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Corcoran hunger strike petitioner Juan Jaimes, who broke his back, now faces 125 years, needs legal help

August 21, 2012

by Juan Jaimes

It’s hard to believe that prison authorities’ refusal to treat Juan Jaimes’ broken back is not yet another instance of retaliation against him for being a petitioner in the Corcoran hunger strike last December and January. One prisoner participant, Christian Gomez, died in that strike, and CDCR – and its boss, Gov. Jerry Brown – seem desperate to cover it up and silence the petitioners. This photo, taken in July, was sent to Kendra Castaneda, who says: “You can see what Juan Jaimes is lying on: bare metal. He is in extreme pain, being denied pain medication, forced to be bedridden and continues to have his medical 602s ignored. He could end up paralyzed if not given surgery soon to repair his broken back. This is medical neglect by CDCR.”
Just stopping by to say thank you very much for printing my letter to Kendra in the paper. I am very grateful for everything. However, as you can see, I’m being constantly denied my medical treatment and the right to legal access to the law library so that I can be able to do my legal research. As I mentioned to Kendra, all my 602s and/or appeals are being rejected. I’ve been appealing this misfortune I have recently suffered since April, and all my appeals have been rejected for one reason or another. I just have too much to worry about and need all the assistance and help I can get.

I am also fighting a criminal case where I’m being accused of assaulting a peace officer and two other charges that the D.A. added, which are obstruction of justice and another charge of aiding and abetting. You see, I have a release date of January 2015, but now due to these trumped-up charges, I’m facing 125 years to life. I’ve been going to court since March 2011 and I had a private lawyer but my funds ran out, and now I have to go to trial with this public defender who doesn’t show up at court or talk to me.

My next court date is Aug. 17 and I start trial soon. If you know any law firms who would do pro bono work, I would appreciate if I can get some help. Please get back to me ASAP. Thank you and any support I get is welcomed.

Now we are currently on lock down for the incident that occurred on Jan. 11, 2012. Don’t know if you remember, but that’s what’s going on right now. Please let me know you received my letter and I will send you a copy of everything as long as I get access to law library.

As I mentioned to you earlier, I am being denied everything. So with that said, I’ll await your response. Again, thank you very much for all your support. As soon as I am able to write or sit, stand, will be contributing to questions I’ve read in the paper. Take good care.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Juan Jaimes

Send our brother some love and light – and some legal help if you can: Juan Jaimes, V-08644, KVSP, A-6-107L, P.O. Box 5101, Delano, CA 93216. Juan Jaimes is one of the three prisoners then held in the Corcoran Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) who signed the petition published Dec. 30, 2011, under the headline, “New hunger strike: Petition for improved conditions in Administrative Segregation Unit at Corcoran State Prison.” Their hunger strike was immediately and brutally put down and the three petitioners separated – Juan transferred to Kern Valley State Prison. All participants suffered severe retaliation, even though one hunger striker, Christian Gomez, sacrificed his life. The other two petitioners have also written about retaliation – William E. Brown Jr. in “Corcoran ASU hunger strike petitioner: This ain’t the soft KAGE” and Pyung Hwa Ryoo in “Corcoran officials retaliate against hunger strikers.” A previous story by Jaimes is “Corcoran hunger strike petitioner denied care for broken back,” published July 2.


One thought on “Corcoran hunger strike petitioner Juan Jaimes, who broke his back, now faces 125 years, needs legal help

  1. unknown

    He's laying on his sheets and blanket (pink) and his mattress is rolled under his feet. He says he will write when he's able to, yet he has a pen laying next to him that he wrote this first letter with.


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