by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington – End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement
On Friday, October 4th, 2019 at approximately 9:45a.m. there was a bloody fight between two Asian Prisoners at USP Beaumont. The fight took place on 1 Building Unit AB which was the location of a bloody and vicious Race Fight which sent 5 prisoners to the hospital on August 15th, 2019. That incident resulted in a Month-Long Lockdown!! The Fight on Friday caused the Warden of the FCC Complex to place the USP on a weekend Lockdown!! That meant–No showers, No Visits!! No Programming, and Peanut Butter and Jelly and Cheese Sandwiches!! This has become a regular occurrence here at USP Beaumont.
The Management Model being employed here is not sustainable. Not only are we on a perpetual state of LOCK DOWN Status now the Administration has initiated a $25.00 spending limit on Commissary in response to a fight between two prisoners from the same ‘Car’. A ‘Car’ is kind of like a ‘Clique’ or Geographical Location. For Instance, you have men from Texas here thus a Texas ‘Car’. The two prisoners who fought on Friday (Oct 4th) were Asian thus the Asian ‘Car’. But that does not justify this Group Punishment being implemented by the Administration. Everybody Suffers!!!
Prior to my arrival here there had been Two Suicides at USP Beaumont. These Suicides prompted the Removal of the previous Warden here at USP Beaumont. The Warden was replaced by our Current Warden Mr. Larry Shults. What is remarkable is that one of the prisoners who committed Suicide was an Asian Man who had written a detailed letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons—Regional Office in Grand Prairie, Texas. This letter explained that the conditions at USP Beaumont were having a detrimental effect on his Mental Health. NO ONE LISTENED!!! Conditions such as:
A.) Numerous Lockdowns (Excessively Long!)
B.) Lack of Employment opportunities
C.) Lack of Programming
D.) Substandard Food (Cheese and PB& J Sandwiches daily!!)
E.) Apathy among Staff
F.) Showers every 3 days(maybe!!!)
Today is October 7th, 2019 and I am here to tell all of you—Absolutely nothing has Changed!!! Apparently replacing the Warden was a knee jerk reaction but things have only gotten worse—not better. The administration does not care to listen to our grievances. I LOVE LIFE!! I have so much to look forward to but I can tell you that there are no realistic opportunities for success here at USP Beaumont and even someone like me who has every chance for success once I am released can easily be brought down by the depressing and stressful environment cultivated and maintained here at USP Beaumont!!!
As I said before, the reasoning for the Lockdown on Friday–October 4th, 2019 was because Two Asian prisoners got into a fight on their Housing Unit (AB Bldg #1). What is happening here at USP Beaumont is a Psy-Op program where Prison Administrators are attempting to get a CONDITIONED RESPONSE FROM PRISONERS!!!
The Administration knows there are going to be Fights that is common at a USP but they want to ‘TRAIN’ US TO FIGHT ON THE YARD. On the Yard the Prison Guards can utilize their Shock Grenades, Rubber Bullets, Shots Fired Recordings and all the Digital Surveillance Cameras!!! The Administration wants a VIDEO SHOW THAT THEY CAN PRESENT TO THE PUBLIC AND LEGISLATORS IN ORDER TO JUSTIFY THE FUNDING FOR THESE SLAVE KAMPS AND GULAGS.
The B.O.P. continues to lie to the Public at Large claiming that REHABILITATION IS PROVIDED BUT THE REALITY IS OUR LIVES ARE BEING RUINED AND DESTROYED. Our Communities continue to suffer!!! We are being Warehoused and treated inhumanely!!! THIS IS MY REALITY. THIS IS OUR REALITY. Something must change!!!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!!
Comrade Malik is a reporter and an abolitionist. Write him at:
Keith H. Washington #34481037
P.O. Box 26030
BEAUMONT, TX 77720