By: Keith "Malik" Washington
In a shocking turn of events at the Eastham Ad-Seg Unit I was informed by TDCJ employees that Teri Hall the Grievance Investigator at Eastham Unit located in Lovelady, Texas has been officially FIRED. The story reads as if it would appear in one of the numerous tabloids. The only difference is THIS IS NOT ENTERTAINMENT this is Real Life and has HURT NUMEROUS INDIVIDUALS-- Please allow me to elaborate.
I have been incarcerated and housed at the Eastham Ad-Seg Unit since November 10, 2016. Many may remember that I was charged with a Fabricated Riot Case one day Before a National Prison Work Strike took place here in the United State on September 9th, 2016.
For well over a year, I have fought the bogus charges and used the corrupt Grievance Program TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) makes available to all prisoners. For months I and a fellow prisoner named Noah Coffin have alleged that Teri Hall one of the grievance investigators at the Eastham Unit had been mishandling our complaints and attempting to obstruct our Access to the Courts. I have actually filed a Lawsuit in Federal Court claiming this and numerous other violations of Constitutional Rights to include: Retaliation, Toxic Water, and a Conspiracy to Violate my Civil Rights among other claims.
On February 1st, 2018 I was notified by TDCJ employee Kentrius Lockhart- Eastham Mail Room Supervisor that Teri Hall the FORMER Unit Grievance Investigator at Eastham Unit had been Fired!
I had recently filed a grievance requesting that the F.B.I. investigate Teri Hall and the entire Eastham Grievance Department in reference to noticeable appearances of a conspiracy to violate prisoners rights by tampering with the grievances we file and sabotaging the Due Process Rights of prisoners who utilize the Grievance Program in order to address the Constitutional Violations. I specifically requested that the F.B.I. look into Teri Hall's relationship with a former Eastham employee: Juan Manuel Torres. Torres a MIXED MARTIAL ARTS PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER had been employed at the Eastham Ad-Seg Unit located in Lovelady, Texas. Torres had established a horrible history of excessive physical abuse of many prisoners and had been promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant,. Please note: TDCJ has a history of promoting officers who abuse human beings. Torres used his Mixed Martial Arts Skills to abuse Ad-Seg prisoners and in fact had assembled his own personal "Beat'em Up Squad".
Approximately 3 weeks ago Teri Hall took a few days off and Administrators decided to conduct an inspection of Teri Hall's Work Space. What they found was absolutely SHOCKING! Teri Hall had over 30 UN-processed grievance complaints from prisoners who had been victims of her Boyfriend Juan Manuel Torres' Physical Abuse! Teri Hall had routinely failed to submit these grievances via the proper channels and therefore violated these prisoners Right to Due Process and Obstructed their Access to the Courts! These are claims which Noah Coffin and I had alleged for Months!!
This story is far from over as the agency of TDCJ re-hired Torres and placed him at a Unit in the Huntsville area! Furthermore we still have not heard anything from the Federal Bureau of Investigation we have all heard the words Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity being associated with the Bureau but more and more we are seeing that the F.B.I. is nothing more than a tool of the Ruling Elite to be used as a WEAPON against the people!! Especially those who fight for Freedom, Justice, and Equality for ALL!
I humbly request that members of the Activist and Legal Community share this Media Release with Mainstream Media Outlets and ask them to question TDCJ Public Information Officer Jason Clark about the un-ethical and immoral practices of Teri Hall and Juan Manuel Torres and that we push for a thorough investigation at the Eastham Unit.
I continue to fight for my release from Ad-Seg and I also ask for support for my friend Noah Coffin who continues to be a victim of retaliation because he dares to speak truth to power.
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!
Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or you can write him directly at:
Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington
2665 Prison Rd. #1
Lovelady, Texas 75851