UPDATE: MAY 4, 2022 CONCRETE CONFIRMATION ERIC IS CURRENTLY AT MAXIMUM PRISON USP LEE. KEEP UP THE CALL-IN CAMPAIGN TO DEMAND ERIC’S RIGHT TO LIFE.
Eric received a response to his grievance filing within the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Friday April 29th at USP Atlanta about his improperly applied management variable forcing him into maximum security prison when in actuality he’s a medium/low security designation. He was told by the BOP he has no maximum management variable.
Yet today, Tuesday May 3rd, Eric has been transferred on a bus heading east.
And USP Lee staff (in Pennington Gap, Virginia) have told Eric’s supporters numerous times the buses head for Virginia on Tuesday.
We need to support Eric in having his unit team at USP Lee re-designate him to a proper security level and a prison facility that hasn’t knowingly threatened his life.
The BOP has given contradictory information regarding addressing Eric’s safety, meaning Eric needs eyes on him now more than ever.
One example on file of Eric’s medium security designation:
Yet BOP tells state representatives this:
THE BOP EITHER LIED TO ERIC ABOUT HAVING NO MANAGEMENT VARIABLE, OR THEY ARE DESIGNATING HIM TO A MAXIMUM SECURITY FACILITY ILLEGALLY, OR THEY ARE FORCING ERIC TO USP LEE TO BE “RE-DESIGNATED” PROPERLY.
We cannot allow the BOP to knowingly put Eric’s life at risk. Originally in 2018, Eric was told at USP Atlanta and USP Lee his life would be in danger by white supremacist gangs if he ever did a long stint at USP Lee, and Eric was originally told the dangers of USP Lee shortly after he was attacked by white supremacists at USP McCreary in 2018. The BOP is knowingly putting Eric at risk with these designated transfers 4 years later.
We need supporters to continue contacting the BOP everyday, as well as your district’s Congresspeople and your state’s Senators, to demand Eric’s right to finish his time at a properly designated prison and to not ignore his safety concerns, his lack of mail, his medical concerns needing addressed, access to legal calls, and access to calls with his family. All contact info and an updated letter template are supplied in this post.
TALKING POINTS FOR PHONE CALLS AND VOICEMAILS:
Eric has no pending charges, criminal history or disciplinary sanctions qualifying him for maximum security;
Eric was found not guilty March 18, 2022 for assault on federal officer due to acts of self defense, and merely wants to finish his original sentence as smoothly as possible as he’s due for release December 2023;
Eric being placed in segregation is not a guarantee for safety due to a history of being attacked by white supremacists in segregation at USP McCreary in 2018 and housed with known white supremacist gangs in segregation at USP Lee in 2018;
Eric has filed grievances to address his improper designation for maximum security and the threats made to him by white supremacist gangs at USP McCreary, USP Atlanta and USP Lee are documented;
Eric, his family and legal team need proof he does not have an improper management variable and will be properly designated based on his actual security level of medium/low;
Eric has medical concerns including swollen lymph nodes and a potential TBI being neglected;
Eric needs guarantees of access to mail, writing utensils, commissary, and especially communication with his immediate family
More of the hypocritical responses from BOP’s FCI Englewood, Mid-Atlantic Regional office, National office, and the DSCC:
- BOP directly told Eric he IS designated for USP Lee; Englewood’s Associate Warden and multiple Lieutenants at Englewood (including Lt. Quezada) and USP Atlanta have said so
- But BOP told supporters they can’t confirm his designation until he reaches USP Lee
- But BOP has also angrily told supporters this week they “know” Eric isn’t designated for USP Lee and “it’s not necessary for people to keep calling” and the number of calls from “concerned individuals” has been “overwhelming”
- BOP said Eric would be designated for USP Lee because it’s his “parent prison” (meaning a prison he was originally residing in before being under Marshall custody) despite Eric never doing time at USP Lee until AFTER he was in Marshall custody for being attacked in a broom closet at FCI Florence, and “the only way” to address his designation is with his unit team assigned to him at “his designated facility” USP Lee
- But BOP also said Eric should request a case manager to contact the DSCC so they “can have a paper trail” despite not reaching USP Lee yet
- But BOP ALSO said Grady County should send information to various BOP offices on Eric’s behalf before they COVID swabbed him to be transferred to USP Atlanta
- But BOP ALSO had medical offices express concern and say we should address the transfer before Eric ever reaches USP Lee
- But BOP ALSO said Senators and Congresspeople should address their offices before Eric reaches a designated prison
- BOP said Eric’s court records of his March 2022 acquittal/not guilty for acts of self defense when attacked by guards in a FCI Florence broom closet in 2018 wouldn’t reach the BOP for another 45-60 days to address the management variable placed on him FROM THE ASSAULT HE WAS JUST ACQUITTED OF that’s upping his security from low/medium to max security prison
- BOP confirmed Eric would be placed in segregation once reaching his designated prison due to COVID and his “security concerns”
- BOP numerous times has transferred calls to the wrong department, such as medical or financial, or simply hang up on us when attempting to make inquiries on Eric’s behalf. Sometimes we’ve only been able to get past automated messages when other offices, prisons, or operators transfer us
Congressman Joe Neguse’s office as well as Congresswoman Cori Bush’s office have been given Eric’s extensive history within the BOP to enable a Congressional inquiry.
Amnesty International has also contacted the BOP’s director Michael Carvajal: “Transferring Eric King to a maximum-security facility across the country, far from his family and loved ones when he has such a short amount of time remaining on his sentence seems to be more retaliatory and punitive rather than necessary due to specific security concerns. Under Rule 59 of the UN Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners, “Prisoners shall be allocated, to the extent possible, to prisons close to their homes or their places of social rehabilitation.” The BOP must revisit the issues within Eric King’s security profile which allow his eligibility to be at a maximum-security facility and the decision for him to be placed so far from where his family resides and where he intends to settle upon release.” Please SHARE the letter in it’s entirety here: https://supportericking.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Amnesty-International-USA-TG-re-transfer-of-Eric-King-inmate-number-27090-045-1.pdf
Congresspeople respond to their own constituents, which is specified by your legal address. Senators respond to people that live in their specific state. When calling the BOP, press zero to get to an operator if need be.
Designation & Sentence Computation Center
U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Complex
346 Marine Forces Dr.
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Email: GRA-DSC/[email protected]
Mid-Atlantic BOP Regional Office
302 Sentinel Dr.
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
Email: [email protected]
BOP National Office
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Email: [email protected]
BOP Director Michael Carvajal
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St. NW
Washington, DC 20534
Email: [email protected]
Main public contact: [email protected]
Warden Breckon: [email protected]
Assistant Warden Streeval: [email protected]
LEE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK
HICKORY FLATS ROAD
PENNINGTON GAP, VA 24277
BOP Mid-Atlantic Regional Director James Petrucci
Judiciary subcomittee that oversees the Bureau of Prisons and sentencing:
Links to find your State’s Representatives:
House of Representatives: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Virginia Senators to Contact (USP Lee Jurisdiction)
231 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
PHONE: (202) 224-4024
Mark. R Warner
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (276) 525-1405
Missouri Senators (Eric’s original sentencing district)
Phone: (202) 224-5721
Missouri Congress and Members of House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security; Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Phone: (314) 955-9980
Phone: (202) 225-2406
DRAFT MESSAGES / TEMPLATES
To whom it may concern,
I am writing about my friend who is a prisoner in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His name is Eric King, inmate number 27090-045. He was recently found not guilty on all counts at a trial in the U.S. District of Colorado. Eric was moved from FCI Englewood and was transferred from a private facility, Grady County Jail in Oklahoma, to USP Atlanta, where he was put on a bus headed east Tuesday May 3rd. He has been told by numerous BOP staff he is en route to USP Lee, a maximum security prison in Virginia.
I am writing because I believe Eric should not be sent to USP Lee, and would be in danger if he were sent there. He is scheduled to be released from prison in December 2023, and wants to avoid anything that would infringe on this release date.
There is an active threat against his life. A few years ago, before being sent to Colorado, Eric was held in the Segregation Unit at USP Lee for approximately two weeks. Before that, at USP Atlanta, a white supremacist gang member told him he would be killed at USP Lee if he was released into general population. This was documented at USP Lee. Eric was originally transferred to USP Lee and Atlanta under the US Marshalls after he was attacked by white supremacist gangs at USP McCreary.
It is imperative that Eric not be put in harm’s way. The Bureau of Prisons knows this and there is established case law regarding the BOP sending someone into dangerous and life threatening scenarios. See Fitzharris v. Wolf, 702 F.2d 836, 839 (9th Cir. 1983); Gullatte v. Potts, 654 F.2d 1007, 1012-13 (5th Cir. 1981); Roba v. U.S., 604 F.2d 215, 218-19 (2d Cir. 1979).
Additionally, Eric is in this situation because of a bogus maximum management variable on his security profile. This has him erroneously being sent to a facility beyond his actual security level. He has no pending charges and no incident reports. He has no criminal history or disciplinary sanctions qualifying him for placement at a maximum security prison.
He intends to be released to Colorado to live with his wife and his two children in just over a year. We need proof to Eric, his family and legal team the management variable is removed so that he can be sent to a medium- or low-custody prison close to home and begin preparing for release. We also need guarantees Eric will not be cut off from his legal team and family with phone calls or visits or mail, as well as Eric having access to writing utensils, paper, envelopes and stamps.
Eric also has medical concerns going unaddressed, including swollen lymph nodes from unknown causes and a potential TBI (traumatic brain injury).
I am afraid for my friend Eric’s life, and I am asking that you intervene with the Bureau of Prisons and ask them not to send Eric King into harm’s way by sending him to USP Lee.
Please help my friend.