GBI finally released video of prisoners being beaten with hammers by guards
2010 prisoner strikes
instead of working for free for things like
call centers and building weapons.
pled guilty in 2012
to conspiracy, assault with injury, and coverup.
But GBI mysteriously hasn’t been able to identify
the guard seen in this video beating handcuffed prisoner Kelvin Stevenson
with a hammer.
At the beginning of this video, you hear a prison guard shouting,
“”Get down! Just get down! Get down! Get down!”
presumably to the other prisoners. That exclamation is followed by,
“Oh (inaudible) guy over there with his hands hitting him …
and a damn hammer!”
Conspiracy, assault with injury, coverup: another Georgia prison guard pled guilty, all in response to a strike by prisoners for decent pay. And remember, private prisons have fewer guards per prisoner and less training.
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday Darren Douglass-Griffin pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of inmates and falsification of records in a federal investigation.
Douglass-Griffin admitted he and other correctional officers at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe assaulted and injured inmates in a series of incidents in 2010. He told prosecutors correctional officers beat three inmates in separate incidents to punish them. One inmate was beaten so badly he had to be taken from the prison in an ambulance.
Douglass-Griffin also said he and other officers tried to cover up the officers’ involvement by writing false reports and lying to investigators.
Inmates are the largest single workforce in Georgia. THEY ARE
PAID NO WAGES. To anyone who is familiar with Doug Blackmon’s “Slavery by Another
Name,” this forced convict labor system should come as no
surprise. It is part of the
“New Jim Crow” mass incarceration system
that reincarnates the Old Jim Crow in the first half of the 20th century.
So some inmates decided to do something about it.
This action by the inmates was a STRIKE, not a riot or a protest. It
was an action by workers TO WITHHOLD THEIR LABOR by refusing to leave
their cells. The risks they have taken are enormous. Refusal to work
gets you a “Disciplinary Report,” which can affect parole and your
“privileges” in prison.