FL correctons officers seem confident of legislative failure to reform DoC

Getting Away With Murder

Key legislator wants prison inspector general fired | Naked Politics

The House and Senate have proposed separate bills that increase oversight at the agency. The Senate plan, SB 7020, proposes an independent oversight board with a small full-time staff while the House bill, HB 7131, create five regional boards, each staffed with DOC employees.

via Key legislator wants prison inspector general fired | Naked Politics.

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I posted a comment on the Miami Herald‘s article, “I have it firsthand that Florida corrections officers are back to fearlessly threatening inmates and denying medical treatment, which means that C.O.’s are completely confident in an ongoing legislative and executive failure to force the DoC – top down – into sane and humane behaviors. After listening to yesterday’s House Judicial Committee’s hearing on prison reform yesterday, I understand why they’re so confident.”

My guess is that the comment will get more attention from the House Judicial Committee than my emails to its members.

That quite obviously isn’t how things should be … the Senate Judicial Committee solicited emails from the public, read them, and wrote a better bill because of them.

From: Susan Chandler
Date: April 15, 2015 3:11:11 PM EDT
To: Charles.McBurney@myfloridahouse.gov, Kathleen.Passidomo@myfloridahouse.gov, David.Kerner@myfloridahouse.gov, Colleen.Burton@myfloridahouse.gov, Dwight.Dudley@myfloridahouse.gov, Jay.Fant@myfloridahouse.gov, Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov, Gayle.Harrell@myfloridahouse.gov, Larry.Metz@myfloridahouse.gov, Jared.Moskowitz@myfloridahouse.gov, Scott.Plakon@myfloridahouse.gov, Carlos.Trujillo@myfloridahouse.gov, John.Wood@myfloridahouse.gov, michelle.rehwinkel@myfloridahouse.gov, Jose.Rodriguez@myfloridahouse.gov
Subject: Abandon House Bill 7131; beef up Senate Bill 7020, get it on Rick Scott’s desk

Dear Members of the House Judiciary Committee,

I didn’t realize – until inmates’ relatives and reform advocates set me straight – that your committee came up with 7131 on its own. As you well know, Florida’s Senate put exponentially more time and effort into 7020 – including soliciting public electronic comment – and the content of their bill reflects their diligence.

I listened to your hearing yesterday, and it served only as a reminder that legislators customarily are not frank with themselves; they typically do not admit that their focus on fundraising skews the content of the bills they write, the nature of conversations they participate in, their statements to the media, and the votes they cast.

As regards prison reform, you must be frank with yourselves … your hands are getting bloodier by the moment.

There are thousands of Floridians that don’t belong in prison: 1) some corrections officers routinely write “bogus DR’s” – falsified Discipline Reports – to make inmates ineligible for parole, often with the Parole Board playing 60-second judge and jury, tacking on additional years to sentences; 2) known innocents, i.e.; Leo Schofield, Jeff Abramowski, Crosley Green, Gary Bennett, William “Tommy” Zeigler, Kris Maharaj, John Dobbs, etc., remain incarcerated because of Florida Bar Association-facilitated corruption in which all three branches of government are complicit; 3) mental illness has been criminalized, and so has epilepsy, which thousands of our Traumatic Brain Injured Vets now have; 4) mandatory minimums are designed to maximize profits of prison profiteers, who engineer (and openly celebrate) recidivism; 5) Florida’s failed to implement the legalization of medical marijuana, which has driven those with intractable pain – physical or mental – to illegal use of the medicinal herb, and subsequent arrest and incarceration; 6) nearly impossible rights restoration is keeping former inmates from reintegrating into society, fueling additional crimes, again delighting the Prison Industrial Complex with engineered recidivism; 7) inmates that are so elderly and/or physically frail that they pose no hazard to society are retained rather than released.

Because a significantly lower prison population would fund every necessary prison reform (including kicking profiteers to the curb); it falls to you to make sure that your prison reform bill includes: 1) identifying the corrections officers that write bogus DR’s, voiding their libels, charging them for their crimes, and rescheduling parole hearings for inmates that are eligible; 2) retroactively voiding the tax exemption of the Florida Bar Association (as California voided Blue Shield’s tax exemption) for its wanton embrace of conviction corruption that keeps innocents serving the time of armed robbers, child molesters, rapists and killers, as doing so would remind the Bar that addressing public attorneys’ misconduct is their SCOTUS assigned responsibility; 3) independently evaluating those who have mental illness and/or epilepsy (any injury sufficient to cause epilepsy can also cause PTSD) and facilitating the transfer of those that belong in medical treatment centers, not prison; 4) eliminating mandatory minimums, retroactively; allowing re-sentencing hearings with NO time bars; 5) legalizing medical marijuana immediately, not just for epilepsy, and with no ludicrous loopholes that favor Good Ole Boys, like the requirement that only growers in business for 30 years be allowed to participate; 6) restoring and streamlining Charlie Crist’s felon rights restoration process, making sure that inmates have as little reason to reoffend as possible; 7) compassionately releasing those who are too ill and/or elderly to pose any danger to society.

Corrections officers are now completely confident that Florida House Judiciary Committee will remain a roadblock to real reform, and are acting accordingly. One mother who contacted me this morning can’t stop throwing up because of what is being done to her son, whose untreated illness caused him to lose 100 pounds – so far. A mother I spoke with on Monday said that an officer’s physical threats against her son have started back up again.

You must surprise corrections officers and officials; you must abandon HB 7131 and strengthen SB 7020. If you don’t, you’ll continue to willfully rob Floridians blind, while killing their loved ones. And you will be called out on it.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

From: Susan Chandler
Date: April 12, 2015 5:37:20 PM EDT
To: Charles.McBurney@myfloridahouse.gov, Kathleen.Passidomo@myfloridahouse.gov, David.Kerner@myfloridahouse.gov, Colleen.Burton@myfloridahouse.gov, Dwight.Dudley@myfloridahouse.gov, Jay.Fant@myfloridahouse.gov, Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov, Gayle.Harrell@myfloridahouse.gov, Larry.Metz@myfloridahouse.gov, Jared.Moskowitz@myfloridahouse.gov, Scott.Plakon@myfloridahouse.gov, Carlos.Trujillo@myfloridahouse.gov, John.Wood@myfloridahouse.gov, michelle.rehwinkel@myfloridahouse.gov, Jose.Rodriguez@myfloridahouse.gov
Subject: Amend House Bill 7131; make it match Senate Bill 7020, get it on Rick Scott’s desk

Dear Members of the House Judiciary Committee,

I am writing to express my dismay over your committee’s revisions to the Senate’s prison reform bill.

Florida corrections personnel are getting away with abuse, neglect and even murder, and it must be stopped.

My clumsy little blog gets “hits” from all over the planet on posts about prison homicides like Darren Rainey and Randall Jordan-Aparo’s.The world is watching us, including U.N. torture rapporteur Juan Mendez [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/16/the-u-s-won-t-let-the-u-n-look-at-prisons-to-investigate-solitary-confinement.html].

Please make House Bill 7131 match Senate Bill 7020 immediately, and get it on the governor’s desk as soon as possible. A failure to do so won’t just put a cloud on your conscience; it will soon put freshly spilled blood on your hands. What is predictable is preventable, ladies and gentlemen.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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One Response to FL correctons officers seem confident of legislative failure to reform DoC

  1. Pingback: Knowingly incarcerated innocent Gary Bennett beaten by same inmate again, with @FL_corrections apparent approval | Wobbly Warrior's Blog

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