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Adam Montoya & Prison Murder…

If someone were in lawful control of a minor or invalided person, and thru gross neglect they let that person die in abject pain and misery, they would be liable for a charge of at least negligent homicide—murder.  This is what the federal Bureau of Prisons is accused of doing to Adam Montoya last November.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Montoya arrived at the FCI Pekin, IL, facility on October 26th, 2009.  He died in abject pain and misery begging for meds 18 days later.  He was suffering from hepatitis, HIV and cancer.  The court had sentenced him for counterfeiting checks to 27 months and $2,000 restitution.  It’s clear they got their pound of flesh…and then some. more…

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Gun Control & The Supreme Court…

The US Supreme Court ruled today in a second decision in as many years regarding gun control.  Arguments over the 2nd Amendment involved the distinction between “a well regulated militia,” and the constitutional right of individuals to bear arms.

The Court ruled in favor of individual rights.  Clearly, an analysis of early constitutional intent demonstrates that the Court holds that the well-spring to any “militia” is the individual. more…

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Miranda & Freedom…

Holder Backs a Miranda Limit for Terror Suspects  By CHARLIE SAVAGE (NYT)  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. proposed carving a broad new exception to Miranda rights as he asserted that the Times Square bomb suspect trained in Pakistan.    ###end of link###

The U.S. Attorney General need not concern himself with the Miranda rights of  terror suspects.  On June 3rd, in a 5-to-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court all but nullified one’s being informed of such a right. more…

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Prison Legal News & Paul Wright…

Among one of the most inspiring stories of my 20 years in federal prison, is that of the Prison Legal News.  This foremost prisoner rights and news journal was started by two Washington state prisoners, Paul Wright and Ed Mead in May of 1990.

Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News

The PLN was initially a 10-page, typed and stapled production with 75 subscribers.  When Mead got out in ‘93, he was replaced by another co-editor, Dan Pens.

As one might imagine, this enterprise was against considerable opposition over the years by the prison systems, along with no small measure of internal problems and disputes.

One of those disputes in 2001 involved the outside office manager, Fred Markham, who stole more than $19,000 of PLN’s money.  That represented all the financial assets of the magazine.  Markham had spent 27 years in Texas and Washington state prisons; you’d think he’d know better. more…

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Marilyn Buck Parole…

The UNICOR worker next to me in the prison factory was wearing his radio headphones.  On that fateful morning he exclaimed, “Hey! The news is reporting that an airplane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City!”

Marilyn Buck 1971

Marilyn Buck 1971

Somewhat later, he shouted, “Hey! Another airplane crashed into the Trade Center!”  Right, I said, airplanes do that all the time, dismissing his nonsense.

Finally, he practically screamed, “Hey!  I’m not kidding, the World Trade Center just collapsed!”  Now I knew it was joke-time.  more…

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Death Penalty & Justice…

A most extraordinary thing happened on the way to the Forum…ahhh, the Court that is, the US Supreme Court.  For the first time in more than 50 years (last summer), the Court granted a writ of habeas corpus to an inmate on death row to enable his return to a Georgia court for re-hearing.  He is scheduled before that court today, Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010.

DNA Exonerations...

DNA Exonerations...

Troy Anthony Davis, was convicted of killing a cop in 1989 in Savannah, Georgia.  While sitting on death row for the past 20 years, 7 of the 9 eyewitnesses have recanted their testimony.  more…

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Prison Contraband…

A recent 60-Second Science podcast in Scientific American, warns airport screeners to beware of laxing their search after finding a first piece of contraband.  A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, supports the proposition that this is so.

Hell, we could have told them that.  Only we call it “eyewash.” Kitty PopEye

Prison guards almost always operate under punitive and bureacratic practice.  They got a certain set number of activities that are scheduled for them.  Other bureaucrats spend their time listing down what guards or turnkeys (euphemistically entitled: Corrections Officers, or as some refer to them: Ossifers) should be doing with the intent that they are then performing their job.  Actually, of course, they’re almost always mindlessly going down their lists and filling out reports.  Whether or not something is actually accomplished beyond the search is secondary. more…

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Kamp Kitchen for Kerik…

On June 10th this site spoke of the release of Jack Abramoff from the prison camp at Cumberland, Maryland, and the incarceration of Bernie Kerik, in FCI Cumberland (presumably the medium-security prison).  In fact, Kerik has been assigned to the satellite camp as well.

"Damn! Almost made it..."

"Damn! Almost made it..."

A satellite camp  is where the inmates do in-house chores, ground’s work, and other assorted details that support the main prison facility.

In Kerik’s case, he’s been assigned to the AM kitchen detail.  Getting up around 4:30 in the morning, he might help the cooks (unless he can actually cook himself), scrub pots ‘n pans, or help set-up the dining room.  He’s been angling for a job in the chapel, but no luck so far.  Meanwhile, he’s furiously taking notes for his planned book.  Hey, Bernie!  How ’bout a prison cookbook?!? more…

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Corrlinks…

Corrlinks is a closed-circuit, prison e-mail, computer system.   At first, Corrlinks (nee Trulinks) simply provided an approved-listing e-mail service.  It’s since been expanded to other areas involving security and control.

Communications...

Communications...

Despite some beliefs, there is no access to the Internet.  Corrlinks is now in all federal prisons, and is quickly being adopted by the state systems. more…

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Coca Comeback…

Not that it ever went away in the US, but apparently for the cocaleros and anti-narco military of Peru, business is booming.  A recent article in the New York Times speaks to the subject.

Coca police

Coca police

The article reports that given the “drug war” in Colombia, the cultivation of coca is moving back to Peru and Bolivia.  With mass markets in the US, Brazil, and Europe, this development is inevitable. more…

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