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Maury, NC

SBI Investigating Homicide At Maury State Prison

Imagine this: you are a young black about 130lbs 5’ tall, serving a short sentence in a dominantly white facility. You are pepper sprayed in the face for NO known logical reason, and then you are picked up and thrown against the wall by a (6’2, 250lb, white) security guard. This officer then proceeds to drag you down a hall by your hair along with three more (6’ 250lb white officers) past the terrified watchful eyes, of fellow inmates and out of sight. We have no idea what became of this inmate, we know though, that when he returns to regular population, (out of fear for his life) he will never file a complaint. Our organization has identified this incident to be true and it took place November 15, 2010. This type of unwarranted prison brutality takes place daily while Prison officials readily continue to turn a blind eye. Although this incident happened to a black man, color, race or religion does not have any prejudice among prison employees. Any prisoners can be subject to and confronted by racially charged hatred from prison staff. Through our work, we have learned that many prison employees come from social economically deprived and depressed rural areas, where prisons are commonly built and serve as the only means of employment. Statistics have demonstrated; that some people, (certainly not all) who live in low-income areas, have issues themselves with substance abuse, domestic abuse, financial stability and lack education. It is NOT our intent to stereotype anyone or imply that education is a reflection of whether a person is intelligent. The fact remains, people who live in these areas lack “opportunities” that people enjoy in big cities, metropolitan and suburban areas to better themselves. The time has come for North Carolinians to speak out and stop abuse to people incarcerated in addition to the abusive treatment families themselves receive from prison employees. Should you be interested in learning more about North Carolina Cure (NC-CURE) please contact us at email address; northcarolinacure@ yahoo.com and/or view our National website at www.curenational.o rg. (Part 4 of 4) NC-CURE and Staff  (Nov 22, 2010 | post #7)

Maury, NC

SBI Investigating Homicide At Maury State Prison

Certainly, we all recognize there are some very bad people who belong in the prison system. We must also understand there are thousands more who do not belong in prison. They are the victims of an unjust and broken criminal justice system and/or mental health system or those who received unjust sentences that do not match the crime they committed. We understand our society must deal with criminals who commit serious crimes. WE believe however, that people should be sent to prison as punishment and not for punishment. We have had the opportunity to work with some dedicated prison staff, people just like you and I working hard to support their family. They work long hours but lack the training needed to perform their jobs adequately and poorly compensated. Unfortunately, we have also encountered staff who feel it is their right and duty to brutally and vehemently torture inmates of their choosing. Both, physically and mentally in ways the public could not begin to comprehend takes place behind the walls of prison. This (type) of prison employee, is more dangerous, in many ways, than the prisoners themselves may be. These twisted men and women are intoxicated with idea of having so much POWER AND CONTROL, over another human being and the ability to act on it. It is frightening to realize they take great pleasure and satisfaction in demeaning these men and women. They do so, through assaulting them sexually, physically and mentally. (Part 3 of 4)  (Nov 22, 2010 | post #6)

Maury, NC

SBI Investigating Homicide At Maury State Prison

Prisoners released from NC DOC, are floundering with no means to support themselves on the outside, most have serious issues with addiction never addressed prior to their release. Statistics released by the PEW organization state that 50%-60% of all prisoners end up back in prison. Therefore, allowing, the cycle of crime and incarceration to continue. We read letter after letter from inmates begging for jobs, education or programs, many of these men are non violent offenders and committed to turning their lives into productive members of society, they cannot do this alone. North Carolinians have suffered in silence and endured the psychological and financial pain of having a loved one incarcerated for centuries. Men and women, who once depended on a spouse’s income, struggle everyday to make ends meet. The real rub comes when what little money they have, is sent to feed a starving loved one. Only to have their money taken by the prison facility for bogus write-ups charged to their loved ones. This (extraction) method is commonly used throughout the correction system to help sustain facility budgets. In retrospect, it is the hard working family and children of the incarcerated who suffer. While like parasites, the State is siphoning the money from inmates as soon as they receive it. At the same time taking the food right off the plates of the families who sacrificed in the first place to send their loved ones money. It is a corrupt and deplorable action, one that every legislator should be called on. (Part 2 of 4)  (Nov 22, 2010 | post #5)

Maury, NC

SBI Investigating Homicide At Maury State Prison

Dear Writer, We are a NC Prisoners Advocacy Group working to bring National attention to the systemic issues of abuse and corruption in North Carolina Department of Corrections and prison facilities. The problems at Maury Correctional Facility are indicative to the problems throughout the North Carolina prison system. Part of our mission is to; form an Alliance of families and other interested people in NC, with loved ones incarcerated and give them a VOICE with a public platform. There are 40,000+/- people incarcerated in the state of North Carolina, we believe in reality there are over (240,000) people imprisoned and suffering. They are the; mothers, fathers, sister’s brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and other relatives. They are taxpaying citizens whose money is being misrepresented, through inept and corrupt business operations of the NCDOC, “PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX”. We have asked legislators where the money is going and to make DOC accountable for what they spend and taken in. Thousands of complaints regarding the lack of rehabilitation, nutrition, medical treatment, clothing, dental treatment, programs and education, must be addressed, the public deserves an answer. What about (Correctional Enterprise) and the millions of dollars in profits they collected using the labor of prisoners. Supposedly, an organization formed for the sole support of operating DOC. In theory, this is a great idea because inmates have the opportunity to learn skilled jobs and training. In reality, are the revenues earned going back into corrections to reduce recidivism or elsewhere? If so, then why are prisoners starving and not receiving any rehabilitation? (Part 1 of 4)  (Nov 22, 2010 | post #4)

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