State of GA has approved prison reform yet officials are pushing back! Why?

State of GA has approved prison reform yet officials are pushing back! Why?

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This petition is to highlight the extreme isolation conditions  of solitary confinement my husband has been forced to endure over the years based off of malicious retaliation from the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC).  Officials from all levels are completely aware of these conditions yet have failed to remedy the situation.  Top officials have not allowed him to understand why he has continued to be held in solitary confinement for years and still remains there like many of the other inmates in that building. The state of Georgia reached a settlement with the inmates on improving the conditions yet they are retaliating against my husband because he continues to exercise his 8th and 14th amendment rights.  This week alone, they searched all the cells looking for contraband. They did a second search in my husband's cell and found nothing, however they took his personal belongings without a receipt of what they took.  Among the items are his legal paperwork that he had been working on to file a claim against the prison.  His counselor Ms. Forts is one of the main culprits.  She holds on to his grievance forms until time has expired to file an appeal.  There are even times they do not ever get filed and the ombudsman office never even sees them. 

It becomes psychologically unbearable to live in a concrete cell no bigger than a parking space.  Unfortunately he has witnessed several incidents where people have taken their own life due to these unthinkable conditions. This goes far beyond "cabin fever" that we experience during a week of bad weather and forced to stay home.   This is their reality for years on end.  A forced isolation cell with  no activity, confined 23, sometimes 24 hours each day to a 7-by-13.5-foot cell, lack of natural light depending on how short staffed the prison is.   He has not had a disciplinary charge against him since Feb. 2014. Family and friends have helped support and encourage him to become a better man so that he can have a chance at life when he is released, however our hands are tied because GDOC is not offering him any of the re-entry classes he needs for parole when he returns to the real world.  He has not been able to complete any trade classes in order to obtain work upon release.  During his  previous parole hearing, he was set-off for 8 years which is drastically longer than other inmates.  The average setback time is around 2 years.   This is a major problem for Georgia prisons.  How can you expect them to succeed without given the right tools?  Please join me in this fight to reform Georgia prisons so these human beings can return home with a hope of a second chance at life and not feel defeated as soon as they step out.  This is the prison officials responsibility to provide those tools and for whatever reason, they are not doing their job and we need answers.  

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