"Ash: The solid residue left when material is thoroughly burned or
oxidized by chemical means; The last traces of something: ruins."
"Land: The solid part of the surface of the Earth; realm,
The above definitions from the Merriam-Webster school dictionary
describe the reality that prisoners here at Federal Correctional
Institution - Ashland are forced to contend with on a daily basis.
With all of the illusions of criminal justice reform being propagated
by law makers, as well as the President of the United $tate$, to secure
votes and appease their constituents, the reality here at ground zero
tells a very different story.
Created in the 1940's as part boy's reformatory and part pig and
horse farm, FCI Ashland is now a place where a basket of society's
deplorables (to borrow a phrase from Hillary Clinton) can come to work,
and with impunity, exercise their politically repressive tactics,
racism, and white supremacist ideology over New Afrikans (black people)
and other people of color.
Even poor whites who maintain a spiritual or political comaraderie
with New Afrikans find themselves subjected to harsher treatment than
their European counterparts who hold the line of white supremacy.
Since my incarceration, I have not received one conduct infraction!
So in June of this year, after completing more than 15 programs, my
security level was reduced from a medium to a low security.
At that time, I was told by the administration that I had to transfer
to a low security institution. I requested to go to USP Atlanta since it
is now a low security, plus I live in GA. However, completely against
the language written in the First Step Act of 2018, I was transferred
here to FCI Ashland, KY over 500 miles from my home.
Since I have been here, I have not personally been attacked
in any way. But I'm sure by the time this article hits press, all that
will change. Because that's how the administration operates here. The
"good ol' boy" network is alive and well here, and anyone who dares to
speak out against the injustices taking place in this land of ruin is
retaliated against in a number of ways. But I am a war correspondent
behind enemy lines, and must brief comrades and the masses on what's
happening so we can create this opportunity for systemic change through
national unity and action.
Different Uniform, Same Mentality
There are about 60-80 correctional officers and other administrative
staff working at this prison. However, only 3 are black, 2 are Hispanic,
and 1 is Asian. This presents a very antagonistic atmosphere as this
super majority white prison staff oppressively police their majority
black and brown kkkolonized nationals by openly expressing their
"Trumpian" views; ransacking their living quarters and destroying their
private property by pouring out "hot sauce" and "Asian sauce" all over
their books, legal work and pictures, and opening up sealed items like
potato chips and dumping them all over their floor.
They falsify statements and manufacture conduct infractions against
prisoners who are not afraid to file grievances on them and expose these
injustices. Like one brother who would help brothers beat these false
conduct reports, as well as those filed against him. In retaliation for
this, and for him refusing to withdraw his civil suit he filed against
them, they manufactured false allegations that he "attempted to escape",
had him placed in the SHU (Secure Housing Unit - Lock Up) and he has
since been shipped to another prison! This brother is at least 400 lbs
and can barely get around, let alone try to escape!
I have personally witnessed white officers call an elder New Afrikan
"stupid ass" because he was walking with one of his shoes untied! I've
also observed as a white officer harassed a white prisoner about his
locs telling him "you need to stop trying to be one of THEM and be who
you were born to be." And about a month ago, while attending the Moorish
Science Studies Class in the Chapel, a brother began having breathing
problems as we were leaving the building. The Chaplain called for
support while a couple brothers stood beside him to make sure he was ok.
About 5 C.O.'s showed up, and one officer B. Ross took it upon himself
to begin yelling "get the fuck out! Go on, get!" None of the other
officers that were present even attempted to correct his unnecessary and
belligerent conduct. Instead, they just stood with him, with angry
demeanors as if we had done something wrong and they were prepared for
I, and the world renown militia commander of NFAC comrade Grand
Master Jay, who had just finished teaching the class, just looked at
each other and shook our heads and left. As this is what we were already
in the process of doing anyway. We refused to allow them to provoke us
into any response, as it was obvious that this is what they were trying
Here at FCI Ashland, members of the KKK have obviously traded in
their white hoods and robes for correctional officer uniforms but the
mindset is still prevalent. There isn't any black counselor or case
manager, and there is only one Hispanic case manager, so people of color
constantly are being denied institutional transfers to prisons closer to
their release address or that offer FSA rehabilitative programs that
meet their needs assessment(s) when they absolutely qualify for it. And
white prisoners are constantly being transferred when they absolutely do
not meet the criteria. White prisoners get all the benefit of the First
I have personally been told by the counselor that he would not even
consider me for an institutional transfer until I have been 18 months
misconduct free in General Population. Well, I have been in General
Population for almost 8 years, misconduct free! Along with many
accomplishments as I stated earlier. Meanwhile, a white nationalist
prisoner, who has wigged out on K2 at least 4 times since I've been
here, and sent to the SHU each time, was just approved to go to a
"camp", which is a lesser security level than a "low"!
These racist practices go on on a weekly basis as far as these
transfers go. There is no one here that represents our best interests!
When New Afrikans and other people of color complain about these issues,
they are retaliated against by having a "management variable" placed on
them for alleged "population control", which forces them to have to stay
on this yard a mandatory 18 months, no matter how long they've been at
this prison, or a counselor or a caseworker will suddenly show up at
your living quarters and add points to your classification sheet for
"inadequate living conditions." Then when you go to your 6 month unit
term review, you get denied a transfer for 18 months. For you who have
studied my brief autobiography, "Our Struggle Goes On", which can be
purchased on Amazon, already know how this is bound to turn out if there
is no systemic change in our conditions. History is our best
There are absolutely NO certified medical doctors on this yard. There
are several RN's, but that's it. The prison is completely understaffed
and prisoners are routinely turned away from medical because there is no
one available to address their health concerns. I know of several New
Afrikans who are having kidney and/or liver issues and have been placed
on the waiting list for a year until they can be seen! They have all
filed grievances but their medical issues persist, and they have since
filed complaints in Washington DC to the central office.
There are only 2 dorms out of 12 units, HA and HB, that have an air
conditioner! These same number of dorms also have inadequate
ventilation. Several prisoners on the SHU and throughout the prison have
fainted and received severe injuries over the extremely hot summer
months. At least 1 out of every 5 men here are coughing and/or sneezing
throughout the day, myself included. Probably due to all the mold
throughout each unit. R-unit, which I was in for 2 months when I got
here, is the biggest dorm on the yard, is actually an old movie theater
which now holds over 130 prisoners stacked on top of each other in bunk
beds. It looks more like the hulls of slave ships trying to cross the
middle passage. Therefore absolutely no space for prisoners to even walk
around without constantly bumping into one another.
Asbestos fills the ceiling of the unit, while underneath it is the
prison's kitchen, which presents an extremely dangerous fire hazard. On
top of the heat coming up from the kitchen adding to an already
extremely hot environment, prisoners are essentially sleeping in a
crematory, because if the kitchen were to ever catch fire they would all
burn alive in a matter of seconds!
I could go on and on about conditions and corrupt practices going on
at Ashland, like how members of the "Proud Boys" who just came to this
yard after trying to overturn the 2020 election results have already
been awarded and rewarded with the best strategic and tactical jobs at
the yard. While New Afrikans who have literally been here for months are
told no jobs or programs will be available until mid 2024!!! Except for
a kitchen job of course. They don't mind New Afrikans being cooks or
cleaning. But if I continued on this it would easily become a book. So
let me conclude with this:
We are asking you to write to the office(s) at the bottom of this
message and DEMAND and inquire into the racist practices taking place
here at FCI Ashland. DEMAND to know why so many people of color are
having management variables placed on them compared to their European
counterparts. DEMAND to know why so many black and Hispanic families are
turned away from their visits because of their clothing when white
families have on the same clothing or something completely unauthorized.
Ashland is located in the mountains, surrounded by an all white
community on the border of West Virginia. It is totally unsafe for black
families to travel here, and although we can purchase tablets on
commissary, we are not allowed video visits. So if black people can't
get visits, they will go years without any contact with the outside
world, which leads to a host of mental and emotional issues.
As I stated from the outset of this communique, this institution used
to house animals. The dorm I'm in, "JA", as well as "K" across from me
is still called by the administration, "The Barns". I'm literally living
in a barn, like my enslaved ancestors, with bunk beds in it. Sometimes
when it gets really hot in here, you can still smell the residue of the
livestock that occupied the space. We are treated like animals, and
without your DEMANDS for change, we will continue to be subjected to
these inhumane conditions. And by all means, check up on me and make
sure that after almost 8 years of incarceration there is not a "sudden
change" in the quality of my living conditions. Remember, all that is
necessary for evil to prevail is for men and women to do nothing.
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