Kelly Farris

SHERIFFS PHYSICALLY ABUSE BLACK WOMAN MURDER HER UNBORN CHILD, SEXUALLY ABUSE HER AND KEPT THEIR JOBS  

A young woman in her twenties named Kelly Farris was sitting in her car when the police approached her vehicle and began questioning her about an argument that she had with another female. When the police told her to get out of her car, she informed them that she needed help getting out because of her leg injury. The police responded by snatching her out the car and dragging her to the police station.

At the police station, the Oakland County Sheriffs treated her like trash. They put a sack over her head, twisted her arm and began choking her. While she was screaming that she couldn’t breathe and pleading for them to stop because she was pregnant, the officers slammed her face against the wall and ordered her to get naked. Ms. Farris begged them to not make her strip in front of a room full of men. Ignoring her pleas, they cut the clothes off her back until she was completely nude in a room full of male sheriffs. Humiliated, Kelly curled her shaking body into a ball and tried to conceal her naked body.

Immediately, after being choked, beat, and humiliated, Kelly Farris learned that the Oakland County Sherrif had killed her baby. WOW! And to add insult to injury, they never ha enough evidence to charged her with a crime.

What type of country do we live in where the police can treat a pregnant Black Woman worst than a dog and get away with it? Our tax dollars pay their salaries, so we are actually paying them to abuse woman and murder people, including unborn children. And their “officers union” protects them. The police are out of control, and no one is holding them accountable for their abuse.

Seeing those men brutilizing that young woman and ripping her clothes of reminded me of a how slave holder used to beat and rape Black Women, and cut babies out of their stomachs. There were no consequences for slave holders and there were no consequences for the officer who violate Kelly Farris. They were not charged nor suspended. They kept earning their huge salaries with not even receiving a slap on the wrist for the murder of the child.

The police in this country are untouchable. They have qualified immunity. For generations, society has blindly trusted the police and treated them like they had inherently high moral qualities. However, the police are no different than lying politicians, crooked lawyers, and shady businessmen. The police are fallible human beings just like anyone else, yet we have given them free rein to take away a citizen’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. And we have no way of adequately monitoring their absolute power.

Why is it that In this country we hardly ever hear about the police murdering a White Man or violating a White Woman? Why do the police believe that it is okay for them to kill a Black Woman’s unborn child and not be punished for it? Why do White politicians claim that there is no systemic racism within the police force?

The answer is because Black People are powerless to defend themselves against them. Knowledge is power. Until the Black community comes together and learn how to force politicians to change laws and punish police who abuse their power, the police will continue to openly terrorize Black Americans.

Ernest Hall

D.O.C.

The following is something I had began writing awhile back, I decided to finish it tonight. This is my first time sharing my thought’s as I myself have been mentally distracted. I have been dealing with responding to trial court’s refusal to obey the law and follow the Supreme Court order that recently instructed the court to reconsider there denial of my Motion For Relief From Judgement. Then on May 22 I fell and injured my foot in which was due to the facility I’m located at not having ladders in the rooms. I have to use a chair to get up and down from my top bunk. During my attempt to get down the chair slid and I fell. The fall has resulted in a 5mm spur at my Achilles tendon attachment of the calcaneus. I was also told I have nerve damage referred to as Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Typically treated with NSAIDs, unfortunately I have allergic reactions to NSAISs, therefore I’m unable to take the treatment. In have been told to contact a lawyer because because there was a lawsuit in the past for this and an apparent order to install ladders. The damage could heal I have been told but it does not talk about it in the information I have been provided. So I am in constant pain the more I walk the worse it hurts and it can be impossible to get comfortable to sleep as like tonight. If anyone has an information or input feel free to contact me. 

D.O.C.

Tremendous the price paid, so many young men in early graves. The government should be ashamed, treating men and women as cattle in a cage. Department of Corrections, what are they correcting, giving no option’s, no direction. Talking about jobs know there pretending, 17 cents an hour a truth there’s no bending. No cares as long as the families keep sending. Food rations so poor, you need store. Secure packs now necessity. Facilities altering and manipulating the menu, recycled veggies and spoiled potatoes every bite has you guessing. The state don’t care as long as the check keeps cashing. Always talking inmates down mentally bashing. We’re already fighting depression. Separating inmates from their families has them all collapsing. Visits you can drive 9 hours for maybe two. Teens and young adults intermixing, that will never fix them fighting for the power of position. Many of the young are follower’s, what they see influences there decisions. Technology don’t exist in prison, this is foolish and impairs them from the beginning. Technology is the future, this is prison conditioning. They’ll be back because you deny everything they lack. When they express dreams and desires, the lack of opportunity puts out their fires. When they set goals reaching for their dream, you laugh at them calling them obscene. When they lash out because they can’t take anymore, you throw them in a hole. What dose the word correction even stand for, it seems to me it should be department of control.

Derek Rainbolt

“Profile of a Juvenile Lifer”

“Profile of a Juvenile Lifer”

My name is Duval Newsome, and I have been confined within the Michigan penal system for over 43years. 

On February 4, 1977, I joined a brother and sister team (Leonard & Henreitta Armstrong) to rob a weed dealer that lived within her aparement complex. At that time, I was 3months pass my 19th birthday.

It would be helpful here to give a little history on the relationship I shared with Leonard. I met Leonard when I was 13years old; he was the best friend of my eldest brother, Jerome. With my mother as the only parent in the household, the two of them became my role models and I looked up to them both.

When I turned 16, Leonard disappeared, Jerome joined the Army and I signed up for Job Corps (following Jerome’s earlier example). Three years later (December, 1976), Leonard showed back up, and confessed he had been in prison. I was overjoyed to see him, and as I recall, impressed with his prison “war stories”. I was now taller & bigger than Leonard but I still looked up to him. When he suggested that I help him and his sister rob the weed dealer in her appartment building (wanting to show him that “Little Sput-Nick” had “grown up”), I agreed.

The plan was: She would gain entry into the dealer’s basement level apartment, buy some weed, and on the way out, stand in the doorway talking if he were alone. She did … Leonard and I rushed in! Leonard (the only one armed) put the gun in the dealer’s face and ordered him to the floor. I used the phone cord to tie his hands behind his back, while Henreitta stood in the hallway as lookout.

Leonard and I gathered all the weed, money, jewelry, etc. and placed the items in a sack (except the money, Leonard put that in his pocket). I was then told to take the loot upstairs to Henreitta’s third floor apartment and send her back in. On the way out, I told her Leonard wanted her inside; she asked: “Is Johnny Dead”?; and I told her no. Her roommate let me in and we waited for them to come back up. They arrived about ten minutes later. We all drank beer & wine mixed and smoked some more weed.

Leonard had taken the dealer’s car keys and I drove the three of us to my mothers home across town, where we split the loot and I learned that Leonard had killed Mr. Williams to protect his sister from any possible retaliation. A few days later, after taking two of her girl friends back into Mr. Williams’ apartment and showing off one of the stolen rings, Henreitta was arrested and told on her brother and myself. We were subsequently arrested at my mother’s home a couple days later. They both took plea bargins to second degree murder and placed the blame for Mr. Williams’ death on me. I turned down the plea offer, and made a full statement admitting my role in the robbery. I subsequently went to trial, where I was convicted of First Degree Felony Murder, and sentenced to Life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Due to a recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, much attention has been focused on “Juvenile Justice and the Adolescent Brain” as well as the “Science” behind it. It has been through this case and several published articles, that I have gained valuable insight and a deeper understanding of “why” I made the decision to engage in the criminal act that removed me from society 43years ago. For example, Scientist now know that at age nineteen, the “Adolescent Brain” is still developing and is highly subjected to reward-and-peer-influence. Prior to ths insight, I’ve always reflected on those events and concluded that “I should have known better” than to go with Leonard; but I never understood “why” I went, until now. As a juvenile, I was literally incapable of making decisions based on sound logic & reason, although (at that time) you couldn’t have convienced me otherwise. 

I have always taken responsibility for my role in the robbery of Mr. Williams, but I didn’t kill him, nor was I present when he was killed. Prior to the commission of this crime, I had never met Henreitta or Mr. Williams. I have exhausted all my Appeals and have been denied several times when seeking a Commutation from different Michigan Governors. My story is not unique regarding men being convicted, as Juveniles, under the old Felony Murder Rule, which allowed for malice and the intent to kill, to be inferred from the robbery alone. This practice was abolished in November, 1980, by the Michigan Supreme Court, (without retroactive application) stating that: “All First Degree Murders must show individual culpability with malice no longer being inferred from the underlying felony.” I am one of 20-25 men that remain alive in the system, who will die in prison because of this unjust ruling, and Michigan Governors failure to use their power of Commutation.

It is my continued hope and prayer that Michigan will follow the current trend being set Nation wide regarding Juvenile Lifers and the non-principled killers in murder cases prior to November, 1980, and give men like myself, a second chance in society and the reunification with humanity.

Respectfully submitted,

Mr. Duval Newsome El #149982
July 12, 2020

What is “Defunding the Police”?

Don’t be alarmed by Black Lives Matters call to “defund” the police. Defunding the police means that we set up community security to protect us. Community officers will still have the power to make legal arrest and perform the same duties that police perform right now. However, the “Peace-Officers” will be people who come from our communities, not infiltrators who come in and murder us.

Under the present system, police officer have “qualified immunity” that protects police officers from law suits even if they intentionally murder someone without good cause. Why can doctors be sued if they accidentally kill a patient in the operating room, but the police cannot be sues for murdering someone in cold blood.

The reason that police officers get away with murder and still keep their jobs is because the “Police Officer’s Union” has too much power. The Police Union has tens of thousands of members who stick together. They lobby the government and use their voting power to get politicians to make laws in their favor. More importantly, Police Officer Unions use their negotiation power to force cities and states to expand the rights of police officers. For example, it is hard to fire a police officer because the Police Union negotiated a deal that makes it mandatory that fired police get many opportunities to appeal their job loss. And there is a high burden of proof to uphold the firing of a police officer. That is why most police officers get their jobs back.

The Police Officer’s Union negotiated deals that protect police at the expense disregard for citizens.

By Defunding the police, we can take the power away from the Police Union. We can reinvest tax money into community based law enforcement, crime prevention, education, community recreation and other programs that will uplift the community, instead of destroying it.

We are intelligent enough to find good people within our communities to protect us. There is no need for outsiders to come in and occupy our communities. Police officer are coming in and intimidating, exploiting and murdering black people. White People commit three times as many crimes in this country and they are arrest three times more often then African Americans, yet the police kill three times as many Black People than White People. This is nothing new, it has always been this way. So it let’s you know that white police officer’s don’t value Black Lives. They kill us like were dogs in the street and don’t lose an ounce of sleep over it.

We need to stop spending our tax money to pay police officers who have immunity to murder Black People. And don’t be fooled. If police reform does not get rid of qualified immunity that protects murderous police officers, then it is not dealing with the systemic part of racism in the police department.

P.S You can write to me at
Ernest K. Hall El #196363
Thumbs Corr. Facility 
3225 John Conely Dr.
Lapeer, Michigan 48446

Please put your return address on the letter itself because the prison does not give me the envelop, or you can go to J-Pay.com to send me an email. I will respond to all messages.

Racial “Cold War” in America

There is a racial “Cold-War” going on in America. In the past, White people openly lynched, torchered, and exploited Black People. Times have changed. Now, racists disguise their true intentions behind laws designed to allow police officers and vigilante White People to legally murder Black People. Not all White People are racist; many of them have fought with us to end Black suffering in America. Nonetheless, the U.S. Department of Justice statistics prove that racial discrimination infests the American education system, work force, housing market, incarceration, and every other area in American society.

What do I mean by a “Racial-Cold-War?” A cold-war is a conflict that uses tactics designed to destroy your adversary without using military action. In this country, systemic racism has been used to deny African Americans their rights to political equality, social equality and equality of opportunity guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Systemic racism refers to white discrimination against African Americans that is built into the institutions of America. Some of the results of systemic racism are as follows:

*In this country, on average, a white person without a highschool diploma earns more money than an African American with a college degree.

*According to the U.S. Department of Justice, White People are arrested for 70% of all violent crimes, 70% of property crimes, and 70% of drug offences; whereas, African Americans are arrested for 27% of all crime categories, but there are more African Americans in prison than White Americans (429,000 African prisoners, 403,600 White prisoner).

*On average, White American households have ten times the wealth of African American households (White American households =$170,000; African American households =$17,000).

29% of African Americans dropout of highschool; only 12% of White Americans dropout. (See The World Almanac And Book of Facts, 2019)

Many White Americans will claim that there is no “systemic racism” in America. But the evidence is clear. White people prefer to hire White Americans without a college degree before they will hire an African American. And they will send an African American to prison three times more often than a White American. White People discriminate against African Americans in every institution this country, the facts don’t lie.

How do we solve this problem? History has given us the blueprint of how to stop racial discrimination. In the 1960’s, civil rights leaders learned that we have to use consumer power to force change. When African Americans boycotted the bus system, White people stopped forcing African Americans to go to the back of the bus and give up their seats to White People. 

Today, the African American community has to come together and stop spending their money with companies in order to force them to change. African Americans are the number one consumers in this country. All we have to do is to financially punish companies. African Americans should stop buying new cars, or stop going to fast food restaurants until White People stop sending Black people to prison three times more often than Whites, start hiring Black People, start improving the quality of education in public schools, etc. In order for us to start spending money with those companies, this country has to end racial discrimination. Money is power in this country. As long as white people don’t fear any consequences for their racial discrimination, they have no reason to stop.

Protesting is a powerful tool, but we must combine boycotts with our protest. When they stop getting our money, they will stop discriminating against us. History has taught us that.

Racism continues to choke the life out of the African American community. Racism is dead serious. If you don’t want your son or daughter to grow up in a world where they have a hard time getting a good job and a good education, then we have to boycott. If you don’t want to have to worry about your son or daughter being murdered by the police or stuck in a prison cell, then we should boycott. If you want your child to get a good education, then we have to boycott. When we come together and stop spending money with those who seek to do us harm, then they will realize that we mean business. Where there is unity, there is strength.

Written by: Brother Ernest K. Hall El #196363

P.S you can write to me at
Ernest K. Hall El #196363
Thumbs Corr. Facility
3225 John Conely Dr.
Lapeer, Michigan 48446

Make sure to include your address on the letter because the prison does not give us the envelope, or you can go to J-Pay.com to send me an email. I will respond to all messages.

“A New Look”

UNFORTUNATELY IT’S THE NORM IN THE PRISON ENVIRONMENT TO SEE HOPELESSNESS, UNCERTAINTY, AND DESPAIR LURKING IN THE EYES OF MANY MEN. AS MONTHS TURN TO YEARS AND YEARS TURN TO DECADES THAT LOOK BECOMES HARD AND CALLOUSED AS ETCHED IN STONE. WHAT SHOULD BE A FRIGHTENING SIGHT TO SEE, HAS SADLY TURNED TO ACCEPTANCE. DOOM AND GLOOM IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY IN A PLACE WHERE THE BRIGHT SPOT FOR SOME IS A PIECE OF BAKED CHICKEN ACCOMPANIED BY A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE FOR DESERT. IT’S THEN YOU MAY SEE A SLIGHT GLIMMER OF HOPE RESIDING DEEP WITHIN. 

THROUGHOUT 27 YEARS OF INCARCERATION I’VE SEEN JUST ABOUT EVERY LOOK ONE COULD IMAGINE; FROM THE TOUGHEST MEANEST GUY TO THE MOST MILD MANNERED AND RESERVED. THERE’S A VARIETY OF LOOKS AND GAZES IN WHICH RACE, AGE, YOUR CRIME AND MASCULINITY CAN’T SEPARATE.
THERE’S THE PRECIOUS LOOK IN A MAN’S EYES WHEN HE RETURNS FROM A VISIT SEEING HIS LOVED ONES. THAT’S THE BRIGHTEST LOOK YOU’LL EVER SEE. HIS EYES SHINE LIKE THE HIGH BEAMS ON A CAR TRAVELLING DOWN A DARK ROAD.
THE WEIGHT OF HIS PRISON SENTENCE THAT DWELLS DAILY IN HIS EYES LIKE A SQUATTER IN AN ABANDONED HOUSE IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED WHILE HE BASKS IN THE TIME SPENT WITH HIS CHERISHED LOVED ONES.

THE NERVOUS LOOK A MAN HARBORS THE MORNING HE’S SCHEDULED TO BE INTERVIEWED BY THE PAROLE BOARD. DESPITE HAVING SERVED HIS TIME, COMPLETED ALL NECESSARY RECOMMENDATIONS, AND HAS REDEEMED HIMSELF, HIS EYES ARE STILL FILLED WITH WORRY KNOWING HIS FATE HANGS IN THE BALANCE FROM THAT HORRIBLE DECISION HE MADE YEARS; EVEN DECADES AGO.

THE BLANK GLAZED LOOK THAT OVERTAKES A MAN’S EYES AFTER HE’S PUT BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS INTO HIS APPEAL SPENDING COUNTLESS HOURS IN THE LIBRARY POURING OVER CASE AFTER CASE, TWEEKING IT NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE FINALLY FILING IT WITH THE COURTS; ONLY TO GET DENIED IN RECORD TIME WITH A FLIMSY EXCUSE THAT HOLDS NO WEIGHT BUT CALLED JUST AND FAIR. IT STINGS AND FEELS LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE AFTER ALL THAT HARD WORK.

THEN THERE’S THE GHASTLY AND SULLEN LOOK I’VE EXPERIENCED SEEING IT MORE TIMES THAN ANY ONE PERSON SHOULD IN A LIFETIME.

THIS LOOK IS PAINFUL ADDING A HEAVINESS TO MY HEART THAT’S BEYOND MOURNFUL. IT’S THE CRUSHING LOOK IN A MAN’S EYES WHEN HE’S LOST A PARENT, CHILD, OR SIBLING TO THE ENEMY DEATH. 
THERE ARE NO WORDS TO UTTER TO A MAN WHEN YOU WITNESS THIS LOOK IN HIS EYES. ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS SAME PERSON YOU WALKED THE YARD WITH, EXERCISED WITH, ATE CHOW WITH, EVEN SHARED A CELL WITH…NO LONGER LOOKS THE SAME. HE DOESN’T LOOK AT YOU; HE LOOKS THROUGH YOU LIKE YOUR NOT EVEN THERE. YOU UNDERSTAND BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE. I NEVER IMAGINED THERE COULD BE A MORE DAMAGING AND SOUL STIRRING COUNTEANCE IN A MAN’S EYES WITHIN THESE PRISON WALLS. WHAT COULD PUT SUCH A LOOK IN A MAN’S EYES CAUSING HIM TO ROAM THE PRISON YARD AIMLESSLY WITH HIS GUARD DOWN IN A PLACE WHERE VULNERABILITY IS PREYED UPON? WHAT COULD POSSIBLY CREATE A LOOK THAT’S DIFFICULT TO PUT INTO WORDS NEVER BEFORE WITNESSED?

ENTER CORONAVIRUS, AKA COVID-19. HE SLYLY APPEARED ON THE SCENE PLACING FEAR IN HEARTS, TERROR IN EYES, TREMBLING IN VOICES; RUNNING AMUK, UNNERVED BY THE HEINOUS CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE MEN HE NOW RULES OVER TAUNTING THEM WITH HIS MENACING PRESENCE. HE HAS BECOME THE “ROCK BOSS” DEMANDING OUR TIME, ENERGY, AND UNDIVIDED ATTENTION WITH AN “I COULD CARE LESS” DISPOSITION TOWARDS ANYTHING YOU HAD GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE; RULING WITH AN IRON FIST AND WRECKING HAVOC. 
“I’M HERE GET USE TO IT,” HE EERILY WHISPERS WHILE ROAMING FROM PERSON TO PERSON; UNSEEN, UNNOTICED, CASUALLY INFECTING EACH MAN DIFFERENTLY. 

A NEW LOOK NOW DOMINATES OUR EYES IN THE TRAGIC FORM OF TRAUMA, STRUGGLE, DEPRESSION, AND EXHAUSTION, ALL BIRTHED BY THE CORONAVIRUS THAT HAS INVADED THE PRISON POPULATION.

Written by: Connell L. Howard #234626 @jpay.com

COVID-19

Covid 19. Something that doesn’t discriminate against any race or people.  

Dealing with this deadly virus in prison is far more the worst because there is no such thing as social distancing. We are cooped up in one big bubble forced to eat, shower, use phones together, and sleep together. But that’s not the issue, the issue is that the staff gets to leave work and bring the virus in without getting properly tested for the virus. Instead the National Guards come in months later to check all inmates, still not testing the staff members.  

It was a horrible experience to have tested positive for Covid 19. We were punished for something that we did not bring in and still being punished til this day. Sadly inmates have lost their lives due to staff ignorance. A guy in my unit, Sanders-Bey died. I talked to this man everyday and sometimes I would bust him upside his head in playfully and take off running. He was old enough to be my father. I still can’t believe he’s gone. He had health issues but this could’ve all been avoided if staff was properly tested. I honestly believe that some officers knew they had it but still came to work. Can’t prove it but I really believe it. Not saying they were doing it to be spiteful but they did it and it was wrong.  

April 23, 2020 1:37am, I woke up with a gold glow over my body and my body had vibrations lines over it like a cartoon. I kept saying ‘What the fuck’ over and over but not trying to wake my bunky. The glow went away and so did the vibrations. I’m on the bottom bunk and I didn’t just want to stand straight up because of dizziness was one of the symptoms and I didn’t want to die hitting my head on a solid object. So I placed my feet on the floor and stood up. My bunky was still asleep so I quietly left out walking around the unit in the middle of the night repeatedly saying I’m not going to die like this. I stayed out for about 15 minutes and returned to my cell. I stayed up throughout the night until breakfast, afraid to go to sleep because I might not wake up. I stayed up until 1:49 pm and took an allergy tablet and Alka-Seltzer and went to sleep. I woke up around 5 o’clock and I felt better. All of this was wrote in my journal. 

I thought it was over but that was the only the beginning. I woke up with the chills at first and that lasted for about two days. Blood clots came next and they were in my right foot and still to this day I still feel it. Nausea, then loss of appetite, I say lasted for about three days. Diarrhea came next and I knew I had it but I figured like it would be gone soon and also just be cautious of people around me because I didn’t want them to catch it.  

We weren’t given the proper ppe to actually clean and on top of it we were given watered down bleach. I still continued to help and clean even though the facility did not provide the proper equipment to clean.  

No one wanted to alert the staff that they were infected because of how they were screwing over your property. Taking your food and throwing things away that didn’t fit in your property. So that detoured people from ‘checking in’. I lost my taste and smell on the 14th of May. I tested positive on the 18th. My loss of smell and taste lasted almost two weeks. They had me and my bunky along with forty other inmates in our unit moved to an iso unit. Showering three times a week, receiving cold meals three times a day. Only getting thirty minutes of yard three times out of the week. Understand that we are true level 2’s and we were being punished for a heinous act committed by staff. I stayed isolated for almost a month. By me not eating meat I had to get special trays which were not delivered to me sometimes. I had to call home to have them make calls to this facility complaining about me not being fed especially during a pandemic like this putting me in more danger because you need the proper nutrition to keep your immune system up to fight off the virus. I suffered and I don’t want to say all staff but most didn’t care about whether I ate. It was one officer who retired when asked could you please see if my tray came because all the others were already eating. He stated ‘You don’t need a tray, you have enough food in your locker to last you for three weeks’. That was neither here nor there if I had food, I was entitled to eat just like the rest of the inmates. So I have been writing them up every time I felt like they violated my human rights. I’m in the process right now of taking it to court. I have saved up funds to make sure I was ready to pay for the cost.  

I sat there waiting for my results and I had tested positive again and my bunky tested negative. We needed two negatives to leave the iso unit. We we were only suppose to be there for 8 days. Now to remind you we weren’t allowed to bring none of our property except 2 pair of under garments, one towel and wash cloth, legal work, hygiene, TV and your tablet. I was smart enough to smuggle my fan, more under garments, and food. The rooms were extra hot and the doors were shut all day. It was a timer on the toilet which only allows you to flush every 5 minutes and if you don’t, the toilet will lock leaving urine or defecation in the toilet. The officers in the iso unit were reasonable. They did let us shower if they had enough time on the days we weren’t suppose to. No Sgt, lieut, or Capt. made rounds in that unit. Only one and that was deputy Schooley and I thanked him personally. Me and my next door neighbor fought everyday trying to get yard, phone usage, and Jpay time. It worked out but it took days before we could see some progress.  

I got back to my unit on June 11th. Same room and same bunky, thank God.

The gold glow came from me hallucinating, not getting enough oxygen to the brain.  

I’m a survivor of Covid 19 but still a victim of the MDOCs neglect.

Chris Clark

Thoughts Beyond the Wall

What up doe? I am bringing you these raw “THOUGHTS” from “BEYOND THE WALL” at Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer, Michigan. I’ve done over 22 calendar years on this prison-bit, and I can tell you that these wall closed in on me time and time again. Closing in so tight I couldn’t breathe- George Floyd. Making me feel I’d be better off dead than to not try and stop the pain and get away- Rayshard Brooks.

My mom died 12 years after I entered these gates of hell. During that time, she lived in approximately 17 different places, mostly homeless shelters. We believed that God would bring us back together in this life time but it didn’t happen. My pain isn’t that mom died, but that she never truly lived. I’d left my mom all alone to fend for herself in a cruel world. Not only did I have to deal with the pain of regret but also the pains of prison.

Everyone behind these walls have their own unique horror story to tell. We are all under extreme pressure from the sky-high walls of pain, shame, and despair. No one leaves here without battle scars of war; either on their bodies, their mind, or both. Often times, it feels like family, friends, and society have written us off for dead. Behind these walls, we are constantly devalued, dehumanized, and made to feel less than.

Some days, the oppression would get so thick that negative thoughts karate chopped my mind like Bruce Lee on meth. No matter how hard I tried to better my condition, I couldn’t stop the walls from drowning out success. However, after years of coming up short and self-destructing, I made up my mind to want better. A light bulb went off and I realized that no matter what anyone did or didn’t do for me, I had the power to think “THOUGHTS BEYOND THE WALL”.

Notice that thoughts BEYOND the wall is completely different than thoughts BEHIND the wall. When we only think thoughts that focus on our pain, shame, and despair, we remain in the same condition. But when we use our power to think thoughts BEYOND the wall, we see ourselves in a new light as God intended. That remains true for both those in prison or society. So ask yourself, are you thinking thoughts beyond or behind the wall?

RANDAL LEFEVRE is the curriculum co-creator of HELPING THOSE LEFT BEHIND, and he is currently working toward a social worker degree with MOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Despite having been incarcerated over 30 years in 2 states, he is dedicated to making a difference in this world. 

RANDAL LEFEVRE can be reached electronically @jpay.com or via snail mail @Randal LeFevre #289197; Thumb Corr Fac; 3225 John Conley Dr; Lapeer, MI 48846, and be sure to include sender address on the actual letter and the envelope.

Juneteenth Pt 2

And in no nation was this opinion more firmly fixed or more uniformly acted upon than by the English Government and English People. They not only seized them on the coast of Africa, and sold or held them in slavery for their own use; but they took them as ordinary articles of merchandise to every country where they could make a profit on them, and were far more extensively engaged in this commerce than any other nation in the world.

The opinion thus entertained and acted upon in England was naturally impressed upon the colonies they founded on this side of the Atlantic. And, accordingly, a negro of the Africa race was regarded by them as an article of property, and held, and brought and sold as such, in every one of the thirteen colonies which united in the (Declaration of Independence”, and afterwards formed the “Constitution of the United States”). . . Upon the whole, therefore, it is the judgement of the court, that it appears by the record before us that the plaintiff in errors is not a citizen of Missouri, in the sense in which that word is used in the Constitution. . . .

With that being said, be careful, for, if you truly wish to celebrate “Juneteenth” as a National Holiday / Day Of Independence, then July 4th, must be sat aside as it was/is regarded as a day of independence for the European nation as they broke away from Britain, and the which place the African Negro in perpetual slavery. (See also, the Virginia Slave Act of 1661 & 1705, and the Laws of Virginia, October 1748 — George II (Sec. IX. – [Who may have a Christian servant]).

Then the question to be asked: What is the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution?

The difference between the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution is, the Declaration was made for the European People here declaring something to the world, and its Constitution was made for themselves. . . Not for the so-called (Negro, Black, Colored and African American), because according to this constitution, there is NO SUCH THING as a (Negro, Black, Colored or African American). Question: Then, who are you and what is your nationality that you may be recognized by this government and the nations of the world?

In conclusion, please remember that this article is about adopting “JUNETEENTH” as a National Holiday for the descendants of X-Slaves or the “New Class” of people created by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 during the time of slavery. Although the Constitution of the United States is one of the GREATEST documents every written, focus on the topic of: ——– “Juneteenth” or the “Fourth Of July?”

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