We recently received a letter from a man just transferred to Pelican Bay, having been validated as a gang member based on his tattoo and his name listed on two papers, both found on other inmates. This “evidence” earned him six years in the SHU and three years added to his sentence, despite that while incarcerated, he has been well-behaved, earned his high school diploma and completed a paralegal correspondence course.
From his letter: “I can see how people have problems here. It’s like a mental ward. My celly and I have literally nothing in our cell. There’s no TV, no property and not even books. Word is that it will probably be a month or so before we get our property. I’m trying not to go crazy. Everything is made out of concrete. I can’t see outside. It’s like being in a box. I feel sick.
…the ACLU shines a light on a harrowing “debtors’ prison” system in Ohio — one that violates both the United States’ and the Ohio constitution. Ohioans are being jailed for “as small as a few hundred dollars,” despite the constitutional violation, and the economic evidence that it costs the state more to pay for their jail sentence than the amount of the debt.
I think that anytime that an intoxicant is made legal there are social costs associated with it. And I point directly to cigarettes and alcohol as examples,
We’re talking about loss of work and collisions, work-related industrial injuries. Somebody comes to work stoned, and they are working some heavy equipment or up on a high-rise — a window washer that’s stoned — not only could he [or she] injure himself, but some of his or her negligence could cause someone else to be injured.
Lee Baca, don’t you have more people in custody than you can legally detain? If that is the case, why do you have this clown blabbering this non-sense to overfill your jails (more)?