Inmates in Georgia Prisons Use Contra...

Inmates in Georgia Prisons Use Contraband Phones to Coordinate Protest

There are 10 comments on the New York Times story from Dec 12, 2010, titled Inmates in Georgia Prisons Use Contraband Phones to Coordinate Protest. In it, New York Times reports that:

The prison protest has entered the wireless age. Inmates in at least seven Georgia prisons have used contraband cellphones to coordinate a nonviolent strike this weekend, saying they want better living conditions and to be paid for work they do in the prisons.

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One who knows

Kingsport, TN

#1 Dec 14, 2010
I'll not give my name because I work in one of the Georgia State Prisons where the work stoppage by inmates has taken place. I've worked in a prison for over 21 years and have seen all kinds of things. This illegal act organized by this Ms. Elaine Brown just about beats all I've ever seen by a private citizen, though. Because of her actions in organizing the "event", hundreds of staff have had to work much longer hours without compensation, the lives of staff members and inmates have been jeopardized, and a situation that was already somewhat strained has become quite volatile.
Remember that in all prisons, inmates can usually outnumber guards up to 10 to 1
The media has portrayed this as a 'peaceful' coalition of inmates. In reality, those who supported the sit down threatened to injure or kill those they thought might not support them. This much I heard with my own ears last Tuesday.
These inmates should be shown the same compassion they showed to their victims ....
freedom

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Dec 15, 2010
Dude take your but to work...What do you expect DOUGHNUTS? You work in a prison. Youve been paid 21 years to watch wrong shit happen, so...charlie mike (continue mission) dont stop now because you are having to do your job finally.
been there

Chickamauga, GA

#3 Dec 23, 2010
hey fredom
try taking your happy but in there and try it I would put money on it that you could not last a day or if you did you would be you of the ones that they read about in the paper for bring in drugs or phones in then you would be right in there with them
woooooooo hold on FREEDOM ? you probably already have.
Miss cuttie

Douglas, GA

#4 Dec 30, 2010
How do inmates get cell phones? the guards. SO who are the real prisoners. Every thing that happens all fall on the guards.so who is going to punish them?
Concerned Staff Member

Hinesville, GA

#5 Jan 6, 2011
First and foremost, guards do not exist in prisons.They are called Correctional Officers who are P.O.S.T. certified like many other law enforcement officers. As with any workplace there will be good and bad employees. As for many of the inmates, several of them are doing that same things in prison that they were doing on the street. Correctional officers like many of the inmates come from all echelons of society. Most CO'S have served in some branch of the armed services. While there is a lot of contraband in the prisons,not all of it is introduced by officers. There are volunteers, vendors, and other private citizens throwing these items over the barbed wire fences as well as other methods of entry. Correctional staff work long hours, are extremely short staffed, and work under extremely dangerous situations. Not to mention that many of the officers are women. As someone mentioned before, there are approximately 100 inmates to one officer. I have been employed by the system for over 20 years. I have read lots of articles,postings, and watched many videos within the past few weeks,and I must say, there are lots of lies being reported about various incidents that have occurred. I hope that many of the people are spreading this bogus information are causing more issues between the inmates and the staff members because we are all affected by the propaganda that is being spread by the media. Anyone who has been in a prison knows that it is already a volatile environment. No, the food is not that great and the prison is overcrowded.Because of budget cuts many of the programs that the prisons used to have, the state can no longer afford to provide. My best advice to the inmates who complain about food and a whole $5 for medical care is to stop committing crimes and stay your a** at home. There are law abiding citizens right in this country who are starving and do not receive any medical care because they have no insurance.I wish I could tell some of the family members some of the things that their loved ones do on a daily basis, such as how some of them are married or engaged and have contact with several other women, or how some of them are openly gay within the prison, but act as men on visitation days.I believe many people would be horrified and not feed into all of these lies that are being told.
CO very concerned

Saint Marys, PA

#6 Jan 7, 2011
Everything"concerned staff member" said in the above comment is true, let me add inmates smuggle most cell phones in by wrapping them in black wiring tape and sticking them up their butt, so they won't get caught during strip search,mostly done by outside detail inmates,this is a fact , some can even get in 3 cell phones at a time, that is also a fact!
get the facts first

Springfield, GA

#7 Jan 11, 2011
Miss cuttie wrote:
How do inmates get cell phones? the guards. SO who are the real prisoners. Every thing that happens all fall on the guards.so who is going to punish them?
Miss Cuttie hate to rain on your parade but not of officers deal with inmates. Most of the contraband is brought into prison by outsiders breaching our perimeter and family members thur visitation. I can't tell you how many visitors have tried to bring, cell phones, ballons looking like candy filled with drugs, child's diaper filled with contrband. So you can't blame it all on the officers.(not guards) You have some family memebers that need to be lock up to for assisting a inmate with bring contrband back to his cell block.
HIS georgia peach

Ellijay, GA

#8 Oct 16, 2011
It is what it is. why is it a bad thing for an inmate to have a cell phone. Then communication could go on with family and friends - inmates would be happier and more occupied with that instead of gang fighting and wars. I may be naive' but I don't see the big deal. As far as drugs, I know they are illegal but a little smoke would keep everything on a more even keel and seems to me everyone would be
mellower!!! not condoning, but making a generalized comment. Have fun out there and keep a smile on U R face no matter what.
INSIDER

Columbus, GA

#9 Nov 29, 2011
Miss cuttie wrote:
How do inmates get cell phones? the guards. SO who are the real prisoners. Every thing that happens all fall on the guards.so who is going to punish them?
EXACTLY!! THE INMATES DON'T GO OUT TO GET DRUGS OR PHONE.....
The employees bring it to them. So why should they be punished when it is being provided to them?
loan_me_money

Columbus, OH

#10 May 24, 2012
ok let me break it down for you slow ones and the CO'S that work there you are the ones that bring in the cell phones, the drugs and so forth and the female CO'S HAVE SEX WITH THE IMATES so who really is doing wrong here ???? yaw must not make enough money so you do side things ,,, get a life !!!you made your bed so go play in it

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