Corcoran SHU Prisoners Start Hunger Strike for Decent Healthcare; Support Needed Now

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:

by Annabelle Parker

On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, three men locked inside unit 4B-1L of the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) of California State Prison-Corcoran started a hunger strike: Heshima Denham (J-38283), followed on Sept. 27 by Michael Zaharibu Dorrough (D-83611), and Kambui Robinson (C-82830) will join them the following day for a few days or as long as he can considering his poor health.

Why? The medical care at Corcoran SHU is so bad that life-threatening situations have occurred on too many occasions to the people in the SHU and possibly also elsewhere at CSP-Corcoran that they have had to resort to a hunger strike, the ultimate nonviolent protest, in order to make this point known to the warden, the medical receiver appointed by the court to oversee California’s notoriously bad prison healthcare, and the administration of the California Department of Corrections (CDCr).

Several factors made the three decide to…

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Corizon: Murder by maximization of profits. Taxpayers pick up tab.

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Punishment by neglect | Political Animal | Creative Loafing Tampa

There are serious issues with Corizon, however, that Florida health officials either didn’t know about or ignored when they authorized the company to take over all health services for the DOC in the northern part of Florida in 2013 — like the fact that the company had been sued over 600 times for malpractice in the previous five years …

Henry Carvajal says he remembers when he received the call from doctors in Jacksonville, and was initially thrilled that his son was finally getting some care. “Finally, they’re giving him some help,” he said to himself. But the nurse on the other line wasn’t finished. “Bad news,” she continued. “He’s got cancer that’s metastasized, and he doesn’t have more than two months to live.”

via Punishment by neglect | Political Animal | Creative Loafing Tampa.

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Corporations have become accustomed to getting away with maiming and murdering under the guise of a legal obligation to maximize profits.

Damages for maiming and murdering aren’t awarded automatically, and it isn’t cheap to conduct any trial, let alone a trial where the defendant is so accustomed to being sued that they not only know every trick in the book, they’ve likely invented a few.

In wasted docket time alone, Floridians will lose far more than the 7% that was allegedly saved by contracting with Corizon.

The damages will be over and above that cost.

Here’s hoping that Eric Holder’s successor will make it clear that maiming and murdering to maximize profits will land corporate officers and directors behind bars along with other homicidal criminals, but with all their assets forfeited, given the conspiratorial nature of their crimes.

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Florida Dept. of Corrections Under Fire; Murder, Mayhem & Cover Ups

Susan Chandler:

As many who advocate for inmates know, Gretl Plessinger – the current spokesperson for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement – is the former spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections. Her testimony about the FL DoC ignoring complaints of abuse, violence and the taking of lives would be required if the FDLE was legitimately investigating the FL DoC.

Originally posted on Prison Reform Movement's Weblog:

Recently, Florida Department of Corrections has fired 35 correctional officers for various CRIMES ranging from breaking the law, a gassing death, cover ups, and more. All were on administrative leave pending a review that was launched in summer. NONE have been arrested or charged with any crimes. Whats the hold up? Why have there not been any arrests or charges?? If it were you or I, we would be behind bars with no bond….corruption runs deep in Florida, always has. Its time to clean house and if it means getting rid of Crews ( the DOC secretary) then so be it.

A state senator is asking the Department of Corrections to turn over documents regarding the cover-up and investigation of suspicious inmate deaths at Florida prisons, warning that the use excessive force may have violated the constitutional ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, sent the letter…

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Archangels of Justice on The Michael Bell Case – YouTube

Archangels of Justice on The Michael Bell Case – YouTube.

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CDCr Proposes Draconian Visiting Policies

Susan Chandler:

“Anticipating widespread reaction from family and friends of prison visitors, the CDCR has only given five calendar days for public comment about this policy, in contrast to the typical 30 days. Defining these as emergency regulations and allowing only five days for public response is disrespectful in the extreme.”

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Tries To Fast Track Draconian Prison Visiting Policies, Proposing Use of Canines and Controversial ION scanners

Claiming the need for emergency passage of new visiting policies, the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) is proposing the use of canines and ION scanners that would subject visitors to prisons to humiliating and traumatizing strip searches if they tested positive but wanted to be able to have a contact visit with their loved one. Canines are trained to “alert” to the presence of drugs (even prescription ones) tobacco and cell phones. If the canine alerts or the scanner tests positive, “the visitor shall be required to submit to an unclothed body search as a condition of visiting.” Both canines and ION scanners are notorious for troubling rates of false positives, giving rise to litigation challenging the legality of their use. In 2008 Federal Bureau of Prisons was…

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Woman Imprisoned for 30 Years Gets New Trial After DNA Testing of Evidence Matches Serial Killer

Originally posted on Dare to Think:

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Cathy Woods (above left during the trial and above right today), 64, who has been in prison for the last 30 years has received a new trial for a murder she was convicted of in 1976.  New DNA evidence of a cigarette butt found at the scene matches that of an unknown serial killer.  The new trial is set to begin in July of next year.  Woods was convicted of slashing the throat of Michelle Mitchell, 19 in a residential garage near the University of Nevada where Mitchell was a student.  Woods was convicted in 1980, but received a new trial.  At her second trial in 1985, she was convicted again.

A few years after the murder, Woods was under psychiatric care in Louisiana when she claimed to have killed a woman in Reno.  A nurse reported the story to authorities, who interviewed Woods.  She confessed to the crime.  Interestingly…

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▶ Little Blue – A Broken Promise – YouTube

▶ Little Blue – A Broken Promise – YouTube.

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