I am no closer to going to general population than i was 26 years ago

It is very obvious here that they have no intention of releasing certain people to general population – they are issuing rules violation reports and finding [certain] people guilty for things that make it obvious that it’s politics. I mentioned in a previosu letter that we were issued “rules violations reports.”

I believe that the closer certain people get to being considered for release, these “Rules Violations Reports” will be used to justify retaining those people in SHU.

I am no closer to a general population than i was 26 years ago. And the same thign can be said for a number of prisoners. And because so many of us are being issued “Rules Violations Reports” that have absolutely nothing at all to do with gang activity (except in the warped thinking of the i.g.i. [institutional gang investigators) no one is interested in engaging in any of what the Cdcr proposes – and no one should expect us to subordinate ourselves to things like this.

The Cdcr should be willing to admit that certain people will not be released for whatever reason – and then commit themselves to developing programs for those prisoners.

The state would love to have us – still – fighting this battle years from now – while they continue to subject us to torture – and deprive us the opportunities to re-connect with our families and loved ones, and really, nothing has changed. There are no programs at all in place – and, the policies as to the privileges that were available in SDP [Step Down Program] have been reduced.

People here want to program, they look for light at the end of the tunnel, but only see darkness.

Written Dec. 28, 2014, received Jan. 13th, 2015.


The lights stay on in the cells here 24 hrs a day

They had a tour come through here a couple of weeks ago – Jeffrey Beard was one of the people who came through. The lights stay on in the cells here 24 hrs a day (this is recognized as a form of torture). One of the things that Beard did was order that none of the lights be covered. The bright lights stay on from 6 AM to 10 PM. Quite often they stay on all night. A lot of guys will put a covering over the light (a sheet or a piece of cloth). It’s really impossible to sleep with any light on.

Because Beard has a degree in psychology, he is very much aware of the harmful psychological effects of being subjected to 24 hour illumination.

Read here to learn about the harmful physical effects of exposure to bright light at night

Read here about health and sleeping in darkness

Read here about Sleep and Light Exposure

See also: Torture in United States Prisons, AFSC, 2011 (2nd edition)