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www.prisoncensorship.info is a media institution run by the Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons. Here we collect and publicize reports of conditions behind the bars in U.$. prisons. Information about these incidents rarely makes it out of the prison, and when it does it is extremely rare that the reports are taken seriously and published. This historical record is important for documenting patterns of abuse, and also for informing people on the streets about what goes on behind the bars.

We hope this information will inspire people to take action and join the fight against the criminal injustice system. While we may not be able to immediately impact this particular instance of abuse, we can work to fundamentally change the system that permits and perpetuates it. The criminal injustice system is intimately tied up with imperialism, and serves as a tool of social control on the homeland, particularly targeting oppressed nations.

[COVID-19] [Civil Liberties] [Daniel Unit] [Texas] [ULK Issue 72]
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COVID-19 Sheds Some Light on Prisoners' Lack of Recourse

I’m writing to ask if there is a way to receive the grievance petition for Texas. As for here all grievances are answered the same. The lawsuit that was in federal court due to COVID-19 was thrown out for not exhausting administrative remedies. Also here at this unit we are not allowed to wear N95 masks. We do not have any rights here.


MIM(Prisons) adds: This comrade is commenting on the fact that grievances are constantly denied in Texas, like so many prison systems in this country. Yet, without the proper paper trail of going through all levels of the grievance process, your lawsuits are deemed invalid thanks to the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act(PLRA) of Bill Clinton. Before the PLRA there was actually a semblance of checks and balances applied to conditions in U.$. prisons. Since then that has not been the case, and abuse and humyn rights violations occur daily, unchecked. The COVID-19 pandemic has helped bring that to the attention of the general public.

This is why USW comrades have written grievance petitions in over a dozen states to appeal to various state overseers to restore a semblance of justice to these prison systems. While the victories have been isolated, it has led to concrete organizing around concrete conditions faced by prisoners as a class. These injustices demonstrate the bad faith of the current system that offers no real solutions for the oppressed.

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[COVID-19] [Daniel Unit] [Texas]
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Grievance Campaign Takes on COVID-19 Practices at Prince Daniel Unit

I’d like to say thank you for your support while we are here behind these walls, at Prince Daniel Unit in Snyder, Texas. These officers have it in their mind that we don’t have any rights. They delay my mail and even send it back to sender. I’ve been grieving this issue, and no response. Also here you have several C.O.’s who don’t wear their mask. C.O. Gauna doesn’t wear her mask, and constantly turns on bright lights while we sleep just to be annoying, and when I complain, her famous saying is, “You should have never been locked up”. Another C.O. who does the same, his name is Wilcox. And I’ve written Step 1 and Step 2, with no good answer.

We are racked up one row and they let two row out sometimes. There are only 5 people in day room. Showers are not cleaned. If you are an SSI/Porter, your job is to clean on your hour out and get dirty without taking a shower and rack up. When you come out on your next hour you still have to clean. Per Mayor Durben, Capt. Hoover doesn’t have anything signed by the warden or director of TDCJ about one row, two row. But we all go to rec and to eat at the same time. I would like a grievance petition for Texas, so I can share here with my brothers.

So in the Echo it stated that phone visits are $10 for one hour. The video visit. What about those who can’t afford those visits? Shoot, here at Prince Daniel Unit prices are going up in commissary and we are forced to buy what they want us to, because they’re always out of items. The crazy part is that warehouse is 15 minutes from here, and we have 52 workers who work there and live here on The Unit. I guess you just have to stay out of trouble to get out. But hell, nobody is making parole. What can we do? Well brother sorry for the complaining. Until next time

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