When I don’t hear from Harold …

When I don’t hear from Harold Hempstead, it’s more than burdensome, it’s hell.

I advocate for a significant number of incarcerated Florida innocents, and Harold’s incessant whistleblowing has been helping to keep them alive. Not safe, by any means. Not for a millisecond. Just alive.

Gary Bennett was recently beat to a pulp, yet again. This time, he lost most of the hearing in one ear. Gary was framed in Brevard County, Florida in the exact same manner as the first two incarcerated innocents I advocated for, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon (DNA exonerated 2004, 2008 respectively).

From time to time, prison personnel retaliate against Harold, as they’ve done against Gary, for the same reason … both stick up for other inmates, in their own ways. Both Harold and Gary have significant health problems that require uninterrupted medication, both have had their medication arbitrarily withheld.

Harold is known as the Caged Crusader, Miami Harold, and The Witness. Gary hasn’t been given a nickname by prison staff or the media yet. When and if he’s dubbed, it will likely be along the lines of Everyone’s Fall Guy … the betrayals he’s endured for the past 32 years have come from public defenders and innocence organizations, along with the usual cast of characters in Brevard frame-ups … malevolent police, prosecutors and judges, a disgraced dog handler, coached jailhouse informants, missing/damaged evidence, etc.

Not hearing from Harold doesn’t necessarily mean he hasn’t written. Sometimes his mail is delayed, more likely by prison personnel than the US Postal Service. Inmates experience difficulty receiving mail, too, and again the delays are most likely attributable to prison personnel, not postal workers.

The US Postal Service is under attack by the uber rich, who lobbied to force the USPS to set up mini-facilities in office supply stores and other retail environments. The goal is to privatize the USPS, creating another legion of underpaid, overworked, poorly trained, poorly supervised, disgruntled workers.

Just like the legion of corrections personnel.

The wealthy have always feared the majority of us having enough disposable income to effectively assert ourselves. Now the wealthy are absolutely terrified … Bernie Sanders ran a clean campaign and raised a fortune from ordinary people, ordinary people who want what he wants, including an end to mass incarceration and an end to privatized prisons.

The uber rich are so terrified of the significance of the Sanders campaign that the mainstream media (wholly owned and operated by a handful of multi-billionaires) pretended that Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination even though superdelegates don’t vote until July 25th, in order to discourage voter turnout for Sanders at the remaining primaries, including California. Chris Matthews outed the lot of them, before their joint “announcement” – appearing somehow personally convinced that the glaring, unprecedented election engineering was acceptable, even desirable.

If Hillary Clinton had one honest bone in her body, she would have immediately held a press conference to announce that she hadn’t won anything yet, and that no one should stay away from voting booths based on the media’s dishonest portrayal of how presidential elections work. But Clinton hasn’t an honest bone in her body. It’s wholly apparent in the elitist party platform that she and Debbie Wasserman Schultz cooked up, overriding Sanders. Obama doesn’t have an honest bone in his body either. He should have ordered an investigation of the mainstream media by the FBI, Department of Justice and regulatory agencies, never letting the “Clinton won” lie live long enough to be taken seriously. Obama’s “should have” list has more entries than the number of drones he’s dropped.

Harold’s Hempstead’s silence could signal he’s enduring another round of retaliation for whistleblowing. Gary Bennett’s healing, incomplete as its likely to be, may well be interrupted by another beating. In lockups nationwide, men, women and adolescents are dying too young every day – starvation, heat stroke, sensory deprivation, withheld or inappropriate medication and/or treatment, unchecked inmate-on-inmate violence, unnecessary use of force, etc.

Votes are still being counted in California, putting more delegates on Sander’s side. Superdelegates that previously committed to Clinton are changing their minds. And they should change their minds. Our postal service and corrections facilities were never, ever supposed to enrich anyone. Sanders knows that, and so does every other politician. But Sanders will try to deliver us from evil.

 

 

 

 

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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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6 Responses to When I don’t hear from Harold …

  1. helpmybrotherharoldhempstead says:

    Alot of his mail isn’t getting out he’S stated he wrote me 10 times in this last month I have 5 letters he wrote my mom 17 times in this last month she got 15 letters someone is keeping whatever mail they want and only letting some mail go through 3 other people have said the same thing they’re not receiving letters from joey none of this shocks me they don’t understand our code so the coded letters are getting here

    • I’m so sorry for what your family is being put through. As you know, a lot of people don’t believe that corrections personnel being underpaid, overworked and dangerously understaffed has anything to do with anything. I know for certain that disrespect breeds disrespect; I taught it to business owners and managers during consultations, armed with stats. Those that listened and raised wages decreased turnover, employee theft, absenteeism, etc., and realized profits that exceeded the pay hikes. There’s no need to research statistics now, we only have to compare Walmart’s business model to Costco’s: Walmart oppresses for success (to the point of much of their workforce receiving federal assistance), and Costco doesn’t, and it plays out the exact same way, disrespect breeds disrespect, and vice-versa. The majority of our recent presidents, state governors and state and federal legislators aren’t too stupid to comprehend this; they are too corrupt to care, their focus is on income opportunities from Walmart, the Prison Industrial Complex, etc., and nothing else. Florida corrections officers are paid far less than fish and wildlife officers, and there is no way to justify this glaring insult. The only one who knows it better than Florida corrections secretary Julie Jones is Governor Rick Scott; who recruited Jones out of retirement from heading our fish and wildlife agency. We have until July 25th to change the minds of Democratic delegates and superdelagates through concentrated social media efforts, and grab the lifeline that Bernie Sanders is throwing. The chances of Barack Obama letting his conscience kick in during his finals six months of service will remain in the bottom half of the bottom half of the slim-to-none range unless Sanders wins the Democratic nomination in July. Corrections must be restored to a well-respected career in order to attract and retain sane and humane personnel, and that battle will be entirely uphill, with no end in sight, sans Sanders. We can’t even hope for ethical resolution of suspicious inmate deaths sans Sanders … Harold’s life will remain on the line for witnessing Darren Rainey’s 2012 scalding homicide at Dade Correctional Institution, and being unable to put his interests ahead of Darren’s family’s. A prompt and thorough investigation would have prevented Richard Mair from being driven to suicide in the same unit in 2013, and let Harold put all his efforts towards getting out from under his ludicrous 165 year sentence. It’s 2016, four full years later, and Dade CI personnel haven’t yet been held accountable for either death by Florida corrections, the Miami-Dade Police Department, State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle’s office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Rick Scott, the FBI, the Department of Justice, or the president. Suspicious inmate deaths are happening daily, nationwide. It is no favor to sane and humane prison personnel to have coworkers that got away with murder remain free, it’s instead a direct threat to their safety. It makes a mockery of Florida corrections “We never walk alone” mantra … who the hell wants to walk with murderers?

  2. Reblogged this on Aware & Fair and commented:
    While elected officials take their time doing nothing, real people’s’ lives are disrupted, hang by a thread, overshadowed by worry…

    • Thank you for reblogging this post, JoAnn, and for understanding the anxiety that inmates and their families experience when justice is unavailable, while intimidation remains in overstock.

      • Glad to some support. You describe such a bitter situation, I don’t know what else to say.

      • None of what I blog about is hopeless, most of it is been there/fixed that stuff (endless war, rivers on fire, death penalty, etc.). It just didn’t stay fixed, so we need to do it all over again, this time without having to hand write letters and pass petitions around in person.

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