Distributed by the Green Party of the United States. Press release by Georgia Green Party http://www.georgiagreenparty.org.
Saturday, January 8th, 2011
For further information, contact:
Bruce Dixon / bdixon AT GeorgiaGreenParty DOT org
Press Secretary, Georgia Green Party
Coalition Claims Retaliatory Violence by Georgia Prison Staff,
Seeks Continued Access to Prisons to Investigate Conditions
• Video of press conference: http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/ChallengingMassIncarceration/Concerned_Coalition_Demands_Investigation_of_Inmate_Beatings_By_Guards
The Georgia Green Party joined other organizations with the Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners’ Rights at a press conference, Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 10:30 am at the Georgia State Capitol, where Edward DuBose, President of the Georgia Conference of NAACP Branches offered a prepared statement and fielded questions for the coalition from the media. The statement began: “The Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners’ Rights asserts that the recent brutal beatings by prison guards and CERT team squads of Terrance Dean at Macon State Prison and Miguel Jackson at Smith State Prison were carried out as retaliation for the statewide prisoner work stoppages and were not isolated.”
The Georgia Green Party earlier published a letter addressed to the incoming and outgoing Governors seeking answers on whether the Department of Corrections participated in a criminal conspiracy to conceal Terrance Dean who was reportedly beaten by state employees while incarcerated at Macon State Prison near Oglethorpe Georgia.
The Concerned Coalition has been able to make two visits into DoC facilities to date. After each visit, inmates at those facilities were subjected to brutal beatings, apparently by state employees.
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For background on this matter, see:
for the Green Party’s letter to the Governor seeking an investigation
the assault on Mr. Dean, see:
From the Green Party:
“I am so encouraged to hear Governor Deal acknowledge both the stark statistics and something of the devastation which mass incarceration wreaks on Georgia communities,” said Denice Traina, past cochair of the Georgia Green Party, mother, grandmother and Augusta based physical therapist. “We’re eager to hear today’s State of the State, hoping that Governor Deal will use the occasion to propose policies that apply the principals of restorative justice, rather than our failed policies of punishment and social control. Rehabilitation, education and vocational opportunities can help us keep folks working and families together. All Georgians win with those policies!”
“Greens are eager to see how Governor Deal intends to translate his concern for the wasted lives, drained treasury and depleted workforce into public policy,” said Al Herman, Treasurer of the Georgia Green Party, DeKalb County resident and board member for Georgia NORML, the Georgia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijauna Laws, “Greens welcome the Governor’s acknowledgement of the debilitating costs of mass incarceration, and would like an opportunity to help craft the policies which can reverse the tragic course set by his predecessors which have decimated communities across Georgia to feed our commitment to mass incarceration.”
Ms. Traina and Mr. Herman are responding to incoming Governor Nathan Deal’s remarks to the General Assembly on Monday, acknowledging that one in thirteen adult Georgians are under state control. He stated that “It costs about $3 million per day to operate our department of corrections. As a state, we cannot afford to have so many of our citizens waste their lives because of addictions. It is draining our state treasury and it is depleting our workforce.”