Nevada Cure Meeting Agenda for Dec 28

Nevada Cure MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA: Next meeting is in Las Vegas 28th December at 6:30 PM.

Meeting Location:
Conference Room
Law Office of Gallian, Wilcox, Welker, Olson & Beckstrom, LC
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702.347.1731
nevadacure.org
nevadacure@gmail.com

Conference Call Number and Code:
712-451-6000
Code: 493815 #

Here is the Agenda for this meeting.

Please become a member of Nevada Cure (only 10 USD for those on this side, 2 USD for those on that side of the wall). Together we can make more difference and positive changes!

Brochure of Nevada-Cure for more information.

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Nevada Cure Meeting Agenda for Dec 28

Nevada Cure MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA: Next meeting is in Las Vegas 28th December at 6:30 PM.

Meeting Location:
Conference Room
Law Office of Gallian, Wilcox, Welker, Olson & Beckstrom, LC
540 E. St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702.347.1731
nevadacure.org
nevadacure@gmail.com

Conference Call Number and Code:
712-451-6000
Code: 493815 #

Here is the Agenda for this meeting.

Please become a member of Nevada Cure (only 10 USD for those on this side, 2 USD for those on that side of the wall). Together we can make more difference and positive changes!

Brochure of Nevada-Cure for more information.

AB 136 vetoed by Sandoval: no help for non-violent prisoners

From LVRJ (Ed Vogel, June 16th 2011):

–Assembly Bill 136, which would have allowed certain felons to earn credits to reduce their sentences by acquiring vocational skills and passing drug treatment programs. Violent and sex offender would have been excluded. Nineteen of the 26 Republicans opposed the bill.

Sandoval said the bill would allowed “dangerous criminals to be prematurely released from prison” and increased the risk of Nevada citizens. He added the bill sent a message to offenders that the state was “soft on crime.”

–Senate Bill 188, which would have allowed prison wardens to establish 84-hour work schedules for correctional officers in each two-week pay period. Employees would have worked 12-hour shifts, three days one week, four the next. The prison employees union has been seeking these shifts for several years.

The governor said prison wardens already have the authority to experiment with variable work schedule, and 12-hour shifts have been considered.

“Senate Bill 188 unnecessarily encroaches upon managerial authority in an agency facing unique employment challenges and severe budgetary restraints,” Sandoval said.

Every senator, including 10 Republicans, voted for the bill, while 12 of the 16 Assembly Republicans opposed it.

Since most of the governor’s vetoes were made after the close of the Legislature at 1 a.m. June 7, votes by the Legislature to override his vetoes will not be made until the next session in 2013.

Before adjournment, legislative leaders decided not to conduct override votes on four vetoed bills. That means those bills officially are dead.
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Soft on crime? Nevada? This Bill was supposed to even exclude violent offenders. Has Gov Sandoval ever spoken with those who have been wrongly convicted? Or those who are stuck for years on end in a box with nothing to better themselves with? And does the governor think that people who committed a violent offense will rehabilitate themselves, be cured, be forgiven?

This Bill was even meant for those who have been convicted of a non-violent crime!

The risk to the Nevada citizens is that the people inside prisons are NOT reformed, are NOT able while inside to create a life away from joblessness, desperation, illnesses that are not (being) cured. Governor Sandoval creates more dangerous situations himself, plus those who opposed this bill.

Dear People, wake up and embrace those inside of good will and who want to be reformed, who ask for a change and who are willing to change. Punishing a person is not something we should do or tolerate for the rest of their lives. They must be reformed and cured and healed and returned to us. we must create the right environment here, and not wait ’til it is too late (when hatred has grown too much, or when death has arrived).

And for those inside on false convictions, false testimony, false witnesses, because of over-eager prosecutors, snitches, corrupt servants, surely there must come a day soon when this nightmare is over!

In strength, with Human decency and dignity…

Will Nevada´s prisons become one of the 10 U.S. Prisons With Impressive Libraries?

10 U.S. Prisons With Impressive Libraries
(from: Onlineuniversities.com/blog)

December 5th, 2010

Prison is not a fun place to be: it’s turned hardened criminals into scared submission, and the daily grind of just sitting in a cell — either by yourself or with a “roommate” you can’t stand — can play tricks on your mind that no nightmare can touch. But a lot of prisoners around the country are allowed very small indulgences, and with the participation of gracious volunteers and many public library systems, getting access to books, computers and legal resources is possible, even for those sitting behind bars. Prison libraries range from institutions that are open every day to books-by-mail programs, but these 10 U.S. prisons are well-known for their contributions to literacy, education, and rehabilitation. Or at least they should be.

1. Racine Correctional Institution: This Wisconsin correctional facility and reformatory school focuses on using education and positive influences to rehabilitate young people, and encouraging the inmates to experiment with the arts is part of that mission. In 2006, the Racine Correctional Institution Library hosted a poetry slam and competition, and a blog was kept to track the progress of the institution’s Shakespeare Project. Fifteen to twenty inmates studied and rehearsed Shakespeare plays for nine months, working with theater artists and preparing to perform for the other prisoners and for the community.

2. Maryland Pre-Release Prisons: Prisoners awaiting release in Maryland can now access well-equipped libraries full of career-planning resources to help them transition into a responsible, productive life in the real world. In 2007, the Maryland Correctional Education Libraries acquired two bookmobile units that travel to each pre-release library, providing prisoners with access to forty-inch smart screens, computers, wireless access, as well as databases and books.

3. Folsom State Prison Library: This legendary prison also has an impressive library overseen by the the California Department of Corrections. Boasting a law library and library focused on educating inmates, the Folsom State Prison Library also offers a vocational-intern program to prepare certain inmates for the working world outside of jail. The law library has a Paralegal Studies Program which trains inmates in research skills and helps them find forms and legal resources around the library.

4. Colorado Correctional Libraries: The Colorado State Library’s Institutional Library Services unit oversees twenty-three libraries in its Department of Corrections, and the librarians stationed at each prison can feel pretty isolated, overwhelmed, and even abandoned. But in 2006, a unit-wide intranet was created to unite the librarians and offer them support and resources, making it easier for them to share ideas and create helpful tutorials and other materials to their inmates and patrons.

5. National Institute of Corrections Online Library: The correctional agencies and librarians of the National Institute of Corrections have created a user-friendly, highly educational e-library here. It’s a resource center for corrections agencies at all levels who want to find tutorials, training, technical assistance, program development assistance, and research studies to improve their facilities.

6. Main Prison Library, Angola: Angola, also called “The Farm,” is the country’s largest maximum-security prison, and many of the prison staff and their families live and play on the premises, too. The Main Library was dedicated in 1968, but there are actually four other branches that serve Angola inmates as well, called Outcamp libraries. Cooperating with the State Library of Louisiana, the Angola libraries participate in an inter-library loan program. In addition to the library system, certain inmates who don’t have a GED or high school diploma, as well as inmates scoring low on the Test of Adult Basic Education are allowed to take classes in vocational subjects like automotive technology.

7. Illinois State Prisons: The Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners project aims to educate the inmate population of local state prisons by providing them with as many books as possible, mostly lent out by individual libraries and regular volunteers from around Illinois. As an avenue for also educating Illinois residents about the state prison system, prisoners and volunteers interact regularly, and many of the inmates’ own writings and art pieces are published. Lending libraries have been set up in the two local jails, and the program also offers books by mail to all Illinois inmates.

8. Norfolk County prison: This Massachusetts prison once inspired Malcolm X to turn himself into a voracious reader and research everything he could about the Muslim religion and Nation of Islam. He wrote articles for the inmates’ newsletter, participated in weekly debates at the prison, and holed up in the prison library, copying an entire dictionary to learn new words. Today, the prison still provides education programs to inmates in the culinary arts, computer technology, HVAC, college transition, ESL, reading enrichment, and getting a GED.

9. Bucks County Prison Library: Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Correctional Facility works with the local Lions Club to produce reading material for the blind. In fact, the inmates are the ones who actually “translate” the books and reading material into Braille.

10. The “standing library” at Rikers: This sprawling New York City jail houses around 14,000 inmates at any given time, ten different jails, schools, gyms, a track, barbershops, grocery stores, and a car wash, among other amenities. The New York Public Library provides all kinds of library services and volunteer projects in conjunction with the Department of Corrections, but a new weekly program — called “the standing library” — operates a bit like a book fair, hosted in one of Rikers’ gyms. Inmates are taken down to the gym in groups and are allowed to pick books off the shelves and sit and read for a while. Books are also taken around to prisoners in solitary confinement, who are allowed one extra book to read.

When, after reading this, you think: ´Let´s make Ely State Prison the nr 1 prison library in the country!´Or even in the State, well here is your chance:

The Ely State Prison Bookdrive is happening now! Any book that you think would be uplifting, educational, or inspirational to prisoners, please send them to:

White Pine County School District
Mountain High School
1135 Avenue C
Ely, Nevada 89301
Attention: Ms. Thiel / E.S.P. Library Donations

Please make sure to go through all of your books, removing money, papers or anything that you may have left inside of your books, because the officers will thoroughly inspect each book before they are inducted into the E.S.P. Library.

Please talk to your friends, family, co-workers and classmates, ask them if they have any old books that they don’t want or need any more. We really want you to help us turn the E.S.P. library into a real library. Help us bring meaning and positive change to these prisoner’s lives.

There is no rehabilitation, no programs, no real educational/vocational opportunities for these guys incarcerated at Ely State Prison. We want you to help us give them that opportunity, we want you to help us help them. We want you to help us liberate these prisoners’ minds and transform their lives through knowledge, education and higher learning. Please get involved in this life-changing project. There’s nothing more empowering than knowledge! Thank you for your time and concern.

Check here for a list of the type of books most wanted. Thank you! Even one book may change someone for the better and give them a new chance…

Come to the next Meeting of the Board of Prison Commissioners

Next Meeting of the Board of Prison Commissioners: Januari 12, 2010.

Write and send in your comments for the record. Maybe you have questions? Grievances? Unanswered questions? Complaints? Suggestions? This is your chance to submit the comments and if you are in the area, to read them out to the Board.

It may be that you feel not heard by the Board, but remember, if we do not tell them, they can always say the “did not know.” Now, they can not deny that there are abuses and extremely bad conditions in the prisons of Nevada. Because we told the Board about them. Witnesses from inside prisons, and family members, friends of prisoners, professionals like nurses testified of the bad state of the prisons in Nevada.

Should we care? Of course! Most prisoners will be free one day, living in the community again. Do we care about Human Rights? Well prisoners are humans too, even if you or I want to place all our anger, frustration on them. Human rights are not only for ´good´ people….

Investing in proper rehabilitation of prisoners is vital for the rest of the state and country. It costs more to incarcerate a person than to rehabilitate someone, because if it goes well, they will never return to prison. I am not sure whether the authorities want emptier prisons though….

Even better investment would be to start with good education and jobs. Not jobs in the guard/security incarceration industry I mean (although there is a shortage of personnel, leading to frustrations and stress at the workplace, where people are being incarcerated. Maybe also less long sentences would be a solution to create less stressful situations?), but jobs with dignity and respect. Rehabilitating prisoners, and preventing crime from happening by providing better education and help for families with children, and creating less criminal offenses would be a very important step.

No change


This letter or essay was taken over from Nevada Prisoner Voice:

The news of the legislators failing to arrest corruption in Nevada prison is not surprising. And I doubt they will until their hands are forced. Either by public outcry, or something else. Were they to start drug testing for guards (inmates are regularly tested) half would quit before the ink dried.

I believe you may have misunderstood some things I wrote you last. Trust I know more than most we can’t do anything without you on the outside. I say the future of prison and judicial reform lies with the convicts themselves, because there are so few of you out there who care.

Society views us as permanent outcasts. There is no interest in us redeeming or educating ourselves. Indeed the state officials, fear mongers they are, say to society that we will only misuse our knowledge, if allowed to educate ourselves to our natural impulses. The reality is that it is they who are afraid. That if we educate ourselves on the truth, we will tear down these walls, put an end to this mad house of misery and pain.

As technologically advanced as we are, we are not an enlightened society. We are a society filled with anger and hatred, built on insecurities.

Nothing happening now is new. England’s penal history gives us a clear view of where we are headed. Poor people desperate to feed their families getting their hands chopped off for stealing a loaf of bread. Today, instead of chopping off our heads, because that wouldn’t be profitable, they’re handing out life sentences like it’s nothing. And the more laws we create the more corrupt we become. Our job, our obligation, those of us who know and can see the truth, is to help people realize no matter how much time in prison you give a person, if the conditions do not change, if the convict remains uneducated, unskilled and unloved, his/her return to crime/prison is inevitable.

The only real solution to crime is judicial/prison reform and early prevention. Putting an end to the disparities in the education system. The quality education and programs available to children in affluent communities, and the lack there of in poor communities. A new curriculum to install pride and self worth based on good deeds rather than materialism, and appreciation for all peoples, encouraging leadership and innovation. Right now many young people, especially of color, can’t relate to what’s happening in the schools, which in reality is only giving them enough to be good workers for rich people. We have billions of dollars to bail out these fat cat corporations, and billions more to manufacture these bullshit wars/nation building. Then we have money to create more (relevant) programs for young people in the hood.

Fix this broken juvenile/foster care system. Give grants to community organizers, and more job training. These are the types of things that will cut down on crime free health care for our citizens, free education.

Being uneducated does not equal ignorance or lack of comprehension. Level of education does not determine a person’s worth. I know many men in these pens who have no education, but they are hungry to learn.

The question is who will teach them. It hurts my heart to see so many young people taught so many lies. That their worth in this world relies on the material. How to prey on each other rather than embrace each other. That our women are bitches, undeserving of respect or love. It hurts to know I am a citizen of the richest nation on earth. Living next to one of the poorest, an example of man’s cruelty to man. The people of Haiti are suffering horribly, and we do nothing. I noticed there were some new comments with the piece about the gang trial. Some of those comments are very telling to the ignorance and deep-seated hatred so many people carry inside. They need someone to blame, someone to feel better than. This is the psychosis of a capitalist society. Which is really an expression of man’s insecurities. Why would one man want more than he needs to live and provide for his family. Why do people create items of luxury that serve no purpose other than to scream out, “I have more than you, I am better than you.” The machine spits out misinformation, and by the insecurities of man, his ignorance, he is manipulated.

Ely State prison — a.k.a. — “the cemetery,” is the worst prison in Nevada. There is no regular every day pissing on the guards. The convicts here do not condone such vile acts. On the rare occasions when it does happen, more than not it’s an act of desperation. Locked behind these doors 24/7 the guards feel free to disrespect and dehumanize these men. Just in the time I’ve been in the unit I’ve lost all contact with my daughter because the guards are too lazy to pass out the phone. And if you complain, well, you don’t get the phone or anything else. I could write you a laundry list of all the games and psychological bullshit these guards do every day, that we must deal with.

For those ignorant enough to say well that’s what you deserve for breaking the law, well, I’m in prison for something I didn’t do. But that’s irrelevant. My response is this: just as we are men, we are human beings. When you treat human beings like animals, in time they will begin to act as such. And what happens to the sadistic boy who teases the tiger in its cage. Pokes it with his stick, throws rocks and firecrackers. To the boy it’s only a game. But when the tiger leaps the walls of its cage, then we all learn it’s not a game. People must realize these are human beings were talking about. Most of them will get out of prison one day. And when that day comes, who do you want to see, the man or the tiger. So the people should be concerned what’s happening in these prisons, how these men (human beings) are being treated. Prison is their punishment, not death by 1000 cuts, or medical neglect, or to be driven to insanity.

Imagine the madness it takes for a man to handle his own feces, to collect his own urine, and to mix this vile concoction together and throw it on somebody. Imagine the desperation. Again, this does not happen often. And if we were not locked in the cells 24/7, it would not happen at all. The older convicts wouldn’t allow it. But when it does happen, just like any other act of violence against prison staff, 99.9% of the time it is “not” unprovoked.

Corruption among the guards. Many of them who participate in gang activities or show sympathies toward white racist groups like the skinheads, etc. They were not somehow brainwashed or recruited. They came into the job with that. And they don’t smuggle in drugs out of fear or coercion. They do it out of greed! A house and nice car aren’t enough. They want a bigger house, nicer car, the latest high-powered rifle to hunt and kill defenseless animals for sport. They talk about it every day, what animals they killed, their guns, the latest thing to dress up their trucks. In the worst economy in our lifetime these guards have good paying, secure jobs. But all they do is complain all day and sit on their asses. I’ve never seen people get so much for so little and complain about it. Not that there are no decent people working in these prisons. But they are often manipulated by the us versus them argument. When they do tell the truth or speak out on behalf of the inmates, they end up either fired or ostracized.

Marritte Funches 37050
P. O. Box 1989
Ely, NV. 89301

P. S.
Peace is not the absence of trouble.

Society’s Mercenaries

An essay written by John Neff, taken over from Nevada Prisoner Voice

The labels of criminals are slapped on us by the well-dressed criminals of a self-righteous lynch mob and a warehouse is the result of their efforts. This is a place built to rehabilitate and a place to learn from mistakes, but it has failed. Instead, it is a factory manufacturing wrong Its primary goal is now punishment. Sometimes this is the prize of being strong or righteous, but our justice system has no sympathy and doesn’t differentiate. Our prisons are now filled past overflowing with a population more volatile captured then free by a society overprotective of its citizens who don’t really know or understand that the same dangers present before still threaten their way of life today.

Being exiled in a world participating in its own systematic destruction is not the worst thing to happen to us, though. We are lucky while we are also examples made, because our circumstances save us from joining the “justified” machine trampling uncaring over everything in its way. No one seems to have the desire to stop it, because we are here. Outside these walls our culture-killers disguised behind pretty scenery and a mix of things dressed in gimmicks that oppose strength. They stand up against any unity and crush us for our pride. It is organized chaos be to discriminate against anything seen as obstacles to expedite change or politically correctness – such as creed, peace, and autonomy. It seems we are not really missing out on much by our confinement when we consider the place we left. Maybe we are actually being protected by society. Let’s call it a blessing of sufferance.

Loved ones concealable false hope trying to crush us into insignificance and can’t stop the jaws from collapsing. We are all helpless under the power of the mighty dollar and a blind world doing housecleaning. The cries of support for us go unheeded by the apathetic system even when their voices speak true. They see our fate and are forced to witness its slow methodical arrival with us. Every day, they are an audience to the disintegration of our civility. They are forced to endure our pains, even though we try not to show it and paint it in nonchalance. Society never thinks or cares about the victims it creates in its cleansing of its world still deceived by so many other problems. Our loved ones and the victims left in the wake of an ignorant world’s self-importance now have front row seats to a new kind of Holocaust. We are unable to console or aid them in their journey to stop it.

All our lives are colored in our circumstances. We are defined and transformed by our environment. We have to evolve or adapt, so the situation never overwhelms us. The arena within the barbed wire creates or ruins, but never makes us fit for society’s standards. Our uniformed captors wear smiles of cruelty often as they poke any sticks they can at the animals, because there only aims are to humiliate or degrade. We will always remain “animals” in their prejudiced eyes and they will play sadistic games just to make us bite back or to use an excuse to try to beat us into conformity for their amusement. For us to rise up in solidarity or purpose is their worst fear, so they do all they can to break hope or divide pockets of strength wherever they exist.

Guards play the role of dictators here, even though their power is nonexistent beyond these walls. Some cannot resist the opportunity to taunt or walk around drunk on their own perceived authority. Those who extend any compassion to us are outcasts or crucified while those who act superior but aren’t – still call the shots. Only a complacent majority recognize it, though, while the rest of us are forced to live or rot behind our standards as we rise to fight their tactics. We aren’t many D’s days, but we condemn them and those who confine themselves to being another’s model of an inmate instead of following the rules meant to define the straw and separate us from the world that doesn’t want us anymore. The powers that be here do not govern us all. They only try to persecute those who do not tread the path they pave. And we are guilty as charged.

Unspoken rules are always present – especially in prison. These differentiate right from wrong. Our minds must accept them or they will strip us of everything here. Society calls are ways wrong, because we often reward strength and squash weakness when it’s discovered. We “label” and form ranks behind our standards. People either stand with us or against us in this – we can’t have compassion to those who don’t deserve it. We are arbitrators of our own RIGHT. Cowards in circumstances like any type of sex offenders or those who aid our captors in our destruction, such as rats or the overly complacent, are enemies. Our iron fists will always try to smash them, because they have committed social suicide in our eyes and have shunned the mandates that come from being a prisoner.

We are creatures of survival out of necessity in here, because our credibility is often questioned by our captors and those who don’t know. We do things as our ideals mandate and the circumstances dictate. Charity is always welcome in most forms, but never a requirement of our existence or a reason to lower standards. This does happen sometimes in some instances to search specific goals and it becomes a burden of conscience to those who know better. Such undesirable actions are found in every social structure, but are more obvious in prison. We have to know the difference and not simply accept things unequivocally without reservations. We are sometimes forced to take objective unjudgemental views to preserve friendships, even though friendships are sometimes nothing more than creature comforts.

Many in here are predators by choice or psychological make-up that need to be recognized or acknowledged. Those who are confident and strong don’t have this need, because this shouldn’t matter. Personal accolades are secondary, but some use these things to validate their existence. A warrior heart speaks for itself just as a weak heart knows it’s inferior. Conviction in who you are isn’t something to prove, because those who matter will “know” and they will embrace those of similar ilk. This system of identification is already prevalent by evolution, natural selection, and the justice system. Like minds and birds of a feather are adages that apply to everyone – inside prison and outside. Eventually, all truths are uncovered. If you are a fraud or a charlatan, there is nowhere to hide from truth. The strong are always resourceful.

Respect can only be honorable and not a tool for deceit. It is defined as high regard. There is truth in respect, because it separates the wolves from the sheep. It is something to wear with pride like a badge, but never flaunted. Many few respect inside and outside prison as something automatic for fellow men or women. That is something destined for anybody or everyone and an inevitable part of life. It’s not a prize in a circus game, but we see the illusion of this belief every day. Those who have respect coming, deserve it and know that is more than just a word. The unworthy use it to curry favor while our captors here expect it from us, but their behavior elicits nothing so honorable and they do not get it. It is a joke to expect respect as the price of doing business. To think you have it just by saying it.

Respect can only be earned – never given freely without merit. Those anywhere who don’t know that, aren’t even deserving of uttering the word. It is not something ever to be taken for granted. Respect is something that makes others remember or know our names without us having to tell them. Respect makes a solid in mind and spirit, because we know it can never be taken away if we stay true to ourselves. In here, effort often becomes the key to respect – never compliance or complacency. Certainly not interaction or subservience. Do something “real” or try to pursue a righteous cause and respect is yours. The only catch is we must be pure of heart and not something inferior or unworthy of its title. It is no surprise that we expose the lichens who feed on false regard or respect leaving them to walk around here dejected without an ounce of respect attached to their name and their place in our world cemented. Once at the lowest rung, it is a hard task to rise above it.

Society has no clue that we can even be honorable. They have no understanding of the concept itself and they certainly wouldn’t believe we have any system of right or wrong. They cannot grasp our kind of respect and don’t care enough to understand us. They think us unfeeling monsters who can’t change, so they no longer want to help us educate ourselves or be ready for the world again. Cost too much money and they think it’s a waste. Instead, they leave us to fend for ourselves in here with only instincts amidst the full spectrum of what they label monsters, but then punish us for doing things we see as right. They persecute us for surviving in this world he built us, even though they are the catalyst that helped create our ways. Yet, they shrug off all responsibility for the nature of man that they know exists through evolution and natural selection – survival of the fittest.

Violence is the recourse sometimes – not something to fear as many do. Some even enjoy it and it becomes recreation while others only do it from necessity, but we must accept it or it will always be our bane. Those who renounce this cold hard truth can easily become victims of it. The policy of warehousing us leaves no other choices. Therefore, we must continually view the potential of our fellow man, gage his future against our standards of prison. And make the decision on whether or not it is deemed worthy. This is our classification process and our captors have made it a necessary thing, because they try to subvert strength or exploit it and our standards are slowly dying out.

It is as through our sense of duty — that our captors also exploit us. They constantly play games with lives to feed our aggression, even though they know the consequences. They tease us and often throw fresh meat to the wolves knowing we’ll attack. We are nothing more than entertainment and we are not blamed for this arena they want us to live in. It is why lockdown has become the norm now. They have used everything against us, because they knew it suited their designs. The violence is all we have, so our captors manipulated us through it by engineering ways through their system of punishment to keep us locked tight in sixty-square-foot bathrooms.

Yet, our all-knowing justice system and captors facilitate a new problem by their tactics that they have no intention of fixing or acknowledging, even though it is obvious. They are breeding contempt and hate. These concepts are our driving force and triggers to our violence. Prison is now a cesspool of this, because we have no alternative. Lonely locked down men have active imaginations. These thoughts can’t ever die when there is no outlet available, so we must dwell on it and breathe it every day. Men of violence and these things already go hand-in-hand, so it would seem logical to try to change this way of thinking or having something to allow those thoughts to relax. Our captors don’t care, though, because this is exactly what they want. They know exactly what they’re doing. It gives them all their excuses not to give us anything or have to spend money.

In prison, all the tools of our environments are used against us by our captors – things like our enemies, mentally deficient to can always extract anger and our natural tendencies or emotional triggers. They know how well these tricks work, too, and they learned how to use them to perfection. They constantly test us with these forms of torture and push our buttons daily, but wonder why we are the Way we are or want to hurt them. Or feel the need to always fight. They have made us want to be this way by their attempts to break us without any consequences – except from US.

We need more than prison, because in here we will eventually rot and die without a tear shed. Our standards and ideals will be buried with us. We need something more to be a part of outside prison. Our causes should have more meaning besides survival. We shouldn’t have to always bathe in the filth of our circumstances, because to fight in here is only tearing us down and letting our captors win on their battlefield. Our victories will always be minimal here and it’s not worth our efforts to die in a place that won’t remember us. The voice of reason must be heard, because it is there traveling in the wind for everyone to hear. Our lives do not have to be confined to our separate prisons. We do not have to die in the name of an unjustified system participating in the genocide of TRUTH and STRENGTH.

For letters of encouragement and friendship, please write to:

John Neff #54213
P. O. Box 1989
Ely, Nevada
89301-1989