Urgent Phone/Email Zap! Defend Bro. Khalfani Khaldun, on Hunger Strike to Fight Repression & Assassination Attempts at Miami CF

Long term Indiana political prisoner Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun (aka Leonard McQuay #874304) has declared a hunger strike in response to the serious repression and attempts on his life that he is facing at Miami Correctional Facility, and needs everyone concerned about the human rights of incarcerated people and freedom in general to come to his defense!

Listen to the audio below to hear Khalfani’s testimony and hunger strike announcement.

On February 17, Khalfani was found guilty of an A102 Battery charge (conduct report MCF 22-01-0321) related to an incident that occurred in December, wherein Khalfani briefly defended himself against an attack from another prisoner and secured himself in his cell. Khalfani says that the camera evidence of the incident shows that he only hit the assailant once and then secured himself inside his cell, but the guard who heard the conduct report found him guilty and sanctioned him to 180 days in solitary confinement, 45 days of commissary restriction, moved to a lower credit class, and charged $100,000 in medical restitution for the alleged medical bills of the person Khalfani defended himself against in December. Khalfani was not provided any documentation to justify this enormous restitution charge by the Disciplinary Hearing Board as required under IDOC Disciplinary Policy 02-04-101. The failure to provide documentation to justify or substantiate the restitution charge while confiscating all the money (~$2000) on Khalfani’s Trust Fund account is a major violation of Khalfani’s Constitutional due process rights.

Recent photo’s of Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Khalfani has a blood clot that has been developing for some time and he has put in many medical request slips to get the issue addressed, with no response whatsoever over the course of two months. This is a very serious medical issue that could cost Khalfani his life, and on Tuesday he experienced an episode that he thought may have been a heart attack, as described in the interview below. Khalfani feels that the prison medical staff’s response was inadequate and that the prison administration is trying to have him killed.

Meanwhile, Khalfani’s mail from his legal team as well as their attempts to set up legal calls and visit him are being blocked by the prison, and none of his mail that he’s sending out is reaching the people he’s sending it to. The transfer that he had pending to New Castle CF has been stopped by the recent battery write-up and Khalfani being placed in solitary confinement, which will delay his release from prison.

Khalfani believes that these attacks against him are retaliation for the lawsuits he has recently won and legal actions he has filed challenging the IDOC on censorship, abuses by the MCF K-9 unit, and other issues related to the conditions in Indiana prisons.

Please call IDOC HQ and email Commissioner Robert Carter, Chief Legal Counsel Jon Ferguson, and the Ombudsman Office to support Khalfani!

IDOC HQ: (317) 232-5711 ext. 0, ext. 2

IDOC Ombudsman: Ombud@idoc.in.gov

Commissioner Carter: rocarter1@idoa.in.gov

Chief Legal Counsel Ferguson: JFerguson1@idoc.IN.gov

Script: “Hello, I am [calling/emailing] in support of Leonard McQuay #874304, who is on hunger strike at Miami CF. Please investigate the recent conduct report by which Mr. McQuay has been wrongfully thrown in solitary confinement and had a $100,000.00 restitution charge applied to his account, MCF 22-01-0321. The camera evidence from the incident in question clearly shows that Mr. McQuay was defending himself, and no documentation or evidence was provided to Mr. McQuay to substantiate the restitution charge.
Mr. McQuay has also been denied medical and mental health treatment despite submitting multiple request slips over several weeks. Please dismiss charge MCF 22-01-0321 , ensure that Mr. McQuay is able to contact his legal team and receives the medical care he needs, and transfer him to New Castle CF!”

Khalfani Malik Khaldun’s Freedom Campaign Threatened by Bogus Conduct Report & Official Misconduct

From: IDOCWatch, Nov. 16, 2021

Harassment by Miami Correctional Facility Staff

Long term political prisoner and IDOC Watch leader Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun helped comrade Charles A. Rogers file a lawsuit against Justin McCrae, who at one point in time was a K-9 dog handler at the prison. McCrae unleashed a dog on Rogers, who bit him on his buttocks and calf, damaging the latter for the rest of his life. You can read Rogers’ account of the incident here.

Seven days later, Khalfani experienced the wrath of the K-9 shakedown squad when they tore up his cell and singled him out for two pat searches. The second was a targeted strip-search in the bathroom of the gym.

Khalfani was given bogus conduct report as a result of these retaliatory shakedowns and searches. He filed an appeal immediately after being found guilty on the false charge. Now, however, MCF officials are claiming that they never received an appeal, and the time period in which an appeal can be filed has now elapsed.

Khalfani is in the process of pursuing a sentence modification after over 30 years of incarceration, including 20 years in which he was illegally held in solitary confinement. This bogus charge and official misconduct could jeopardize the possibility of winning a sentence modification, because it will raise his security level. He had been clear of any conduct reports for years prior to this situation. One more disgusting example of prison officials using their arbitrary power and impunity to extend incarceration!

Khalfani needs us to put pressure on MCF officials to acknowledge that they received the appeal he filed over a month and a half ago and allow him to re-file, so that he can fight this bogus charge and continue with his sentence modification. Please call and email the following officials to get them to acknowledge receipt of his appeal and allow him to re-file!

Call IDOC HQ: (317) 232-5711 ext: 2, ext. 3, ext. 1

Call & Email IDOC Chief Legal Officer Jon Ferguson:




“On or around 8/21/2021, Leonard McQuay #874304, who is in IDOC custody at Miami Correctional Facility, filed an appeal of conduct report #MCF 21-07-0352, for which he had been wrongfully found guilty. Mr. McQuay gave his appeal to Unit Team Manager Barkus to be turned in. At that time, Barkus informed Mr. McQuay that she placed his appeal in the mailbox of Deputy Warden Scaife, who has since retired. Now, as of 11/12/2021, DHB appeals director Amy Heishman has informed Mr. McQuay that her office never received his appeal. This official negligence amounts to a violation of Mr. McQuay’s Constitutional right to due process. I am requesting that Mr. McQuay be provided the opportunity to re-file his appeal on this wrongful conduct report.”

Behavior Modification Control: The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility G-Cell House Experiment

By Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Segregated confinement has always been used to control or alter a prisoner’s behavior. The threat is that if you don’t stop your resistant behavior you will be placed in isolation.

During the 1980s Indiana Prisons were experiencing their worse episodes of violence. Officers were dogmatic and extremely brutal to the prisoners. As the political education of prisoners surged, militancy called men to take action. Prisoners in revolutionary anger lashed out in defense of their humanity, human rights, and civil rights.

We never prepared for it, but the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) had plans to build two units here in Indiana to modify the behavior of prisoners. In 1991 the Maximum Control Complex was built as an annex to Westville Prison, located in Westville, Indiana. In 1993 the Secured Housing Unit (SHU) was built as an annex to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF). These two units were designed to house and segregate Indiana’s worst of the worst.

In addition, in seeking to maintain human bodies in a cell for 23 to 24 hours a day, a lot of prisoners were gradually removed out of the general population in a series of sweeps. But it didn’t alter the internal violence taking place inside any of these plantations. The psychological threat was obvious—if you don’t stop engaging in violence or political resistance you will be buried in isolation.

While the U.S. claims not to engage in torture in military operations, it has and will continue to engage in it with anyone deemed a terrorist. Likewise, the IDOC claims to not promote retaliation against prisoners but they have and will continue to do so, even though it violates the very policies they have sworn to uphold and enforce.

The purpose of this essay is to expose who the real monsters are at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Highlighting obvious facts will show how they retaliate against us. We are not ignorant of their treachery.

The Experiment and Our Movement to Challenge It

For years, two housing units at WVCF have operated as general population status. Many of us are so happy to be out of segregation that it is not being properly challenged. This is over now. They are releasing us from segregation into yet another segregation-style housing unit. G-House and P-House are both another form of segregation.

The idea behind behavior modification is to take away the prisoner’s freedom of movement and isolate him from the prison’s creature comforts. We are cut off from almost everything which is supposed to give us better control or our activities.

As a revolutionary political prisoner, I have been the subject of behavior modification experiments for the past 30 years. So, I and other comrades have no other choice than to challenge these tactics. Our movement inside and outside these prison walls is about building relationships with everyone who is engaged in the same work. Getting the word out to the media about the punishment and retaliatory schemes being used by the officials here at WVCF is very important.

Targeted for Retaliation and Invidious Discrimination

“The way to right the wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
—Idea B. Wells

On September 6, 2018, WVCF officials decide to convert what was a general population cell house into G-House. That is, they transformed it into a Restricted Movement Unit. It brings together four groups of prisoners in one unit, allowing each one to come out for recreation for one hour a day, but divided by the different groups. They isolate us from all programs, educational access, and religious services. They disrupted our daily ability to socially interact with friends and comrades. This was an experiment in psychological behavior modification control.

They moved a lot of prisoners out of this unit to make room for new prisoners they were targeting for retaliation. They singled out maybe 30 to 40 prisoners they wanted removed from general population. Six months later they had to modify the restrictions to allow all prisoners held in G-House access to all programs. They found a loophole to get it approved, as a Modified General Population Housing Unit. But they never changed the way recreation is operated. We are still held in our cells 22 or 23 hours a day. There are still four groups of recreation being run, not just one. As in all the population houses, G-House cells have key locks on the food tray slots. No other house has locks on their doors.

This housing unit is a segregation unit by another name. One prisoner filed a complaint against a counselor for messing with his legal mail. He was in a time-cut program called PLUS and only months from completing it. He was kicked out of the program for filing his complaint. He had no bad conduct, yet they had him moved out of the program and sent to G-Housing. This is a case of retaliation, simply because he filed a complaint against that counselor for mail tampering.

On January 26, 2020, I was removed from my sanitation job by internal affairs and sent to segregation under investigation. I had no conduct reports, no bad work evaluations. On February 21, 2020, I was released to the G-Housing Unit and removed from a working unit. They put me in G-House to keep me isolated from the prisoners and staff alike. This was retaliation. According to official policy I was supposed to be given a job at equal pay scale as what I was paid prior to being removed from my job in January.

The G-Housing Unit has to be exposed as a warehouse dungeon specifically used for prisoners they want out of the way. They want me isolated, and out of the reach of some people, even if doing so violates the law and the Constitution. But they can’t isolate my mouth, they can’t stop me from voicing my concerns. I just want to teach them to keep their feet off of my neck.

Corruption and Coverups

Corruption and coverups can only exist when revolutionary conscious prisoners turn a blind eye to it and do nothing about it. In 2019 a comrade was murdered while an officer sat at his post as if nothing had happened. Once he was found dead his body was already hard—which tells you how long he was dead. They claimed it was from a drug overdose. But he was beaten and stabbed behind his ear twice. This happened in the G-Housing Unit. The prisoner was severely beaten while an officer neglected his duties to do security checks every 30 minutes.

In 2018, prior to G-House being converted to a Restricted Movement Unit, during the running of lunch meals two prisoners hid out inside a prisoner’s cell. As soon as the lunch line doors rolled, they entered a comrade’s cell and stabbed him and beat him up. This could never have happened if she had done a count and security check to ensure everyone was accounted for securely in their respective cells. This female officer failed to do her job, and her actions caused yet another prisoner to be beaten.

The criminal justice system, in conjunction with the prison industrial complex, is a nationwide problem. Its philosophy is to create and devise programs that can ultimately control those captives in their custody. The IDOC has used units like G-House and P-House to modify behavior by turning prisoners against other prisoners, create distrust, slander each another, and destroy unity and solidarity so that prisoner will have no one around them to trust. This way prisoners can only confide in prison administrators—which is how they maintain control of this prisons. These experiments in behavior modification of the past are still being used today. This is why we organize ourselves and work tirelessly to educate prisoners to avoid these manipulations from happening.

Indiana prisoncrats are also implementing the use of a tactic straight out of the Willie Lynch handbook, Breaking of a Slave. Lynch wrote about using slaves to keep other slaves in line. He also boasted that this system would perpetrate itself long after he was dead and gone. Today, some prisoners are being given positions so to try to keep other prisoners in line, as in allowing heads of street organizations to control entire units to make these prisoncrats appear to have everything under control. Revolutionaries and political prisoners are supposed to actually be the dominant players in these environments. But we are out-numbered by the opportunist informants and reactionaries. We still trying to teach these men how to oppose this stuff. We struggle forward.

We Are Supported by a Movement

We are organizing and slowly growing in our membership. IDOC-Watch watch was created in prison as a watchdog group. It is a voice of Indiana prisoners and exposes violations that occur in prisons. We have litigated conditions inside WVCF and other prisons. Primarily, we want to confront how long prisoners are being held in these solitary torture chambers that they call segregation units.

Our movement, IDOC-Watch, is now in several cities in Indiana, which now include Indianapolis, South Bend, Bloomington, and Gary. We are always open to new allies and friends of the movement. If anyone wants to join us or learn more about IDOC-Watch, you can do so by logging onto our blog idocwatch.org/blog-1, or our mail address at IDOC-Watch, PO Box 11095, Indianapolis, IN 46201.

Not a General Population Unit

Since September 6, 2018, G-Cell House could no longer be considered a General Population Unit. They converted G-House into a Restricted Movement Unit, and in doing so cut us off from all programs and religious services, school, etc. This action violated all prisoners based in G-House of their first amendment rights.

On April 6, 2019, due to pending legally challenges, the prisoncrats removed restrictions against attending programs, religious services, and school. But they maintained the restrictions on recreation.

There is no other unit at Wabash being operated like the G-House. Instead of those houses in the left and right sides of the unit being let out of their cells together for recreation (as all the population houses do), there are two recreation groups on the left side, and two recreation groups on the right side. We never get to see people from general population. We have locks on every cell door, just like in the segregation unit.

Many of us have spent six months to a year in one of these three segregation units at WVCF, instead of being sent to a regular population house once our time is up.

They are having many of us sent to G-House, which is amounting to double punishment. These tactics are being used to scare prisoners into changing their behavior. Yet they have not been able to stop any violence from occurring in G- or P-Housing Units.

We want the following demands to be addressed:

1) We want all prisoners with one year or more released to general population.
2) We want G-House to become unrestricted and opened up as a General Population Unit and not modified segregation.
3) That all padlocks be removed from every door in G-House.
4) That all prisoners be give 30-day and 90-day reviews, just like it is done in other Restricted Movement Units.

Protest calls and letters should be made to:

Governor Eric Holcolm
Office of the Governor, State House, Room 206
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317 232-4567

Commissioner Robert Carter
Indiana Government Center-South
302 West Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Phone: 317-232-6711

The author of this essay can be reached by going online to connectnetwork.com and setup a free account. Once there, go to Indiana Prisoners and find “Leonard McQuay,” 874304, location Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Once you send me an email I will be able to email you back. You can also write me via snail mail at:

Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun
(Leonard McQuay)
PO Box 1111
Carlisle, IN 47838
August 23, 2020

(to be) published on: International Marxist-Humanist

If these Walls Could Talk

By Khalfani Malik Khaldun

If these walls could talk, they would openly reveal to you the story of a boy at 17 entering a prison plantation with a 25-year sentence to serve twelve and a half years.

If these walls could talk, they would explain to you how I transitioned into a man inside these walls and embraced the revolutionary mission as a political prisoner. If these walls could talk, I’m sure they would reveal that I spent at least 27 of my 32 years in prison fighting for change inside these walls—self-educating myself and countless young misguided youth on the struggle and the ways to survive this prison life style.

If these walls could talk, they would let you know all the main and suffering I have endured from losing my mother and two brothers, my father, two sisters, and my only son since 1997. That I pray they went to heaven. If these walls could talk, they would tell you the prisoncrats in 1994 framed me for the murder of a prison guard that ended in a trial in the state of Indiana that gave me a 60-year sentence. If these walls could talk, they would describe what it was like to spend as total of 20 years in solitary confinement, now knowing if I was every going to see the light of day. If these walls could talk, they would tell you how guards would tamper with my food trays and give racist prisoners my mail, and tear my cell up just because they can get away with it.

If these walls could talk, they would convey my discontent for President Trump who is more stupid than Forest Gump. They would say how I expressed solidarity with the comrades and organizations who opposed the assassinations of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, LaQuan McDonald, Castille Abree, and of course George Floyd. Say their names loud and proud. George Floyd changed the world, as did Eric Garner.

If these walls could talk, they would tell you the main who has sacrificed half of his life confined to a prison cell is a stand-up person full of compassion, love, and vision. He does appreciate the love and support given to him.

If these walls could talk, they would tell my story to world, calling on the entire activist community to bring Khalfani Malik Khaldun home from these trenches. If these walls could talk, they would say that I am proud of all of the youth of all races out in the streets mobilizing to defund the police. Keep that fire alive!

If these walls could talk, they would tell you that I love each and every one of you. That I am devoted to the abolition of all prisons. That I will be an outstanding representative of our national and global solidarity movement.

Power of the People! Black Lives Matter! Political Prisoners’ Lives Matter!

Now as a people let us change the world.
Peace and Blessings!

Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun

August 23, 2020

Leonard McQuay, 874304
PO Box 1111
Carlisle, IN 47838

(to be) Published in: The International Marxist-Humanist

Indiana Pri$on Profiteer$

A Calculated Scheme by idoc – to gain profit$ at the expense of human exploitation. A 2019 report.

As of 2015, 3,183 individuals inside Indiana Prisons have been incarcerated for 10 years or longer according to the Prison Policy Initiative [see: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/factsheets/LongSentences_INfactsheet.pdf link will download ]. Meanwhile, in the interim, we’ve seen a 12% increase since 2005.

Our ‘Recidivism Rates’ are overwhelmed, and the parole system here is broken!

There are a lot of prisoners working hard to earn their release from prison, so it’s incumbent that parole department officers instill a policy of networking equally hard with respect to those already set free, to ensure enough support reflects a sense of a ‘welcome home’ rather than an atmosphere of fear and apprehension in being returned to prison. But what side of the ‘greenback’ are they on?!!

Contracting private pri$ons

In 2005, the Indiana Department of Corrections contracted “Aramark” as its state-wide ‘Food Provider.’

In its first year, the local media released a story on how much money they $aved the $tate by hiring them. Shortly after the press release, we received ‘internal memos’ that “Aramark” also would offer “icare” packages as a supplemental extension to the basic Commissary items we could buy through “Pen Products,” that consisted of some ‘gas station-type’ small ‘vending-machine’ items not available on the regular Commissary’s list of items. We could ‘only’ receive those “icare” packages if our families were to go online and order them electronically.

The ‘scheme’ here was that these packages contained ‘name-brand’ items that we couldn’t buy off regular Commissary item lists. Also, they price-gouged each item so that if you paid $100.00 for a package, each item would add up to more than the ‘street’ price$; you’d $ave $45.00 dollar$ worth of $tuff if you could!!

The kick here is, “Aramark” banked on our families buying these bags, feeling like they could do so by surprising a loved one by catching them off-guard, especially if many of us couldn’t personally buy from Commissary, due to not having no money in our accounts, or, for being on ‘restriction’ due to a ‘write-up’ sanction. It’s all about money and exploitation of a ‘captive buyer’ family and consumers… prisoners.

So, why do you think “Aramark” wouldn’t sell the “icare packages” to “Pen Products” to have them added to our regular Commissary item’s list?

Because we will be compelled to buy them and desire these items we ordinarily can’t have every day. We are exploited by their taking advantage of our ‘cravings.’ These packages were sold for like 12 years until the program was discontinued, having them exploited our families out of ‘million$’ of dollar$.New contract$ means more ‘Greenback$’ for IDOC, “Global Tel-Link,” “Aramark,” and “Union Supply-Direct.”

“Aramark” expands

“Aramark” is said to provide food and a host of services to 500 or more prisons around the country.

Here, all Indiana Prisons are “Aramark-staffed” and they prepare all of our meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, in an attempt to ‘corner-the-market’ on our ‘street food cravings,’ they’d supply ‘pizza,’ ‘hot-wings,’ single, double, and triple “Angus Beef” ‘cheese burgers,’ “Philly Cheese Steaks,” “French Fries,” ‘tater tots,’ desserts, etc.

“Aramark” introduced a $cheme to add more money to their bank accounts by offering a promotion called “Fresh Favorites,” it was set-up to be electronically purchased from the outside by someone, like on a Sunday, with the orders to be delivered every Friday. These ‘cravings’ foods are price-gouged higher than normal retail ‘street prices’ are for these items to non-incarcerated citizens. Also, they provide ‘order forms’ for us to buy these same items with money from our own accounts, however, these orders are only being delivered by “Aramark” staff on Saturdays.

“Aramark” is a billion-dollar company, so then, why aren’t they serving us these ‘quality foods’ on our prison food trays?

The foods served on our prison food trays are 3rd & 4th rate ‘generic-grade’ products, cheap, and bought in ‘bulk,’ then cooked and watered-down, stretching them to their maximum volume; and 99% of these being ‘soy-based,’ gives many of us constant ‘gas’ or ‘irritable bowel syndrome.’ Food portions are small, so that we’re forced to participate in our own exploitation, by ‘ordering’ Commissary or buying the “Fresh Favorites,” or having our ‘loved ones’ order it electronically, knowing our families are not going to allow us to starve if they have the money to order something.

All “Aramark” cares about is its damn profit$ and exploitation of human beings.

“Union Supply Direct” joins in on the “Exploitation Money Train”

The United States Federal Courts has cited in multiple rulings that while Men & Women are in the custody of State or Federal prisons, we are considered, in their opinion, “Incapacitated Consumers” at the merciless hands of greedy Pri$oncrat Profiteer$.

Since 1987, the Indiana Department of Corrections has changed its Prison Commissary Provider maybe 3-4 times, the latest change in contracted company-provider, was with Union Supply Direct (U.S.D.). This is yet another company who won its ‘bid’ to provide cost-effective food service, to a prison-consumer that has no say so in what products are being provided.

This is why the Federal Courts have said in such matters as outside private vendor services, we as prisoners, are an “Incapacitated Consumer.”

When there is no one engaged in keeping an eye on such companies like these, ‘price-gouging’ most surely comes into effect, and 3rd & 4th rate ‘generic-grade’ products will be funneled into prisons.

The 3 meals-a-day provided to prisoners by the private vendor “Aramark,” are small, and of a poor quality, that will just compel us to as a ‘prisoner-class,’ to spend any money sent from our families on “Union Supply Direct” – Commissary products; the $cheme revealed here is, to maximize their profit$ at our expense. U.S.D. has a large menu of Commissary items it sells to other prisons inside Amerika, however here, we are served 3 meals daily that are ‘child-like portions usually, and if you choose not to eat them, you will have to resort to the Commissary. This company can provide us quality “Name Brand” product items they have in-stock, and we are approved to purchase items that are 3rd & 4th rate ‘generic-grade’ stuff that has become outdated or expired, prices that are high and quality that is low, and taste that’s terrible!

We recently received ‘forms’ that U.S.D. has now been approved to solicit our families to buy 30 pounds of additional Commissary items also sold by “Union Supply Direct.”

These additional items can’t be ordered from our ‘weekly regular Commissary List. Can you now see the catch? Why would a company that is already providing commissary for the entire Indiana Department of Commissary, not give us access to all its featured items? The ‘forms’ describe it as an ‘Enhanced Commissary Allowance’: only on a quarterly Basis, and orders can be conducted by electronic exchange. The first orders will be allowed from April 1, 2019, up and until September 30, 2019.

There are 4 ways to order:

Online: INeComOrdering.com
Union Supply, Department 107, P.O. Box 9018, Rancho Domingo, CA. 90224-9018
Fax: (310)-603-1188Phone: (562)-361-5728

This ‘enhanced list’ consists of many foods, hygiene, and property items we’d want and like to have access to, ordering from our ‘weekly’ regular orders. They give us 2nd & 3rd rate ‘generic-grade’ product items, so that the preferred ‘name-brand’ quality items they can exploit us with every quarter. It is then no question or surprise that to survive inside these modern-day ‘Slave Plantations,’ we must be supported by family and friends, if not, then in most cases we agonize in a compounded state of suffering.

Having access to these creature comforts comes with a high price-tag, these companies are cashing in on our ‘Human Bondage’ by pocketing our loved-one’s hard-earned dollars.

This is why filing Law Suits & Grievances are so important, because as “Incapacitated Consumers” we are not in a position to challenge the excessive ‘price-gouging’ taking place, but the Federal Courts can regulate them and tell them to get into compliance.

We can ‘boycott’ and not participate in our own ‘exploitation,’ but this option is rarely chosen due to a deep sense of fear of retaliatory responses.

The deprivation of what these vendors are offering us enhances our desire to acquire them. This is most definitely the psychological scheme these companies are currently cashing in on, by our wanting to possess things that help ‘do time’ easier, will cost us a lot.

“Union Supply Direct” is 1 of many companies that have realized prison is big business, so they too now join in on the Indiana “Big-Money Train.”

From J-Pay to “Global Tel-Link”

For several years J-Pay was under contract with the Indiana Department of Corrections giving us an avenue to send and receive e-mails, get and send pictures and receive money from our families and friends. The J-Pay system was simple and more manageable for us and our ‘loved ones,’ but the contract with J-Pay recently ended, so that “Global Tel-Link” (GTL) could step in and dominate the “Big-Money Train.” And now for several years, GTL has been capitalizing off Indiana Department of Correction’s phone calls. Since ending the J-Pay contract, “Global Tel-Link” provides the ‘kiosk’ services now for all Indiana prisoners; all money we get has to come through this company.

Soon, GTL will be providing “tablets” to the Indiana Department of Corrections, giving us access to music, movies, e-books, e-mail services, and phone calls, can be made using them from our cells. What is ironic about possessing these “tablets” is this. If we have no financial support coming in from the outside, and only have ‘slave-wage’ prison jobs, we will not be able to use the services the “tablets” offer, having no money.

The industry jobs are the only ones paying a reasonable wage, being paid .20 to .25 c a day, and many are working 7 days and 16 hours a day. Receiving only $90.00 a month you can’t afford to buy food, hygiene, or pay a $5.00 ‘co-pay’ fee to the Medical Department, and then pay for movies and music to upload on their “tablets.” These people are literally trying to ensure every penny we get goes to them; some prisoners are forced to pay a ‘Room & Board Tax’ out of their checks before they get it.

The Prisoncrats somehow want us to believe that they are helping us, when in fact, they are simply just cashing-in on the misery and oppression of a massive “Incapacitated Consumer” class.

In time, we will have all the research and legal facts to bring the Indiana Department of Correction up on federal charges. We have a lot of work to do, and with the collective assistance from our comrades outside, we will hold those parties behind the “Big-Money Train” scheme accountable.

What You Can Do to Help

You can do a ‘google-search’ for any information on the contracts (IDOC) has with “Aramark,” and for how much it is, and for how long the contract is good for;

You can also ‘google-search’ for who owns “Global Tel-Link” (GTL), and length of the contract for their phone/tablet service, and how much it’ll cost (IDOC) to secure it;

Thirdly, do a search on “Union Supply Direct” (U.S.D.) and learn who owns it, then find out for how long their contract runs, and again how much it cost IDOC to secure that one too, to provide Commissary items and the NEW “Enhanced Commissary” service.

You may send me a complete set of your ‘findings’ so that we may start our legal strivings to expose this enterprising “Big-Money Train.”

Thank you for your time – The Struggle Continues on these Oppressive Fronts! Aluta Continua!

Awakening Our Sleeping Giant.

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun, (s/n Leonard B. McQuay) #874302
W.V.C.F. (M-218)
P.O. Box 1111,
Carlisle, Indiana 47838

Freedom is Her Name

When you were in my life i abused you,
In my youthful ignorance i didn’t appreciate you,
So when you left me i didn’t understand,
A great love affair slipped through my hands….

Freedom is her name

For years i have fought to get you back
i have changed my life: this isn’t some act
You’ve made me fall in love from afar
This is a fact Freedom….

Freedom is her name

Your disappearance has taken me away
From my children and family
Causing me to grow up alone and lonely
My inner strength has kept me fighting for the day
When you come back to me….

Freedom is her name

I’m sure we’ll meet again one day
Then all will be made right and sweetheart you will say
I’m yours for the rest of Eternity….

Bro Khalfani Malik Khaldun, Leonard Mcquay

sunset with birds

Image by Denis Doukhan from Pixabay.

Be a blessing and receive blessings

universe with star tracesLearning more about ourselves we become masters of our environments. Once we become masters of our environments, we will become driven by a motivation that compels greatness out of us.

The universe will give us exactly what we ask for and what we deserve. We have to remember to be a blessing to someone along the way. We have to be a blessing… in order to get a blessing.

Inside of us all dwells an untapped power. A greatness given to us by God. Embrace who you are and love that person…

Take care. I love and appreciate all of you.


You caged my body – i freed my soul

Freedom for many comes by opening the gates.
The soul must be free in order to defeat hate,
So thinking outside the box makes you wise like a fox.
My mind, body, and soul, are strong like an OX.

You caged my body, i freed my soul

My life is important,
My story’s been told:
From streets of Black Amerika to the White House.
The voice Loud and Bold. Im free…

You caged my body, i freed my soul

Yoga and mind maditation have kept me focused
on the struggle and task at hand.
My body has been held in a cell
but all my thoughts have been in the world…
touching lives…

You caged my body, i freed my soul

I have seen the world through blood-stained eyes…
every raindrop falling upon me gave me strength
for they were sent from God’s cries,
and his love for me…

You caged my body, i freed my soul

Many years have come and gone,
i cry freedom to bring me back home
to those who loved me for so long,
to place and time where i belong,
because i freed my soul….

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun…

Leonard Mcquay
March 4, 2019

moon behind bars

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Disconnection By Any Other Name

Khalfani in June 2018

By Khalfani Malik Khaldun

The real struggle began for me in 1987 when I entered the infamous Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) as a 17-year old youth. Since its creation, the agents of the state repression in charge of these prison plantations focused on facilitating programs that gave direction toward a journey of change and redemption. Funding from legislative bodies was encouraged by prisoncrats to promote rehabilitation. Today, however, the industrial prison complex has move completely away from rehabilitation. They are heavily more in favor of repression and disconnection. The IDOC has an open practice that when prisoners enter these plantations, or get transferred to other prisons, they are having us moved hundreds of miles away from our own communities. In most cases our families rarely get the chance to visit. If the prison’s objectives are to keep our families together, why move us miles away from them? That is called disconnection by any other name.

There are three main systems that play an invaluable role in a prisoner’s emotional stability, sanity, and rehabilitation. Mail, phone calls, and family visitation has held the family and outside relationships together. Recently, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility began enforcing restrictions upon the visiting area. On August 9, 2018 the tables were removed from the visiting area, as well as the children’s toys that has always been there for visiting prisoners’ families. We can only kiss and hug our family or children once they enter the visiting room and once before they leave.

Our families can no longer purchase something to eat or drink from the vending machines. This takes away from the moment and purpose of visiting loved ones. Having that option has always made the visiting enjoyable and even therapeutic. Our families can now buy up to $30 from the vending machines for us to take back to the cell once the visit is completed.

We can no longer hug one another while having our pictures taken. All of this has been done to minimize the entry of alleged contraband into the facility. The prisoncrats and tyrannical custody staff proceeded with these measures of repression with a total disdain and disregard for how these visiting restrictions would impact prisoners’ families and discourage the energy that accompany them when visiting loved one every 14 days. Children can no longer sit in their father’s laps; they can only be held on the lap of the adult prisoner who brought them in for a visit. They said one warning will be issued to visitors if the child roams around and is not in their lap. They will terminate our visit on a second warning. This benefits the staff person who may be seeking to terminate our visits anyway.

It is obvious that the system is broken here in the state of Indiana. What is happening now is a complete turn-around from advocating rehabilitation. The recent changes are doing much to disrupt any rebuilding process that has to be encouraged in order to heal the relationship between prisoners and our friends, family, and children. This is why it is so important to build our individual and support groups to expose to the public what our own struggles and experiences are inside these walls.

I oppose the new restrictions because no one on my approved visitor list has been investigated or found to have been trafficking contraband into the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility or any other prison in the state. They should not have to be subjected to these new repressive security measures.

When the tables were removed from the visiting room they were replaced with strips of tape on the floor to indicate where prisoners and visitors cannot cross. Holding hands is now banned during the visit and all touching is outlawed by the prisoncrats. Our visitors can no longer eat anything the whole time the visit is in session. How are these restrictions fostering rehabilitation and bringing prisoners and our families together?

In January 2019 I will have been in these plantations for 32 years. This is a factual account of my experiences:

1) Visitation. Pursuant to Policy 02-01-102 (offender visitation) states “The Department of Corrections shall encourage offender communication and contact with family and friends.” They are no longer promoting this policy. Since I entered prison in 1987 visits have played an invaluable role in my physical and emotional survival inside these walls. They have strengthened my relationships and encouraged in me a desire to be re-integrated into society at large.

2) Mail. Letters, cards, pictures, books and magazines have played a great role in facilitating a balanced state of mind. Having incoming mail has always helped me articulate my growth and development. It has helped me create an extended family, since most of my immediate family has unfortunately succumbed to death. All praise be to Allah for sending me this new family.

3) Phone call access. Prison phone calls are robbing prisoners and families. They know we have to communicate, so we will pay to play in so many words. Indiana will soon replace Jpay.com soon with www.globaltel-link.com. My phone calls are extremely important to me. They have helped me stay in touch with new friends and reconnect with friends from my past. We can no longer leave the power of rehabilitation in the hands of the IDOC. It is the responsibility of all Indiana activists inside and outside these plantation walls to create and foster an environment and programs that provide a safety net sustainable to educate and prepare prisoners for a successful transition from the plantation back to home and community.

I am in solidarity with all the efforts being made by the Indiana advocacy groups as well as IDOC-Watch. Love to you for your continued support for my campaign for freedom and survival until I can be re-united with my family. Be sure to read and join us in circulating my new and extensively detailed press releases on the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Power to the people who don’t fear freedom.

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun G-405
(Leonard B. McQuay) 874304
6908 S. Old US Highway 41
PO Box 1111
Carlisle, IN 47838

Abuse of power at Wabash Valley Prison

“Prisons are an integral part of capitalism and function as a form of racial and class-based social control beyond mere profit-making.” – From Statement on Prison Abolition adopted by the IWW (International Workers of the World) and IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee) at its 2017 Convention

To: Elected officials, Indiana legal organizations and concerned Indiana citizens and families of incarcerated Indiana prisoners

My name is Mr. Leonard McQuay, No. 874304, known and honored as Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun. I am currently in my 31st year incarcerated inside the Indiana Department of Corrections. There was a very serious need for me to compile this complaint and report to inform you of the many violations existing inside Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, with the hope that you will call for an investigation to substantiate the allegations of violations being exposed to you in my complaint.

Immediate outside oversight and intervention from you is being requested by me with this complaint and report. Please read the following with an objective eye and an understanding heart, because we need your help.

Racial discrimination

As a prisoner inside of the Indiana Department of Corrections, when my rights are violated by an individual employed as a state correctional official or ranking administrative authority, the initial step to document it is to file an informal grievance pursuant to Policy and Procedure 00-02-301, The Offender Grievance Process. If I am not satisfied with the informal response, I then proceed with the formal grievance and exhaust it through the final step.

These efforts have been reduced to perfunctory denials – non-success for us – because having someone admit they violated the law, policy, rules or the Constitution is very rare. Wrongs are covered up or swept under the rug.

Prisoners are targeted, labeled as snitches, or our cells searched and trashed in retaliation against me and other activist prisoners for our filing of grievances or any kind of complaint. So there is a mountain of violations occurring inside Wabash Valley Correctional Facility that go undocumented.

When you have an entire prison controlled by officials and correctional staff who are 99 percent of European (i.e. White) descent, in all of the rulings, judgments, discussions and reviews that involve non-white prisoners, there is rarely objectivity or impartiality.

This reality creates an environment that fosters racial discrimination by all white employed staff members, who are in most cases all friends and live in the towns surrounding this prison. For example, in the mail room at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is an all-white female staff sorting through a lot of incoming mail from multiple sources.

For the last four years my San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper has been confiscated. This newspaper has been termed “Black supremacy thought,” racist and security threat group material. Ignored is its celebrating and promoting love, empowerment and culture and encouraging economic rebuilding of the poor Black community.

The review of all my Black cultural and political materials would be objective, if there were several conscious, educated Black women employed at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, assigned to review these kinds of newspapers and books.

On the flipside of this example is where I highlight and expose the instances of racial discrimination. When the White mail staff receives White nationalist books and newspapers, they are not labelled as “White supremacist” or related to security threat groups. The White prisoners are allowed to possess these materials, because those White female staff members empathize and relate to said materials. This is an undeniable truth that fosters biases.

Pursuant to both Policy 00-02-301, The Offender Grievance Process, and Policy 04-03-103, Information and Standards of Conduct for Departmental Staff: “Staff shall not harass or retaliate against any prisoner for filing a grievance or complaint against an employee of the Department of Corrections.” When the official receives notice that he or she has been grieved by me, they initiate a cell search, literally destroy my property and leave it looking like it was hit by a tornado. That was them retaliating against me, completely disregarding the mandated policy that guides their conduct.

Program discrimination

Indiana prisoners housed at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility who maintain exemplary conduct adjustments maintain an eligibility for jobs and can have referrals submitted to participate in all rehabilitational programs. Many of these programs result in us receiving a “time cut” once they are completed. Others are self-help and non-time-cut programs; however, we do receive certificates of completion for them as well.

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility has the PLUS Program: “Purposeful Living Units Serve.” According to the program’s mission statement: “The mission of the PLUS Program is to provide participants with an opportunity to explore and choose alternatives to criminal thinking and behavior through an emphasis on spiritual, moral and character development, life skills training and intentional preparation for living as a law-abiding citizen who contributes to the well being of their community.”

This is supposed to be an all-inclusive program encouraging universal rehabilitation. The time we receive helps us get closer to going home and being reacclimated back into society, which is what IDOC claims to promote, that we’re reunited with our families. This is not always the case, because facility staff in positions of power have and will prevent some of us from becoming participants, by influencing the process to prevent us from being selected for an interview. The officials are all one big family here; one hand always washes the other.

Pursuant to Policy 04-03-103, Standards of Conduct for Department Staff: “All staff are responsible for learning and being in compliance with (all) IDOC Policies and Procedures.” There is a group of corrections staff at Wabash Valley abusing their positions of power who engage in “program discrimination” in violation to the following policies and procedures: 1) Policy 01-03-104, Faith and Character-based Housing Program; 2) Policy 01-01-101, The Development and Delivery of Adult Academic and Vocational Programs; 3) Policy 01-01-1021, The Development and Delivery of Adult Educational and Recreational Library Services.

I will now share two specific examples of these abuses of power that lead to program discrimination. A prisoner named Mack Porter, No. 184041, was approved May 30, 2018, to participate in the PLUS Program. When it came time for this man to be moved to the unit that houses the PLUS prisoners, his move was cancelled. He was told by staff member Lt. Kevin Ewers that he stopped his move. Lt. Ewers stopped him from being moved to N-House for the PLUS Program three times. That’s clearly discrimination.

I was placed in G-House population on April 6, 2017. Since that day, I have requested to be referred to the PLUS Program at least five times. I have never received an interview application nor have I been approved to enter the Pre-PLUS, which is a 90-day monitoring process.

Recently, in June or July of 2018, after exposing this practice as program discrimination, I was given a meeting with three staff members concerning my being denied entry into the PLUS Program. Unit Team Manager Ms. Heather Blasingame advised me that she had concerns that I would try and change things up and implement my own agenda.

However, the custody supervisor for housing prisoners on the southside of the prison vehemently swore that if he had anything to do with it, he would never allow me to participate in PLUS. Lt. Ewers is using his position and authority to target prisoners by keeping us isolated on the north side of the facility. I’ve had only two Class C Conduct Reports; that wouldn’t stop me from entering any program.

Heather Blasingame made a point to say she reviewed my case, saw the two Class C Conduct Reports and said she’d rather I had NO conduct reports before I entered the PLUS Program. They are abusing their power and positions to isolate me on the north side of the prison. Their actions are unprofessional and criminally prejudiced. Their conduct is conduct unbecoming staff.

Abuse of power and using positions to retaliate

When I break a rule or policy, I am held to account for it until I am in compliance. But this same standard does not apply to staff members at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. I was recently in a cell with a prisoner named Thomas, and he got into a brief argument with G-House day shift Sgt. Lyday while we were in the shower.

This Sgt. Lyday came into our cell, G-405, and tore down every picture Thomas had up of his loving family. When I asked why was he doing this, he said because your cellie Thomas was trying to “punk” him out on his unit in front of other officers. I never said anything to him, yet he tore all of my pictures down also, and he also knocked all of my religious books on the floor.

As the Sergeant knows, his malicious actions are not in compliance with Policy 04-03-102, Information and Standards of Conduct for Departmental Staff, which states: “There shall be no harassment or retaliation by staff against any prisoner.” This Sgt. Lyday recently received a promotion in September to Lt. Lyday, to oversee the north side of this facility. Examples of abuse of job position, harassment and unprofessional retaliation exist every day in Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.

Nepotism is perpetuated and promoted

Here at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility exists an environment of Prejudice, and Staff Nepotism, there are people employed at this facility who belong to the same family, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters, cousins, etc. Some of them are regular Correctional Officers, and some are Plainclothes Counselors, Case Managers, Unit Team Managers, and many others hold ‘Ranking Positions’ such as, Sergeants, Lieutenants, and Captains. I will share some factual examples of how Nepotism works in favor of these staff persons, and not in favor of the prisoner.

For example, Lt. Kevin Ewers and his wife Amy Ewers are both employed at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. This husband and wife duo work on the same shift and the same side of the prison. Six months ago Amy Ewers, who is counselor for Mary Housing Unit, gave my friend and comrade Mustapha Rasheed El-Malik a negative work evaluation on his job as a clerk in the South-Side Law Library, firing him for allegedly photocopying another prisoner’s legal work for free. Amy Ewers was filling in for Mrs. Hinton, who was Malik’s boss.

Amy Ewers called her husband Lt. Kevin Ewers, who is the custody supervisor over prisoner housing, for advice on what to do. They teamed up to have Mustapha Rasheed El-Malik moved to a Restricted Housing Unit. With husband and wife working together, how can we win? If one of us files a complaint or grievance on Amy Ewers in her capacity as a counselor, her husband, Lt. Kevin Ewers, will be targeting us in some way. Our cells will be trashed or we may have a false conduct report filed against us. They can have me placed in segregation or restricted housing.

The second case involving staff nepotism is Capt. Eric Brewer, who is custody supervisor and lead captain over all sergeants and lieutenants who work day shift at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. He has 100 percent influence over what happens during the day shift. His wife, Kay Brewer, has total control and in charge over the largest rehabilitation and time-cut program at this facility.

She runs the PLUS Program, “Purposeful Living Units Serve.” Since April 2017, I have had referrals submitted five or six times. They were all rejected without any explanations or justifications for it. Her husband, Capt. Eric Brewer, told me to my face that I need to stop writing and receiving all that “Black Power” shit, indicating that he has advised Kay Brewer, his wife, not to let me become involved in the program. So, it is about what I believe in and not whether I qualify to participate.

Between July and August 2018, I requested a meeting to find out who was not for my entering the PLUS Program. Heather Blasingame, unit team manager in charge of the southside of the facility over prisoner management, advised me to my face that she saw my name and removed every referral submitted for me requesting to enter the Program, because she “feels” that I would try to launch a campaign to change how things were being run, that I would try to promote my own agenda.

So, Capt. Eric Brewer, Kay Brewer, his wife, and their best friend Heather Blasingame, used their position to openly engage in subjective reasoning and discrimination against me. They are doing this to many prisoners who are unable to articulate what’s happening to them. Some remain silent for fear of becoming a target of theirs.

On my speaking out for prisoners right now on the nepotism and abuse of positions that’s happening here, this empowers officials to be prejudiced and discriminatory against me and others, in violation of policies and procedures pursuant to: Policy 00-00-101, The Organization and Operation of the Department of Correction; Policy 00-02-301, The Offender Grievance Process; Policy 01-01-101, The Development and Delivery of Adult Academic and Vocational Programs; Policy 01-03-104, Faith and Character-Based Housing Programs; and Policy 02-03-101, Searches and Shakedowns; also Policy 04-03-103, Information and Standards of Conduct for Department Staff.

Targeting, harassment, unprofessional conduct and prejudice against prisoners

The Indiana Department of Corrections is an entity governed by the United States Constitution, the Indiana Constitution, federal and state law, and administrative and operational policies and procedures; it is the duty of every employee to know all of the above.

While housed on the (SCU) Segregation Confinement Unit here from 2003 through 2011, what I experienced was that several did, and many would commit suicide in an attempt to escape the targeted harassment, unprofessional conduct and racial prejudice. After spending a total of 20 years housed in segregated confinement units, though I am no longer in the (SCU), I know that deplorable conditions still persist back there.

I’m currently being held on restricted housing status by Internal Affairs at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. The G-Housing Unit used to be general population, but in September of 2018, it became the Restricted Movement Housing Unit, isolating US from the general population. It’s all about control, and it’s 23 hours in the cell and one hour recreation. The officers operate on a code of conduct that is not in compliance with any policy or law I know of.

I can attest that they have regularly put the lives of prisoners in harm’s way. While I don’t promote or condone anybody harming children, the officers are supposed to protect these guys from harm; instead, they reveal their charges to other prisoners, creating an environment by which these guys will most certainly be extorted for food and money. The officers know that doing so violates established standards of conduct. They do it anyway, so this constitutes unprofessional conduct.

The second targeted harassment example I raise was on Jan. 15, 2016, when my cell was the target of a search for drugs by Sgt. Brian Mifflin, who filed a false charge for Obstruction of Justice A-100. It was alleged that I swallowed the drugs, but a drug-screening came back negative.

I was then given a hearing, found guilty and received six months in disciplinary segregation. Then a subsequent appeal was denied. The second appeal I then filed to the commissioner, and the charge was modified on April 27. 2016, by Robert D. Bugher’s Legal Services Division; it was reduced down from an A-100 to a B-235 – Resisting. No drugs were found in my cell area or in my urine sample I willingly provided a week after my cell was targeted by Sgt. Mifflin. He was promoted following that to the position of correctional counselor and assigned to the G-Housing Unit that I am housed in and unit counselor for the left side of G-House!

Sometime in June or early July 2018, Counselor Brian Mifflin entered the left side of G-Unit, walked up to an offender during day recreation, who was playing cards with other offenders sitting around him, and whispered to him that he knew Leonard McQuay, No. 874304, owed him money. Doing this crossed so many lines: First, he never received this information from me, and instantly made it appear that I provided him with that information, causing all the prisoners at the table and unit who were within earshot to identify me as a snitch. He created an environment of suspicion, distrust, evil intentions, literally sanctioning harm being done to me or my possible death. For two days I never knew he had done this to me, until an elder prisoner advised me that he witnessed Counselor Mifflin do this.

Counselor Mifflin totally disregarded my safety or the damage he would be doing to my reputation or relationships with other prisoners. This obviously was his motive for such unethical and unprofessional behavior. He never came to me to admit what he did. I confronted him and he admitted it, and friends of mine called for his firing or demotion. Nothing was done; he still remains a correctional counselor as you read this.

What Counselor Brian Mifflin did was to create a safety and security concern, and his actions violated policies and procedures for Policy 02-03-105, Security Threat Groups; Policy 02-03-115, High-Risk Offenders; and Policy 04-03-103, Standards of Conduct for Departmental Staff. His actions concerning Black prisoners are very subjective and extremely objective towards White prisoners. And he is prejudiced when it comes to Black prisoners moving to better progressive units than G-House.

Criminal behavior by staff, violations of code of ethics, conduct unbecoming of staff, fraternization

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is a Level 3 and Level 4 facility, which is home to a lot of serial killers and people who have caused a lot of harm to people in their respective communities, yet many of them become victims of some very disrespectful people who have been trained to be supposedly courteous, professional, responsible and respectful to prisoners in their custody.

Not all of the staff here are bad or criminal, so when we know the rules and their consequences and break them, we get a conduct report and a sanctioned punishment for it. However, this standard does not seem to apply to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility officers or administrative staff. Just recently, while on a four-week lock-down on Sept. 20, 2018, Correctional Officer Frye, assigned to day shift G-Unit Restricted Housing, approached my cell with my lunch tray and stated, “McQuay, No. 874304, doesn’t have no balls.” I asked him, if I had no balls, what is he saying that I have then? He stated that I had a vagina. All of this came out of nowhere. Prior to this, I never had any issues with Officer Frye.

I filed a PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003) complaint against him, and on Sept. 28, 2018, my complaint was ruled unsubstantiated; these facts I asserted were true, yet it was simply swept under the rug. Things such as this happen every day to various prisoners, who rarely report them for fear of being labeled by officers as snitches. Some fear being set-up on false charges or having their cells searched and having keepsake items and property destroyed or confiscated; had I been reactionary about it, I’d have come out of my cell and beat him up. I would be surrendering to my life being over, my lot would be dying in prison.

Pursuant to policy Executive Directive 17-09, IDOC can take all my earned credit time from me for assaulting any staff volunteers working at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Meaning, if I have 60 years straight, I can’t give them no more of my life.

Officer Frye and all the staff who engage in his kind of criminal behavior, who violate the Code of Ethics or display conduct unbecoming of staff, are the real criminals here. Their actions are not in compliance with and violate policy and procedure for Policy 01-05-101, Staff Development and Training; and Policy 04-03-103, Standards of Conduct for Departmental Staff.

These violations continue to persist under the watchful eyes of their superiors. The officers engage in selective games of fraternization with various prisoners, by providing information to them on negative gossip circulating about other prisoners. This is intentionally done to keep us divided as a prisoner class. Having us at odds with one another this way has proven to keep our eyes off the real violations that permeate this prison environment. I am not afraid to speak up and speak out against these human and civil rights violations that aren’t being challenged on my watch at this facility.

Abuses in the selection and use of administrative restrictive status housing units in violation of Policy 02-01-111 and Facility Executive Directive WVC 02-01

Recently, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility converted G-House into a Restricted Movement Unit, which was the brainchild of shift custody Lt. Scott Fisher, whose wife is a correctional counselor and case worker in the P-Housing Unit. They both were responsible for selecting everyone for placement into this unit and decided who would leave for a new general population assignment or be left in the newly converted G-House.

Many of us who are currently in the G-Housing Unit and on Restricted Movement Status are here unjustly, because the criteria don’t apply to those of us who have good conduct records. Lt. Fisher and his staff have deprived me and other prisoners of the following:

1) religious services;

2) educational services;

3) rehabilitation programs;

4) outside food sales;

5) three-four hours of recreation reduced to one hour;

6) jobs.

Like most prisoners in Indiana and hundreds more around the country who subscribe to the Bay View, Khalfani’s papers are frequently censored, so it was a treat to get this one, the May 2017 paper. Here at the Bay View, we are working to develop techniques that will get the papers delivered to all who subscribe. The most effective technique we’ve found so far is to ask supporters on the outside to call the warden’s office and politely request your paper be given to you. Enough of those calls has often stopped the censorship.

I am a Sunni Muslim who has attended my religious services and participated in congregational prayer every Friday, consistently. This denial of congregational worship is a clear First Amendment violation of the U.S. Constitution. Plus, it violates Article 1, Section 4, Freedom of Religion, of the Indiana Constitution.

I have currently prepared a class action for myself and all prisoners who are similarly situated and affected by this abuse of power and harassment. They’ve rushed to get these beds that a lot of the prisoners left behind in G-Unit’s Restricted Movement and shouldn’t be housed here. Also, many moved in from general population were improperly selected, pursuant to Policy 02-01-111, Restricted Movement Unit, according to Facility Directive WVC 02-01.

They are advising prisoners and our families that we are appropriately placed, but how is that correct, when I don’t fit the criteria by having no current conduct infraction? By not having the outside oversight that would ensure the actions of every employee at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility who played an active role in this placement process had done so in compliance with policy and procedure. And also, that these placements weren’t unlawfully used as discriminatory or retaliatory excuses to pursue certain prisoners not favored by those administrators who were chosen to prepare the list for placement in Restricted Movement.

We are all filing grievances getting ready to exhaust all of our administrative remedies. Many of the staff members I have chosen to be named in this press release and report have targeted many of us who are now housed in G-Housing Restricted Movement. I feel they exploited this moment to isolate me and the others from being in positions to excel and be successful in our pursuits of higher learning and productive self-help programming.

Indiana political prisoner calls for outside independent investigation into the violations named in this long-awaited complaint

I am individually and on behalf of all other prisoners in G-Housing Restricted Movement, similarly situated, calling on you to read this release and report completely, and help us launch an investigation against the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility staff members named below:

1) Capt. Eric Brewer, shift supervisor

2) Kay Brewer, PLUS Program

3) Lt. Kevin Ewers, custody supervisor

4) Amy Ewers, correctional counselor

5) Lt. Scott Fisher and Counselor Fisher

6) Heather Blasingame, unit team manager

7) Kevin Hunter, unit team manager

8) Brian J. Mifflin, G-Unit counselor

Sincerely submitted,

Mr. Leonard McQuay, No. 874304, (Bro. Khalfani Malk Khaldun)

cc: Indiana Senate, Speaker of the Indiana House, Office of Gov. Eric Holcomb, IDOC Commissioner Carter’s Office, Douglas S. Garrison, Robert Bugher, Todd Tappy, Jack Hendrix, Indiana ACLU Director Kenneth J. Falk, Indiana State Sen. Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Justice

Compiled and researched by Leonard McQuay, No. 874304, also represented today as Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun, who spent a complete 20 years inside Indiana Department of Corrections’ Solitary Confinement Units. I have been incarcerated inside IDOC since the age of 17, in 1987. The affect of this release and report unavoidably will result in the filing of a U.S.C. §1983 federal class-action lawsuit.

Send our brother some love and light: Khalfani Khaldun (Leonard McQuay), 874304, WVCF Q-512, P.O. Box 1111, Carlisle IN 47838.