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  • Vlada Ime: Omar Austin
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  • Starost:31
  • Vrijeme Služio:od 2001
  • Mjesto:Newark, Nju Džerzi
  • Rečenica:60 g. + 7 uzastopnih god
  • Trenutni Charge:Dvostruko ubojstvo
  • Pseudonim:K.O.
  • Datum objave:2043
  • Zatvor Zajednica:Krv (Dan svetog Valentina)
  • Krug utjecaja:Altariq Gumbs, Lester Alford, Pele Brown, Tewhan Butler,
  • Institucija:East Jersey State Prison (Rahway)
  • Ako stvarno ne može razuvjeriti G vam youngins, u redu, su ga ya smjer, ali barem neka mi prep li za ceste.

Solitary confinement activists spur reform in New Jersey

A section of the mural on New Jersey State Prison’s wall along Cass Street in Trenton

In the mid-1980s, the American Friends Service Committee’s Prison Watch Program received a letter from Ojore Lutalo who had just been placed in the Management Control Unit at New Jersey State Prison. He asked what a control unit was, why he was there and how long he would have to stay. Some of the answers would unfold over the next 22 godina. Ojore, other prisoners held in the MCU and AFSC’s Bonnie Kerness formed the Control Unit Monitoring Project, which led to a national network of monitors and advocates in the 90’s called The National Campaign to Stop Control Unit Prisons. Since that time, the UN Committee on Torture, the Pope and the UN special Rappateur on Torture have all condemned the US prison practice of “no touch” torture, identifying imprisonment in extended isolation as torture, which violates the US ratified Convention Against Torture. Work on this issue has continued in NJ since that time, growing in the NJ Coalition Against Isolation Confinement. That coalition, which includes AFSC’s Bonnie Kerness, Jean Ross from the People’s Organization for Progress and Alex Shalom from the NJACLU, was approached by Senator Ray Lesniak to assist in the writing of his bill on isolation, which was introduced this year as S. 2588. If you are a New Jersey resident, call your legislators and urge them to support bill S. 2588.

Omar Austin, koji je održan u samici 12+ godina, more than a third of his life, updates the public on the changes taking place.

So they freed about four prisoners from the Management Control Unit (MCU) at New Jersey State Prison in October 2014– 1 Crip from California, 1 Mexican Mafia member, 1 Five-Percenter, and a Blood brother. Following that four Muslim brothers and one Dominican national were released. Veliko je pitanje među zatvorenicima bio bi to stvarno neka K.O. (me) out. Most said if prison officials let me out they were serious about change. I did not trust in the process nor did I believe I would be released from the MCU. I felt it was long shot that I would be released and not with my luck. I stayed charge free. I even told all the homies who write me to fall back. Then my hearing came. I went into the room sweating like a crackhead in the sun with a leather coat on. I was nervous, uznemiren i skeptični. Zatvorski službenici su mi rekli da ću čuti nešto u sedamdeset i dva (72) vrijeme. Počela sam se osjećati pozitivno. I began to think it was my time to breathe. Then a superior came to my cell to deliver my paper which read: Phase 4: Release into Population. Pending 90-day Probationary Observation.

Sjajan potez!! I read that shit like 100 puta. I slept with it close by. One time I misplaced it, and I almost exploded as I searched for it in my cell. Zatim bijeda okolnost u nogama. Moje homeboys! Duke, my brother from another who is the founder of 7 Thug Life Bloods; I went to his door to tell him that I would be leaving him behind. He was happy, but I was sad knowing that we may never see each other again. Our journey was taking us in different directions. In this day and age a real friend is equal to a million dollars or more.

The day I was packed up to move to a population tier in New Jersey State Prison (Unit 2-A) I was choked up saying goodbye to my workout partners, my confidants, my unconditional homies like Ju (Grimy), Tef, Bomani, Jo-, Duke, Rude Boy, and Red Eyez.

At first being on Unit 2-A was a culture shock, i prokleto, it would all get more interesting. My name and reputation beat me to the unit of course, so I had no challenges or test to pass. The homies were excited to finally get to know the ghost they had only heard of, whether good or bad. The Muslims embraced me and the in-betweeners were respectful and courteous. The Corrections Officers were skeptical but rather polite and exceptionally respectful, except the tough guy COs standing in the central pass-area located in the West Compound. The West Compound is oldest area of New Jersey State Prison. I believe it was built in the 1800s. I stayed in Unit 2-A for ninety (90) dana i čekao moj završno ročište kako bi se utvrdilo moj sljedeći korak. The entire time I was there I wanted to leave. I wanted to get to Rahway’s maximum security prison [East Jersey State Prison]. Trenton [State Prison New Jersey] felt like a cemetery. Most of the prisoners have life sentences or have done crazy time and are now elderly and walk with canes on sore limbs. Their wisdom is a gold mine.

I have learned more from word of mouth in Trenton than anywhere else in my entire life.

The homies and Muslims wanted me to stay in Trenton to help situate the conditions among prisoners. When I weighed that against what was necessary in New Jersey’s other prisons, to nije za usporedbu. The opportunity to be around the young brothers, the baby boys who are fresh off the streets, koji su bili na svim vijestima za carjackings, ubojstva, and more, and help get them right was more important to me. These lil dudes are who I ride for. The opportunity to enlighten them, usaditi nadu u njima, is the opportunity to redeem a generation and redefine generations after.

My ninety (90) days were coming to a close and I had my hearing.

“Good morning Mr. Austin,” said Ms. Betty Norris. Ona je Afroamerikankom administrator koji sada nadgleda sve koji se odnosi na MCU. I must say it was inspiring to see her in her position. You go girl! She asked me how I was doing and how I had been. I answered fine. I knew they were keeping tabs on me every step of the way. Prison rats and COs reported on me daily. I was then asked what prison I would like to be transferred to if I could. I answered without hesitation, “Rahway!” Začudo, they sounded really receptive and positive about it. 2 days later I was in my bed after a long, hard workout, zaspi dok gledate komad na National Geographic kanalu o nekim marincima koji su se napisao dolje po talibanskim borcima kad je poručnik je došao u moju ćeliju. They opened my door and before I could jump up they began to search my cell. Znala sam da to nije bila slučajna potraga, jer nadređeni ne sudjeluju u slučajnim pretraživanja. Htjeli su pročitali moj mail i moju literaturu kako bi bili sigurni da nije bila u posjedu bilo koje sigurnosne prijetnje Grupe (STG) material that I could use to incite the brothers at Rahway. They were sending me to Rahway after all. I did not know what to expect at Rahway, but I was enthusiastic about starting another phase in my journey.

Stay tuned for more on my transition out of solitary confinement.


One response to “Solitary confinement activists spur reform in New Jersey”

  1. […] Omar Austin shares his experience leaving solitary confinement in the Management Control Unit at NJ State Prison and his arrival at Rahway State Prison. Click here to read previous post. […]

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