Hello mom, October 7, 2015

I received your last two letters. It’s been a bumpy road for me and I’m doing what I can to control myself. However to tell you the truth I have developed a bad temper in this place. I try to control it but it gets the best of me. I win over it at times at keeping it under control, but I’m being provoked a lot – because of my temper. I’ve been trying hard to stay in control of myself. I’m going to stop going to chow just so I won’t have to interact in any way with the officers. I will eat in my cell. I’ve been in a few situations with officers to where I have written them up. It’s the route I’m taking so these people will see I am trying to handle things differently.

Thank you for the photos you sent of the boys. It put a smile on my face to know they were both doing something for a good cause. What is my son eating? He has gotten so big!

Jamie and his little brother Ben
Jamie with his little half brother Benjamin

I’m sure you’re wanting to know about my trip to the hospital again. I spoke to the doctor. I do have around my heart. They never did do the MRI. They did an EKG and an ultra sound. They took pictures of my heart. The doctor told me he was going to give me something for the inflammation, however I was told it wasn’t in the paperwork so I haven’t been getting anything. I spoke with the doctor here on the unit and he said I have another appointment at the hospital in two months. So sometime next month I’ll be going back. I’m okay so don’t worry. I just have these off and on chest pains. I’ll be fine so don’t worry yourself.

Prison food
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I got into a fight with a dude, an inmate. He works in the kitchen with food. My cell is right in front of the kitchen. I can watch them do everything. Well one day I watched him put his bare hands on all the cornbread. We had a verbal conflict. Then I said, “Man have to eat that. Don’t nobody want to eat nothing you’re putting your nasty hands on.” I called a Stg. She gets on him about it. Well this dude goes around telling everyone I snitched on him. But he didn’t tell everybody that he put his hands all over everybody’s food. He just said I was snitching. So I told him he’s playing a dirty game and I was ginning to beat his ass when I caught up with him. It just so happened we bumped into each other when I was coming back from the hospital. It’s nothin so don’t worry about it. I was just locked down for a few days. Sorry, but things like that you can’t let fly. If I did, I’d have more than a lot of problems come my way. (There are no judges here)

I have to get this in the mail now. They will pick up soon. Could you send me some books? Thank you.

Love you, Son

(Sonni’s note: One of the best reasons to deny parole are the cases that are filed against inmates for disciplinary reasons, even though it is the Guards who push and provoke the inmates into reacting – and they know it. It is a rare human being who can continually turn away and ignore someone who mistreats and humiliates you. Keeping an inmate in the lower levels of restriction also keeps him from education – another reason to deny parole. Institutionalizing a man severely lessons his chances from making it on the outside after he finishes his extremely long and abusive sentence. I’m not talking about the seriously sick criminal. I’m talking about the man who pushed through the system and sentenced beyond common sense and used as slave labor.

What do you do when necessary medication is kept from these inmates, when life sustaining medication is withheld for a higher profit margin. The prison system gets away with mistreatment. Even if an inmate or x-inmate manages to file suit against the prison staff, the court will do everything it can to keep the prison from having to take responsibility. At the most, maybe they will buy off the inmate. But it is rare that the abusers have to take responsibility. 

Inmates are in prison because it was deemed that their crime demanded that they be locked up, often for decades. Why? Because they are supposed to be a danger to society. Many are – but not all. We all know the reasons now for our over full racist prisons and how it came about. Only someone fairly ignorant would actually believe anymore that black men are more dangerous. That is the white man’s propaganda. So where is the punishment for the legal criminals? Do you think these guards, who abuse prisoners, and get a kick out of it, change into different, respectful, compassionate people who go home and play with their kids and have loving relationships with their wives and friends? Can they forget their abuse of another human being who often does not deserve what was done to him. Can they just go on as if they did nothing? Does it matter if they use the excuse that the officer above him condones what he did? No. It doesn’t. Ultimately he doesn’t get away with it. The law of cause and effect or you reap what you sow – whatever you call it – is strict. These guards are damaged goods. They are criminals and they think their actions are okay. They are a danger to society. They. Are. Sick. And they get no help because they aren’t held accountable for their actions. This is not every guard,  just like not every inmate is guilty or innocent. But there has been enough reported incidents of prison guard abuse and brutality to know it is a serious problem. It is not a guard’s job to abuse whenever they feel like it. When an inmate dies because of abuse it is to late to change it for him. These murders don’t seem to count. Inmates don’t seem to have viable lives. When they die from lack of medical care it is still murder. I have heard the public sarcastically proclaim that inmates get 3 squares a day and free medical, because they believe the propaganda the media puts out. We could stop that guard from sadistically abusing another man, and we could stop the prison from allowing it to happen – but we don’t.

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4 thoughts on “There Are No Judges Here – And Some Things You Can’t Let Fly!

    1. Most people don’t understand what it is like to be put in solitary confinement and the treatment they get where you can do nothing about it. The people in control? They have to live with losing their own humanity

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  1. When is Jamie eligible for parole? And his sentence is finished when again? I wonder sometimes if it’s possible for the inmates to come together to enact change. It seems the gaurds in prisons attempt to deter friendship, support and leadership among the inmates. Perhaps the men behind the bars would have more power if they could somehow find a way to work together instead of being divided and conquered. What is it that stops this from happening? Too varied a human profile within the confines or the institution?

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    1. You are so right. Often, when inmates file grievances against the guards they retaliate and are treated worse. It is hard for inmates to get treated fairly. It often takes years with the help of family to bring these issues out so the public knows. In 2013, in Ca, starting at Pelican Bay prison and spreading to other prisons the inmates staged a hunger strike. Its easy to look up with Google. Several inmates died but they held their ground. They were fighting for their rights and forced the prisons to give in. But the prisons didn’t want to do what they promised. Families stood outside protesting. Now, 2 years later, fighting in court, they managed to eliminate endless solitary confinement or being put there for no other reason other than being black or Hispanic. So changes are happening. People are becoming more aware. Use solitary confinement if the need is there to be separated, but don’t keep them there for 30 years.

      Jamie’s next parole hearing is Oct 2016. It is his 2nd one. If he does his entire sentence which most blacks do, he will get out in 2023. Extremely long sentences, beyond reason, is another thing they are trying to change. If Jamie had not been wrongly pushed into juvenile detention – for 9 months – and not let go for 4years, he would have been able to finish school. Our justice system stomps on minorities and makes sure they can’t have a decent life. When they fail they say, “Black people are stupid and only know how to be criminals.” When people need to feed their families they will do anything they need to do – not because they want to be criminals but because they have no choice.

      Will Jamie make parole? When they make sure his level isn’t high enough to even take classes to get a GED? They know not even a fast food joint will hire him.

      Your last two comments – what stops them? The prison will separate them – send them to different places if they think the inmates have a case. Inmates will come together on an issue and are often punished because of that.

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