February 10, 2016 – Santa Fe, NM– I am often asked about private prisons – and whether they create political and financial pressure to unnecessarily incarcerate drug offenders and others. I understand the concern and the potential for such pressure, but when I was Governor, it simply didn’t happen.
Finally, after working to see the end of mandatory minimum sentencing for nearly 30 years, hearing Attorney General Holder say the obvious – that mandatory sentences don’t work, are costly, unfair and need to be ended – was welcome.
On July 8, 2013, incarcerated people at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison went on hunger strike against conditions of solitary confinement at the facility. The action was not new – it was part of a long history of campaigns to end the practice in the state.
In a letter sent this morning to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, officers of the Georgia Green Party urged that he suspend five Department of Corrections employees at Telfair State Prison pending the results of an investigation into the criminal assault of January 12th on Georgia inmate Shawn Whatley.… Read more ...
From the Green Party of Georgia, via the Green Party of the United States:
“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.… Read more ...
Georgia Greens Demand Answers on Inmate’s Brutal Treatment Macon State inmate Transported to Atlanta Medical Center
In a New Year’s Eve letter sent to Governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, officers of the Georgia Green Party asked why the Georgia Department of Corrections withheld from Terrance Dean’s family news of his condition and whereabouts.
Bruce A. Dixon is an editor of Black Agenda Report and a member of the Georgia Green Party’s State Committee. The following is an excerpt of his most recent piece on Black Agenda Report:
On October 16, 2007 Arnold Porter went into full cardiac arrest. He died. His pulse and breathing stopped, he had to be brought back with a combination of electric shock and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Georgia Green Party leadership today are urging that calls of concern be placed to the Georgia Department of Corrections urging negotiations with, not retribution against peaceful strikers in six Georgia prisons.… Read more ...