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: 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:

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


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 soon with 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

Khalfani was barred from using Jpay for 90 days!

Photo of Khalfani holding his memorial for his son Dion,19-5-17

Khalfani holding his memorial for his son Dion, 19-5-17

Khalfani has been barred from using Jpay for 90 days, because he sent a picture of his son Dion using Jpay kiosk to one of us. We do not know why this was so terrible that he got banned from using Jpay! We have to write to Khalfani with handwritten letters now.
Please write him by hand at:

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun,
Leonard McQuay #874304
Wabash Valley C.F.
P.O. Box 1111,
Carlisle, IN 47838

Khalfani needs us now! Thank you!!

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand: We need your help in demanding Khalfani’s contact visits returned!

A thank you message for your solidarity, and a request for help, by political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Recently i sought your help to get immediate attention and help for an African prisoner from Niger, Africa, his name is Manan Basheer. Thanks to you, he has been seen by health care specialists and is now being treated kindly. The assistent superintendent visited the unit and notified us that multiple calls has been made on his behalf. They are on notice, thank yall very much. I need you to support an effort for me.

Back in Jan. 2017 the prison officials filed a charge against me claiming i refused to submit to a drug screening. However i did provide a sample for the test kit. When i did, the officer, a sgt. Bourland, stated it was an inadequate sample. I was advised that a second test would be orderd the next day. Instead of running the second test, he filed a conduct report against [me], case no. WVD17-01-0013. I requested evidence that supports my innocence, which is my due process right.

[Due to this unjust conduct report, Khalfani has lost his contact visits!]

These are the following things that i request:

1. A picture of the urine sample to prove that i gave one. They refused to provide it.

2. I request a statement from officer EWERS who was the eyewitness of the urine sample being provided which they refused to provide.

3. The sgt Bourland did not follow proper procedure for conducting the urinanalysis test pursuant to policy 01-02-107.

I demand that this case be reopened and that my contact visits be restored.

My name: LEONARD MCQUAY, 874304. I am at: Wabash Valley C.F.

Please call or email the following on Khalfani’s behalf to get his due process in this case of the urine sample test, and his contact visits restored asap:

Commissioner of IDOC at tel nr: 317-232-5711 via Executive Assistant: Margaux Auxier, tel.: (317) 232-5711

Commissioner: Robert E. Carter Jr.

Mailing Address:

302 W. Washington Street, Room E-334
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Email: via Executive Assistant: Margaux Auxier, tel.: (317) 232-5711,

[His own possible email could be:]

This is the warden of the facility:

Superintendent Richard Brown
6908 S. Old U.S. Highway 41
P.O. Box 500
Carlisle, IN 47838
Phone Number: (812) 398-5050
[Email not known but it may be:]

Public Information Officer: Rich Larsen,
Tel.: (812) 398-5050 ext. 4110

Members of the WVCF Advisory Board (see: chrome-extension://gbkeegbaiigmenfmjfclcdgdpimamgkj/views/app.html ):

Mrs Lee Ann Crooks, President:

Mr Jerry Cravens, vice-President:

Collectively We Represent The Weapon Of Change To Destroy The New Jim Crow Prison Industrial Complex. Power To The People.

Love you all,

Leonard McQuay 874304, “Khalfani Malik Khaldun”

July 10, 2017

You can contact me with any questions via, or write a handwritten letter (new rules of the idoc as per 4/1/17!) to:

Leonard McQuay #874304
Wabash Valley C.F.
P.O. Box 1111,
Carlisle, IN 47838


Stand With Me in Solidarity

March 10, 2017
Dear Comrades,

After being segregated again for the fourth time since my release to general population on Nov. 21, 2014, from a stretch of 20 years doing 23-1, news came today of a small victory.

My two disciplinary appeals were ruled on. The first level appeal of Providing Inadequate Urine Sample was denied. I’m preparing the second level appeal to be sent to the IDOC headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.

We won this one! The B-215 Unauthorized Possession of Property (TV Remote Control) got modified down to a C-353 Unauthorized Possession of Personal Property. This change caused my new release from segregation to be April 4, 2017 instead of July 1, 2017.

If we can cause the final reviewing authority to thoroughly scrutinize the appeal by writing him to advise him to correct this injustice, maybe he will do so. My contact visits were taken away because of the guilty urine test. So I am pleading with you to write to:

Robert D. Buggher (Final Review),
Legal Services Director,
Indiana Dept. of Correction,
E334 Indianian Government Center-South,
302 West Washington St.,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Please state the following:

“Leonard McQuay, 874304:
1) Case No. 17-01-0013 was not conducted in compliance with the policy and procedures 01-02-107 Urinanalysis Program. The test cup was faulty and did not temp. That is not Leonard McQuay’s fault. He did not test for drugs either.

2) He was denied evidence meant for preparing his case for his hearing, and was denied the requested picture of the sample. Plus there was a statement from Ofc. Ewers, a key witness during the test.

3) Appeal should be granted on these bases alone. An alternative to it would modify the charge B-203 Refusing to Test. Yet as the conduct report clearly states, he provided a Urine Sample. We feel it could be modified to a C-347 Refusing to Obey an Order. Doing this would allow him to regain contact visits with his family.”

Thank you for your continued support. Peace and Blessings to you all.

In Solidarity,

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun
Leonard McQuay, #874304
PO Box 1111
Carlise, IN 47838

Freedom of Speech and Association Message

By Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Indiana prisoners have a right to political beliefs. This means that prison officials may not you simply because they disagree with our political beliefs. To justify any restriction on our right to express our beliefs, prison officials need to satisfy the turner test. Providing that any restriction has to be based on legitimate governmental interest.

In recent weeks Indiana officials have been extremely alert after receiving and restricting over 300 mailings coming into Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Which made clear reference to the national day of protest scheduled for September 9th, 2016. Mailed by a politically active comrade who was following the mission of agitate, educate, and organize. He was scheduled to visit me for a second time, but he is now a target. Prisoncrats have restricted him from visiting, or having any electronic communication via the JPay Kiosk system with prisoners in Indiana.

Had he not called for work-stoppages or disturbances be carried out here at Wabash Valley he may have not become a target. While prisoncrats stated his call did not incite any violence, any security issues raise red flags all the way to the Governor’s office.

The prisoncrats had me placed in solitary confinement on August 19th, 2016. Claiming it was requested by Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. My being segregated was simply a political move to ensure the commissioner retires this year or early next year without me influencing any major disturbances which could stain his retirement.

The prisoncrats placed special emphasis on me watching who I associate with as if it was to encourage me to abandon my activism and struggle. They think I am going to abandon my association with comrades from Indiana Incarcerated Worker Organizing Committee. I love and support who love and support me.

We are currently exhausting the prison grievance process in order to file a class action 1983 civil suite. Prison investigators are confiscating (all) of our “Bayview” San Francisco Bayview newspaper claiming safety and security as its justification. A firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana has taken our case. We will expose these blatant violations in restricting our revolutionary books and publications.

On August 25, 2016 they advised me that the plan was to release me back out into general population once the national day of protest was over. They said that they couldn’t take any chances having me agitate the masses. As long as nothing major occurred, I would be released. But if it goes up in population I would probably be kept in segregation for a while. Not because I committed any rule violations, just being a political prisoner places me in the line of fire. Having influence is a crime in these prisoncrats’ eyes.

I honor the sacrifice of our comrades in support of activism, and creating awareness around Sept. 9th events. That was then, and this is now. Creating new forms to educate the masses is paramount to our success.
For years, prisoncrates have tried to isolate me from my supporters, family, and my female companions. By secretly telling them that I was a gang leader, a murderer of a prison officer, and a drug dealer, etc.

The Commissioner Bruce Lemmon who was superintendent of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility March 6, 2009 issued a memorandum to Executive Director of Adult Operations. That in his opinion I may be the most dangerous offender incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections (See memorandum attached). We are political prisoners responsible for ourselves and our fellow prisoners. Obligated to expose injustice and abuses when and where it rears its ugly head.

Indiana is making a comeback. You can show your support by assisting us in building a strong “Free Indiana Movement” and the Indiana IWOC who support prisoners receiving legitimate worker wages not slave wages. Please be very clear, I am not promoting violence or racial disharmony of any kind. The primary reason I was ever locked-up was a fear that I was trying to agitate a rebellion of some sort.

We here in the Free Indiana Movement as prisoners are still entitled to all constitutional rights unless their/ our liberties have been curtailed by procedures that satisfy all the requirements of due process. Free speech and freedom of the press/ association within the meaning of the 1st Amendment, are in my opinion among the preeminent privileges and immunities of all citizens. Free or in prison.

On September 12, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. while sitting waiting to speak to my councilor in solitary confinement, he arrived with news of my release. He advised me that the superintendent ordered me released immediately. I’m currently back out in the general population awaiting a more permanent housing assignment. When I assumed the role as an active advocate fighting to change the conditions of oppression we face I also had to accept the reality that I would be singled out or put in solitary confinement units to suppress my activism. Having the history of resistance, and my demand to be treated like a civilized human being. Will have me in the line of fire as long as I am inside the Indiana Department of Corrections. So I can’t express how much your continued support to the Friends and Family Campaign to Free Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun really is.

You can join us in the fight by contacting my campaign coordinator at the address below. Power to the people. The Free Indiana Movement continues to expose and oppose political injustice.

In solidarity,

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun
(Leonard McQuay #874304)
P.O. Box 1111
Carlisle, IN 47838

Campaign to Free Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun
P.O. Boc 2321
Terre Haute, IN 47802

Political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun puts the Indiana prison system on trial

Photo of Khalfani Malik Khaldun in 2011

Khalfani Malik Khaldun in 2011

Published in the SF Bayview, December 29, 2012

Since Dec. 13, 1994, Indiana political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun (aka Leonard McQuay) has been held in control units, i.e. administrative segregation or isolation. It began when police and prison investigators manufactured a murder charge against him after a guard was stabbed and killed. Brother Khalfani is a Muslim and New Afrikan revolutionary educator who professes a strong sense of radical politics and culture.

Interview by the Campaign to Free Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Campaign: How long have you been in Indiana’s prison plantation?

Khalfani Malik Khaldun: I entered the Indiana Department of Corrections in 1987, when I was a senior in high school.

Campaign: How old are you?

KMK: I was born Nov. 30, 1969. That makes me 43 years old.

Campaign: Explain to us what your life is like on the inside?

KMK: The best way to describe it is I am in prison sanctioned to indefinite solitary confinement engaged in multiple fights. One fight to regain my freedom, one fight to maintain my physical health, one fight to be released into the general population, and the last fight is to maintain my sanity – an all-day job.

Campaign: How has your activism made you a target for harassment or repression?

KMK: Being identified as a prison leader, political agitator, activist or revolutionary, we get automatically singled out as threats to others and threats to the safety and security of the prison plantations. Having been restricted from general population for so long, my influence has been reduced to small units. The idea behind all this is to destroy our ties and relationships with comrades and new youth coming in.

Campaign: Share your position on the political nature of your murder charge involving that prison guard, Phillip Curry.

KMK: On Dec. 13, 1994, the night this guard was killed at the Indiana State Prison, he was killed on the tier above where I lived. D-cell-house was where the prisoncrats housed the worst of the worst – their term, not mine. I was at that time agitating, educating and organizing the radical elements who would listen.

So when this happened, having been a thorn in the prisoncrats’ side already, they made me the responsible party that night; they were mad and wanted someone to pay. In 2001, they made me pay by finding me guilty and giving me a fresh 60-year hit.

One of the jurors who found me guilty, Juror No. 12, came forward after my trial; she regretted her actions and went to the judge. Instead of calling for a new trial and reversal of the charge, the judge told her to go home; the judge has since retired. They manufactured evidence to obtain their conviction against me.

I am in prison sanctioned to indefinite solitary confinement engaged in multiple fights. One fight to regain my freedom, one fight to maintain my physical health, one fight to be released into the general population, and the last fight is to maintain my sanity – an all-day job.

Campaign: Explain the corruption that exists inside Indiana’s criminal justice system.

KMK: Like any system of corrupt politicians and abuses of power, whoever can afford to pay a greedy lawyer to represent them here may stay out of prison. These lawyers have judges and prosecutors who will give one a pass as long as they receive a nice payoff.

Poor people get sent to prison to fulfill the schemes of the prisoncrats and political regime here; more bodies mean more money. As they say, power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Indiana legislators have slashed prison funding for educating prisoners and providing meaningful rehabilitative programs, so that money would be solely for building new prisons. So they are perpetuating a system that leads to more recidivism. Not having a viable re-entry program for prisoners prior to their release ensures a return to prison: capitalism at its best and the human exploitation of prisoners.

Campaign: Why are they continuing to house you in solitary confinement after nearly two decades?

KMK: The executive body of the Indiana Department of Corrections launched its political war against me in 1994, the night they lost one of their own. Being the only person accused, then later charged and convicted for this murder, to them Khalfani Malik Khaldun is Indiana’s public enemy number one; so they have condemned me to a prison existence in solitary confinement.

This goes beyond my sentence of 60 years. The courts did not say serve out this term in administrative segregation. The Indiana Department of Corrections wants payback, so in retaliation they want me suffering to the point of psychological incapacitation. They want me an old grey-hair grey-beard and no longer imposing a potential threat.

I am currently “conduct clear” for eight years, and I have completed the following programs: Substance Abuse; Stress Management; Anger Management; Commitment to Change; Prison-Life Skills; Parenting; Cage Your Rage; Rage, Recidivism and Recovery; Prison-Life Skills No. 2; Houses of Healing; Bridging the Gap; and Inside-Outside Dads.

I have been eligible for release to general population for years now. Their justification for not releasing me is they say I killed their officer, and nobody is comfortable with signing off on my release from solitary confinement.

Campaign: Why is it so important to build a networking support base on the outside of prison?

KMK: For the revolutionary, political prisoner, jailhouse lawyer, prison activist, outside resources and support is crucial. The prisoncrats isolate us to control our movements and neutralize our influence on other convicts.

Having a network of loyal people who have your best interests in mind helps to keep the public informed. These supporters can be family members, friends or anyone doing prisoner support work. They can help us expose whatever ill treatment we go through. When the prisoncrats know you have people who genuinely love and care about you, they’re less likely to openly mess you around.

Campaign: Explain how the Indiana Department of Corrections utilizes control units and why?

KMK: In the early 1980s, Indiana experienced several prison riots as a result of racism and brutality by guards on militant aspiring revolutionaries and lumpen proletariat prisoners, forcing prisoners to take a stand to defend themselves. Indiana prisoncrats learned some lessons from these insurrections – and one lesson was that there was a threat to the Indiana Department of Corrections posed by politically-unified convicts.

Indiana prisoncrats lobbied for funds to build two solitary confinement units here in response to the rebellion of militancy from convicts willing to sacrifice for change. In 1991, the Indiana Supermax was built, a control unit meant to be a tool of social control of the state’s most violent prisoners. In 1993, the prisoncrats built the Secured Housing Unit (SHU), a unit styled after the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Both units were meant to cut the prisoners off from normal prison relations, while helping to keep the prisoners in the general population sort of in check. No one wants to spend unlimited years in Administrative Segregation, or solitary confinement.

The fear of being held in these units creates snitches who will tell prisoncrats whatever to stay in population. You may read about these units by going to the Human Rights Watch report, “Cold Storage: Super-Maximum Security Confinement in Indiana.”  Amnesty International just released a 68-page report called “The Edge of Endurance,” exposing solitary confinement in California.

Campaign: How important is it to stay in touch with your loved ones?

KMK: Doing time is like having cannibals eat away at your flesh day by day. Family love and their help to assist us in maintaining are paramount. I am a conscious, self-educated New Afrikan (Black) man who loves myself and those who love me. That connection helps to keep me determined, motivated and hopeful in times of sadness and loss of loved ones.

Since 1997, I have lost my mother, two brothers, an uncle and two cousins. I am fighting for my life, unable to cry, mourn or be a comfort to my family. Since 1994, my loved ones have been harassed, intimidated, threatened and discouraged by prisoncrats to not visit or write me at times. I have not had a contact visit since 2000. We continue to persevere through it all – because it is necessary.

Campaign: How do you work to maintain your health both mentally and physically?

KMK: For years I have maintained a consistent physical exercise routine and a healthy study habit of reading quality books and magazines. I don’t eat pork, and that’s been since 1987. I stopped eating red meat for 15 years; I recently started back eating it. Exercise and study has kept me active and healthy for many years.

One realistic fact that I want to share is no one leaves these experiences the same as they were when they came in. I am scarred by anxiety, depression, paranoia and hypertension as a result of being in long term isolation so many years.

I have made a conscious effort to humble myself and be less reactionary in emotional situations. This way these prisoncrats won’t have any ammunition to use to justify keeping me in solitary confinement. As long as I am living, I’m going to keep on fighting.

Campaign: How long did they keep you on the SCU – Special Confinement Unit?

KMK: Prisoncrats sent me to the SCU unit way in January 2003, and I spent 10 years in that windowless torture chamber. For the most part, that is one of Indiana’s most racist prisons, and the staff are 98 percent all-white with this philosophy of Southern racism.

That was the worst 10 years of my 26 years in prison. Altogether now I have 18 years straight in units of solitary confinement. They have tried to break my will to be defiant and destroy my mental faculties. Allah has guided me out of each storm. Allah-u-Akbar.

Campaign: What do you think prompted the prisoncrats to finally transfer you out on April 18, 2012?

KMK: A variety of reasons, but one in particular is my constant pursuits in civil court. On April 4, 2012, I filed with the court a motion for an immediate permanent injunctive relief judgment and a memorandum of law requesting the court to order the Indiana Department of Corrections to release me to general population. These prisoncrats moved me 14 days later to Pendleton Correctional Facility.

This in my opinion was done to get me out of their custody so I wouldn’t be a problem any longer. I had been challenging my department-wide solitary confinement status for years. The classification supervisor and superintendent also refused to release me in 2010, when I had completed a program serving as re-entry back to population. That ACT Program is an incentive for release. They released my entire class but not me.

Campaign: What are the conditions like at Pendleton Correctional Facility?

KMK: The transfer on April 18, 2012, out of the SCU to Pendleton did not land me in general population. Right now the general population is run like a concentration camp with fences and cameras everywhere; the whole prison is “controlled movement.”

The prisoncrats placed me on DWAS, Department-Wide Administrative Segregation. Inside G-cell-house, where all the potential threats and alleged troublemakers are housed, D-block is where all disciplinary segregation prisoners are housed. Also, C-block, where I am held, houses prisoners on Facility Administrative Segregation and prisoners on DWAS, Department-Wide Administrative Segregation, the status I am on.

DWAS are all single-man cells, with recreation one hour a day and 23 hours locked in a cell. We get recreation on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays, showering only on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The only interaction we get is during recreation outside when we’re in the dog-run individual cages.

Campaign: Since your arrival at Pendleton, have any officials discussed with you your possible release from that status?

KMK: The prisoncrats are seriously playing games. Superintendent Keith Butts, who recently retired, sent me a letter claiming he would set up a plan to consider my release from DWAS status, but it was all a smokescreen to get me to ease up on my demands to be treated like the rest of these prisoners who are being released. They are picking and choosing and playing prison politics with our lives.

The current regime in the commissioner’s office at the Indiana Department of Corrections are not willing to give me a chance to prove them wrong. That is, if they released me and I transitioned without incident, they will not be able to say “That’s the bad guy” no more. There is no legitimate justification for my still being held captive in these units.

Campaign: How can people outside that are interested in helping you join the campaign to help free you? How can you benefit from their support?

KMK: Having been in prison since 1987, I have had the misfortune to lose family, friends; and my ties to relationships I’ve had with my female companions I have had to rebuild, which hasn’t been easy, then establish an extended family.

Right now, I need someone who is computer-savvy who can network with organizations to encourage them to take on my case. I need a website on Facebook that solely covers my entire case, and we need a law firm that assists political prisoners that is activist-conscious. We also need someone qualified and good with fundraising.

My success with Indiana lawyers haven’t been great. They seem to be afraid to go up against the Indiana Department of Corrections and the lawyers from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. We must find a lawyer out of state who can practice in the state of Indiana.

Those wanting to join this campaign to assist me in my freedom, please write me directly and we’ll go from there; honestly, we need all the willing working bodies we can get on this campaign.

Right now, I need someone who is computer-savvy who can network with organizations to encourage them to take on my case. I need a website on Facebook that solely covers my entire case, and we need a law firm that assists political prisoners that is activist-conscious. We also need someone qualified and good with fundraising.

Campaign: How is your civil and criminal fight coming along in the politics of the Indiana Court System?

KMK: On Jan. 11, 2013, I have a hearing on my civil law suit challenging my continued confinement by the Indiana Department of Corrections. I filed several motions pro se that will be covering primarily my request for the court to order my release to general population.

My criminal murder case is currently at a standstill, and my initial post-conviction appeal was denied, because the Public Defender’s Office gave me an attorney who felt I was guilty and I should do my time. He messed my case up.

I am preparing a successive post-conviction relief petition. My rights are being violated civilly and criminally, and I will never relent nor lose my self-determination to fight.

Campaign: Any final words you want to share with the public and the revolutionary community?

KMK: I can honestly say that Indiana as far as prisoners abandoning their criminal mentalities and transforming to political consciousness goes, our “think tanks,” we’re very aggressive in producing politically-active prisoners, but we seem to have lost our momentum somewhere.

Prisoners are still studying and having individual dialogues, and I think prisoners, in an attempt to avoid being captured and held for 10-20 years in solitary confinement, are becoming less vocal and active. My having been held for the past 18 years is their prime example of where they don’t want to be.

To me, life is not easy, never has been, and to struggle means to reject being the victim. One who struggles is a rejuvenated fighter life-long. We are organized, prepared and multi-talented. To struggle is to understand complexity and to pick one’s own battles. There cannot be fruitful progress without a real struggle. I am not broken by my adversity, but I am experiencing psychological fatigue. A luta continua.

Send our brother some love and light: Khalfani Malik Khaldun (Leonard McQuay), 874304