Georgia, land of peanuts, pecans and prisons, has always been a penal colony

by Kelevin J. Stevenson

Thanks for all the help you have given me in getting my story out and the story of all the comrades suffering in this slave system.

Kelevin Stevenson
Kelevin Stevenson

The reason the Bay View is not hearing from prisoners here in Georgia is because the Georgia Department of Corrections has taken deliberate steps to silence prisoners by withholding incoming and outgoing mail, especially if it’s addressed to Bay View or any media outlet that exposes this system for its cruel and corrupt treatment of humans trapped in its grasp.

The Georgia Department of Corrections is operating a behavior modification torture program designed to break a prisoner’s mind, body and spirit in order to instill fear and docility into each prisoner placed in the program. Prisoners are deliberately denied proper nutrition, media access, medical services, religious and political expression, access to the courts etc.

There is nothing positive about this program. I and others see it as a tool to keep prisoners from organizing and revolting against this oppressive system.

Since Dec. 9, 2010 (the day thousands of prisoners across the state staged a one-day work strike against the slave system that requires them to work without any wages at all; the strike was put down with unprecedented brutality), the Georgia Department of Corrections, along with the Governor’s Office, attorney general and lawmakers have implemented procedures and policies that are retaliatory in their nature and in their operations.

The Georgia Department of Corrections is operating a behavior modification torture program designed to break a prisoner’s mind, body and spirit in order to instill fear and docility into each prisoner placed in the program. Prisoners are deliberately denied proper nutrition, media access, medical services, religious and political expression, access to the courts etc.

Georgia’s economy is sustained by the “Three Ps”: peanuts, pecans and prisons. It has always been a penal colony, and it is operated and protected as such.

On Dec. 31, 2010, a guard beat Kelevin Stevenson and Miguel Jackson with a hammer in an attack recorded on a video Jackson’s wife was able to retrieve from GDC. The beating was in retaliation for their alleged leadership roles in the Dec. 9 work strike. The prisoners, not the guard, were prosecuted for the attack.
On Dec. 31, 2010, a guard beat Kelevin Stevenson and Miguel Jackson with a hammer in an attack recorded on a video Jackson’s wife was able to retrieve from GDC. The beating was in retaliation for their alleged leadership roles in the Dec. 9 work strike. The prisoners, not the guard, were prosecuted for the attack.

Through federal subsidies and grants, Georgia’s Department of Corrections is financed; thus, the inhumane treatment we are being subjected to is condoned by the federal government and U.S. citizens are tortured under the guise of public safety, when the true criminals are the very ones wearing the judges’ robes and police and correctional officers’ uniforms.

We cannot receive paper, stamps or envelopes through the mail. It is deemed contraband and will be destroyed. Those things are available only off the commissary, and the only outside help allowed is placing money on our books, either through JPay or by mailing a money order addressed to the prisoner’s name and number at Georgia Department of Corrections, Prisoner Accounts, P.O. Box 405699, Atlanta GA 30384.

The reason things must be done like this is because GDC doesn’t want prisoners to have outside support.

Tell all the comrades to keep their heads up!

Kelevin “Ona”

Send our brother some love and light: Kelevin J. Stevenson, 570391, GSP, 2164 GA Hwy 147, Reidsville GA 30499.