This is to notify you that several prisoners have begun a hunger strike openly while others are on a silent hunger strike which may endanger their safety.
The three active prisoners who began the hunger strike on April 9, 2016 are now also on what is called “extreme suicide” which is where they place you in FULL RESTRAINTS (chains) – that is shackles, handcuffs attached to a waist chain. This is done for days at a time. They are also on “strip” – dressed only in a paper gown.
The torturous punitive conditions here at David Wade Correctional Center have gone on long enough. The sadistic practices by security and the administration are a violation of human rights and decency.
The administration has admitted to the infliction of corporal punishment against prisoners on lockdown. Just now as I write, they sprayed a prisoner while he was on his knees and struck him several times. They also sprayed and beat another prisoner who is mentally ill and has been on strip cell for over a year. He has also been on food loaf for a long time.
We badly need some help and support down here.
Please call if you can – just a phone call will spook them. Thank you!
Secretary of DOC James M LeBlanc 225 342-6740
Deputy Sec. Eugene Powers 225 342-6744
Undersec. Thomas Bickham 225 342-6739
A prisoner at David Wade Correctional Center