December 10, 2020
From IWW Incarcerated Workers
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Comrade Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and all of those housed at the Geo Group run Taylor Center face unfit living conditions and a COVID-19 outbreak. The Taylor Street Center is located in the Tenderloin which is notoriously known for its drug activity. As of October, 7th 2020, Malik celebrated 13 years of sobriety.   His request to be placed on home confinement and transfer to the Northern District of California was denied this week. 

In a statement to the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security U.S. House of Representatives on December 2, 2020 , Federal BOP Director Michael D. Carvajal touted reducing recidivism and battling the COVID-19 by stating  “I am pleased to report that since March 26, 2020, BOP has transferred 18,112 inmates to Home Confinement, and there are an additional 175 who are scheduled to transfer to Home Confinement in the coming weeks. These assessments remain ongoing and will continue for the duration of the pandemic.”

The GEO Group is doing everything possible to thwart efforts of rehabilitation, safety, and re-entry into society for our dear Comrade Malik. He recently highlighted “Instead of promoting the successful transition into the community, GEO GROUP seeks to destroy and sabotage those bonds and focus on sending people back to prison or to the grave with COVID-19.” 

Comrade Malik has recently been promoted from assistant editor to chief editor at the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper and since he is covering the news in District 10, which includes the neighborhood of Bayview Hunters Point Mary Ratcliff of the SF Bay View is asking that Malik be granted permission to stay within an eight-block radius of the office and to be granted home confinement for his safety and so that he may work effectively and in a healing environment. Malik and his Fiancè Nube Brown, the Managing Editor of the SF Bay View need to be close to Mary and Willie Ratcliff who are in their 80s. 

Every couple days, the water is shut off and people have no access to clean water. The facility is up for an ACA inspection this Monday amid a Covid-19 outbreak in the facility. 

WE DEMAND THAT MALIK BE GRANTED HOME CONFINEMENT IMMEDIATELY. 

Step 1: Email the ACA Standards and Accreditation to demand the following: 

Contacts ACA Standards and Accreditation SAC@aca.org and ACAStandards@aca.org

SCRIPT to the ACA Standards and Accreditation: 

Hi, My name is_________and I live in _________(your state, city) and I demand that the GEO group run Taylor Center be investigated for substandard living conditions including water being turned off every couple of days and refusal by GEO Group administrators to grant release to Home Confinement amid a spike in COVID-19 in the facility. 

 

SCRIPT: 

 

Contacts ACA Standards and Accreditation SAC@aca.org and acastandards@aca.org

Michael Carvajal, BOP Director- mcarvajal@bop.gov Phone:(202) 307-3198

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 10- Shamann Walton – shamann.walton@sfgov.org

GEO Group Facility Director Maria Richard- mariarichard@geogroup.com

GEO Group Job Developer- Murtala Lanval – mlanval@geopgroup.com




Source: Incarceratedworkers.org