.

 These are only a few pictures that have been accumulated over the years. But most shockingly above you will see an inmate in a lockup cell at at Ventress Correctional Facility, that is hanging from a makeshift rope. Notably there is no correctional officer any where around and inmates were able to photograph this horrific scene.Thus giving credence to the claims of “no security”inside the prisons in Alabama. 

 The other alarming sight is the accessibility to obtain dangerous weapons. In a picture above you see knives that are in the possession of an inmate that bought them to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.

You also see urinals that are overflowing with urin on an everyday basis, as well as unsanitary kitchen’s. These are contributing reasons to a high rate if disease within Alabama’s prison system.

You also can see evidence of improper exhaust systems, as well as the illegal act of smoking by inmates and officers…if you look closely in the picture of the officer sitting on the stairwell you’ll see a cigarette in his hand.

Four years civil complaints have been filed with these affirmative allegations and the Alabama Department of Corrections deny that these things occur. 

Now that the Department of Justice is intervening will they themselves ignore the overwhelming evidence? 

                               Unheard voices.

URGENT UPDATE FROM HOLMAN

October 7, 2016

  Holman prison back on lockdown after another violent incident. Reports state that officers refused to enter the dorm and try to stop the stabbings, and then officers refused to open the door to allows the injured to escape.

   FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT urges all to contact Governor Bentley and the Commissioner’s Officer and demand that the media bad public representatives from Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies be allowed immediate entry into this prison along with DOJ investigators. 

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT RESPONDS TO DOJ INVESTIGATION 

​FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT (F.A.M.) RESPONDS  TO NEW D.O.J. INVESTIGATION: CALLS FOR TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact info:
Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies 

P.O. BOX 186

New Market, Al 35761
freealabamamovement@gmail.com

  FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT (F.A.M.) is pleased with the news that the U.S. Department of Justice (D.O.J.) will be conducting a statewide investigation into the issues of abuse, violence and safe, secure and sanitary conditions in Alabama’s men’s prisons, even though we believe that the women’s prison should also be revisited. We would like to emphasize that we are looking for an open, transparent and inclusive investigation that will keep the public updated, informed and INVOLVED throughout this process. Alabama prisons are unique in that they are the most overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed prisons in America. Therefore, any solutions to the existing problems will need to be unique and require “outside-of-the-box” thinking as well.

We would also like to see accountability result from this investigation. In 2014, the U.S. D.O.J. released a report on its year long investigation at Tutwiler. In this report, D.O.J. investigators found that the civil rights of these women had been violated for over a 20-year period, and that at least one-third of all of the correctional staff at Tutwiler had engaged in some form of sexual misconduct with the women incarcerated there. Yet, despite these conclusive findings, which included child births and unauthorized abortions by complicit medical staff, not a single person was prosecuted for the violation of a single federal crime. 
Some of the questions we have to ask are, what is the purpose of this investigation? Are there federal criminal or civil statutes available where A.D.O.C. officials can be prosecuted and required to pay damages as a result of this investigation if they are found guilty of wrongdoing? Will the D.O.J. prosecute any findings of corruption? Will federal charges be brought against officers who are found to be using excessive force? In instances of death, will negligent D.O.C. officials be prosecuted?
 Other questions that have to be asked are, in the ultimate finding of unsanitary and unsafe conditions, what are the proposed solutions? Will the D.O.J. seek to alleviate overcrowding through release programs or more prisons? Will the people incarcerated have a voice and seat at the table towards fashioning solutions (as was done in California in the Askher settlement)? Will family members be allowed to be part of the investigation? Will there be briefing sessions for the public? Will there be on-site inspections where family members, interested organizations and the media will be allowed to attend? Will the investigation into sanitation include water testing, since officers at most prisons are warned to not drink it under any circumstance? 

When speaking of transparency, will the D.O.J. move for policy changes that will afford the media open access to Alabama prisons? Finally, will public organizations be factored into the role of oversight and implementation of solutions, such as educational and rehab programs?  
We cannot just go into an investigation without some clear understanding of what a solution will look like. We have learned from Tutwiler and all of the frivolous lawsuits filed by Southern Poverty Law Center and Southern Center For Human Rights, that oversight is just as important as the settlement itself, and oversight can not be left to the A.D.O.C. under any circumstance.

  Governor Bentley has stated that he welcomes the investigation and looks forward to working with the D.O.J. Well, why should the federal government have to come in and investigate matters that fall within his responsibility? If Governor Bentley does not have a Commissioner’s Office that is capable of assessing the rising violence, murders, drugs overdoses, etc. and understands that those issues need investigating and solving, then what is the purpose of having investigators on taxpayer payrolls?  
Governor Bentley is looking for a political bailout; he ignored dead bodies and waited for federal intervention so that he can maintain his “tough on crime” stance, while “blaming” the federal government for the needed and costly changes to Alabama’s prison system. But now that the ‘feds’ are here, F.A.M. and the family members of those incarcerated have an opportunity to seek real changes if, indeed, that is what the D.O.J. is here for. 

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT
Freealabamamovement@ Gmail.com

Is The corruption in the Alabama Department of Corrections on the verge of being exposed?

(Governor Robert Bentley)

 This morning after breaking news from the Department of Justice in Washington that there will be an investigation in relations to the civil rights violations of thousands of incarcerated men and women, Robert Bentley, commissioner Jeffery Dunn, Grantt Gulliver, and so many more involved sweat bullets.

 During yesterday’s breaking news inmates across the state in facility dorms, and t.v.day rooms you could hear a pen drop. At the conclusion of the news you heard sighs of relief, sniffles and a few sobs, but big smiles grew as a sign of victory in a battle fought. 

 Convicts and officers across the state are now starting to see hope and anticipating the soon to come investigation and expecting results and positive change for the first time in the history of Alabama.

Today two of the most listened to voices sit in solitary confinement for starting this movement in Alabama.A movement that has grown and spread throughout this nation. These men were placed in solitary for exercising there 1st amendment rights of freedom of speech, and now are huge threats to the Alabama Department of Corrections in exposing the injustices. 

  The convicts and many correctional officers of Alabama are now calling upon the leaders of Alabama to release these political prisoners from solitary confinement at Holman prison and Donaldson prison.(Melvin Ray, and Robert Earl Council).

 This morning the prison activist groups Free Alabama Movement and UNHEARD VOICES chant we won’t be silenced, we will be heard!

 

“Peta seeks to free “Joe”from a cage due to distress”….However you look at it this fact is speaking volumes of humanities thought of human life.

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2016/01/peta_lawsuit_seeks_to_spring_c.html

 This is a perfect example of what cages do to life in general. This article above makes me question what is wrong with the way we see the men and women that are incarcerated throughout our nation.

It’s time to be held accountable for what we have created in our world. We’ve created an illusion that animals deserve better and more humane treatment than humans.

  Again I ask the question,”WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?”

US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO OPEN STATEWIDE INVESTIGATION INTO ALABAMA PRISONS

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE INVESTIGATION INTO

CONDITIONS IN ALABAMA’S PRISONS FOR MEN

 

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in Alabama’s prisons for men.  The investigation will focus on whether prisoners are adequately protected from physical harm and sexual abuse at the hands of other prisoners; whether prisoners are adequately protected from use of excessive force and staff sexual abuse by correctional officers; and whether the prisons provide sanitary, secure and safe living conditions.

 

“The Constitution requires that prisons provide humane conditions of confinement,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  “We hope to work cooperatively with the state of Alabama in conducting our inquiry and ensuring that the state’s facilities keep prisoners safe from harm.”

 

“Our obligation is to protect the civil rights of all citizens, including those who are incarcerated,” said U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama.  “This investigation provides us with an opportunity to work collaboratively with the state of Alabama to assess current conditions and ensure constitutionally sufficient conditions exist for all prisoners.”

 

“The vulnerability of a prisoner makes it even more important that basic hygiene and safe accommodations are afforded the inmates,” said U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. of the Middle District of Alabama. 

 

“I am very pleased to have my office join the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama as well as the Civil Rights Division in opening an investigation into the Alabama prison system,” said U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama.  “All citizens, even those who are incarcerated, should expect sanitary conditions of habitation that are free of physical harm and sexual abuse.”

 

The department has not reached any conclusions regarding the allegations in this matter.  The investigation will be conducted under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).  Under CRIPA, the department has the authority to investigate violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights that result from a “pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of such rights.”  The department has conducted CRIPA investigations of many correctional systems, and where violations have been found, the resulting settlement agreements have led to important reforms. 

 

The Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama are conducting this investigation.  Individuals with relevant information are encouraged to contact the department via phone at (205) 244-2001 or by email at usaaln.civilrights@usdoj.gov.

 

Is Alabama’s prison safe to work in? 

This picture depicts a lock blade knife in one of the most violent prisons in Alabama. With that said it raises a logical question,”are the prisons safe to work in?”, and if the answer is no is it safe to live in?

  Facts like these support the accusations made by officers at Holman ,recently made during a work strike. But nonetheless it also supports what the men within the walls of the numerous prisons have been screaming for years, and begging to see changed.

   It’s plain to see that the top issues here are very serious, and have gone ignored for way to long! 

    It’s time for a change! Let’s start today!

PREPARATION FOR FREEDOM 02/12 by 63945 | Social Networking Podcasts

[PREPARATION FOR FREEDOM 02/12 by 63945 | Social Networking Podcasts] is good,have a look at it! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freealabamamovement/2015/02/13/preparation-for-freedom#
  FREEDOM FIGHTERS on the inside demanding and end to the 462 year enslavement of Black men in America. 

F.A.M. LEGAL CLINIC NETWORK 

​THE NEXT STEP FOR FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT(F.A.M)
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

13th Amendment, US Constitution 
There are several fronts that F.A.M. is currently working on to continue the fight against mass incarceration and prison slavery. With the growth and continued exposure of F.A.M. also comes the need to organize more soundly on a structural and foundational level. In this respect, we are working to structure our legal department and Legal Clinic Network: 
STAFF ATTORNEY
1) We need to recruit a volunteer to serve in the capacity of a staff attorney and to develop a fundraising plan to provide compensation when available. This office will help to advise F.A.M. on legal issues and represent F.A.M. in legal matters. 
LEGAL CLINIC NETWORK 
2) We would like to structure a F.A.M. Legal Clinic Network.
We already have a commitment from several law students, one attorney, and we are exploring opportunities with a law professor and another attorney that we are already in contact with. We anticipate the Legal Clinic Network to start out working in the following capacity:
ASSISTANCE WITH CRIMINAL CASES 
a) Handling at least one criminal conviction and/or civil suit per year. In addition, we would like to build a network of volunteers composed of law students, paralegals and researchers to assist with legal research, editing and typing, copying, and filing and collecting public records.
FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUES
b) Filing litigation concerning First Amendment rights as they relate to the right of people incarcerated to peacefully assembly in protest of ongoing civil and human rights violations, and to establish and declare free speech zones at Alabama prisons for Freeworld supporters without interference from state officials when conducting demonstrations or protesting on prison grounds.
  (i)  First Amendment peaceful assembly rights will also address state retaliation for non-violent and peaceful activity inside of prison, and establish precedent that will be backed by TRO’s to prevent arbitrary detention in solitary confinement and retaliation by prison officials for the exercise of constitutionally protected rights. In California, several recent decisions were issued stating that people in prison could not be punished for hunger strikes because this activity was not violent and did not pose a threat to security.
 (ii) First Amendment free speech zones will declare the rights of the public to access public prison facilities and to communicate with visitors on visitation days at these prisons and pass out information concerning public safety, mass incarceration, and civil and human rights issues taking place in Alabama prisons. 
https://t.co/65lbuXcM2K
WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
3) The Legal Clinic Network will address the violations of women’s rights at Tutwiler as outlined in the U.S. Dept of Justice report in January 2014, and seek compensation and assistance for all children who were born as a result of these sex crimes. 
https://t.co/wlRDsciwmL
LABOR RIGHTS
 4) The Legal Clinic Network would also like to build a network of labor attorneys and experts to address labor issues within the prisons.

If you would like to assist in this project, please contact us at:
Freealabamamovement@Gmail.com

PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS !                                                        Ricky Gervais reduced to tears at Animal Hero Awards by stories of heroic pets and cruelty to creatures – Mirror Online

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/ricky-gervais-reduced-tears-animal-6686832

Please review this, then explain to me why animals reduce humans to tears, but yet the abuse to humans incarcerated throughout America barely gets noticed.

Alabama inmates have voices, but why are aren’t they being listened to?

The past few years inmates around Alabama’s prison system have come together and formed prison activist groups to expose and speak out about what’s going on in the system. Groups such as FAM (Free Alabama Movement) and UNHEARD VOICES. These groups have relentlessly published and exposed true injustices that actually occur behind the walls of the prisons that sit in our communities leaving the question on ,how have we ignored this for so long?

The truth to that question is that men and women such as Mr.Thornton (Alabama Department of Corrections spokesperson in Montgomery) has done a great job in covering up for the governor and ADOC for years.

Up until recently these men and women have been able to successfully temporarily discredit the accusations before them.For example, when Robert Earl Council reported that officers unified at Holman prison and did not show up for work, Mr.Thornton went on public record and intentionally lied by saying this is untrue and merely propaganda put out by inmate activist.

But today it’s confirmed by ADOC that it’s fact.

That leads to the next question. If there are men behind our prison walls making accusations of injustices that are turning out to be true, why are we not listening to them? There are men that are standing up to try and make positive changes for Alabama, and not once has a platform been set to allow these men’s voices to be heard by the tax payers of Alabama. Why? Because the governor of Alabama, and Commissioner of ADOC can’t afford that to happen thus these men must be silenced and treated as enemies.

It’s time we make a platform in Alabama and allow these men to speak in a public forum openly and without retaliation by ADOC or the Alabama government, and address the issues that cost the tax payers of Alabama. 

 

San Francisco Bay View » Free Alabama Movement Peace Summit turns chaos into community

San Francisco Bay View » Free Alabama Movement Peace Summit turns chaos into community http://sfbayview.com/2016/10/free-alabama-movement-peace-summit-turns-chaos-into-community/ — shared by UC Mini

A Little HOLMAN C. F. History 

The William C. Holman Correctional Facility was constructed in 1968 and 1969. The facility was officially open in December, 1969, at a cost of five million dollars. 
The first prisoner was received on December 15, 1969. The Holman Correctional Facility houses Death Row inmates and is the only facility in the state that carries out executions. 
The present population of Holman C. F. consists of minimum through closed custody inmates, including life without parole and Death Row inmates. 
The living quarters have a total capacity of 998 available beds. There are 630 population beds with Housing Units A-D having a capacity of 114 each and Housing Unit E with a capacity of 174

There are 7 infirmary beds. There are 200 segregation unit beds and Death Row has a capacity of 194 for a total of 1031 beds.

Holman is located ten miles north of Atmore, Alabama, just east of Highway 21 on Ross Road. The perimeter of the security compound is surrounded by two fences. The inner fence is taut wire fence with the outer fence being chain link. The compound has six towers and two perimeter vehicles, which operate twenty four hours a day. 

(WHATTTTTT?)

During the hours of darkness, the perimeter is fully lighted. Thecountryside in the vicinity of Holman prison is farm and timberland. The main crops are cotton and peanuts. 
Located directly behind the facility within the security compound is an industrial area consisting of a Tag Plant where all of the State’s motor vehicle tags are manufactured and a Sewing Factory which makes sheets and pillow cases that are distributed to other state prisons. 

In 1991 a new Administrative building was built onto the front of the main prison within the security compound to provide needed Administrative Offices. 
In the latterpart of 1995, the entire kitchen and dining area was remodeled and updated. In 2000 a newly constructed, 200 bed single cell segregation unit was put online. *In 2007 the housing units in general population were remodeled with single beds and an updated bath room area.

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*The 2007 renovation was the result of a 4 day Work and Hunger Strike,  which included all men in HOLMAN prison. (Kinetik Justice was the Spokesperson for the Prisoners during the negotiations and was ultimately “declared a threat to security “and  when,  then Warden Grant Culliver  attempted to place Kinetik in Solitary Confinement Indefinitely,  Attorney Tiffany Johnson Cole intervened and Kinetik was transferred to St.  Clair C. F. )

THEY DID IT… ALL OF THEM DIDN’T SHOW UP

At shift change tonight,  On October 2, 2016, NONE OF THE REGULAR SHIFT reported to work at HOLMAN CF and a handful of CERT TEAM OFFICERS are manning their post.  However,  there isn’t enough to adequately run the Facility,  as no Officers are in the SEGREGATION UNIT to do Showers nor have they did Pill Call.  ITS OFFICIAL, that true to their word,  the entire shift has walked out on the Administration. 

Maybe now they will RELEASE the people that are eligible to be RELEASED and CLOSE THIS HELLHOLE DOWN. 

Can you imagine the look on BENTLEY , WARD,  DUNN AND CULLIVERS FACE ?

ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE

​Prison Activist Support Coalition, and immediate action campaign on behalf of the Free Alabama Movement.

A mass prisoner strike wave is coming in state and federal prisons all over the country.

We need to build a national activist movement against prison slavery, but in support of the Free Alabama Movement, we propose the following immediate action campaign:

1. We need to create a “Free Alabama” speakers’ tour to send activists all over Alabama to spread the message about the conditions in Alabama’s prison system.

This is the first step to a regional and national campaign, but we need to win the people in Alabama over, and not just activist organizations or so-called leaders.

2. We need to have a series of mass meetings in Birmingham, Huntsville and other major cities in Alabama to expose the conditions in Alabama state prisons, to target communities of color especially, as well as all those opposed to structural racism represented by this system.

3. We need to call for a mass international email campaign about conditions in Alabama prisons.

4. Contact university and legal groups about filing a series of class action lawsuits against conditions in Alabama prisons.

5. Go to the United Nations Human Rights Council with a human rights complaint about Alabama prisons being a violation of international human rights covenants.

6. A national protest march in Montgomery against Alabama state prison slavery, as well as continuing picket lines at the Alabama Department of Corrections.

7. Southern Regional [or national] Prison Activist Conference, about not only conditions in Alabama, but all over the country.

8. An Emergency Response Network to be able to respond in support of prison strikes in Alabama or anywhere in the country, and prevent mass repression by prison officials.

9. We need to recruit students, youth, and community activists as volunteers from all over the country.

10. We need to have a massive fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to obtain the funds to make this happen. We should create a joint fundraising committee to handle the funds and make an accounting of all funds raised.

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This is a 2015 Proposal from the Black Autonomy Prison Federation and the Ida B. Wells Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality.

WHAT’S NEXT? 

​Prison Activist Support Coalition, and immediate action campaign on behalf of the Free Alabama Movement.A mass prisoner strike wave is coming in state and federal prisons all over the country.We need to build a national activist movement against prison slavery, but in support of the Free Alabama Movement, we propose the following immediate action campaign:


1. We need to create a “Free Alabama” speakers’ tour to send activists all over Alabama to spread the message about the conditions in Alabama’s prison system.This is the first step to a regional and national campaign, but we need to win the people in Alabama over, and not just activist organizations or so-called leaders.


2. We need to have a series of mass meetings in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery ,  Mobile, throughout the Black Belt, HBCU campuses, and other major cities in Alabama to expose the conditions in Alabama state prisons, to target communities of color especially, as well as all those opposed to structural racism represented by this system.
3. We need to call for a mass international email campaign about conditions in Alabama prisons.


4. Contact university and legal groups about filing a series of class action lawsuits against conditions in Alabama prisons.


5. Go to the United Nations Human Rights Council with a human rights complaint about Alabama prisons being a violation of international human rights covenants.
6. A national protest march in Montgomery against Alabama state prison slavery, as well as continuing picket lines at the Alabama Department of Corrections.

7. Southern Regional [or national] Prison Activist Conference, about not only conditions in Alabama,but all over the country.
8. An Emergency Response Network to be able to respond in support of prison strikes in Alabama oranywhere in the country, and prevent mass repression by prison officials.

9. We need to recruit students, youth, and community activists as volunteers from all over the country.

10. We need to have a massive fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to obtain the funds to make this happen. We should create a joint fundraising committee to handle the funds and make an accounting of all funds raised.
###This is a Proposal from the Black Autonomy Prison Federation and the Ida B. Wells Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality

ADOC has effectively ran their workforce off – September 30th, 2016

Only 7 cars in the HOLMAN parking lot, only 3 officers for Death Row and Segregation, Officer just confirmed that it’s over, as all CO’s are quitting this coming week ~”We’re tired of them playing games with y’all and our lives. It doesn’t make any sense. You be safe Lil Brother.”

Well they told me they had something planned,  now I see what it is.

The Administration has effectively ran their workforce off. Smh

LET’S BE REAL 


Lets be real with ourselves and our children. History books are filled with lies about who did what and why. The information age has brought to light a lot of those lies. However, just exposing the falsehoods and half truths is not good enough, we must correct them through direct action.
The biggest and most pressing one is in regards to the Institution of Slavery.

For over 150 years, we have promoted a lie- “The 13th Amendment ABOLISHED SLAVERY”.
The 13th Amendment, in laymans terms, took control of Slavery from the Southern Planters and Codified it for the Government to regulate it. The Government/State became the de facto “MASSA”

Now all the State had to do is create a sham criminal justice system and Slavery could continue to thrive on- and thats exactly what it has done- thrive on under the guise of the criminal justice system. 

All this has been verified and documented, therefore, the question begs — ARE WE A NATION OF ENSLAVERS? OR ARE WE, AS A NATION, PREPARED TO BECOME ABOLITIONIST?
And just striking the exception/criminal punishment clause will not be enough. The entire Amendment and its historical underpinnings must be identified, exposed and uprooted. This way we not only Abolish Slavery, but we correct the White Supremist narrative. No longer will we promote the lie that in 1865 the UNITED STATES abolished Slavery and began Reconciliation with its former “Chattel Slaves”

Today, 2016, is the time to END SLAVERY under all forms and names-be it Convict Leasing, Feudalism, Prison Labor, etc- and create and Amendment with NO EXCEPTION.

#WeStandWithOurWomen, #WhereAreTheChildren

The Women at Tutwiler Women’s Prison have reached out to Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies and F.A.M. and are requesting assistance. In resoonsr, we are planning to conduct more demonstrations at Tutwiler prison as part of the FREEDOM TOUR 2016.

Additionally, we are asking that organizers and supporters around the country locate a women’s prison, jail, or detention facility in your city or state and conduct protests there also on the same day.


While the overwhelming majority of people who are incarcerates in this country are men, the women in prison are being subjected to the same abuses and more by sexual predator guards.


In Alabama at Tutwiler, we saw where the women were being raped and abused by officers like Carter Davenport when he was a captain at Tutwiler, who was then promoted to Warden and went on to cause more hell in ADOC. Before being forced to resign, Davenport was promoted repeatedly and protected by Asst. Commissioner Grantt Culliver, who has also been involved in sexual misconduct while on the tax-payers payroll.

BEWARE: Sexual predators and enablers on the loose in Alabama. 

When the women are being raped and  Commissioner Culliver is off rendezvousing with his tax-payer paid secretary/mistress, then we cannot expect our women to be protected if they are left standing alone. Therefore, we are calling on organizers nationwide to help us increase the exposure being given to the plight and struggle of our #WomenBehindTheWall.

 Was Asst. Commissioner Grantt Culliver out having sex with the secretary while Monica was being raped ?

Monica Washington is just one of the many women who have been raped and impregnated by a correctional officer. When the US Dept. Justice completed their report and found widespread sexual abuse at Tutwiler, they never once stated how many children were born, how many women told them that they were forced to have abortions, or who all amongst the medical staff were complicit in covering up these crimes. It’s time for the ADOC to tell us where those babies are and how many there are.

When “The People’s Platform ” hosted the Scott Sisters from Mississippi, they told us of how they knew of women who had given birth to four and five children. This is a national issue, supported by medical professionals who work at prisons, and the children are unaccounted for and have no parents at home. Where do the children go when the mother has no family while the father has a family at home that doesn’t know about his criminal sexual behavior at work?


Its time to Stand up and demand that the children be accounted for and provided for too, and that all responsible be held accountable.

Contact:
Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies
P.O. Box 186
New Market, AL 35761
Tel. 256.203.4371

freealabamamovement@gmail.com

#WeSTandWithOurWomen

#WhereAreTheChildren

Officers from other prisons are waking up in Alabama!

​Just recently officers from Elmore correctional facility and other prisons had to go to Holman correctional facility in Atmore Alabama to cover duty so Holman officers could attend officer Kenneth Bettis’ funeral. Upon return to their own facilities these officers face testimony that they actually see where the Free Alabama movement (Fam), and UNHEARD VOICES are coming from. “Officers are now speaking out”, said one Elmore correctional officer. He also said “I see why!” 

   This officer also went on to explain his thoughts to the recent stabbing of officer Bettis and how from what he heard and witnessed to be hard to believe that it happened the way Alabama Department of Corrections public relations painted the picture. 

   I myself hope more officers realize that it is important they also speak up now. Time will tell.via UNHEARD VOICES!

PRESS RELEASE: Inhumane Conditions in Alabama Prisons Leads to Strikes by Incarcerated Men and Now Guards

URGENT EMERGENCY ALERT: As Incarcerated Men Strike for Rights, Guards Follow: Officers Stage Historic Work Strike at Holman Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT PRESS RELEASE CONCERNING HOLMAN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

CONTACT INFORMATION: 

Mothers and F.A.M.ilies
P.O. BOX 186
New Market, AL 35761
Tel. 256.203.4371

F.A.M. Leads Work Strikes in Alabama Prisons, Now Officers Stage Historic Work Strike at Holman Prison

Contact: freealabamamovement@gmail.com

Holman CF, Atmore, Al. September 24, 2016.

Last night at Holman prison an emergency situation developed as ALL of the officers assigned to the second shift waged a historic work strike for the first time in the history of the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Assistant Commissioner Grantt Culliver was dispatched to the prison, where he then had to order supervisors from another prison, Atmore CF, to report to Holman prison just to be able to serve meals. The officers at Holman, who have been defying ADOC policy and speaking publicly to the media, had communicated their plans to F.A.M. members, and expressed their support for non-violent and peaceful demonstrations against the human rights conditions existent at Holman.

Officers have also complained about overcrowding and the need for a mass release, more education and rehabilitation programs, as well as issues with disease and filth. Officers reserved their harshest criticism towards the Commissioner’s officer and what they perceive as a lack leadership from Commissioner Dunno and Culliver.

First hand audio account available here.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

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STOP PLAYIN’ WITH THE CONCEPT

by KINETIK JUSTICE AMUN
Its time to put the radical rhetoric aside and get to a concrete and definitive plan of action. A plan of action that sets out the methods and means necessary to accomplish our mission. And make no mistake about it, this is a Mission. September 9th was only a step- a GIGANTIC STEP, but only a step on our ROAD TO REDEMPTION, RECONCILIATION AND ULTIMATELY OUR FREEDOM.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT IS COMMITTED TO THE PROCESS AND DUG IN FOR THE LONG HAUL.

SLAVERY MUST DIE AND THE 151 YEAR LIE…