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[Organizing] [Education] [California]
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Fighting for rights to education and organize

I am a prisoner of the State of California at CSP-Corcoran. I received your address from the Prison Activist Resource Center and was interested in your ad about helping prisoners to organize and educate themselves. Right now I'm prepared to take legal action against this prison for exercising injustice, oppression and corruption against me. They dislike when a prisoner stands up against their injustice and exercises his constitutional right. I personally will not allow my rights to be stripped away nor will I stand by idle when the helpless are being oppressed!

Malik Shabazz stated: "And one of our first programs is to take our problem out of the civil rights context and place it at the international level, of human rights, so that the entire world can have a voice in our struggle!" What a profound speech and lovely concept to strive for. I dislike injustice, tumult and oppression at any level of society. My goal here is to promote justice and human rights in this prison. The only way to fight the system is with the system!

Malik Shabazz also stated: "But all of that violence that they display at the international level, when you and I want just a little bit of freedom, we're supposed to be nonviolent. They're violent. They're violent in Korea, they're violent in Germany, they're violent in the South Pacific, they're violent in Cuba, they're violent wherever they go. But when it comes time for you and me to protect ourselves against lynchings, they tell us to be nonviolent." Luckily we are protected by the U.S. Constitution and this allows us to be nonviolent and utilize the legal system, this is why one of my current objectives is to study, learn and practice legal law. If you can please donate any legal books, i.e. law dictionary, how to file 1983 Civil complaints, or books on how to file motions.

MIM(Prisons) responds: There is a constant demand for law books and other educational materials in prisons. This is an indictment of the prison system which doesn't even pretend to help rehabilitate people.

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[Political Repression] [Gender] [New York] [ULK Issue 4]
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Psycho-Sexual Warfare vs. Political Prisoners

On May 19th, 2008 I received the book that you sent me, Schooling the Generations in the Politics of Prison edited by Chinosole. I really enjoyed this book, especially the section called, "Genocide waged against the Black Nation," which starts on page 174. I totally agree with the theory that psychological warfare is being waged against political prisoners in an effort to get them to comply with brainwashing objectives of the U$ penal and imperialist system.

Dr. Edward Schein mentions 24 strategic techniques that prison officials use in order to break and dehumanize political prisoners. However, there is one strategic technique that Dr. Schein fails to mention that I would like to address in full detail: the sexual exploitation and manipulation of young and political prisoners by female staff sexual perpetrators. This technique leads to false disciplinary and criminal charges being filed against political prisoners who pose the greatest threat to the prison's use of oppression and most importantly have the potential to lead other prisoners to fight the system.

Let me briefly explain how this is done. First, prison officials determine which prisoners have the greatest leadership potential and pose the greatest threat to the prison - politically speaking.

Once this is determined, prison officials will try numerous psychological mind-breaking techniques to disrupt and strip the political prisoner of his focus and will, and at the same time dehumanize him by making him subservient.

Once a political prisoner proves to be too strong mentally and once the prison officials techniques fail, prison officials will place these political prisoners in an ambiguous and pressure-filled situation. The high-ranking prison official will order a female staff member to play sexual manipulation games with this political prisoner, while at the same time putting pressure on them to conform and comply with what is desired by the female staff in order to win favor and to have the pressure lifted.

If the political prisoner does not agree to comply with the female staff's sexual advances, then the female staff will create false claims of harassment against the political prisoners, which will result in false disciplinary and maybe criminal charges. If the political prisoner does agree to comply with the female staff's sexual advances, then he risks being set-up and retaliated against by jealous male staff members. This will likely lead to physical assault of the prisoner by male guards, in addition to false disciplinary and criminal charges.

It's a dirty game and this technique by prison officials is typically used against political prisoners who have the greatest potential for awakening and organizing the rest of the prison population.

Often, if the political prisoner chooses to have the sexual relationship with the female staff member, high-ranking prison officials will lift the pressure from the political prisoner, thinking that the prisoner has been neutralized and has become subservient to the wills of the administration. Once a political prisoner loses his focus and allows himself to be sexually exploited and manipulated, he dehumanizes himself and basically strips himself of his unique individuality and becomes neutralized, ineffective, psychologically incompetent and easy to control.

This prisoner basically becomes a slave to the female staff member, because the female staff is allowed to act aggressively sexually toward the prisoner. But once the prisoner tries to act aggressively, he will be beaten by the jealous male staff. This game is normally played on younger prisoners, but it is a tactic that works on all prisoners because it's a no-win situation.

MIM adds: In an article entitled, Gender Oppression in u$ Prisons we quoted a study that found that, "In State and Federal prisons, 65% of inmate victims of staff sexual misconduct and harassment were male, while 58% of staff perpetrators were female".

Maoists have long explained that gender is not about genitalia, but about power and relations between groups in leisure time activities. The Abu Ghraib photos were a clear lesson in this reality. Since then, it has become well established that amerikan bio-wimmin were used as gender oppressors against Arab biomen in prisons in Iraq and elsewhere. The use of sex in political repression within the u$ described above is another example of this theory in practice. Just as we say that sex cannot be consensual under patriarchy where gender is defined by power, there can be no consent between prisoners and prison staff.

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[Religious Repression] [National Oppression] [Michigan]
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Michigan repression against First Nations

Greetings brothers and sisters at MIM(Prisons). I salute you all for your revolutionary work in educating/liberating the minds of the world’s incarcerated. I am another hostage being held for profit in the Marquette Branch Prison max facility and student of communist thought. I’m presenting you a paper I wrote for my group in light of my studies and reflections on Native American history. I hope it may be of use to you to shed a new light on early American colonization and evoke discussion and further study as it has in my circle.

I attend, along with several other brothers, the “Native American traditional ways” service, and recently when we finally came together meaningfully to build, and to the dismay of the institution, asserting ourselves, our 1st and 14th amendment rights have come under attack. Not that we have any faith in a constitution that still sanctions slavery, but our struggles should raise some alarm in certain communities, specifically Native American, since this is an age-old war in suppressing native traditional ways and customs. We sought to resolve our complaints through administrative remedy; letters, grievance etc. But this is the enemy we’re dealing with and they control the entire grievance process. The same fascist agents that interrupt our service with remarks such as “we speak English in America” addressing brothers praying in their native tongue. We are regularly released from our cell-blocks late and often can not conduct formal service. When we tried to obtain basic allowable items to conduct service in its proper manner, the chaplain decided to confiscate our sacred feathers – brothers has to search for new ones on the yard!

These petty tyrants further prevent attendance with intimidation, if you make any request to attend service you will first receive a visit from a “gang” worker who will inform you that the service is conducted by gang members, and that if they participate they’ll likely be placed on a security threat group (STG) investigation. And for those already on STG, they are also urged not to participate under threat that they will not be let off the designation since attending religious service is a form of gang activity.

We’ve been reaching out to the local nations here in the U.P. for outside support but sadly we have yet to see a trace of Native American solidarity. Nevertheless our circle is strong and we come together weekly to exchange cultural, intellectual, spiritual, and revolutionary seeds. We have debates, discussions, essay assignments, and give oral presentations etc. We hope to have a relationship with MIM(Prisons) and will keep you updated with our affairs and material from our revolutionary thinkers.

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[Control Units] [Virginia]
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Red Onion Supermax report

I am an inmate at Red Onion State Prison. This camp is the state of Virginia's only super maximum security prison. Myself and others go thru all the difficulties every day here that are listed on your "Unlock the Box research." Red Onion Prison is located in the southwest region of Virginia. Honestly, this region itself is redneck region. Some of the locals haven't seen nor had to actually deal with any persons of color til this concentration camp opened.

I've been placed at this camp since Nov. 7th, 2006. There are roughly 1500 persons here, some pods hold 22 or 44 persons to a single cell. There are 2 pods that hold 22 cells that are two man cells, these cells (pods) are called progressive housing. These are supposed to be special privilege pods. Everyone has to go into these pods (phases) before transferring. You also have to be 2-3 years charge-free before you can even enter one of these "special privilege pods," and the inmates in these "special pods" still remain on 23-1 lockdown with no programs available or trades. These "special privilege pods" are the same as the super segregation pods, except that someone is in the cell with you.

This camp has been open since 1998 and has more than 100 lawsuits against it. Some are still pending. The national make up is 90% Black, 4-5% whites, and the rest others. When this camp first opened its gates it was all general population, then in 2001 or 2002 it was turned into supermax segregation supposedly for the "worst of the worst." Some guys are here because of stacked minor charges, others have been here since it was turned over to supermax and the powers that be refuse to release them, and then those as myself have more serious charges. The majority are held here for stacked minor offenses.

There isn't a college we can correspond with for further education. There is a half-ass GED/school program that's shown on our TV. The issue with the school is that some people don't have tv's.

The camp hasn't expanded since it opened, only turned into segregation units.

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[Control Units] [California]
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Prisons create violence

I am writing to thank you for your introduction letter. I find your material very interesting. I have spent about 10.5 years in the SHU. I was not violent when I was first put in the SHU. I now face murder charges. I believe solitary confinement has made me and other inmates in the SHU violent. No contact with the outside world has changed us for the worse. We have become institutionalized, not rehabilitated.

When I entered prison for petty theft I was not a violent person. After years of incarceration and being around violence, I’m now accused of killing my cell mate, before that I have been found guilty of numerous counts of violence. I take full responsibility for my actions but I do place blame on the system for mixing non-violent offenders with violent offenders. Prison is supposed to be a place for rehabilitation, inmates who parole are likely to return due to lack of education, if you are housed in the SHU you will not receive any education or rehabilitation, so when such an inmate paroles he has no chance.

I do not know what I can do to change the system but I hope people will read this and write administration to promote education in the SHU and the system. Violence against each other is not the answer.

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[Censorship] [Legal] [Nevada]
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Correction to ULK1 Legal advice on CA ban

I just got done reading your November 2007 newsletter Under Lock and Key. Impressive reading!

On page 3 “CA prisons ban MIM” you made a serious error. You cited bad case law concerning prisoners receiving mail under the Procunier v. Martinez standard. In 1989 the U.S. Supreme Court in Thornburgh v. Abbot, 490 U.S. 401, 413-14 partially overturned Martinez. In Abbot the court held that the Martinez standard should apply only to a prisoners outgoing correspondence. For incoming correspondence, a different standard applies. This new standard comes from a case called Turner v. Safley, 482 U.S. 78, in which the Supreme Court stated that restrictions on incoming mail are valid if they are reasonably related to a legitimate penological interest. Also see Abbot at 413.

If inmates go to court to fight the ban on MIM and its incoming publications and correspondence, they could wind up loosing hard if they use the wrong case law such as the Martinez standard. On your next publication of your newsletter, I would recommend posting a correction advising inmates to use the Turner standard.


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MIM Banned in CA!
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[Control Units] [New Jersey]
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New Jersey Gang Unit

The last time I was in a control unit was from 2000-2002. It was in Norther State Prison's STGMU, which was the gang unit lock up. The location of this control unit is in Newark, New Jersey. There are various groups in this control unit, and the total population is about 100 prisoners. The national makeup of the population is Latino and Black. The only expansion I believe is that once you are finished with the STGMU ad-seg time, you are given the option to go to the gang-unit program, and if you refuse to participate you may stay in phase I and you are basically in ad-seg without any ad-seg time or charges. At least that's how it was done back when I was there. Now, I heard that you have no choice once you finish the STGMU ad-seg time, they send you straight to the gang unit program and if you refuse you no longer are allowed to stay in phase I. Instead you are given a charge and sent back to the STGMU. In the STGMU you only get to go to rec 2 times a week at most.

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[Spanish]
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Amerikanos: Oprimiendo para una vida

Escrito por MIM(Prisons), Diciembre 2007
Traducido por un preso de Washington, Mayo 2008

Los críticos de las altas tasas de encarcelamiento han insistido que un aumento en el número de prisioneros no se corresponde con menos crimen. Y a pesar de la disminución de crimen, las tasas de encarcelamiento siguen creciendo. ¿Cómo es esto posible?

Un informe reciente del Instituto JFA describe cómo el aumento en la población carcelaria es el resultado de un cambio en las leyes y las pólizas aplicadas. (1) Hemos sido durante décadas en la época de la “política dura al respeto la delincuencia", pero la mayoría de los americanos todavía ocultan el hecho de que esta práctica se resulta en un mayor control y represión de las semicolonias internas. Al mismo tiempo, millones de amerikkkanos están apoyando estas leyes como un medio de asegurar sus propios trabajos y el sustento de sí mismos y sus familias. Mientras que los blancos consideran la esclavitud y el genocidio como eventos en el pasado, la nación amerikkkana nunca ha sido tan arraigada y invertido en una nación de opresores como están hoy con millones, sirviendo como espías, policías y militares.

Y mientras que los medios de comunicación blanco le hace usted creer que las “pólizas duras contra el crimen" están protegiendo la población americano de asesinos y depredadores sexuales, aproximadamente dos tercios de los 650,000 nuevos prisioneros anuales son personas no violentas que han solo han cometido el error de violar su libertad condicional. Y la mitad de estas violaciones son técnicas, en otras palabras, esas personas son mandadas a la cárcel por cosas que la mayoría de la gente nunca hubiera ser encarcelado. (1) La demanda de más encarcelamiento está mandado cientos de miles de personas en la cárcel cada año por cosas no considerada delitos bajo la ley estadounidense.

Quien está ganando?

Los grupos progresistas que oponen el complejo industrial de la prisión, también condenan "las cárceles-fines de lucro." Pero las beneficios empresariales en si mismo no son los únicos detrás de las tres décadas del boom de las prisiones y la “legislación dura contra el crimen". En realidad los responsables son las policías americanas y los burócratas maniobras para fondos gubernamentales (o sea ese dinero viene de gravar americanos cuya riqueza proviene de la explotación de los labores y recursos del tercer mundo). Resulta también que los políticos carreras que quieren placer los votantes blancas nacionalistas están involucrados. “Posturas duras contra el crimen" no son simplemente tolerados en la política americanos, más bien, son exigidos por el voto público. Los políticos que intentan ir en contra de la marea pueden confirmar esto.

Aparte de la teoría que "las cárceles son un gran negocio" el otro argumento popular explica que el auge de encarcelamiento ocurre porque el sistema representa "la esclavitud moderna." Como la fuerza económica detrás de encarcelamiento, esto también es un mito. Si la motivación para ser el país prisionero número uno en toda la historia fue la explotación laboral, a continuación, debería observar la mayoría de los presos participando en trabajo productivo. Mientras que algunas fuentes afirman que la mitad de todos los presos trabajan, un estudio realizado en 1994 encontró que menos de 10% están involucrados en trabajo distinto de mantenimiento y limpieza. (2) Estadísticas estatales más recientes indican empleo industrial en tasas bajas similares. (3) La estimación de la mitad de los presos trabajadores parece razonable si reconocemos que la mayoría de esos prisioneros tienen empleos de tiempo parcial, haciendo mantenimiento de la prisión. También, MIM citó estadísticas de 1995 mostrando que sólo el 6.4% de las ventas derivadas del labor prisionero en EEUU era privado en el MIM teoría 11: Los prisiones de Amerikkka a prueba.

Por lo general, si los presos trabajan para una corporación exterior y producen bienes para el comercio interestatal, ellos están legalmente obligados a recibir los salarios de nivel explotador amerikkkanos. El beneficio para las empresas es que pueden escatimar como lo demuestra en beneficios y no es necesario dar aumentos. Los propietarios de pequeñas empresas han luchado para limitar los beneficios de aquellos que utilizan labor prisionero, ya que carecen de la capital para tomar ventaja de estas ventajas competitivas. Los intereses de pequeños burgueses aquí mantienen los imperialistas bajo control. (4)

Por lo tanto, la mayoría de labor prisionero se realiza para el estado, quien puede pagar lo que quieren y guarnece la mayor parte de los salarios prisioneros para cubrir los gastos de encarcelar cada preso. Parece que estos prisioneros son trabajando para manejar la prisión y por lo tanto permiten que los amerikkkanos en cargo de la prisión funcionen como burócratas bien-remunerados y los prisioneros entonces no tiene que preocuparse de cocinar y limpiar. O puede ser que los prisioneros están trabajando para las industrias gubernamentales que suministraron las agencias estatales y por lo tanto, subvencionan los fondos recolectados de los impuestos del Estado en toda parte por la reducción de los gastos estatales. La Asociación Nacional de industrias correccionales dice que las industrias del Estado aportaron 25 millones de dólares por el acto de guarnecer los salarios de los reclusos, en realidad no es una gran contribución al costo del sistema penitenciario estadounidense. Sin embargo, una estimación realizada por MIM hace 10 años indica que el ahorro en salarios generales (no incluyendo beneficios) podría ser del orden de 10% o más del actual estado general de los gastos en correcciones (5), que han aumentado notablemente (ver el gráfico).

Algunas industrias estatales exportan productos a otros países, pero el comercio interestatal en gran medida ha sido restringido por los esfuerzos de los intereses de la pequeña empresa y los sindicatos amerikanos. Desde la década 80, el Gobierno federal ha intentado adoptar el modelo de "fábricas con vallas". Pero el mercado libre de labor esclavizada sigue enfrentando obstáculos por las leyes estatales. Este año, Alaska aprobó una ley que autoriza que el departamento de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral entren en contratos con empresas privadas o con individuos para venderlos labor prisionero.

siempre que el Comisionado consulta con organizaciones sindicales locales previamente en el fin de garantizar que el contrato no resulta en el desplazamiento de los trabajadores empleados, no se aplicará en las habilidades, artesanías, o oficios en los que hay un excedente de labor disponible remunerado en la localidad y no se pone en peligro los contratos vigentes para los servicios. Un contrato con un individuo o una organización privada requiere que el Comisionado mismo recibe el salario mínimo por cada hora dedicada por un prisionero". (10)


Hablando con claridad, esto no tiene nada que ver con los derechos prisioneros, pero está realmente diseñada para la protección de los puestos de labores aristocráticas y las pequeñas empresas. Y como hacen muchos estados, Alaska permite que los salarios son guarnecidos antes de que son distribuidos al preso. Por lo tanto no hay ninguna ley estipulando que el preso debe recibir un salario determinado.

¿Qué pasa con una industria que tiene acceso ilimitado a labor prisionero? Teóricamente, las cárceles privadas podrían tener contratos grasas del Estado y dejar que los presos hagan gran parte del trabajo para manejar las facilidades. Pero después de tres décadas de expansión prisionero, todavía menos de 5% de las prisiones son de propiedad privada, debido al menos en parte a la incapacidad para seguir siendo rentable. (4) Se han dicho con frecuencia que cuesta más dinero mantener una persona en la cárcel durante un año, que enviarla a la Universidad. (La diferencia para enviar jóvenes a un Centro Correccional comparada con una escuela primaria puede ser diferentes en el orden de magnitud). Esto es un precio que la gran parte de los amerikkkanos fiscales-reacios están dispuestos a paga

Burócratas estatales y la opresión nacional

Estrictamente hablando, las cárceles son una pérdida neta financiera para la nación amerikkkana. Y el boom no puede ser culpado en cualquier de los principales intereses corporativos. Un sistema inflada de injusticia ofrece económicamente un medio de emplear a millones de personas pagados con salarios explotadas. Es un medio de barajar los beneficios super alrededor de la porqueriza y mantener la población consumidor bajo control. Estos millones de personas proporcionan una demanda auto perpetúa de más prisioneros y más fondos para varios proyectos legales.

Un ejemplo de esta burocracia auto perpetúa se remonta a 1983, cuando Jaime González se convirtió en subdirector del Departamento Correccional de California. Inmediatamente, amplió el personal de planificación del departamento de 3 a 118 y comenzó a enfocarse en modelando para prevenir el aumento de las necesidades para la expansión en el futuro (no sólo los oficiales correccionales consiguen los puestos de trabajo). (6) Desde entonces California ha construido 23 principales nuevas cárceles, ampliado a otras cárceles y aumentó su población prisionero mas de 500%. (7) Con más prisiones, vienen más guardias de la prisión, creando la 31,000 que forman parte de la Fuerte Oficiales Correccionales de paz en California, asociación con las cuotas anuales, con un total de 21.9 millones de dólares. (8) Este es el mismo sindicato que sí mismo obtuvo un aumento en el saldo tras la exposición de las luchas gladiadores organizados por guardias en la prisión estatal Corcoran, donde muchos prisioneros fueron asesinados. La misma organización que estaba detrás de las leyes de 3 golpes para ubicar personas de 25 a la vida por los pequeños delitos, y que ha hecho campaña repetidamente para eliminar programas educativos para los presos.

El CO (oficial correccional) es socio con la industria privada que ha crecido gracias a una economía basada en la guerra y la represión. Una visita a la Conferencia de la Asociación Americana de Correcciones le mostrará que no es sólo unos trajes imperialistas en una habitación lleno de humo. Es una estancia para una gran mezcla de vendedores, policías y CO; amerikkkanos ordinarios. (9)

En EEUU existen leyes que impiden que las fuerzas armadas presionan al Gobierno para protección contra la guerra que llevó a cabo en los intereses de los creadores de la guerra. No hay tales límites sobre la policía y funcionarios penitenciarios (co), quienes permiten que la guerra en las bandas van por sí mismo perpetuando en maneras políticas y económicas. La NYPD y la policía tienen arsenales y capacidades que rivalizan las fuerzas armadas de muchos países, y se les permita ejercer influencia en la política en los niveles locales, estatales y federales incluso tanto directa como indirectamente.

En la policía de nivel local, departamentos han socavado las tendencias hacia la llamada "comunidad policía." Donde los jóvenes de la Comunidad han tenido éxito en la reducción de la violencia a través del diálogo y organizar, la policía ha rechazado estos programas en favor de los representantes de la comunidad que refrendar sus estrategias continuas de represión y hostigamiento de jóvenes oprimidas de la nación. Cuando las organizaciones de las calles se reunieron a los tratados de paz de la forma en los Ángeles y Chicago en la década 90, la policía respondió inmediatamente a través de los medios de comunicación blanco diciendo que fue una falsa alarma y no duraría por tanto tiempo. No que haya ninguna confusión, la policía creó estas guerras, y la policía no las deja parar.

En los Finales de la década 90, el periódico The New York Times informó que los residentes blancos de Nueva York fueron cómodos con el comportamiento de la policía, mientras que 9 de cada 10 negros quejaron que la brutalidad contra los negros es frecuente. El regular "parada y frisking" cometido por la policía, a continuación, se practicó bajo el alcalde Giuliani, fue encontrado para ser dirigido a los negros y a los Latinos el 90% del tiempo. (11)

Políticamente, el resto de la nación opresiva está dispuesto colaborar con los planes de seguridad policiales y funcionarios penitenciarios como un medio de proteger sus privilegios colectivas. Uno de los pocos asuntos los amerikkkanos pueden estar de acuerdo es como gastar los fondos estatales. Con esto, el sistema de injusticia se convierte en una parte importante de la cultura nacional para convencer a las personas que proveen soporte material del sistema imperialista que se benefician.

Quienes están encerrados?

Mientras que la cuestión de quien se beneficia del complejo industrial prisionero es un poco nublado y controvertido, todo el mundo sabe quienes están encerrados. En medio siglo, las cárceles amerikanos han pasado de blanco dominado a negro dominado en un período donde la población negra aumentó menos de 2 puntos porcentuales, hasta su nivel actual de aproximadamente el 12%. Y sin embargo no se indignó los amerikkkanos.

Como informó recientemente ], los negros son encarcelados 10 veces más que los blancos para cargos de drogas y el aumento de las penas de prisión por asuntos relacionados con las drogas fue 77% para los negros, en comparación con 28% para los blancos. (12) Por lo tanto, el aumento de las penas que está detrás del actual auge de la prisión está orientada a ciertas poblaciones.

El informe del Instituto mismo hace referencia a investigación, indicando que encarcelamiento a menudo alienta la delincuencia. En su resumen de la literatura, apuntan a evidencia que demuestra que la gente dejará estilos de vida criminales cuando están ofrecidos oportunidades. ¿No mierda? Detener la delincuencia no es exactamente la ciencia espacial. Mientras los comunistas saben cómo poner fin a la delincuencia, los cerdos y sus fanáticos han demostrado que no son realmente interesados en eso. Ellos entrañarían destruyendo sus propios privilegios. En su avanzado etapa de parasitismo, la nación amerikkkana tiene un sector bien involucrado de cerdos que obtengan seguridad laboral y aumentos salariales por la perpetua de la delincuencia y el encarcelamiento.

Curiosamente, el informe señala también un número de estudios que indican que cuando el gobierno ejecuta ciertas programas, estas tienen efectos muy marginales en reducir la reincidencia. Esta conclusión es apoyada por los informes que recibimos de comrades criticando programas del Gobierno. (13)] Al parecer, la literatura también admite la necesidad de programas prisioneros como MIM(Prisons) Re-Lease de la vida, porque solo los programas que parecen ser efectivos en el tratamiento y la rehabilitación son independientes del Gobierno. (1) Las personas no son estúpidas, saben como funciona el estado.
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[Rhymes/Poetry] [California]
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Let us rise as one!

Set my people free, from the streets 2 the penitentiary!
I say a prayer 4 you, from the streets 2 the penitentiary!

I stand alone strap decent I’m ready 4 war
Military ammu I’m knocking at your front door
Mr. Oppressor open up and kick in like a slot machine
No excuses I want mine by all means
Doing crime is easy we getting by
Just look around, Black and Brown
Where we at, locked up, we doing life
They (oppressor) want us off the streets, the violence decease
Mr. Police “please,” y’all ain’t no better than me
Body bags is staking up and the system is corrupted as hell
The war, the drugs, these slugs, we bust
The rules you make, you break, we all stuck
Ain’t no justice, it’s just us
Believe that shit
Bloods and Crips at war, kids is killing kids
My soul is torn, my heart ripped up,
Bloody tears dried up, love ones I mourn
Love me or hate me, I can care less,
You ain’t the one:
Born in captivity, living in a struggle,
Contemplating death,
Mr. R___ a cop, damn right, let’s ride, till my last breath,
BanaRu from the feet up.
Those chosen few representing us, stay up.
The torch been passed down 2 me, flames in rage,
All power 2 the people, here I give 2 you
Rise and shine our time has arrived
It’s ‘our destiny,’ we must survive,
(Afrika)=Ethiopia is calling come home
Riches of all land, beginning of all man,
Mother 2 all earth, righteous land of our birth
The world is waiting 4 a new power 2 rise,
It’s time 2 wake up, open up your eyes
Let Freedom Ring, my people, hear your brother sing
My strong sistas, continue 2 shine like the sun
Lead and guide our generation and those 2 come
Get in the cell, get in the cell, they continue 2 yell at me,
Ayana Wewe, Ayana Wewe, I continue 2 scream
So go ahead and turn your back on all political prisoners and
pay us no mind, bu
Behind every action there’s a re-action
It’s only a matter of time
Are strength in numbers
It’s time 2 wake up and let’s catch the oppressor
While he slumbers
So all those who are with me “Put your fist 2 the air”
So when the revolution comes we shall all be there!!!
Enclosing I just would like 2 say, may you stay forever grounded and gravitated in victory against eh powers and
Principalities that conspire our collective demise and their
Constant rise!

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[Control Units] [New York]
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SHU conditions at Upstate Correctional Facility

I have been in Upstate Correctional Facility plenty of times, and it is a double bunk control unit called Special Housing Unit.

There is about 800 to 900 people contained in there. 90% of the facility is SHU, the rest is porters that cook and serve the food trays and do the laundry. The double-bunk cells are large because it's a room for two and your shower is in the cell as well as a rec cage in the back of your cell. So basically, you never leave the cell unless it's for a visit, hospital call out or release from the box.

The national makeup is 50% Black and 50% Latino. There are numerous prison rule violations to be placed in SHU, for example: assault on staff or on convict, gang lessons, dirty urine for drug use, weapon possession and all of these must be a tier three ticket. Anything lower , like a tier one or two ticket don't go to those SHUs. So a tier three ticket is considered a serious offense.

This unit is the largest in NYS, and it opened around 1999. The SHUs in NYS have expanded by opening smaller ones that hold 200 convicts. They are still double-bunk and they were built behind medium security facilities throughout the state. Many are empty and a big waste of tax-payers money.

I have not heard or read any memos about new SHUs planned for NY, I hope there are not. We need some schools and social programs, not control units that are hardly occupied.

These control units are very dangerous and hazardous to the minds of convicts who are mentally weak and they lose control and become self-destructive. There were instances where a convicts bunkey almost killed him and tied him up. They put you in a cell with anybody, a perosn you never met in your life and who knows what ill intentions he might have, it's a surivival of the fittest!

They feed you small portions of food, so that prisoners lose lots of weight. The visit are behind a chicken fence gate that separates you from your visitors, so there is no real humyn contact. They put brothers on food and water restrictions, they censor our magazines and books thoroughly and most times violating our right to periodicals that don't pose a threat to security. These control units should be shut down because it doesn't reduce prison violence and its a waste of money and hazardous on the mind.

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