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Covid-19 Update USP Pollock Louisiana

By Keith Malik Washington, IWOC

Peace and Blessings Sisters and Brothers. Today is April 2nd, 2020.

I am delivering my Covid-19 update from inside USP Pollock which is located in Pollock Louisiana, near the city of Alexandria. For those who have been following my updates, you have already confirmed the death of a prisoner housed at our sister facility, FCI Oakdale Louisiana. Our prayers and condolences are extended to the family members and loved ones of our fallen comrade. On April 1st, 2020, I woke up to more restrictive modified operations at USP Pollock, As well as a rumor being circulated of one BoP employee and one prisoner here at USP Pollock suspected of having contracted the Covid-19 virus. Thus far, this is just an inmate rumor. Many I must ask for your help in contacting the complex warden, Chris McConnell. In order to ascertain the validity of this rumor. It wouldn’t be surprising that someone here contracted the virus. BoP employees are allowed to come and go daily, in and out of the  FCC(?) complex at Pollock.

Sisters and Brothers, the number one carriers and transmitters of the coronavirus here at USP Pollock, will be BoP employees. Thus far, all officers are screened before entering the facility, and they are asked to self report any suspected contacts they may have had with high risk persons. We the prisoners at USP Pollock, continue to be subjected to ever increasing restrictions, yet the employees come and go as they please. There are numerous open cells here at USP Pollock, and there are numerous empty units. We propose that officers assigned to the housing units begin to stay here, rather than leave the facility daily. This may sound like a drastic measure, but please understand comrades, drastic times require drastic measures. The state of Louisiana is number two in deaths per capita from the Covid-19 virus. Prisons, by design, are a super confined environment, and once the coronavirus is introduced to the prison population, it will spread like wildfire. As we have seen with FCI Oakdale, death is an inevitable consequence of Covid-19 infections, within the confined federal prison environment. Early on in this report, I mentioned that the BoP has initiated more restrictive modified operations here at USP Pollock. For clarifications sake, let me say that these new restrictive measures are now system wide. Here at USP Pollock, only 8 cells are allowed on that flats at one time. Previously 16 cells were allowed out for two hours a day, in order to allow prisoners access to phones, emails and showers. The cells here at USP Pollock are designed to house two people. In light of these new restrictions, I will only be allowed out of my cell every other day. So my access to the phones, email and shower will be cut in half.

On its face, these new measures are an attempt by the BoP to adhere more closely to CDC recommendations for social distancing, as well as limiting the amount of prisoners allowed out of their cells at one time. It is imperative (emphasis added), that I highlight once again, that most of my fellow prisoners here are healthy are(?) risk the Covid-19 from BoP employees and not each other! Please understand this point!

In closing, I report that yesterday on April 1st, 2020 I report that my case manager, Mr. Carter, had me sign my application for Federal halfway house, and the transfer of my primary address to San Francisco, California. I ask all of you, once again, to please contact the Bureau of Prisons, and strongly encourage them to release me to my primary release address, which is the address for the San Francisco Bayview National Black Newspaper. Or, release me to Federal halfway house, as soon as possible. With your support, my transition to free society will be successful. Free world support is so very important! Please continue to stay healthy and practice distancing, but by no means stop being social with one another. Love one another, care one another, Communication rules the nation, comrades. Until my next report, I extend my clenched fist salute and say “Panther Love” to all of my comrades, allies and loved ones.

Solidarity Forever,

This is Comrade Malik, signing off.

 

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CoVid-19 Urgent Update (FREE OUR ELDERS!!)    USP Pollock & Surrounding Areas

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
INCARCERATED WORKERS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades! Today is Saturday, April 4th, 2020.  I want all of you reading this report to know that I am committed to providing you with Accurate and Truthful information regarding the conditions inside the Federal U.S. Penitentiary at Pollock, Louisiana as well as the surrounding area which includes–F.C.I. Oakdale.

As the Coronavirus Pandemic ravages Amerika, we are seeing the virus begin to take a deadly toll on Federal Prisoners in Louisiana. In Last Sundays report, I informed you about the situation at FCI Oakdale. The most recent information coming out of FCI Oakdale reveals a worsening situation.  FCI Oakdale now has at least Eleven(11) confirmed cases of CoVid-19.  The facility has 19 (nineteen) suspected CoVid-19 cases. Those individuals have been quarantined. As of today April 4th, 2020 there have been Four Prisoner Deaths at FCI Oakdale as a result of CoVid-19.

I will be adding more to this report in a couple days. I want all of you to begin to think about how we can Free our Respected Elders from these Federal Slave Kamps! Next time I will be focusing my energy on that Topic!!

In solidarity forever!!! Comrade Malik!!!

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Urgent COVID-19 Update Follow Up! Federal USP Pollock, Louisiana and Surrounding Areas

Peace and Blessings Everyone!  Please, I ask that you share this update far and wide.  Please Utilize Social Media Platforms.  In Solidarity, Love and Respect Malik

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington    Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Today is Sunday, March 29th, 2020.  This is a follow-up report to an Urgent Update that I released last Sunday, March 22nd, 2020.  This specific report details recent events in regard to the Covid-19 Pandemic within Facilities Operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Please be advised that there has been a Deliberate Attempt by the Main-Stream Media and The White House to ignore the Deadly impact Covid-19 has been having on Amerika’s World Leading Prison Population.

On the morning of March 29th, 2020 I interviewed a Registered Nurse who works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  The Nurse requested that I not use their name.  I will respect this employees request to remain Anonymous.

It was reported to me that there have been 8 Positive Cases of Covid-19 at Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale which is located in Oakdale, Louisiana.  FCI Oakdale is the “Sister Facility” to USP Pollock.  Of the 8 Cases at FCI Oakdale, 6 are prisoners and 2 are B.O.P. employees.  There has been One Death at FCI Oakdale connected to the Covid-19 Virus!  There are 6 Prisoners currently on ventilators at the facility.

FCI Oakdale is approximately 30 miles from USP Pollock.  FCI Oakdale is a Care Level 2 Facility.  Care Level 2 is a designation which Alerts the Public as well as B.O.P. staff that the prisoners housed at Oakdale have greater health care needs and those prisoners  are more vulnerable to catching the Covid-19 Virus.  This is reflected in the 8 Cases and one Death I have described here.

Much closer to USP Pollock is the city of Alexandria, Louisiana.  It has been reported to me that there are over 54 Cases of Covid-19  split between two Public Hospitals.  The name of the Hospitals are Rapides and Cabrini Hospital.
Thus far, we have no reported cases of Covid-19 at USP Pollock.   Employees at FCC Complex Pollock are screened for Covid-19 prior to entering the Complex daily.  However, Mandatory Testing Has Not been initiated at USP Pollock except for those who show Symptoms after being Screened.  The Virus continues to edge closer to USP Pollock and it will take more than Luck for us to Pre-empt the spread of the Virus.

On Friday–March 27th, 2020 —Prison Administrators here at USP Pollock approved the admittance of numerous prisoners from various Federal Detention Centers and County Jails in the Area.  These New Admissions WERE NOT tested for Covid–19.  Nevertheless, the prisoners were placed in Single Cells and placed on Quarantine for 14 days.  The New Federal Prisoners
were housed on Unit B-3 here at USP Pollock which is located on B-Building.  B-Building is the same Building where I and many other Healthy Prisoners are Housed.

I spoke to a  B.O.P. employee about the new arrivals and was told that the prisoners would be monitored closely for Covid-19 symptoms.  I would like to point out that the Covid-19 virus can become AIRBORNE AND COULD SPREAD THROUGH THE HVAC SYSTEM WHICH CONNECTS WITH EVERY INDIVIDUAL CELL THROUGHOUT B-BUILDING!

It is my opinion and the opinion of many prisoners here at USP Pollock that All New Commits should first and foremost be TESTED for Covid-19 BEFORE BEING BROUGHT INTO THIS ISOLATED AND STERILE ENVIRONMENT AT USP POLLOCK WHICH HAS REMAINED VIRUS FREE!

My Advocacy for Covid–19 Testing for All B.O.P. Employees and All B.O.P. Prisoners is grounded in Science and Fact Based Evidence.  Inorder to Mitigate and Contain the Covid-19 virus, Testing and Technology must be implemented immediately.  Technology can enable the Federal Government to perform Contact Tracing.  By now we all know that a person can be infected with the Covid-19 Virus and Transmit the Virus Yet Show No Symptoms what-so-ever!

Testing alleviates all the guess work in assessing whether a prisoner or B.O.P. employee has been infected.
Numerous B.O.P. employees have said to me that they do not believe that the Federal Government has enough Covid-19 Test Kits available for the B.O.P.  I ask that all human beings with a conscience help us contact prison officials here at USP Pollock as well as officials in Washington D.C. and INSIST THAT MASS COVID-19 TESTING BE DONE THROUGHOUT THE B.O.P. IMMEDIATELY.

Finally, it has been reported that U.S. Attorney General William Barr has instructed the B.O.P. to Release to Home Confinement Older Prisoners and those with chronic conditions who may be more vulnerable to contracting the Covid-19 Virus.
PLEASE I ASK ALL OF YOU READING THIS REPORT TO CONTACT THE B.O.P. AND ENCOURAGE THE AGENCY TO RELEASE ME AS SOON AS IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE!!
It is my wish to aid the Editor of the San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper in preserving and sustaining this one of kind National Black Newspaper which serves the hundreds of thousands and literally Millions of prisoners trapped in Amerikan Prisons and Jails.   I DO NOT WANT TO BECOME A CASUALTY OF THE B.O.P.’s  FLAWED COVID–19 PANDEMIC STRATEGY!     I will continue to Report.   Be advised that USP Pollock is continually placed on Lockdown and my ability to Report continues to be obstructed and sabotaged.   I WILL NOT EVER GIVE UP!!

Dare to struggle, Dare to Win,  All Power to the People!!
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URGENT UPDATE: #COVID-19 Test Kits Needed for Federal Bureau of Prisons–NOW! – Screening is Not Actual Testing!

Originally posted on Enough 14.
Written by Keith “Malik” Washington

USA. March 25, 2020. Recently I have reported on the desperate need for Covid-19 Test Kits to be provided for employees and prisoners who Work and whom are housed in Facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Since that report, I have engaged in some Investigative Journalism and discovered that Prison Administrators at the Federal Correctional Complex at Pollock, Louisiana have ordered SCREENING for ALL Federal Employees entering the Federal Prison Complex at Pollock daily but because of a Shortage of Covid–19 Test Kits, the B.O.P. employees ARE NOT being Tested!

Screening consists of Medical Personnel seeking to discover whether B.O.P. employees entering the Prison Complex are exhibiting the symptoms connected with Corona-virus Infection. Symptoms such as High Fever or Dry Cough. However, there is a growing body of evidence which clearly shows that many Transmitters of Covid-19 are ASYMPTOMATIC and the only way to determine whether or not a human being has been infected is through ACTUAL COVID–19 TESTING.

However, I repeat–there are No Covid–19 Test Kits Here at USP Pollock and this comes from employees who work in the Medical Department Here at USP Pollock.

Thus far, most of my fellow prisoners here at USP Pollock are Healthy. Our greatest concern is whether or not the Federal Correctional Officers who work here and come and go daily, will also stay healthy.

A FORMULA FOR DISASTER

The construction of most Modern Federal United States Penitentiaries resembles a Sealed Concrete Cell Block Building. We have a Central HVAC System which connects to All Individual Cells in the Building. IF JUST ONE PRISONER OR GUARD BECOMES INFECTED WITH THE CORONA VIRUS IT CAN CREATE A DIRE SITUATION.
The Covid–19 Virus by its nature is an Airborne Pathogen that can be easily transmitted by the HVAC System here at USP Pollock and many similarly constructed Federal Facilities across the United States.

WE CAN-NOT OPEN OUR WINDOWS FOR FRESH AIR! We are virtually trapped in a potential DEATH TRAP and that is exactly why I have raised the Alarm and pleaded with the General Public to Demand the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice provide the following:

#1.) Covid–19 Test Kits for B.O.P. employees and the prisoners housed in B.O.P. facilities
#2.) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)-which includes: Masks, Gloves, and possibly even Ventilators when needed!
#3.) The Federal B.O.P. and the Department of Justice must start to Consider Releasing Prisoners who are within a Year of finishing their sentences and who have significant support in Free Society.

I happen to be one of those prisoners who have very little time left on their sentence and I also have a Large Community of Supporters who are willing to aid me in my SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION BACK INTO FREE SOCIETY.
Lastly, I leave you with these thoughts to ponder and reflect upon. As Assistant Editor of the San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper, I seek to amplify the voices of all Black and Oppressed human beings. I strive to provide context and texture to the Black Experience and as a Journalist I continue to achieve Black Excellence.
Our current Editor–Mary Ratcliff is 81 years old and her loving husband our Publisher Dr. Willie Ratcliff is 85 years old.

Both Mary and Willie represent one of the most vulnerable categories of people who could become infected with the deadly Corona Virus.

Good intentions will not help save the San Francisco Bay View. Right now we are in dire need of Financial Donations so that we can pay the Printer of our Newspaper as well as keep the lights on and pay the rent for Mary and Willie who are on a fixed income.

I AM PLEADING WITH ALL OF YOU WHO FOLLOW MY WORK AND WHO LOVE AND RESPECT THE LEGACY OF THIS ONE OF A KIND NATIONAL BLACK NEWSPAPER TO DONTATE GENEROUSLY!!!

Please take a moment to contact our dedicated Editor Mary Ratcliff directly at (415) 671-0789, e-mail her at: editor@sfbayview.com or you can send us a Donation directly via U.S. Mail:

San Francisco Bay View
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Attn: Mary Ratcliff—Editor
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San Francisco. CA 94124

I thank you in advance for your generous donations. PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE BAY VIEW!!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!

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Bomani Shakur’s Life Matters!! 

by Comrade Malik and Nube Brown

Liberate the Caged Voices Coalition

“Leadership does not mean domination.  The World is always supplied with people who wish to rule and dominate others.  The True Leader is of a different sort; he seeks effective activity which has a truly beneficient purpose.  He inspires others to follow in his wake and holding aloft the torch of wisdom, leads the way for society to realize its genuinely great aspiration”  an excerpt from:  The Wise Mind of H.I.M.  Emperor Haile Sellasie I  Chapter 10–Leadership

Bomani Shakur (Keith LeMar) is an intelligent and compassionate Black Man who has been sentenced to DEATH in the state of Ohio.  The State of Ohio falsely accused Bomani of Murder in 1993, this was in connection to the events that transpired during the Lucasville Prison Uprisings.

There was No Physical Evidence, Nor was there any Forensic Evidence that connected Bomani to the crime of Murder.

Nevertheless, an all White Jury, A White Judge, and a large crowd of bigoted white–by-standers subjected Bomani to a Modern Day Lynching inside a Court-Room in Rural Ohio.

In the year of 2020 an Army of young White, Black, Asian, Arab, Latinx, and First Nation Activists have teamed up with us and many others inorder to Save the Life of Bomani Shakur.    BOMANI SHAKUR’S LIFE MATTERS!

Murdering Black Men has become a Favorite Past Time for the Authorities in States such as Ohio, Texas, Georgia, and Alabama!

We hear politicians like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker telling us that Joe Biden is the Presidential Candidate for ALL THE PEOPLE!

Ok!  If that is True then We Say to Joe Biden–Show us Some Love!!  Advocate for the Life of Bomani Shakur!!\

BOMANI SHAKUR’S LIFE MATTERS!!

Nevertheless, my confidence and hope does not rest with Politicians who continue to mislead us and spout lies and false Promiseses.

My Confidence and Hope Rests with THE PEOPLE!

In the Month of April 2020 I strongly encourage All Humyn Beings to Support our Solidarity Actions which seek to Save the Life of this Remarkable Humyn being known as Bomani Shakur.   BOMANI SHAKUR’S LIFE MATTERS!!

We implore you to join Activists and Freedom Fighters of All Races and Genders–All Across the United States and Europe.

Join us as we DEMAND that the State of Ohio halt its pursuit of the Death Penalty against another innocent Black Man here in Amerika!    BOMANI SHAKUR’S LIFE MATTERS!!

His Life is worth Saving!!   This is a Movement and not just a Moment in Time!!   End Prison Slavery in Amerika!!

Liberate the Caged Voices!!    Incarcerated Workers Never Give Up!!

Dare to struggle, Dare to Win,  ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!

NEVER SURRENDER!    BY   DJ Khaled,   Jadakiss, Scarface, John Legend, Akon, Anthony Hamilton, and Meek Mill!!!     This is a song that Means something!!  For our Comrade—Bomani Shakur!!!!

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Normalizing death inside Texas prisons

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Chief Spokesperson, End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

originally published in San Francisco Bay View 1/30/20

“The media’s double standards about showing corpses is a clear illustration of the brutal necropolitics to which so many black, Muslim, indigenous, colonized and refugee lives are subjugated – that is, under the threat of, and in proximity to, death and disposal. As the first scholar to use the term, Achille Mbembe stressed that necropolitics does not reside only in the exercise of sovereignty via the power to kill, but the power to organize others’ lives so that they are perpetually exposed to death, or experience a living death of slavery, imprisonment and segregation.” – from Natasha Lennard, “Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life,” pg. 102

The intentional murder, suicide or even “accidental” death of Texas prisoners has now reached the point of an out-of-control epidemic.

Comrade Malik has dedicated this essay to the memory of Atatiana Jefferson, a beautiful, loving and intelligent Black woman who was murdered in cold blood in her home by a white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas. The neighbor who called the police to check on her safety deeply regrets making the call. And both her parents, first her father and recently her mother, have died of broken hearts since she was killed for no reason whatsoever in October.

Long-held Texas prisoner and highly respected jailhouse lawyer Michael “Basir” Lane states that in the year of 2019, approximately 15 human beings died at the H.H. Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, the largest state prison in Texas.

It is ironic that in the year of 2019, Texas Rep. Jarvis Johnson, a Democrat from Houston, Texas, fought passionately for a piece of legislation which would have created independent oversight for this morally bankrupt agency known as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

I began this essay with a remarkable quote from scholar, activist and author Natasha Lennard. Ms. Lennard uses the term “necropolitics.” In the state of Texas, necropolitics, the politics of death, has been perfected and organized by a cadre of willing conspirators.

It is important for you to know that the necropolitics, the normalization of death inside Texas prisons, is not something that has just recently happened. On the contrary, this is how Texas does business.

This is not an attack on party affiliation, because both the Democrats and Republicans in Texas have been willing participants in this organized scheme to liquidate and exterminate those who have been deemed unworthy of our compassion.

As I said, this scheme is very organized, and it has “actors.” People who hold the most respected and highest stations in Texas have aided in the proliferation and cover-up of these horrible violations of human rights.

Exposing the actors

I arrived in the H.H. Coffield Unit in September of 2015, and I had already rung the alarm that prisoner deaths were being orchestrated and covered up inside Texas prisons. It was actually the work and activism of Kevin “Rashid” Johnson which got my attention and made me realize that this normalization of death inside Texas prisons was being condoned, protected and promoted at the highest level of the Texas state government.

In 2013, the Texas attorney general was Gregg Abbott, who has since become the governor. Rashid had been purposely brought to Texas by Abbott’s office, and Abbott then conspired with TDCJ and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to have Rashid housed at the Bill Clements High Security Unit in Amarillo, Texas.

Right away, Rashid discovered that placing him at Bill Clements was an attempt by Abbott and then-TDCJ Director Brad Livingston, to kill Rashid and finally silence his revolutionary voice. Rather than become a willing victim, Rashid became a champion of those housed at this death trap, the infamous Clements Unit, located in the “Klan-handle” of Texas.

I remember the names of all the prisoners who died or who were killed by TDCJ employees at the Bill Clements High Security Unit: Theodore Schmerber, Chistopher Woolverton, Arcade Joseph Comeaux, Alton Rodgers and more!

In the state of Texas, necropolitics, the politics of death, has been perfected and organized by a cadre of willing conspirators

Attorney Jesse Quackenbush tried to get some justice for the families of these deceased Texas prisoners, but Jesse was up against the entire corrupt criminal justice system in Texas! We are talking about the judges, district attorneys, and even the coroners and medical examiners – all doing their utmost to downplay and cover up the loss of life at the notorious Bill Clements Unit.

Many people don’t realize how corrupt and sinister this fraternity and sorority of murderous public servants is – they don’t realize how far the tentacles reach. Attorney Jesse Quackenbush would find out.

In 2017, a homeless drunk attacked Jesse Quackenbush’s daughter in the state of Tennessee. Jesse’s daughter was trying to get to her vehicle, but she was blocked by this man who was very angry and obviously deranged. Jesse’s daughter had a gun, she used it in self-defense.

Now, normally white women in the United States of America are given a pass when they use a firearm in self-defense – especially “well-to-do” white women like Jesse Quackenbush’s daughter. However, for some strange reason the Tennessee state attorney sought to charge Jesse’s daughter with attempted murder. Think I’m lying? I highly recommend you do your own research (see for instance https://www.amarillo.com/local-news/news/crime-and-courts/2017-09-12/daughter-local-attorney-jesse-quackenbush-charged).

Texas and Tennessee are part of the Good Ol’ Boys’ network. What we are dealing with here in Amerika is wickedness in high places.

Now, let’s go back to the H.H. Coffield Unit and the Eastern District of Texas. In 2016, while I was housed at the H.H. Coffield Unit, I began a civil lawsuit which alleged that I had become the victim of retaliation for engaging in what the U.S. Supreme Court refers to as protected conduct. The defendants in my civil complaint were all employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

I remember their names: Senior Warden Jeffrey Catue, Mailroom Supervisor Schylece Dorsey, Safe Prisons Sgt. Rhonda Smith, Law Library Supervisor Gaye Karriker, Security Threat Group Sgt. Robert Walker etc.

There were 17 defendants in total. The complaint was assigned to U.S. Magistrate K. Nicole Mitchell. Remember when I said that necropolitics is organized? In 2016, I raised the alarm about deaths at the H.H. Coffield Unit, and the “good” and “honorable” K. Nicole Mitchell ignored everything I said!

It is not just U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell who is culpable; now we have a “who’s who” of state employees, as well as members of the media, activist community and legislators who are all willing participants in the normalization of death inside Texas prisons.

Remember Jennifer Erschabek from TIFA (Texas Inmate Families Association)? For years Jennifer had the wool pulled over our eyes! Jennifer was figuratively “in bed” with high-ranking TDCJ prison officials like Bryan Collier. The first time ever that a TDCJ executive director appeared on the iconic Prison Show on KPFT 90.1 FM, Jennifer performed like a well-trained seal at Sea World.

I listened while Jennifer told Bryan Collier how wonderful he was, while refusing to hold him and his murderous colleagues accountable for the numerous prisoner deaths inside Texas prisons! Our “good friend” Jennifer, who charges us an arm and a leg for parole packets. A schemer and violator of the public’s trust. Shame on you!

I have always been critical of TDCJ Correctional Institution Division (CID) Director Lorie Davis. Davis specializes in targeting any prisoner who attempts to exercise their U.S. constitutional right to access the court. The pressure has been mounting for the ouster of Lorie Davis as the director of the TDCJ CID. In 2019, she took a special interest in the H.H. Coffield Unit, where prisoner deaths have become commonplace.

[P]rison in Texas is a microcosm of the “free” society outside

Senior Warden Jeffrey Catoe was relieved of his post. The numerous deaths and suicides on “Catoe’s watch” were cited as the main reason he was relieved.

Comrade Malik also recognizes the heroism of Black lawyers with the courage to represent Blacks against police and prison systems. Lee Merritt, who represents Atatiana Jefferson, was charged with practicing law in Texas without a license. The frivolous charges, brought by a Texas Supreme Court committee, were dismissed in December 2018. – Photo: Fox 4 News

Ms. Schylece Dorsey, mailroom supervisor, was fired by a federal marshall who found Dorsey had been tampering with, as well as obstructing, the legal mail of prisoners housed at Coffield Unit. Most of the security captains who were at Coffield Unit when I was housed there have been demoted or fired.

Nonetheless, the normalization of death at Coffield Unit continues unabated. Sen. John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston, Texas, as well as his colleague and buddy Sen. Joan Huffman, engage in this ongoing conspiracy to ignore the humanity of Texas prisoners.

All those years of serving on the Texas Senate, and John Whitmire will be leaving soon as a disgraced fool and puppet of the far-right ruling party! That will be your legacy, John! At one time you had me fooled, too, but now I am no longer blind to your hatred of oppressed people.

You folks shouldn’t have sent me to the feds. You should have shipped me to the moon! That way you may have escaped this scathing critique.

Prison slavery in Texas still exists, but one day it will be abolished!

Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!

Addendum

There are many salient and relevant topics and facts that I did not explore in this essay, yet they deserve mentioning. For instance, the police, the DAs, judges and jails have made death an accepted consequence of being a young Black man in Amerikan society. Many Black males have a nihilistic outlook on life, something in the back of our minds constantly reminds us that “death is lurking around the corner” every day we wake up. I can tell you from experience that prison does not keep you safe, nor does it insulate you from this reality.

At any given moment in this environment, your next moment could very well be your last. Death by baton, concussion grenade, bullet or shank! Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Certainly, in Texas prisons, white prisoners are dying and being killed by TDCJ employees. However, a white life does not have the same devalued existence that a Black life has.

Personally, I value all lives and that resonates in my work, but I put more emphasis on Black lives, because it is our lives which get taken with little to no accountability from the law enforcement entities that continually take our lives – FACT.

I have been inspired by, and very interested in, the work of Attorney Brittany K. Barnett and her client Kim Kardashian-West. Kim K. is saving lives. I often wonder, can someone who has a “dirty” background, such as myself, can work closely with someone like Brittany or Kim?

As I nudge closer to the door of freedom, I wonder what I can do for those I leave behind? I wonder.

And finally, I must mention the death that is one’s existence inside administrative segregation, solitary confinement and those places known as “control units.”

In the past, I’ve spoken about my personal experience with social death inside Texas prisons. I spoke of how I was thrown away by the judge, the prosecutor and by society. Texas holds people in ad-seg for literally decades with no opportunity for education or programming unless you agree to debrief, become an informant and attend a Gang Renunciation Program. If you refuse, they bury you for the length of your sentence.

The only reason that Texas paroled me is because I would not stop exposing them! There were no programs or certificates I earned – nothing!

When Ken Paxton, Greg Abbott and Bryan Collier came to the realization that they couldn’t break me, they gave me to the feds, with the hope I’d be a casualty of the super-violent and barbaric federal system. Thus far I’ve survived.

Or perhaps Abbott and Paxton hoped for the Jeffrey Epstein or Whitey Bulger “treatment.” On that note, a last word from writer, activist, and scholar Natasha Lennard (pg. 123 of “Being Numerous”):

“Some suicides are akin to manslaughter. I don’t mean they are criminal. I mean simply that some suicide belongs in that liminal category between the accidental and the intentional. An attempt is made on a life without premeditation – messy and un-meticulous. It is impossible to answer definitively: ‘Did they mean to do it?’”

Inside Texas prisons, “they” do mean it!

Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!

Dedication

This essay is dedicated to the memory of Atatiana Jefferson. Atatiana was a beautiful, loving and intelligent Black woman who was murdered in cold blood in her home by a white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas.

On Oct. 12, 2019, white police officer Aaron Dean responded to a call from a neighbor about doors at Atatiana’s home being open.

According to the attorney who is representing Atatiana’s family, she heard a noise while playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. Body camera footage shows two officers using flashlights to check the perimeter of the house. The police officer Aaron Dean appears to see a figure through a dark window. He quickly turns to his left and shouts, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” Aaron Dean then immediately fires a single shot through the window, killing our beautiful Black Queen Atatiana Jefferson!

I want all of you to clearly understand that prison in Texas is a microcosm of the “free” society outside!

Allow me to clarify what I mean. The lives of poor people, LGBTQ people and Black people have no value to those commissioned to protect and serve! Know this!

We have committed servants of the people like Civil Rights Attorney S. Lee Merritt, who fights hard for the rights of citizens like Atatiana. We should support Lee Merritt!

Instead of supporting the work of S. Lee Merritt, these bigots and racists who sit behind the bench in these U.S. courts do their utmost to ridicule, ostracize and sabotage Merritt’s pursuit of justice for people like us.

There is a hideous culture that exists in Texas, and until we finally recognize and hold men like Aaron Dean accountable, these horrible tragedies will continue to happen! I won’t be silent!

If I sound angry, sisters and brothers – I am!

In 2020, I’m not just calling for an end to prison slavery – I am demanding justice for all Black and oppressed people who reside within the United States of Amerika!

Keith “Malik” Washington is assistant editor of the Bay View, studying and preparing to serve as editor after his release in 2021. He is also co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell  Rigs the Process and Games the System!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington 
1-25-2020
 
In early December 2019 U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky said:
“there’s no chance the President’s going to be removed from Office.”

Mitch McConnell is the U.S. Senate majority leader.

So much for impartiality. I am very familiar with the Criminal Justice System in Amerika. Like many who have been observing the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump I found it strange that no witnesses were allowed and the U.S. Senate would thwart the collection and presentation of evidence which clearly shows that Donald J. Trump has been acting more like a Mafia Boss rather than the leader of the most powerful country in the world.

Donald J. Trump has established a clear pattern of orchestrating attacks against his political opponents – he did it to Hillary Clinton and he repeated it again with Joe Biden.
Am I lying? I think not. Mitch McConnell decided long ago that he would take his chances and throw his support behind President Trump – no matter how convincing the evidence or how heinous the crime.
Donald J. Trump needs “Fixers” and “Dirty Tricksters” and “Bag Men” who will do black jobs and also “Wet Work”. Those are very serious allegations.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani replaced Roger Stone and Michael Cohen. The President forgot to read the book on Plausible Deniability. You don’t go on national TV and say you don’t know a person and then that person – Lev Parnas produces photos, videos, and documentation which clearly shows that the President of the United States of America continues to fabricate lies.
Perhaps it is alright – the economy is good isn’t it? So we just pretend like it is ok to send very strange individuals to bully and intimidate our U.S. Ambassadors and Diplomats. Something is very wrong here.
However, I am just a struggling journalist and incarcerated activist. My thoughts, opinions, and words don’t carry much weight with Amerikan citizens. With that said, let’s take a look at the words and comments of U.S. Representative Val Demings – a Democrat from California who is a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
Demings said:
“The Constitution requires that after Articles of Impeachment pass the House of Representatives, the President must be given a fair trial in the Senate. Senator Mitch McConnell has promised to sabotage that trial and he must recuse himself. No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s Defense Attorney.”
Nevertheless, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts doesn’t seem to have a problem with McConnell or the absence of witnesses or the decision to not collect nor pursue relevant leads and evidence!
If you ask me, it is not just Donald J. Trump who should be tried for high crimes and misdemeanors.
What truly amazes me is how Hillary Clinton aggressively attacks Bernie Sanders in a recent interview but does not have the same fire and passion in regard to a President whose base continues to chant “Lock her up!”. Does anyone else find that strange?
The Trumps, the Clintons, they both believe that we are all fools – a Tweet here a Tweet there – my re-election is a forgone conclusion thinks Trump. November 2020 will be here much sooner than y ou think and then no matter what happens at this farcical Impeachment Trial, the people will have their say.
Lastly, one last quote from Rep. Demings about “our man” Mitch McConnell:
“The moment Senator McConnell takes the oath of impartiality required by the Constitution he will be in violation of that Oath”.
Dare to struggle, Dare to win. ALL Power to the People. -END
BIO: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is the Assistant Editor of the San Francisco Bay View – National Black Newspaper. He is studying and preparing to serve as Editor after his release in 2021. He is also co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a Proud Member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, and an Activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons Campaign. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com as well as the Bay View website: www.sfbayview.com. Send our brother some love and light — contact him at: 
 
Keith H. Washington
#34481-037
USP Pollock
P.O. Box 2099
Pollock, LA 71467
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Why I Fight So Hard For Our People!

Revolutionary greetings, comrades!
“The hypocrisy of American fascism forces it to conceal its attack on political offenders by the legal fiction of conspiracy laws and highly sophisticated frame-ups. The masses must be taught to understand the true function of prisons. Why do they exist in such numbers? What is the real underlying economic motive of crime and the official definition of types of offenders or victims? The people must learn that when one “offends” the totalitarian state it is patently not an offense against the people of that state, but an assault upon the privilege of the privileged few.” ~ George L. Jackson, from Blood in my Eye, p.107

United States Penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana

As I stare out of my window here at the United States Penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana, I find myself in a pensive and reflective mood. I see razor wire as well as concertina fencing immediately outside my window. I see the prison yard, the grass, the gun tower and far off in the distance I see trees. I see a flag on a pole, it is the “stars and stripes”. This flag does not represent freedom to me, it represents oppression, abuse, social control and it represents the hateful legacy of slavery.

I woke up here in Pollock, Louisiana thinking of Angola 3 member Herman Wallace. I remember the day he died. I was listening to Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, and she played a recording of Comrade Herman describing the garden that he and his comrades were preparing behind the house he was planning to move into.
Once the state of Louisiana finally granted Comrade Herman release, he was on his last leg, the cancer had literally eaten him alive. When I heard the voice of Herman Wallace, with the anticipation of freedom and the hope of seeing a brighter day, I cried. I cried because I was angry, sad, and frustrated.
Louisiana had absolutely no love, compassion, or care for the Angola 3. What they had for them was racial hatred and decades of abuse. Comrade Robert King and Comrade Albert Woodfox made it out alive. Herman wasn’t so lucky.

So you should know that I fight for the Herman Wallaces of this world! The political prisoners here in America – I fight for them. I fight for my New Afrikan brothers!

We are being told that we will be on lock-down for months after this most recent incident here at USP Pollock.
Lockdown means my cellmate and I will be trapped in our cell 24/7. Every 3 days we are afforded an opportunity to shower. Our meals are all cold and consist of powdered milk, a piece of fruit, bologna, bread, cheese or peanut butter and jelly. The nutritional value is extremely poor. I have survived years on this paltry diet.
There is no programming on lockdown. So all that talk you have heard about the First Step Act is just that: talk. My cell-mate and I are both “short-timers”. He has about 14 months left, and I have about 15 months. He is 33 years old and I am 51. Two Black men. Both of us want to prepare for a successful transition back into society – but how can we?
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is sending us back to our families and to our communities traumatized & scarred emotionally as well as physically.
What rehabilitation is to be had when you are forced to live in a concrete cell for months at a time? Our situation here is not unique. This is the reality for literally thousands of men who have found themselves inside a Federal U.S. Penitentiary. USP Beaumont, USP Coleman, USP Victorville, USP McCreary, Big Sandy, Lee County, ALL of them in a continual state of lockdown! This is why I fight!

“The psycho-social dimensions of fascism become quite complex, but they can be simplified by thinking of them as part of a collective bargaining process carried on between all the elites of the particular state with the regime acting as arbitrator. The regime’s interests are subject to those of the ruling class. Labor is a partner in this arrangement. At the head of any labor organization in the fascist state, there is an elite which is tied to the interests of the regime — and consequently tied also to the economic status quo.” ~ George L. Jackson, excerpt from Blood in my Eye, p. 157

In this environment, and I am talking about high-security prisons in Amerika, the the prison warden is the ‘elite’ who represents the interests of the regime.

Let me be clear. Here at USP Pollock, the Complex Warden is named Mr. McConnell. Mr. McConnell is an extension of the Trump Administration. Now, I want to break down exactly what justice looks like here inside USP Pollock.
Recently, there have been U.S. Supreme Court cases, such as U.S. vs Johnson, U.S. vs Davis, and others which have the potential of granting relief to thousands of Federal prisoners. That means that many prisoners who were charged with gun charges under 924(c), 922(g) and those with Hobbs Act Robberies may receive reductions in their sentence or possibly even go home if they qualify and file the proper legal motions and writs of Habeas Corpus.
The ongoing lockdowns at USP Pollock as well as all USPs across the United Snakes of Amerikkka have resulted in a mass denial of our access to the courts. USP Pollock is an egregious violator of our access to courts — allow me to explain.
At USP Pollock we see a special problem. On most USP units, you have access to a computer terminal which is exclusively set up for the law library. That means we could access legal cases which could aid in our freedom.
Because of the numerous lockdowns, we cannot make copies of case law. It would help us immensely if we had a printer on our housing units, since the prison administration here has fallen in love with the reactionary practice of the lockdown strategy.
While en route to USP Pollock, I was in the Federal Transition Center, which is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There on the housing unit was a computer terminal strictly for law library use, and another terminal which was used to print documents, both legal documents and emails from our Corrlinks e-mail accounts.
From my stance as a freedom fighter and jailhouse lawyer, I state for the record that prisoners held at USP Pollock are similarly situated as prisoners who are housed at the Federal Transition Center in Oklahoma and should be afforded the same access to the courts as prisoners there.
What is happening at USP Pollock is a blatant violation of the Equal Protection Clause, as well as our Constitutional right to have access to the courts. There are men here who have excellent arguments, which could free them from Federal custody, but the B.O.P. has created a culture of incarceration which traps mostly black, brown and poor whites inside these slave kamps and gulags.
I mentioned earlier in this essay/article that we were on lockdown here at USP Pollock. What I did not mention is that some prisoners here on Unit A-3 did resist being forced back into their cells. They had good reason to resist, and after another quote from Comrade George Jackson, I will explain.
“As victims of one of history’s most brutal contradictions, as the poorest of the poor, as blacks, it is quite justifiable and completely possible for us to destroy this country as a modern nation-state, to attack it with a totally destructive counter-sweep of frustrated retaliatory rage; that is not our purpose. As revolutionaries, it is our objective to move ourselves and the people into actions that will culminate in the seizure of state power. Our real purpose is to redeem not merely ourselves but the whole nation and the whole community of nations from colonial — community economic repression.” ~George L. Jackson, except from Blood in my Eye, pgs. 133-134
On December 31st, 2019, there was an incident here at USP Pollock which resulted in the warden calling for an institutional lockdown.
On Unit A-3 you have a group of prisoners who have jobs, are involved in rehabilitative programs, etc… “A” Unit is considered the “good side” of the penitentiary — the side where the peaceful and allegedly “well-adjusted” prisoners are all housed.
However, the prisoners on A-3 Unit were not afforded the opportunity to go to the commissary. Their lockers were empty! Some of these men have active and pending litigation. There has been a palpable “frustrated retaliatory rage” building.
It took rubber bullets, shock grenades, batons and chemical agents to force the “good guys” into their cells on Unit A-3 here at USP Pollock.
You see comrades, something is very wrong here at USP Pollock and many other federal pens across the U.S. Deceptions and lies are being told about the so-called rehabilitation and re-entry programming made available to Amerikan prisoners.
Question: If you make your living incarcerating poor Black, Latinx, and white human beings, why in the world would you be interested in turning out whole human beings from these slave kamps? It is not in their interest to help us!
We are being sent back in worse shape than we came in! And then, when we fail, the oppressor profiles us on “Good Morning America” and highlights the worst of us, while ignoring the best of us!
Do you think I will be invited to be interviewed on Good Morning America once I successfully assume my position as Assistant Editor of the San Francisco Bay View — National Black Newspaper? Probably not.
I vow to fight for those I leave behind. But what about now? What shall we do to address the current conditions of our confinement?
A violent and brutal response will not serve our interests. We must set in motion a thoughtful and well-put-together plan which must be embraced by all Federal prisoners in the USP. Violence only plays into the strategy the oppressor has in store for us.
Remember comrades, there will be no programming, no visits, no phone calls and no business transactions while we are on these lockdowns.
It’s time for the shot callers of all street tribes and organizations to communicate with one another now. Exposing the conditions which exist is one part of “the plan”. As the weeks turn into months, I will be offering more ideas and suggestions that may improve our conditions, but I am only one man — I’ll need some help and co-operation from the good men who are trapped inside these razor-wire plantations.
This is just a glimpse – there will follow more. Will you be ready?
Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!
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Keith “Malik” Washington is Assistant Editor of the Bay View, studying and preparing to serve as Editor after his release in 2021. He is also co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.
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Civic engagement of Texas college students obstructed: We must rock the vote in 2020!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Originally Published in San Francisco Bay View

Damon Johnson, a sophomore at Prairie View A&M University in rural Texas, voted on campus in the November 2018 mid-term election. This photo is posted at the top of a New York Times story headlined “‘They Don’t Really Want Us to Vote’: How Republicans Made It Harder.” The Times acknowledges that Prairie View A&M, a historically Black university, has long been a stronghold for students fighting for the right to vote. – Photo: Todd Spoth, New York Times

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives are attempting to sabotage and obstruct the voting rights of college students in Texas.

Once again, I must shine a strobe light on another surreptitious scheme by alt-right operatives in Texas who seek to aid “their man” in the White House. We see y’all!

Last year, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed David Whitley as secretary of state. Whitley conspired with Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and created a bogus list of approximately 95,000 Texans Whitley claimed were non-citizens and should be purged from the voter rolls.

Thankfully, Democratic Texas Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, as well as the Texas Civil Rights Project were paying close attention. After an in-depth investigation as well as a rebuke from a federal judge, David Whitley was removed and rightfully so. Whitley targeted Latinx and Hispanic populations with his attempted voting roll purge. The purpose of Whitley’s actions seems to be motivated by the large Democrat turnout in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Now in 2020, Texas State Rep. Greg Bonnen has crafted House Bill 1888. House Bill 1888 prohibits the use of temporary voting stations in Texas. The eradication of these temporary voting sites hits college students in Texas exceptionally hard.

You would think that politicians like Bonnen would be supportive of the civic engagement of college age people, but the growing interest of 18-30-year-olds in the voting and legislative process has scared the Republicans in Texas. Scared them to the point of creating laws such as HB 1888 that block access to the voting box!

Bonnen will most likely feign innocence when questioned about his motives in crafting this House bill. However, David Whitley and Greg Abbott did the same exact thing last year when I exposed them.

In order to combat these schemes by Bonnen and his cronies in the Texas House, college students at institutions such as the University of Texas at Austin, Prairie View A&M, Texas Tech, Texas Southern University, and the Aggies at Texas A&M must fight back.

Even if you are not a progressive, liberal, or democratic socialist, you should still fight for your right to access the ballot box in Texas.

Does it not seem strange to you that a federal prisoner like myself is sounding the alarm? Why aren’t more mainstream journalists in Texas speaking up?

I want more college students in Texas and all over the United States to start thinking about the power and significance of your vote. For instance, what if you are a freshman or sophomore in Texas who has earned an academic scholarship. Your GPA is excellent, everything is going great, you’re poised for success and then you become pregnant.

The state of Texas has made it notoriously difficult to access a physician who can carry out a safe abortion. Wouldn’t you like to change that? If you don’t vote, you can’t change that!

There are numerous arguments that I can make. My intent is to force or rather encourage you to think. The “powers that be” in Texas thought they got rid of me by burying me in a federal prison in Louisiana, but I’m still serving the people and I won’t shut up!

Get out and vote! Dump Trump in 2020! Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!

Keith “Malik” Washington is assistant editor of the Bay View, studying and preparing to serve as editor after his release in 2021. He is also co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.

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Letter citing obstruction of programming, and denial of access to courts

Greetings ladies and gentlemen,

My name is Keith “Malik” Washington, I am a fairly well known journalist, activist, and jailhouse lawyer.  I am currently serving a 24-month federal sentence which was imposed upon me for leaving a half-way house in 2007.  I am serving my sentence at the United States Penitentiary located in Pollock, Louisiana.

I have approximately 15 to 17 months left on my federal sentence. I have recently discovered some systemic problems which exist within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  These current problems obstruct and prohibit thousands of prisoners from accessing or participating in rehabilitation, education, or substance abuse treatment programs.

This obstruction and denial of access to programming is diametrically opposed to the language contained within the First Step Act of 2018. However, blocking or disrupting access to programming pales in comparison to the overt and blatant practice I’ve encountered whereby federal BOP employees purposely deny federal prisoners access to the courts. This is especially pronounced at the federal USPs, like the one I am currently housed in.

In light of recent Supreme Court rulings such as: U.S. vs Davis, U.S. vs Johnson, as well as Rehaif vs. U.S., we now have literally thousands of federal prisoners attempting to file writs of habeas corpus via §2255 as well as §2241 motions in order to persuade U.S. District Courts to vacate, correct, or set aside federal sentences which have been deemed illegal by these recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Federal prison administrators realize that these ongoing lockdowns limit access to law library materials and basically place an obstacle to freedom. Thus far since returning to federal prison, I have been housed at three federal facilities. One of which is the federal transit center located in Oklahoma City, OK. At this facility, federal prisoners have access to Corrlinks, a law library computer, along with a terminal that can print law library materials along with Corrlinks/Tru-link messages.

At USP Beaumont and USP Pollock which are located in Texas and Louisiana respectively, I’ve witnessed an unofficial policy and pattern of practice whereby federal prison officials:

  1. Obstruct or flat out deny access to programming

  2. Deny access to the courts

These violations are manifesting themselves when complex Wardens utilize lengthy lockdowns in order to address instances of violence or any disruption of operations at any USP.  These lockdowns have actually become an accepted practice throughout the BOP.

At this time I am humbly seeking your help in communicating this problem to the BOP Office of General Counsel, the U.S. Inspector General, the media, members of U.S. Congress, as well as the offices of federal BOP Executive Director Kathleek Hawk Sawyer and Assistant BOP Director Hugh Hurwitz who is in charge of overseeing and implementing the BOP’s re-entry programming as codified and described within the First Step Act.

Ladies and gentlemen, the denial of access to the courts is an especially egregious violation of U.S. Constitutional rights.  With that said, I would like to offer some suggestions which could resolve this current miscarriage of justice. Suggestions that could be implemented immediately.

My suggestion is that USP Pollock prison administrators install a computer terminal and printer on singular units that house General Population and Special Housing Unit prisoners. This computer monitor and printer would be used to access and print legal materials and/or Corrlinks and Tru-links messages.

The denial of access to the courts violation can be easily solved by providing prisoners who have active legal cases an hour or two a day to access the law library computer and printer on the Housing Unit.

This law library computer and printer access is especially crucial when we continue to see the use of lengthy lockdowns as a management tool used by federal prison Wardens. Furthermore, it has become a custom, policy, and pattern of practice for USP Wardens to prohibit prisoners from purchasing paper, legal envelopes, or even business envelopes from the Commissary during these extensive lockdowns.

Federal prison administrators have completely ignored the fact that numerous prisoners throughout BOP have active litigation, which can have a significant impact on whether or not they will ever experience life outside of a U.S. federal penitentiary. For this reason, and many more, I request your help in communicating my concerns to the proper authorities.

Respectfully,

Keith “Malik” Washington

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