I have tried blogging on different sites but always seem to get too busy to keep up with it. I am going to try something different here. I am just going to share random things such as books I am reading, stories I come across anything and everything that is driving me at the moment that will give you a chance to get to know me better and to get to know the struggle better. My goal is always the same, to bring hope and to inspire the next person. Peace, Love and Progress to all that find their way here. In solidarity, "X" 305375
My official full length CD debut is scheduled for May 19, 2010. Here is a look at the cover art and the official song list. 1. Redemption
305375 Song List
2.Violent Resistence (Interlude)
4.Face The Music
5. Bullshit (Interlude)
7. Death Row Prisoner Anthony Haynes
9. I Want Justice
10. Channel 4 News (Interlude)
11. Walk The Walk
12. Struggle (Interlude)
13. Spic In Black
14. On The Run
15. From The Frontlines
16. Life Featuring Akir
17. Criminals Of War
18. George L Jackson (Interlude)
19. Fight The Apathy
20. Stop Snitching
21. Prison Of The Mind
22. Runaway Slave, Live in Norway
George L Jackson
Thirty-eight years after he was assassinated Aug. 21, 1971, by San Quentin guards at age 29, inspiring the first Black August, George Jackson is still Public Enemy No. 1 in California prisons. When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent his former colleague and fellow body builder Stanley Tookie Williams to a hideous death, his written reason was that Tookie had dedicated one of his books to George, among a long list of Black heroes. Let’s hope George is smiling at this strong and refreshing legal argument.
Jackson, like Malcolm X before him, educated himself painfully behind prison bars to the point where his clear vision of historical and contemporary reality and his ability to communicate his perspective frightened the U.S. power structure into physically liquidating him. Jacksons survival for so many years in vicious jails, his self-education, and his publication of Soledad Brother were tremendous personal achievements, and in addition they offer on interesting insight into the revolutionary potential of the black mass in the U.S.A., so many of whom have been reduced to the status of lumpen.
The struggle within the jails is having wider and wider repercussions every day. Firstly, it is creating true revolutionary cadres out of more and more lumpen. This is particularly true in the jails of California, but the movement is making its impact felt everywhere from Baltimore to Texas. Brothers inside are writing poetry, essays and letters which strip white capitalist America naked. Like the Soledad Brothers, they have come to learn that sociology books call us antisocial and brand us criminals, when actually the criminals are in the social register. The names of those who rule America are all in the social register.
On Aug. 7, 1907, George Jackson’s brother Jonathan, only 17, invaded the Marin County Courthouse, planning ultimately to free the Soledad Brothers. "You can take our pictures. We are the revolutionaries!" Jonathan shouted.
Just a few days after George was transferred to San Quentin State Prison, his younger brother Jonathan Jackson, 17, invaded Marin County Courthouse single-handed, with a satchel full of handguns, an assault rifle and a shotgun hidden under his raincoat. "Freeze," he commanded as he tossed guns to William Christmas, James McClain and Ruchell Magee. Magee was on the witness stand testifying for McClain, on trial for assaulting a guard in the wake of a guard’s murder of another Black prisoner, Fred Billingsley, beaten and teargased to death.
A jailhouse lawyer, Magee had deluged the courts with petitions for seven years contesting his illegal conviction in ‘63. The courts had refused to listen, so Magee seized the hour and joined the guerrillas as they took the judge, prosecutor and three jurors hostage to a waiting van. To reporters gathering quickly outside the courthouse, Jonathan shouted, "You can take our pictures. We are the revolutionaries!"
Operating with courage and calm even their enemies had to respect, the four Black freedom fighters commandeered their hostages out of the courthouse without a hitch. The plan was to use the hostages to take over a radio station and broadcast the racist, murderous prison conditions and demand the immediate release of The Soledad Brothers. But before Jonathan could drive the van out of the parking lot, the San Quentin guards arrived and opened fire. When the shooting stopped, Jonathan, Christmas, McClain and the judge lay dead. Magee and the prosecutor were critically wounded, and one juror suffered a minor arm wound.
Magee survived his wounds and was tried originally with co-defendant Angela Davis. Their trials were later severed and Davis was eventually acquitted of all charges. Magee was convicted of simple kidnap and remains in prison to date – 46 years with no physical assaults on his record. An incredible jailhouse lawyer, Magee has been responsible for countless prisoners being released – the main reason he was kept for nearly 20 years in one lockup after another. Currently at Corcoran State Prison, he remains strong and determined to win his freedom and that of all oppressed peoples.
George Jackson: by Bob Dylan
I woke up this morning
There were tears in my bed
They killed a man I really loved
Shot him through the head
Lord, Lord, they cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord, they laid him in the ground
Sent him off to prison
For a seventy dollar robbery
Closed the door behind him
And they threw away the key
Lord, Lord, they cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord, they laid him in the ground
He wouldn't take shit from no one
He wouldn't bow down or kneel
Authorities, they hated him
Because he was just too real
Lord, Lord, they cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord, they laid him in the ground
Prison guards, they cursed him
As they watched him from above
But they were frightened of his power
They were scared of his love
Lord, Lord, so they cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord, they laid him in the ground
Sometimes I think this whole world
Is one big prison yard
Some of us are prisoners
The rest of us are guards
Lord, Lord, they cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord, they laid him in the ground
"It is better to sacrifice everything than to live in slavery!"
The Art of Corporate Mind Control
My comrade in arms, internationally acclaimed Street Poet, Rap Journalist, Community Based Educator and Anti-Racist Activist from Winston Salem NC, Monte Smith recently dropped his second book. I urge all who have found there way here to support the struggle and cop this gem.
Don't Shoot The Hostages has already received much deserved praise and I can not say it enough, this is a must read for everyone.
Click on any of the following pages to go directly to Monte's store and show your support for real change by real people.
Peace and Progress. Always.
One of my favorite pieces.
Here is a project I was involved in coming out of Russia. The track I am featured on is call "Spirt of Fatherland". These guys are like the Russian Wu-Tang Clan. They just like us in the US know what it is to struggle. To support these comrades just click on the photos and cop the CD.
Peace and Progress Always.
" Viva La Levolucia de Subterra! ", is a 19 track disc straight from Russia's underground. The Cd has more than thirty rapper's on it. Of the 30 plus artists not all are from Russia guests include Physics (Albucrooked) (New Mexico, United States), Woody (Member of blood) (Tbilisi, Georgia), S.A.I. (Solow13) (New York, United States), who recently collaborated with Cypress Hill, and Capital-X (New York, United States).
Here is another project I was blessed to be a part of that is soon to be released. This is a must listen to. Jehuniko spits lyrics in English and Spanish,unlike anything you've ever heard. Conscious, political, and passionate. Jehuniko's unorthodox style makes him stand out without question. A true revolutionary and a true comrade.
produced by Carlos "illstramentillz" Quintero
1. uphold the code
2. we gonna make it
3. me levanta el espiritu
4. I am fresh like the morning air
5. gracias al Creador - con H-uba, Anura (piano, bajo)
6. August 9th
7. keep moving
8. great moment
9. beautiful baby
10. killing time - with Anura (organ, strings, drum)
11. I'm on that lone wolf
12. contra NAFTA
13. the cactus man
14. devil dog
15. I will survive - with Justice Allah, Wilson-Reporte Ilegal, Capital X, Gun, MC.Shh, Freddy Future (organ, congas, guiro, bass)
Anyone that is fighting in the struggle for true justice and human rights has to know of Angela Davis. In my studies I have read a number of Angela Davis' books and they inspired me to no end. Her fight for prisoners rights in the last three decades plus has been relentless and should stand as an example of what is needed by all who have been affected by injustice in America and world wide. I highly recommend reading any of her works to those fighting in the struggle. Angela Davis, a true revolutionary.
Angela Davis is a civil-rights icon and prisoners'-rights advocate. Davis first made headlines in 1969 after being removed from her teaching position in the philosophy department at UCLA as a result of her social activism and her membership in the Communist Party, USA. She achieved nationwide notoriety in 1970. She was placed on the FBI’s 10-most-wanted list when a shotgun registered in her name was used during a courthouse escape attempt (Jonathan Jackson above) that left a California judge dead and a state prosecutor paralyzed. Davis fled California after being charged as an accomplice to conspiracy, kidnapping, and homicide. She was eventually captured in New York and in 1972 was tried and acquitted of all charges. An accomplished author and speaker, Davis has written eight books, lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America and has continued to speak out for human rights and justice. Her most recent books are "Abolition Democracy" and "Are Prisons Obsolete?" and she is currently writing a book about prisons and American History. "The prison system bears the imprint of slavery perhaps more than any other institution," Davis said. "It produces a state that is very similar to slavery; the deprivation of rights, civil death and disenfranchisement."
THE DEATH PENALTY
¡Palante, Siempre Palante!
The Young Lords Party, also known as the Young Lords Organization, was a primarily stateside-based Puerto Rican organization dedicated to liberation, independence, and justice for Puerto Ricans both in the States and on the island and for all oppressed people. They were inspired by and worked parallel to organizations like the Black Panthers, the Brown Berets, and the American Indian Movement. Like those organizations, they were targeted by COINTELPRO and the other powers that be which, along with internal conflict and political shifts, lead to the organization’s disintegration in the mid-1970s. They continue to remain an important, revolutionary and inspirational movement for Puerto Ricans and other Latinos living in the United States. You can find out more about the Young Lords at Palante.org and YoungLords.info.
Young Lords Party
13-Point Program and Platform
Young Lords Party
The Young Lords Party is a Revolutionary Political Party Fighting for the Liberation of All Oppressed People
1. We want self-determination for Puerto Ricans--Liberation of the Island and inside the United States.
For 500 years, first spain and then united states have colonized our country. Billions of dollars in profits leave our country for the united states every year. In every way we are slaves of the gringo. We want liberation and the Power in the hands of the People, not Puerto Rican exploiters. Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre!
2. We want self-determination for all Latinos. Our Latin Brothers and Sisters, inside and outside the united states, are oppressed by amerikkkan business. The Chicano people built the Southwest, and we support their right to control their lives and their land. The people of Santo Domingo continue to fight against gringo domination and its puppet generals. The armed liberation struggles in Latin America are part of the war of Latinos against imperialism. Que Viva La Raza!
Our Latin Brothers and Sisters, inside and outside the united states, are oppressed by amerikkkan business. The Chicano people built the Southwest, and we support their right to control their lives and their land. The people of Santo Domingo continue to fight against gringo domination and its puppet generals. The armed liberation struggles in Latin America are part of the war of Latinos against imperialism. Que Viva La Raza!
3. We want liberation of all third world people. Just as Latins first slaved under spain and the yanquis, Black people, Indians, and Asians slaved to build the wealth of this country. For 400 years they have fought for freedom and dignity against racist Babylon (decadent empire). Third World people have led the fight for freedom. All the colored and oppressed peoples of the world are one nation under oppression. No Puerto Rican Is Free Until All People Are Free!
4. We are revolutionary nationalists and oppose racism. The Latin, Black, Indian and Asian people inside the u.s. are colonies fighting for liberation. We know that washington, wall street and city hall will try to make our nationalism into racism; but Puerto Ricans are of all colors and we resist racism. Millions of poor white people are rising up to demand freedom and we support them. These are the ones in the u.s. that are stepped on by the rules and the government. We each organize our people, but our fights are against the same oppression and we will defeat it together. Power To All Oppressed People!
5. We want community control of our institutions and land. We want control of our communities by our people and programs to guarantee that all institutions serve the needs of our people. People's control of police, health services, churches, schools, housing, transportation and welfare are needed. We want an end to attacks on our land by urban removal, highway destruction, universities and corporations. Land Belongs To All The People!
6. We want a true education of our Creole culture and Spanish language. We must learn our history of fighting against cultural, as well as economic genocide by the yanqui. Revolutionary culture, culture of our people, is the only true teaching.
7. We oppose capitalists and alliances with traitors. Puerto Rican rulers, or puppets of the oppressor, do not help our people. They are paid by the system to lead our people down blind alleys, just like the thousands of poverty pimps who keep our communities peaceful for business, or the street workers who keep gangs divided and blowing each other away. We want a society where the people socialistically control their labor. Venceremos!
8. We oppose the Amerikkkan military. We demand immediate withdrawal of u.s. military forces and bases from Puerto Rico, Vietnam and all oppressed communities inside and outside the u.s. No Puerto Rican should serve in the u.s. army against his Brothers and Sisters, for the only true army of oppressed people is the people's army to fight all rulers. U.S. Out Of Vietnam, Free Puerto Rico!
9. We want freedom for all political prisoners. We want all Puerto Ricans freed because they have been tried by the racist courts of the colonizers, and not by their own people and peers. We want all freedom fighters released from jail. Free All Political Prisoners!
10. We want equality for women. Machismo must be revolutionary... not oppressive. Under capitalism, our women have been oppressed by both the society and our own men. The doctrine of machismo has been used by our men to take out their frustrations against their wives, sisters, mothers, and children. Our men must support their women in their fight for economic and social equality, and must recognize that our women are equals in every way within the revolutionary ranks. Forward, Sisters, In The Struggle!
11. We fight anti-communism with international unity. Anyone who resists injustice is called a communist by "the man" and condemned. Our people are brainwashed by television, radio, newspapers, schools, and books to oppose people in other countries fighting for their freedom. No longer will our people believe attacks and slanders, because they have learned who the real enemy is and who their real friends are. We will defend our Brothers and Sisters around the world who fight for justice against the rich rulers of this country. Viva Che!
12. We believe armed self-defense and armed struggle are the only means to liberation. We are opposed to violence--the violence of hungry children, illiterate adults, diseased old people, and the violence of poverty and profit. We have asked, petitioned, gone to courts, demonstrated peacefully, and voted for politicians full of empty promises. But we still ain't free. The time has come to defend the lives of our people against repression and for revolutionary war against the businessman, politician, and police. When a government oppresses our people, we have the right to abolish it and create a new one. Boricua Is Awake! All Pigs Beware!
13. We want a socialist society. We want liberation, clothing, free food, education, health care, transportation, utilities, and employment for all. We want a society where the needs of our people come first, and where we give solidarity and aid to the peoples of the world, not oppression and racism.
Hasta La Victoria Siempre!
Sheepy aka Bredda1
Though this video is in Sheepy's Norwegian tongue the images define his message and his passionate flow and razor sharp delivery can not be denied. Sheepy is well respected MC and a pillar of the Norwegian underground scene in Norway.
Sheepy and I are currently working on a collaboration which is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2010. Sheepy aka Bredda 1, a true Revolutionary.
Våpen på markedet = Weapons on the market
Luis Felipe, a/k/a "King Blood" Luis Felipe (Born May 11, 1961), also known as "King Blood", was the founder of the New York chapter of the Almighty Latin Kings and Queens Nation. His full name was Luis Felipe Shire. Felipe was a Cuban who came to the United States in 1980. Six years later, in 1986, he founded the New York chapter of the Latin Kings. In 1986 Luis Felipe, a/k/a "King Blood," founded and became the self-appointed leader of the New York State Chapter of the Latin Kings, an organization which, according to him, was designed to "promote a sense of Hispanic identity among prison inmates" and to organize Caribbean Hispanics serving jail sentences. The aim of the organization was ostensibly to protect Hispanics from ethnic discrimination at the hands of other inmate organizations and hostile prison authorities. Subsequently, a civilian component was formed under Felipe's leadership, often consisting of former inmates. The government describes the Latin Kings in less benign terms as a racketeering enterprise whose members and associates engage in acts of violence, armed robbery, narcotics trafficking, and murder. The Latin Kings have a sister organization for women called the Latin Queens, and the two groups together are known as the "Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation." Published: Sunday, October 26, 1997 In a Manhattan Federal courtroom filled with his followers and their families last winter, the defendant addressed the judge. His English halting, Luis Felipe, a Cuban immigrant who calls himself King Blood, said, ''You sentenced me to die day by day.''
Leader of the Latin Kings
Testing the Limits of Punishment; Unusually Severe Life Sentence vs. Society's Need for Safety
He continued, ''I don't mind my mail to be monitored, but you are telling me nobody can write to me, nobody can send money to me, nobody can care about me no more?''
Judge John S. Martin Jr. sentenced him to life imprisonment plus 45 years. Then the judge added some extraordinary conditions.
Surprising even prosecutors, Judge Martin said Mr. Felipe must serve the sentence in solitary confinement. He forbade him to write or be visited by anyone except his lawyer and close relatives. Mr. Felipe has none. And finally, the judge said, he himself, rather than the Federal Bureau of Prisons, would control the case.
These conditions, legal experts say, are virtually unprecedented. In their severity and the degree to which they will be monitored by a Federal judge, sentencing experts say, they stand as an extreme example of a penological trend to make prison more punitive. At their core, they test the limits and purpose of punishment.
''I am someone who does not believe in the death penalty,'' Judge Martin noted at the sentencing. ''But this is a case where if the death penalty were available, I would impose it'' to stop King Blood's execution orders, he added.
Dr. Stuart Grassian, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School who studies the effects of solitary confinement, said the conditions went too far. ''I could imagine a sober society living with capital punishment,'' he said, ''but I can't imagine a civilized society living with the punishment of driving a prisoner insane.''
The Latin Kings still revere him, said Antonio Fernandez, King Tone, the gang's new leader, who is trying to reposition it as a mainstream organization. ''He brought a message of hope,'' he said.
Since Judge Martin's February sentencing, Mr. Felipe has spent 23 hours a day in a 7-by-12-foot cell, with one hour to run in a hall outside his cell. The $60 million ADX Maximum Security Facility in Colorado was designed to house the Federal system's most incorrigible inmates. In the 64 specially designed sensory-deprivation cells of Mr. Felipe's block, meals are passed through a door slot. The cells are staggered so that prisoners cannot glimpse each other's eyes. They have black-and-white televisions into which educational and religious programs are piped.
Many find a lifetime in solitary, with almost no human contact, akin to a living death. ''No matter how horrible the crime somebody has committed, there are humane limitations to punishment,'' David Yellen, a professor at Hofstra Law School, said.
By ordering the kind of restrictions usually left to the discretion of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Judge Martin exceeded the usual guidelines followed by Federal judges, stunned Mr. Felipe and angered some of the 200 Latin King gang members who stood outside the courthouse awaiting the sentence.
''You accuse me of killing people, but you'll be killing me every day,'' Mr. Felipe said to the judge, according to his lawyer, Lawrence Feitell.
Mr. Feitell said he was outraged by the harsh sentence, calling it unconstitutional, and said it deprived Mr. Felipe of his right to appeal.
''Why don't you give him a gun and let him shoot himself,'' said Mr. Feitell, who vowed to appeal the restrictions. ''He's being tortured.''
Luis Felipe (Born May 11, 1961), also known as "King Blood", was the founder of the New York chapter of the Almighty Latin Kings and Queens Nation. His full name was Luis Felipe Shire. Felipe was a Cuban who came to the United States in 1980. Six years later, in 1986, he founded the New York chapter of the Latin Kings.
In 1986 Luis Felipe, a/k/a "King Blood," founded and became the self-appointed leader of the New York State Chapter of the Latin Kings, an organization which, according to him, was designed to "promote a sense of Hispanic identity among prison inmates" and to organize Caribbean Hispanics serving jail sentences. The aim of the organization was ostensibly to protect Hispanics from ethnic discrimination at the hands of other inmate organizations and hostile prison authorities. Subsequently, a civilian component was formed under Felipe's leadership, often consisting of former inmates. The government describes the Latin Kings in less benign terms as a racketeering enterprise whose members and associates engage in acts of violence, armed robbery, narcotics trafficking, and murder. The Latin Kings have a sister organization for women called the Latin Queens, and the two groups together are known as the "Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation." Published: Sunday, October 26, 1997 In a Manhattan Federal courtroom filled with his followers and their families last winter, the defendant addressed the judge. His English halting, Luis Felipe, a Cuban immigrant who calls himself King Blood, said, ''You sentenced me to die day by day.''
Published: Sunday, October 26, 1997
In a Manhattan Federal courtroom filled with his followers and their families last winter, the defendant addressed the judge. His English halting, Luis Felipe, a Cuban immigrant who calls himself King Blood, said, ''You sentenced me to die day by day.''
We Need The Panthers Back!
What Happen To Our Heart?
May 19, 2010
If you are looking to drop it like it's hot, this Cd is not for you. If you are looking to party like it's your birthday this Cd is not for you. Now if you are looking to put some meaning behind the Che Guevara shirt you wear, pump up the volume. If you are looking for truth and looking for an avenue to channel your anger and frustrations from injustices, pump up the volume.
It was the Black Panthers that said "Art is an indispensable weapon in revolution". I believe this with all my heart and soul. This Cd was created to enlighten and to raise revolutionary consciousness. It was also made to try and raise much needed funding to further the cause. A large part of the Black Panther Movement was fueled by revolutionary art. I believe today's struggle needs to learn from history and breathe life back into the most affective facets of it. America needs to see, hear, read and feel that we the people are not going tolerate injustice any longer.
Black Panther artists drew pictures of the enemy...pictures that showed the enemy at his death door or dead...his bridges blown up...his institutions destroyed...and in the end he is lifeless. This is what this Cd does. This Cd is the mark of the rebirth of an old revolution.
In this capitalistic realm I know it's difficult to trust anyone, for everyone is out to serve themselves chasing material possessions and wealth. And they have no qualms in flashing their gains boisterously in the face of their own supporters. I could never, would never wear clothes and jewelry that costs what my supporters may never earn in their life time. I could never, would never dwell in a home boasting of 17 bath rooms while my supporters rot in prison cells or suffer from hunger pains in the projects or trailer parks. I am addressing social injustice, oppression and human rights violations with action. I have heard loud and clear the words of Fred Hampton, "You can kill the revolutionary, but not the revolution". I refuse to let our great leaders die in vain and I am asking for your support.
The battles of yesterday have not been lost. Many are still fighting for the same rights so many have died for, so many have went to prison for and are still there. I wonder why our numbers have dwindled. I see so much praise for the Panthers, for Che Guevara, Malcolm X and the many other brave souls. Individuals will wear shirts with images of revolution but I do not see them raise their voices, or raise their arms. Well I am raising my fucking voice and it is you reading this that can carry the message even further. I am hoping through the sales of this project to launch a revolutionary art assault on the entire country and beyond. This is a call to all poor people, oppressed people, condemned people, all who want to see the dawn of a new history in this country. It is time to take what is ours, the power is the peoples. And I believe once it is in the hands of the people then we will begin to see the changes we have longed for...the changes we have fought for...went to prison for...and died for.
Let me make myself clear, borrowing words from our past revolutionary leaders. I do not claim the right to indiscriminate violence. I do not seek a blood bath. I am not out to kill people. On the contrary, it is the cops and this system that claim the right to indiscriminate violence and practice it everyday. It is the cops and this system that have been bathing poor people in blood and who seem bent on killing off poor and mentally ill people. But poor people, this day, this time, say HAULT IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY! YOU SHALL MAKE NO MORE WAR ON UNARMED PEOPLE. YOU WILL NOT KILL ANOTHER POOR PERSON AND WALK THE STREETS OF OUR POOR COMMUNITIES TO GLOAT ABOUT IT AND SNEER AT THE DEFENSELESS RELATIVES OF YOUR VICTIMS. FROM NOW ON, WHEN YOU MURDER A POOR PERSON IN THIS BABYLON OF BABYLONS, YOU MAY AS WELL GIVE IT UP BECAUSE WE WILL GET YOUR ASS AND GOD CAN'T HIDE YOU.
The people are the ultimate source of power. Let's stop giving it away to those that do not care about anything or anyone but themselves. One love, one struggle. "X"
"Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary's life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime." -Angela Davis
I just recently learned of this group of brothas coming out of East Cleveland, Ohio. They invited me to join their site which you can check out by clicking on the 10 Point document below. Though the organization may be in it's beginning stages they strongly reflect the spirit of the Panthers. As you can clearly see from their video footage and photos on their site, they are the real deal. To hit the streets and feed people that are less fortunate is to be commended. This goes hand in hand with what I'm all about.
Stopping all forms of oppression
You won't be smiling on Rikers Island
For those of you that don't know anything about Rikers Island it is the name of New York City's largest jail facility. It is actually the World's Largest Penal Colony. The Rock as prisoners refer it to, consists of ten jails, that holds local offenders who are awaiting trial and cannot afford or cannot obtain bail, those serving sentences of one year or less, and those temporarily placed there pending transfer to another facility which does not have space. The complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction, has a budget of $860 million a year, a staff of 10,000 officers and 1,500 civilians to control a yearly inmate population of up to 130,000. The facility generally holds about 15,000 inmates at a time, although the daytime population (including staff) can be 20,000 or more. It's a hell hole. There are no better words to describe it.