Many prisoners may, (or may not) understand
the importance of national exposure of a State created situation.
One that would certainly cause injury, possible death, of
any prisoner who seriously seeks “retirement” from any form
of (self-destructive) gang activity! Prisoners who have spent
any amount of time in a super-max prison, security housing
unit (SHU), know what its like to be isolated from everyone,
as a torture tactic to enhance an already present degree of
“sensory deprivation”. After so many years of being treated
like a leper, some of us tire of the treatment and opt to
“debrief” and very radically alter their (our) lives. Forever
being targeted as a traitor to the codes to which we had taken
blood oaths. Blood in – Blood out has a very real meaning
to us at every stage of our associations to the gangs and
organized crime groups and more so when we “retire”.
Our government tries continuously to
feed the public a bunch of well-constructed illusions that
“the war on crime” is to the total benefit of society. This
is one of those blatant lies designed to distract the public
from their true intent, the construction of more prisons and
detention facilities. More prisons means more revenue generated
by/through the prison industry agency (PIA). These prisons
are really neo-style plantations; reform is no longer the
The real purpose of this conversation
is to expose the hidden agenda of California’s
Department of Corrections, especially those acts of misconduct
rampant within this institution, Mule Creek State Prison.
I am a documented drop-out from a notable prison organization,
The Black Guerrilla Family (BFG). By writing this article
I’m exposing myself to the unknown, however, I feel compelled
to speak up.
1996, I went through a debriefing process that was popularized
by a super-max prison designed to separate all violent gang
members (leaders & enforcers) from the regularly violent
prison population – Pelican Bay State Prison - California’s
Hell on Earth. To be considered a documented drop-out and
no longer actively involved in a gang, one would have to go
through the ringer. Some of the most demeaning and spirit-breaking
torture techniques that would ensure a complete detachment
from any gang loyalties you once had. I spent 5 (five) years
resisting the torture but eventually something of my true
self allowed me the escape I desired. I went through the debriefing
process with as much dignity as any man could expect to have.
wrote the manual on debriefing gang members.
Prison (mcsp) is an institution well known as a sensitive
needs yard (sny) and drop-out facility. Over the years this
prison has adopted/developed an undocumented procedure to
threaten prisoners with rescinding their “drop-out status”
if that prisoner refuses to become a jail house informer.
Even if it means that a prisoner must lie for the benefit
of the administration.
Recently I was approached by two staff
members on the Institution Security Unit (ISU), in relation
to allegations that three other people and I had conspired
to bring drugs into this institution. An investigation was
conducted and the information received was not enough to determine
my participation in an illegal action. Yet I was held in Administrative
Segregation (AD-SEG), where I still reside. The ISU staff
did not read me my rights but proceeded to interrogate me
in a very aggressive manner. I was asked “will you testify
in this case?” My response was “testify to what, self incrimination
or something else?” The ISU staff said, “Either one, are you
willing to testify?” When I said, “that’s something to think
about,” the interview was over and done with.
very next day I was visited by the same ISU staff that had
conducted the illegal interview and informed that my status
as a drop-out/ex-gang member was being reassessed as no longer
valid. I would possibly be reclassified as an active member
of a prison disruptive group/gang. If my status as a drop-out
is rescinded and I’m placed back into an environment that
is designed to house/confine other (very active) gang members,
my physical well-being will be in constant danger. MCSP has
been routinely corrupting procedure to ensure criminal prosecution
against prisoners who don’t conform to the snitch mentality
of this particular institution.
During the five years of my confinement
here at MCSP, there have been several inquiries by the outside
agencies that investigate misconduct within institutions under
direct control of the CA Dept. of Corrections. Staff have
been escorted off the premises and fired for illegal conduct.
The ISU has been involved in several “corruption investigations”.
This institution’s administration hasn’t been stabilized for
years now, as a direct result of corruption allegations.
In the course of my confinement at MCSP,
I’ve been placed in ad-seg, six different times, on a long
list of conspiracy theories ranging from “conspiracy to stab
another prisoner as a contract hit”, “conspiracy to assault
guards when Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams was assassinated”, “conspiracy
to incite other prisoners to attack guards”, “conspiracy to
harm a cellie who was a pedophile”, “conspiracy to introduce
drugs to a prison”, and now, “investigated for gang affiliation”,
all of which (except for the last one) have been proven untrue,
unfounded and totally fabricated!! In every instance I was
vindicated of any misconduct, however, each trip to Ad-Seg
also brought a visit from ISU. And every time, I refused to
play the role of informant or answer any questions that strayed
from my moral standard as a proud black man who chose to retire
from a lifestyle that was not for advancement of a race that
needs more black men to take a stand!!
If a prisoner refuses to conform to the
disturbed nature of this (snitch) environment, that prisoner
becomes a target. Someone like me, who doesn’t condone the
“uncle tomism” that has attached itself to the entire population
at MCSP, doesn’t have a chance at “existing peacefully” without
creating a degree of worry and discomfort. Officially I “retired”
from gang conduct twelve full years ago (and another prison
number ago). I have not been accused of so many “conspiracy”
allegations even when I was an active member of the BGF. For
me, this is a dire situation that has the potential of becoming
detrimental to my physical wellbeing in the very near future.
To be completely honest, I was aware of the consequences before
I decided to “retire” and distance myself from a lifestyle
in which I grew up. What I didn’t realize was that the same
system that advocated anti-gang living, would be using my
drop-out status as a weapon to force me into a position of
admitting something of which I’m innocent, perjure myself
in a court of law, and ultimately become a jailhouse snitch!
Sorry fellas, I can’t do it!!! I maintain a very personal
code of conduct as it relates to the demise or continuation
of my life!
It’s not my desire to advise the next
prisoner as to what is right or wrong conduct in these cages.
All I’m able to convey to those who are considering the “escape”
that debriefing offers those sitting in the isolations chambers
of super-max prisons like Pelican Bay and Corcoran SHU as
well as all the other similar institutions that are designed
to torture the human spirit into submission, whatever your
reasons to retire & extricate yourself from whatever it
is you have lost within yourself, please remain aware that
these people are never going to stop attacking you, striving
to crush your uniqueness, to break your will and seek your
complete submission to assimilate your strength into the weak
nature of the snitch mentality. When you come to this side,
come prepared to fight the one enemy who has remained focused
on attacking us from day one – The System!! Your identity
as an individual and a convict who refuses to become an inmate
is at stake.
Dare to Struggle
Strive to Remain True to You