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Georgia Greens Demand Answers on Inmate's Brutal Treatment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, January 1st, 2011

For further information, contact:
Bruce Dixon, 678-298-9463 x3
bdixon@GeorgiaGreenParty.org
Press Secretary, Georgia Green Party

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. The letter asks that they "launch an investigation into whether the DoC's apparent efforts to conceal (Mr. Dean's) condition rises to the level of a criminal conspiracy". Reports conveyed by other Macon State Prison inmates and their families have revealed that on or about the 16th of December, as striking inmates were beginning to return to work, employees of the Corrections Department beat and injured the former Bibb County resident serving his seventh year on a 16 year sentence for armed robbery.

"The violent response to the inmates peaceful, non-violent strike is shameful," said Bruce Dixon, Press Secretary for the Georgia Green Party and managing editor for the weekly BlackAgendaReport.com. "Prison inmates deserve wages for work, educational and self-improvement activities, decent food and medical care. The state should facilitate, rather than obstruct contact with their families. They deserve human rights and a clear path back to being productive members of society. The institutional human rights abuses exposed by the peaceful prisoners strike severely compromise the moral authority of Georgia's correctional system."

Information obtained by the coalition suggests that Mr. Dean was assaulted by state employees in the aftermath of the inmate sit down strike. His injuries necessitated that he be transported from Oglethorpe Georgia to the Atlanta Medical Center. The Department of Corrections failed to notify his family. When family members and advocates finally discovered that we was in Atlanta and attempted to visit with him they were denied that opportunity and denied any information as to Mr. Dean's condition. The DoC website now lists him as being held at the Georgia Diagnostic Center in Jackson Georgia.

The Georgia Green Party has been urging calls inquiring after the welfare of the Georgia-37. These thirty-seven inmates were identified by DoC investigators as 'instigators' of last month's stop-work action by Georgia inmates on the basis of being found in possession of contraband cell phones. They have been subjected to administrative segregation and reportedly transported to the facilities at Jackson, Reidsville and Washington.

Late Friday morning, Mr. Dean's sister, along with ACLU attorney Chara Jackson and Edward DuBose, President of the Georgia Conference of NAACP branches both representing the Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoner's Rights showed up at the Atlanta hospital. They were left waiting, before finally being informed that no information was available on his condition and that Mr. Dean had been transferred to Jackson.

The Georgia Green Party has lent its support to the Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoner Rights working in solidarity with the striking inmates. Georgia Green Party leadership are actively cultivating a slate of candidates prepared to bring into the 2012 elections the Party's challenge to public policies which have created black mass incarceration. The nation's drug war has given us over 47 million Americans with criminal records, 13 million with felony convictions. Individuals with information about human rights abuses in Georgia prisons are urged to contact the Green Party.

"The latest racial bribe we're offered is that we can look the other way, believing that white votes for Obama absolves us of complicity in this system erected in our names and funded by our tax dollars," said Hugh Esco, Decatur resident and Secretary of the Georgia Green Party. "No matter the Obamas and Powells and Rices we permit in the line of presidential succession, we've overcome nothing if we fail to protect wards of the state from brutality under color of law."

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http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/system/files/Ltr2Gov_TerranceDean.pdf
http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/QDC/Actions/Ga_Governor_urged_Investigate_Inmate_Beatings