http://atlanta.indymedia.org/featured en Tier Program grievance: inmates cannot flush their toilets http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/tier-program-grievance-inmates-cannot-flush-their-toilets <p>Travis King Grievance that has yet to be answered and/or processed</p> <p>On 04/01/2015 while being housed in G-1 cell #19 a locked down dormitory my cellmate and myself was moved to G-2 #22 also a locked down dormitory.&nbsp; When I entered the cell, I notice that the toilet flushing system had been altered so that the toilet could not be flushed from inside the cell but only from a button on the wall outside the cell.&nbsp; I asked the Sgt. who moved us Sgt. Kirkland why I was being placed in to such a cell when I had done no wrong.&nbsp; He explained that all cells in the lock down would be altered the same way and that the dormitory officer will flush our toilet for now on.</p> <p>It has been held by the courts that "Even in extreme situations denial of 'normal' toilet facilities, the failure to allow the 'prisoner' promptly to dispose of his/her wastes violates the Eighth Amendment".</p> <p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/tier-program-grievance-inmates-cannot-flush-their-toilets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Sun, 31 May 2015 23:32:30 +0000 earthworm 15792 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org Tier Program inmate exposes abuses from the inside http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/tier-program-inmate-exposes-abuses-inside <p>To: Brother Seer From: Brother Grip G, Quindarrius Duffre Dearly beloved bretheren, Today is Nov 25 2014 @ G.S.P. Nothing has changed. I write you once again, enlightening you concerning my current living, health, and this corrupt Tier II program that has been instituted. The atrocities and inhumane acts are innumerable. The Tier program started July 2, 2014 @ G.S.P., which is a medium security prison that houses closed security inmates on special management unit (SMU). The Tier II program originally only had 3 phases Now in the middle of the program they have instituted another phase in which another 3 months have been added. Each phase consists of 90 days, in which a 90 day review will be conducted to see if the inmate qualifies to be raised to a higher phase, remain on the same phase, or dropped to a lower phase of the Tier II program. The classification committee then bases their judgement according to every inmate's performance sheet.</p> <p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/tier-program-inmate-exposes-abuses-inside" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Fri, 29 May 2015 17:36:40 +0000 earthworm 15756 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org Cooperative Prisoner, belligerently beaten by officer http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/cooperative-prisoner-belligerently-beaten-officer <div class="entry-content"> <p align="LEFT">On any particular day in prison, you would think one would presume himself safe being housed in solitary confinement. On the day of May 24, 2015 at approximately 11:15, the cert officers claimed to be giving a random shakedown. They came to cell 22, where inmate Marko Burton and Frederick Robinson was housed. Officer Thurman the spokes person for the crew, order them to strip one by one. As being used to shakedowns both inmates stripped and were handcuffed as as instructed by officers. While inmate Robinson was being handcuffed, inmate Burton trips over a shoe of his (which is on the floor of the room) and falls off the bed. At that time lent Thruman yells to security to open door. Once door is open lent Thurman runs in, grabs inmate Burton by the arm to lift him off bed, asks “where is it” punches inmate Burton in the groin, then states “Nigga I’ll kill you”.</p> </div><p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/cooperative-prisoner-belligerently-beaten-officer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local GA Prisoner Hunger Strike Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Thu, 28 May 2015 01:27:59 +0000 earthworm 15740 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org The Klan has taken off the sheet and put on a uniform and badge: White supremacy in the prison system http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/klan-has-taken-sheet-and-put-uniform-and-badge-white-supremacy-prison-system <p>On April 27th 2015 GA's Dept of KKKorrections celebrated KKKonfederate Memorial Day.&nbsp; I and other prisoners were denied showers and a food tray, in order for some card carrying Klansmen to celebrate the KKKonfederacy and its legacy, which by the way only entails the oppression of people of color!</p> <p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/klan-has-taken-sheet-and-put-uniform-and-badge-white-supremacy-prison-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local anti-prison GA Prisoner Hunger Strike Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Letters to Prisoners Tue, 26 May 2015 20:24:55 +0000 earthworm 15722 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org "Justice was not served": Background Story of a Reidsville Prisoner http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/justice-was-not-served-background-story-reidsville-prisoner <p lang="zxx"><strong>Justice was not served*<br /><br /></strong><span>By Ladarius colbert a.k.a. Comrade Seer<br /></span></p> <p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/justice-was-not-served-background-story-reidsville-prisoner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local Abolish Prisons anti-prison GA Prisoner Hunger Strike Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:08:24 +0000 earthworm 15457 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org Hunger Strike In Protest of Conditions in Georgia Prisons' Tier Program http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/hunger-strike-protest-conditions-georgia-prisons-tier-program <p align="left"><span><span><span><span>A hunger strike has been going on in Georgia State Prison in Reidsville since February 26. Prisoners are protesting inhumane conditions, including beatings and lack of access to sufficient food, sanitation, exercise, and an effective grievance process. Their demand is an end to the state's Tier Program, a 2013 initiative that created three increasingly restrictive levels of “Administrative Segregation” to deal with prisoners who are deemed a significant threat to security.</span></span></span></span><br /></p> <p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/hunger-strike-protest-conditions-georgia-prisons-tier-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local Abolish Prisons anti-prison GA Prisoner Hunger Strike Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:04:03 +0000 earthworm 15444 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org Hunger Striking Prisoner Releases List of Demands http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/hunger-striking-prisoner-releases-list-demands <p>Statement From Hunger Striker<br /><br />As to date Georgia's prisoners are being arbitrarily and unlawfully denied their First, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.&nbsp; Prisoners are being forced to live in conditions that are atypical and cause significant hardships!&nbsp; Prisoners are being subjected to treatment that has been deemed torture by the United Nations.&nbsp; Prisoners are being subjected to mental, physical, and emotional torture on a daily basis by being forced into GA's prolonged solitary confinement/disciplinary administrateice segregation (Tier Program) without having any disciplinary sanctions to justify such a punishment placement.<br /><br />Therefore I am forced to challenge aforesaid violations through the non-violent means of hunger strike!<br /><br />(1) I demand an end to the torture of all prisoners unlawfully placed on GA's Dept. of Corrections prolonged solitary confinement/Tier Program.</p> <p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/hunger-striking-prisoner-releases-list-demands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local Abolish Prisons anti-prison GA Prisoner Hunger Strike Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Letters to Prisoners Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:00:05 +0000 earthworm 15393 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org Recording by prison resisters in Reidsville http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/recording-prison-resisters-reidsville <p>Prisoners involved with the hunger strike at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville have come forward, knowing they are taking a great risk of retaliation, to speak out.&nbsp; This is a recording they made.</p> <p><a href="https://archive.org/details/prisoner_strike_police_brutality_speech" title="https://archive.org/details/prisoner_strike_police_brutality_speech">https://archive.org/details/prisoner_strike_police_brutality_speech</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Local Abolish Prisons anti-prison GA Prisoner Hunger Strike Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Letters to Prisoners Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:37:19 +0000 earthworm 15348 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org GA Dept of KKKorrections Invests In The Business of Torturing US Citizens http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/ga-dept-kkkorrections-invests-business-torturing-us-citizens <p>by Kelevin J. Stevenson #570391 - G.S.P.</p> <p>GA Dept of KKKorrections new Tier program has taken steps to destroy a prisoner's family bonds, now stopping prisoners from receiving any pictures or letters with pictures in them. GA Dept of KKKorrections administrators have enacted a policy that clearly violates a prisoner's 1st Amendment right to freedom of association and their right to freedom of speech. The 1st Amendment exists to protect the citizens' right to read books, magazines, newspapers, etc. The right to call or write to your family and friends, the right to criticize government or state officials, and much more.</p> <p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/ga-dept-kkkorrections-invests-business-torturing-us-citizens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local Abolish Prisons anti-prison GA Prisoner Hunger Strike Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Sun, 12 Apr 2015 03:43:48 +0000 earthworm 15336 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org Thoughts from a Reidsville prison hunger striker http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/thoughts-reidsville-prison-hunger-striker <p>Inmates in Georgia State Prison in Reidsville have been hunger striking for over a month in protest of the abuses they are suffering in the Tier Program.&nbsp; The program, described in this document <a href="http://167.192.44.227/Research/Fact_Sheets/Info_Sheets_TierSegregationSystem.pdf" title="http://167.192.44.227/Research/Fact_Sheets/Info_Sheets_TierSegregationSystem.pdf">http://167.192.44.227/Research/Fact_Sheets/Info_Sheets_TierSegregationSy...</a> , is supposed to be for people who are a threat to safety, but is really used as a punishment for people who speak our for their rights.&nbsp; Below is a letter from LaDarius Colbert transcribed exactly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mar 26th 2015</p> <p>Greeting my fellow comrades,</p> <p><a href="http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/thoughts-reidsville-prison-hunger-striker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Local Abolish Prisons anti-prison GA Prisoner Hunger Strike Georgia Prisoner Hunger Strike Sat, 04 Apr 2015 17:41:19 +0000 earthworm 15307 at http://atlanta.indymedia.org