They are about two inmates : Jerome White-Bey , educator and organizer for the Missouri Prison Labor Union and Shackrein Thomas , Drug War POW , murdered by the authorities who put him in a cell with a known rapist and murderer and refused to let him out
October 12 , 1999
Dear Dora :
It has come to my attention that Jerome White-Bey
, # 37479 , who was housed at the Crossroads Correctional Center
, and because of the brutality and mistreatment by your guards in administrative segregation , he
was transferred to Jefferson City Correctional Center on September
8 , 1999.Upon arrival at JCCC , he was placed back in administrative segregation , and then was moved again on September 28 , 1999 to Potosi Correctional Center , where he is still in administrative segregation , and now you have upped the ante by saying that all of his possessions and legal documents have to be out of the prison by December 7 , 1999
.Let me say that this is the worst kind of oppression , suppression , dehumanization , and racism that I have ever witnessed or heard since slavery.
As the chief jailer in charge , I want you to know that I am holding you responsible for the mistreatment of this inmate and I want you to personally understand that it is not your crazy guards , it is not your untrained , ignorant , incompetent staff that is the problem , you are the problem because you write slick letters by never answering any questions , trying to cover up their insanity like a cat in a litter box.
If my information is correct , and all of Mr. White-Bey's possessions must be out of the prison by December 7 , 1999 , I find this deplorable and disgusting because this young man has no family or living relatives at all , if the information I am receiving is correct.As a result of that , then I must assume that you also know that he
has no family or living relatives to send his
Enclosed is a previous letter that I wrote to you concerning Jerome White-Bey
who is in administrative segregation/isolation/solitary confinement to keep him from organizing the inmates and Developing a prison's union.For almost a year he
has been in solitary confinement at Crossroads , Jefferson City Correctional Center
, and now he's
in solitary confinement at Potosi , another nonviolent inmate , so my question is , are you using hindsight and logic.Wouldn't it have been better to put the rapist , the psychotic killer and murderer in solitary confinement rather than a religious man who is trying organize a union in the prisons with a grievance procedure to eliminate the kinds of killings like that of Shackrein Thomas # 342296.
I know the impression is that you have to be a cold , insensitive , uncaring , I don't give a damn what happens to inmates kind of person to work for the Department of Corrections
, and I believe that is the only qualification or a litmus test.There is clearly no test for logic , concern for the well-being of the inmates , love , compassion , Christianity or Christian morals , and the reason I say this is because there is not one guard in Potosi who would have put his
brother in the cell with this insane man who was in jail for rape and murder.It was reported to us that he
murdered young children and then raped their dead bodies.If this is not the case , please inform me as to what is the case.
So the questions are why would you put inmate Shackrein Thomas in this cell , and why on the other hand , would you put Jerome White-Bey
in isolation or solitary confinement rather than this schizophrenic murdering rapist.
I am sure you can rationalize this , but I want you to know that you will never rationalize this to me and the rest of the thinking legislators in this House and Senate
and the general public.I believe in my heart that you are a major part of the problem now.In the past , I have been soft and supported you because I thought it was your staff that was the problem but clearly you are the problem because you are the head , and until the head is removed , the body will continue to do all of the inhuman , sinful , wicked , and unconscionable things that it is doing to the inmates.