Update from Keith Malik Washington on Discriminatory Conditions at USP Pollock

Published March 18, 2020

Keith Malik Washington

Implementation of Discriminatory PROGRAM Policy @ USP Pollock

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and ALL the GOOD MEN on B and C Buildings

For years, prisoners housed at the Federal United States Penitentiary located at Pollock, Louisiana have been subjected to Frequent and Lengthy LOCKDOWNS.

On March 8th, 2020 USP Pollock was placed on Lockdown. It was on Sunday at approximately 9a.m. many families who were attempting to visit their Loved Ones were very disappointed. Some even staged a protest outside the institution. The very next day, March 9th, 2020, the Complex Warden at Pollock–Warden Chris McConnell initiated a Program Policy which is blatantly biased and discriminatory in nature.

Warden McConnell allowed A-Building to “Program” while B-building and C-building remained on Lockdown Status. I happen to live on B-Building.

Please allow me to clarify and explain exactly what “Program” means. While prisoners in B-Building and C-Building are locked in their cells–24 Hours a day–A-building prisoners are permitted to do the following: Go Outside for Recreation and Exercise, Participate in Education Programs, and also go to the Law Library in order to access the Education Law Library Computer database and do legal work.

What this amounts to is a flagrant show of favoritism to prisoners who are housed on A-building, while exhibiting open bias as well as prejudice toward prisoners who live on B and C Buildings.

The Equal Protection Clause which is contained within the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is supposed to prevent ALL citizens from being subjected to any discriminatory schemes such as the policy implemented here at USP Pollock!

It is our contention that ALL Prisoners at USP Pollock should have Equal Access to Programming Opportunities–No Matter where they are housed in the General Population. ALL Prisoners at USP Pollock should be allowed to participate in and engage in Education as well as Rehabilitation Programs that will aid us in making a successful transition back into Free Society.

ALL Prisoners at USP Pollock most certainly should be allowed to go to the Law Library and fully Access the Courts with absolutely no prejudicial restrictions!

WE the oppressed prisoners at USP Pollock are requesting that our Family Members as well as concerned citizens and Activists contact U.S. Legislators, Members of The Media, as well as High Ranking B.O.P. officials in order to expose and address these unjust policies. We Request that all of you Lobby on our behalf in order to ensure that ALL Prisoners at USP Pollock are afforded Equal Opportunities to Program and Succeed!

We request that All of You visit the Link for our on-line Petition which is on Change.org which describes Group Punishment here at USP Pollock. Please sign this petition and encourage others to do so. The Link is: http//chng.it/nV5rgnX9wf

We are also requesting a Phone Zap to the New Executive Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons—Mr. Michael Carbajal.

As I always say, “The best antiseptic for injustice is Sunlight!”. Help us secure Freedom, Justice, and Equality for All Prisoners at USP Pollock and not just for a PRIVILEGED FEW!!

I thank all of you for your unwavering support and remind you that the “Powers that Be” love to retaliate and harass Freedom Fighters Like Me. Let them know that many eyes are on USP Pollock!!!

USP Pollock Phone# (318) 561-5300
Complex Warden–Chris McConnell Assistant Warden–Ms. Hawkins Assistant Warden–Mr. Taggert

Please Call and Leave a Message for the Federal B.O.P. Public Liaison—and Request that the B.O.P. address this New Policy!

Contact: Mr. C. Darnell Stroble—-Phone# (202) 616-7750

The Struggle Continues!! Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Keith “Malik” Washington is assistant editor of the Bay View, studying and preparing to serve as editor after his release in 2021. He is also co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.

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