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Gov. Brown’s plans to reduce prison overcrowding ignore early release

December 28, 2013

by Mutawally Joka Kambon/Cooperwood

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Gov. Jerry Brown and CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard have once again failed in their attempt to make California state prisons the main housing program as its solution to the prison overcrowding situation. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the governor’s appeal and left in place an earlier ruling by a panel of three federal judges which requires Gov. Brown to reduce the state prison population to 137.5 percent, also to improve the prison medical and mental health treatment system.

Mutawally Joka Kambon-Cooperwood 100512, 1st pic in 20 yrs, web
This photo of Mutawally Joka Kambon/Cooperwood, taken Oct. 5, 2012, was his first in 20 years. “We can’t stop! We won’t stop!” he notes on the back of the picture.
Gov. Brown’s reaction to the rejection was to announce that he would reduce the state prison overcrowding by 1) leasing county jail space in local areas, 2) obtain contracts with private prison operators and 3) send prisoners in California prisons to out-of-state facilities. These three approaches, he said, will allow the CDCR to avoid early release for the nearly 10,000 inmates.

It’s imperative that we as a state prison class come together, rebuff and counter all the inadequacies of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce overcrowding in the state prisons. Leasing county jail space, private prison contracts and sending the prisoners to out-of-state facilities is not a solution to overcrowded prisons nor will it improve California prison medical and mental health treatment. The governor’s plan could only serve as a continuance of the conditions which violate the inmates’ constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment and prolonged isolation inside of the state prisons.

Over the last decade CDCR has spent billions of taxpayers’ dollars on new medical and mental health facilities! Yet the health care system remains in disarray, confusion and in need of an overhaul of its entire structure.

The changes which the CDCR agreed to make as a result of the Madrid v. Gomez and Coleman v. Wilson class action suits in regards to both medical and mental health care was a deliberate failure. The court subsequently ruled that the state prisons violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment and, as a result, were not providing and safeguarding minimum medical and health care to its prisoners. The state had intentionally subjected its prisoners to unwarranted torture.

Leasing county jail space, private prison contracts and sending the prisoners to out-of-state facilities is not a solution to overcrowded prisons nor will it improve California prison medical and mental health treatment.

Gov. Jerry Brown entered into an agreement with the largest private prison operator in the United States, the Corrections Corporation of America, to rent a federal detention facility that holds 2,304 inmates at a price of $28.5 million a year. The CCA prison operator will pay the first $10 million for upgrading a section for California high security prisoners. After that the California taxpayers are paying the bills.

The court ruled that the state prisons violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment and, as a result, were not providing and safeguarding minimum medical and health care to its prisoners. The state had intentionally subjected its prisoners to unwarranted torture.

The special panel of three federal judges ruled that CDCR will have to RELEASE tens of thousands of inmates to relieve overcrowding. As we can see, Gov. Brown’s plans have absolutely nothing to do with releasing prisoners but instead herds Afrikans, Hispanics and our White brothers deeper into these concentration camps that are located in far distance countrysides. This plan opposes the reducing of prison overcrowding and contributes to the depopulation of our neighborhoods and cities.

Build to win.

Send our brother some love and light: Mutawally Joka Kambon/Cooperwood, C-46411, PBSP SHU, D1-214, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95532.

 

9 thoughts on “Gov. Brown’s plans to reduce prison overcrowding ignore early release

  1. Renaldo Ricketts

    Brown first entered the political arena as a progressive, today it's easy to label him as a regressive, depressive and reactionary tool of the prison industrial complex. He sure fooled us in his early days, today he sits on the lap of an institution designed to torture humans detained in cages. How did this once promising politician turn to the right of (Earth Vader) – many of his old political allies are baffled by the reactionary new Brown nose politics he's playing.
    Is this the same man who billed himself as a Buddhist in the early years, who marched with Cesar Have in support of farm workers? This is indeed unbelievable,the metamorphic of an alleged liberal drinking repugnicant holy water. He's been baptized in Satan's pool of fools. Is there anyone out there capable of pulling his devil tail and whispering the world progressive reform for prisoners ?

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  2. Joe Co

    FACTS:

    * There are laws
    * People broke the laws
    * Courts sentenced the offenders to time in prison

    99% of Americans believe in the above system. Any deviation from the above FACTS is irrelevant from what our society believes.

    These offenders are locked up for a reason. Your "feelings" towards these offenders go against THE FACTS.

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    1. Karen

      Joe Co…
      FACT:
      * The US locks up more of it’s people than any other industrialized country in the world.
      * Many laws are draconian and are applied without equality
      * Even people who have broken a law are entitled to basic human rights
      * The court system is totally broken, and has been proven to hand out overly harsh, “tough on crime” sentences that are often disproportionately levied at Black and Latino citizens for non-violent crimes.
      * In California the average cost to house an inmate is $50k per year, yet we spend less than $8k per year on each student.
      * It makes financial and moral sense to rehabiltate and to release those inmates that are least likely to re-offend.

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  3. mclaire12

    What would happen if we revised the tax code, had ample funds to remodel prisons into rehabilitation institution, released alcoholics, trafficked prostitutes ,white collar crime, and most important knew who the psychopaths were . they are the real danger. of course cages make things worse but how many ted bundy's do you want on the street?

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  4. Tony

    Karen,

    The U.S. residents have the most freedom of any other country in the world. People have the choice to break laws or not, how ever draconian you may think they are. The fact that some penalties are applied unfairly is just the way the world is. UNFAIR and it will always be UNFAIR so get over it. Don't want to be penalized harder than someone else, don't commit the crime in the first place.

    BTW, CA spends over $12,000 per year on primary education not $8k. People like to leave out the grants from the federal government for Title 1 and 5 programs and others.

    The courts are not broken. They have to deal with thousands of cases every year. Remember, no one forced anyone to break the laws. It was a choice they made. And as much as you want to blame society for poor education or poverty, millions of people are raised in the same situations and they do not resort to criminal activity.

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  5. AttentivePragmatist

    Once more liberal know nothing judges, a.k.a. liberals, are doing their best to wreck society's attempts to control and eliminate crime and spread the idea that a criminal is not responsible for his/her actions. To counteract this stupidity, society must take action to prevent these moronic people, who are devoid of reason and knowledge of reality, from ever being appointed to the bench.

    It is a fact that since the end of WWII, liberals have done more damage to our nation than any foreign enemy. For example, look at how they have ruined what used to be the greatest public education system in history and how their efforts have destroyed family cohesion in minority communities.

    The greatest danger to our nation of freedom, liberty, and self-reliance lies not in the threat of foreign nations or terrorist organizations; rather, it lies in the propagation of domestic enemies such as the 21% of citizens who proclaim themselves to be liberals!

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