OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR PENCE:
Please call him and ask him to be responsive 317-232-4567. I know he is looking at being president but right now he needs to take care of business here in Indiana. Wouldn't you agree? Please make the call.
Governor Mike Pence:
I am really concern with the attached letter that Kofi M. Ajabu received form the GEO Group, Inc. which is contracted by the state to run some of Indiana's prisons. Kofi, my son, is presently in solitary and has been in there for over a decade. Senator Greg Taylor has been made aware that the United Nations has held that anyone held in solitary for more than 15 days is a violation of international law and is considered to being subjected to torture. We have requested you to call a moratorium on prison use of extended solitary until Senator Taylor gets a legal opinion from the Indiana Attorney General concerning international law's impact on Indiana state law. As of this writing we have received a response from your office but it doesn't address the request for a moratorium. Kofi is presently in the STAND program. The STAND program is supposed to be a "step down" program that when successfully completed allows an inmate to move from solitary to general population.
On August 19, 2014 Kofi requested the executive directive from New Castle Correctional Facility Superintendent Kevin Butts so he would know the criteria of the STAND program that he would have to fulfill in order to be placed back in general population. On August 20, 2014 Kofi receives a letter from Harrison Wheeler, GEO's legal counsel stating:
"Inmates at the facility are under the custody of the Indiana Department of Corrections. Accordingly, your request is properly construed under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act (APRA). . . Please be advise that under APRA, Indiana Code 5-14-3-2.1, GEO does not meet the definition of a "Public Agency" and is therefor exempted from the requirements of the APRA. Accordingly, we respectfully decline your records request."
GEO is basically telling my son that because it is a private company it does not have to tell him, and many others, why they are being held in solitary!! It is being speculated that your remarks about foreign policy at the Opening Session of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Radio Show at the Indiana Convention Center is an indication you have aspirations to run for President of this country in 2016. I for one will not speculate about your future, but I do know right now you are the governor of the state of Indiana. As a father, the Founder of the organization After Naked Truth (ANT), and a citizen of this country, and a resident of this state i request the following:
A direct response to our request that you call a moratorium on Indiana's use of solitary confinement until the Attorney General issues its legal opinion of how international law impacts state law and whether Indiana is in violation of International law by holding inmates in solitary for more than 15 days.
Demand that GEO as a contractor to and for the State of Indiana give inmates what should be Indiana State "executive directive" documents that depict the requirements of the STAND Program or any other program requested that it is being implemented on behalf of the citizens of Indiana because of the contract with the Department of Corrections.
Thanks in advance for your timely response and if your future does have in it a run for the presidency I wish you well.
Rev. Mmoja Ajabu, Founder
AFTER NAKED TRUTH (ANT)