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New Medical Facility Being Built For California Prisoners

this is a victory for all of our UNION members after more than a decade of hard work but I still wish it was not being administrated under the Ca Dept of Corrections when healers are what is needed.

November 7, 2010 at 8:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legal Update: Miranda and California Prisons

Vote for no one taking money from law enforcement labor unions. It was disgraceful that only 18% of the eligible voters turned out to pass major changes in the laws and elect people to office who have power over how our tax dollars are spent.

Every American is needed right now to do their civic duty and to keep law enforcement's puppets in office out. We are paying billions of dollars to imprison people for crimes that aren't really crimes and all of this is due to voter apathy. Go into poor neighborhoods and register 20 voters as "decline to state" or Democrats (NO Republicans) and teach them to register 20, keep repeating the process. We have to get out and work to keep the punishers out of power at the ballot box in Nov.

June 22, 2010 at 11:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Producer's Perspective: What I Learned In Prison

There are no statistics anywhere that prisons, jails and harsh laws do one thing to insure "the public safety." There is plenty of evidence to support that restorative justice techniques actually work and that investments in prevention of mental illness and support of our youth really pay off.

The public outcry over the wrongful deaths, the numerous lawsuits that have been filed over inhumane conditions, all these are valid reasons to release as many of the 80,000 people in on minor technical violations as soon as possible. Crimes are being broken by lawmakers and state officials to operate in this manner. No one is coming back to their communities a better citizen. I happen to think that the daily death toll and immeasurable maimings due to careless double celling of prisoners is VERY important.

February 6, 2010 at 3:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Producer's Perspective: What I Learned In Prison

State and federal laws are being broken by lawmakers who are puppets for law enforcement labor unions and state prison employees. I believe there will be reform when there is accountability of those criminals sitting in elected office and wearing badges. The system is corrupt arrest through parole and nobody who really knows what's going on has any respect for it.

There should be consequences for the preventable deaths (murders) that state employees are causing through deliberate indifference. These crimes are far worse than those committed by the 80,000 plus prisoners who are in for minor technical parole violations.

How can you, Centurion, justify these events?

February 6, 2010 at 5:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Producer's Perspective: What I Learned In Prison


You are a prison guard so you are out fighting to maintain the human bondage industry. I recall when there were only 20,000 people in prison in Calif, before Pete Wilson decided to increase that number to 150,000 in a few short years so he could attempt a run for President on a "tough-on-crime" platform.

I also recall when the Repub politicians, fueled with dollars and votes from CCPOA and other law enforcement labor unions, passed a number of harsh sentencing laws such as 3 Strikes, Jessica's Law, Prop 9 for the sole purpose of keeping the prisons stocked with fresh humans. They lied then, and they're still lying about the value of these laws which have destroyed far more people than they have benefitted. Worse, there were no funding sources for these laws, which means that the money to pay for them is coming out of education and human services dollars.

There ARE reasonable alternatives which have worked in Calif. before, including an investment in our youth. Back in the day when crime was much lower, after school activities were free. It didn't cost $900 for a kid to play football. Stealing a watermelon out of a field was not a felony and almost all high school kids also had a job.

Before Reagan cut all the funding, the mentally ill were not cast to the street or criminalized and thrown in prisons to the extent that they are today. There must be 50,000 or more severely mentally ill people in prison who are being punished for being sick and unable to follow the rules of society. This is wrongheaded thinking, especially when mental illness can be prevented. Substance abuse can be prevented too if education about it begins in grammar school. We need to shift the power from the punishers and invest in prevention and healing, change the ridiculous sentencing laws, and take the 80,000 people who are incarcerated for minor parole violations out of prison.

The mentally ill cannot be healed in prisons, which are primitive, puritanical places that break people in mind, body and spirit. The legislature runs off the human bondage industry and the lawmakers have almost all taken money from law enforcement labor unions. It is a reasonable solution for we, the people, not to elect ANYONE who is clearly being financed and supported by law enforcement labor unions.

Should I continue with reasonable alternatives to prisons?

The topic of supported research on the success of restorative justice as opposed to retributive justice is broad, but a system that makes far more sense.

No credible criminologist or sociologist believes that prisons are doing one thing to reduce crime. Prisons are simply criminal colleges where people are dying preventable deaths,and being driven mad from inhumane conditions, overcrowding, out of control disease epidemics and a violent, hateful environment. It is UNREASONABLE to spend billions punishing sick people for crimes that aren't really crimes, instead of changing the sentencing laws.

February 6, 2010 at 5:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Producer's Perspective: What I Learned In Prison

Many books are in print right now with empirical evidence that prisons aren't working Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse (Studies in Crime and Public Policy by Todd R. Clear =Imprisoning America: The Social Effects of Mass Incarceration by David F. Weiman------ -- Prison State: The Challenge of Mass Incarceration (Cambridge Studies in Criminology) ---------Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration by Michael Jacobson

February 5, 2010 at 9:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Producer's Perspective: What I Learned In Prison

The reporter saw only what they wanted her to see. The prisons are so overcrowded that they have been using ad seg as permanent housing, a very cruel practice since these are half-sized cells.

If an inmate is attacked by someone else, he is put into ad seg. Or if one of the guards beat him, or he witnesses them committing a crime on an inmate, they will also be put into ad seg. Of course, the reporter didn't actually see an ad seg cell, but these are often smeared with feces, smelling of urine, and a number of "suicides" have occurred in ad segs.

The families travel for hundreds of miles and are often turned away from visiting. If their loved one gets sick and needs to be hospitalized, they may not visit them at all, often even in their final hours. The medical care is not something of which anyone would be envious. Sorry, but that's not a verified fact.

Take it from someone who knows. There is still a death toll in the prisons and it doesn't help to have anyone parroting what the prison guards tell them about health care. A prisoner dies everyday within the 33 prison system and preventable deaths are actually up, even with the receivership.

There are 80,000 prisoners in for minor parole violations, very few of the inmates are violent and of those who are, most are mentally ill and shouldn't be locked in a cage. No one comes out a better person from the bloodhouses. Make a few more visits before you decide the worth of prison guards.

February 2, 2010 at 10:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Life In Prison: Harriet Salarno, A Victim Speaks

All it takes to prove the point is to go into Prison Talk Online and post basic solutions to the problems, talk about the problems with prison guards and a whole pack of them will come out and attack. Mention what every high school graduate is taught about civics and the need to form voting groups and elect the right people to office who have taken no money from law enforcement labor unions. Have several people try to post the truth, you'll be amazed at who is in charge of that forum - prison guards!

January 23, 2010 at 1:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Turning A Lens On Aging & Sick In California Prisons

The families of the UNION fought 24/7 for more than a decade to get AB1539 passed into law, which it was in 2007. Yet no one is being released under this law, which is costing at least $1 billion in medical costs.

Cleo (above) worked against the families who filed lawsuits for wrongful deaths and compassionate release including Nora Weber for the entire decade, she doesn't live in California and has caused extreme damage by being a double agent who sometimes sides with the guards.

In Dec, 2009 she was telling people not to attend a press conference where she knew Nora Weber and other families who have sued the state would be speaking even after Nora asked her for her help. Cleo isn't credible and shouldn't be used as a source, just so you know. Cleo attacks families and journalists, undermines attorneys, and contributes nothing as far as organizing a real solution, never goes to hearings, holds no rallies, files no lawsuits and helps no one find attorneys. Worse, she attacks those who do.

There are 4500 inmates who could be released to their family members or put into skilled nursing facilities. People like Nora Weber could afford to be taking care of her son at home. A number of these families are fighting legal battles backed by the UNION and probably would be glad to share their individual cases with you. One is a total paraplegic who family can afford to take care of him, he is the father of three small children, just his existence in the home would help them since visits are severely restricted to those in hospitals.

January 22, 2010 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Life In Prison: Harriet Salarno, A Victim Speaks

That site Prison Talk is controlled by prison guards. The fact is that the UNION families have won $6.5 million in lawsuit payouts in 2009 with more still coming to court. Watch for details very soon on another national television program about the five lawsuits described at the above link. Naturally prison guards lash out at the families who sue them, more than 1000 state employees have been served with lawsuits by UNION families with more on the way.

January 20, 2010 at 10:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )