In light of growing regional and national attention on the inhumanity of solitary confinement, which was recently examined in a congressional hearing, we’re printing a short missive sent to us recently by a politicized prisoner on solitary in Butner.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name by birth is Samuel McCrae III, my Muslim name, Waheed Wali Abdul Haqq. It is truly an honor and a blessing to know someone cares about the acts of dehumanization, oppression, and injustice of this prison system. I’m a voice that needs to be heard, a victim that needs to be helped, and a man of God seeking mercy every day.
Just to be brief on the tools of dehumanization and destruction that this system uses: I have been infraction-free without any behavior issues, and I remain inside of a cell 24 hours a day based on an incident that transpired three years ago. The board who heard my case, and hears every other case, is an uncompassionate institution that wants to program the minds of men. They told me to “be good” and “sit for a while longer.” (more…)