Let’s End Collective Punishment in U.S. Prisons

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      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek

      Also published in the April 2021 edition of Prison Legal News. By Sandy Rozek . . . As long ago as 1991 when Rodney King was beaten by four police off
      [See the full post at: Let’s End Collective Punishment in U.S. Prisons]

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      Collective punishment goes far beyond mail. In the bop institutions I was in if a cell phone was found the entire unit was punished (360 inmates) our commissary as restricted to $25 a week and only hygiene, our movement was restricted – no movement after evening chow and locked in on the weekend. This is just one example of a common practice. Sometimes computer access was taken for weeks and even visitation for a unit was cancelled. Our biggest complaint was “why are we all being punished when they have the guy that did it”

    • #82765 Reply

      Yes, way beyond the scope of mail. There once were jobs with prevailing wage, allowing a prisoner to save up money for when the got out, and not be a burden to the community once released. Washington only gives $50 upon release, barely dinner.

      Overpriced commissary. Families send inmates money to help make life bright some times, in a very dark place. Most of these families are living paycheck to paycheck, and can’t afford this type of support. So why are we allowing companies to gouge these family’s only support system. Even vending machines in the visiting areas are ridiculously overpriced.

      Allowing and monitoring emails is something new, that seems to me a good idea to help families communicate. E-cards can bring smiles, I believe the system has a lot of catching up to do.

      • #82768 Reply

        It reminds me of elementary school, when the whole class could be punished for what one or a few kids had done. The whole thing is very juvenile and for lack of a better word “ignorant.” It’s very simple, just deal the the ones that are guilty or responsible. These practices are useless and harmful as proven. Money is wasted everywhere we turn.

    • #82769 Reply

      Yet another reason to Defend the criminal justice system as a whole.

      Not the police.

    • #82770 Reply

      This mail thing is a deflecting mechanism to move the spotlight away from officers who are the ones bringing in drugs. In NC, on minimum custody camps, you have (well before COVID anyway) people leaving the camp everyday to work, but their mail has to be copied. They wear street clothes and eat street food, etc.

      I know for a fact that officers bring in contraband. They bring in drugs, phones, alcohol, etc. They do it to supplement their very low pay. It’s at every prison at every level in every state. The prison system doesn’t want to crack down because it will reveal how screwed up they are AND, at least in NC, they can’t hire officers as it is. If they cut out their supplemental income, they wouldn’t be able to hire anybody.

      In NC after 2015 when the legislature passed physical requirements for officers (keep in mind they already had 400lb+ officers who could barely walk), NC’s ability to hire officers became near impossible. I saw a situation where they had to interview 28 people to find 2 that qualified. Then on their first day, out of the 9 people they hired, 5 quit before the welcome speech was done!

      The deal is that the real costs of incarceration are not being shown and they quality of the people they hire just doesn’t cut it. There’s a reason NC locates prisons in economically challenged areas. They can get people to work for nothing. These extracurricular activities are so out in the open it wouldn’t take much to uncover it. NCDPS just doesn’t want anybody else to know so they put all these procedures in place to push the spotlight away from their own staff.

    • #82771 Reply

      I was actually at SCI-Mercer, when The Big Drug Issues were going forth. We were locked down for nearly a month, and had all meals brought to us. We had to ‘Cell Shower’: Which means one guy turns his back to the other while the other washes himself completely. Commissary was out of The Question all that time. Drug Dogs were brought in to sniff us all…one spent a bit too much time near my Genitals and I actually heard another Handler say to the one that had the dog: ‘Tell him to bite this Guy’s Nuts Off. He’s a Ni&%er Baby Raper!’ Needless to say; THAT Officer wasn’t back ever again the following day and was Transferred. Once it was all over, it was discovered that, FIVE DIFFERENT OFFICERS were the ones actually bringing in The K2, but NONE of them were ever arrested or had lost their jobs. They too, just got Transferred! Another Officer before that; was said to have exposed himself to a female Nursing Staffer. HE should have been arrested on the spot…but No. He too, got Transferred! I’d heard stories like this in my entire time being Incarcerated in Pennsylvania’s Prison System from guys that got Transferred there from other facilities. Same type of Stories. Same results, and guess what? The Politicians in Harrisburg ALL KNOW ABOUT IT! Yet, they won’t do anything about it. They all suddenly seem to suffer a Mass Case of Amnesia, when you ask any of them about it. It doesn’t take much to wonder why.
      Nuff Said!

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