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Nothing new: Prison violence brings higher pay, job security

July 7, 2018

by Mutope Duguma

“An End to Hostilities” is an agreement that was brought forth to build peace amongst the prisoner class, which means that strong communication between the groups will be used to end any problems that may surface within prisons.

Mutope & his brother Anthony

We prisoners had to come to terms with the realization that our inactions have allowed prison officials to suppress us under their social tyranny, which has held us hostage in what we call “protracted violence.” From 1979 to 2009, prison violence would devastate prisoners throughout CDCR and sadly would do the same to our communities, where we would also be conditioned to this violence inside of California prisons. Based on gathered intelligence, there has never been an impartial nor thorough investigation into how prison officials allowed such violence to occur as well as spread into our communities.

Prisons, no matter what their classification levels – I, II, III or IV – are very dangerous environments. They house mostly young people – many who suffer from drugs and alcoholism. We must not forget those undeveloped minds, which have yet to become rational thinking men and women. Therefore, it’s relatively easy to socially engineer prisoners under social tyranny by manipulating conflicts that lead to their destruction.

Prison officials have total control over all prisoners held in CDCR and this affords them the power to impose their will upon prisoners as they try to see fit.

So, citizens of this country, in prison and out, should not be surprised to see that CDCR is managing prisoners with violence in order to secure their best interest: higher pay and job security. Peaceful prisons go against the CDCR agenda and, therefore, violence has to be the agency’s trademark.

Prison officials have total control over all prisoners held in CDCR and this affords them the power to impose their will upon prisoners as they try to see fit.

This explains why CDCR would want to disturb the current peace achieved by more experienced prisoners who have built solidarity around our “Agreement to End All Hostilities” (AEH). CDCr needs to “come clean” and take responsibility for their role in fueling so much of the violence between prisoners.

CDCR is managing prisoners with violence in order to secure their best interest: higher pay and job security. Peaceful prisons go against the CDCR agenda and, therefore, violence has to be the agency’s trademark.

The million-dollar question for all taxpayers is: Why disturb such a peace?

Case in point:

  1. It was CDCR that manipulated the racial violence between prisoners by pitting them against one another, favoring one group over the other with respect to jobs etc. I’ve been in Calipatria three years, and there have been countless incidents where staff attempted to instigate or agitate violence amongst prisoners. But due to our AEH, we have been able to counter these attacks through sound communication, rooted in respect for what is right!
  2. It was CDCR that created the debriefing program, pitting prisoners against prisoners, that led to thousands of prisoners becoming informants (i.e., snitches) and this was done by torturing each of these prisoners held in solitary confinement units, forcing many of them into becoming informants.
  3. It was CDCR that created the indeterminate SHU program that held men and women indefinitely inside of solitary confinement units, through a gang validation process that allowed them to remove all the “unfavorable” prisoners off general population and into the SHUs, where prisoners were held in solitary confinement for decades, the longest more than 44 years.
  4. It was CDCR that created the Sensitive Needs Yards (SNY), which is where one third of the prison population is located today. SNY prisoners are, or were, “keep aways” from general population prisoners for various reasons, such as having been informants, child molesters or rapists or being elderly and requesting to be placed in protective custody.
  5. It was CDCR that set up the Gladiator Fights inside Corcoran State Prison Security Housing Unit, the Corcoran SHU, in the 1980s, that led to seven prisoners being murdered in cold blood and thousands of prisoners being wounded and beaten in these conflicts instigated and agitated by CDCR officials.
  6. It was CDCR that did away with all the positive incentive programs that led to the hopelessness that we see throughout CDCR today.
  7. It was CDCR that did away with nutritious foods and went to non-nutritious foods, starting in 1997, that is today having an adverse effect on prisoners’ health and behavior.

These failures on CDCR’s part led to deadly consequences for prisoners. The senseless violence we experienced in the past is now being introduced again by CDCR, which continues to find ways to socially engineer prisoners under social tyranny.

The claim that CDCR will be able to determine if prisoners want to go home or not by how they get along on a combined yard is total BS. SNYs and GP prisoners should’ve never been separated in the first place.

These failures on CDCR’s part led to deadly consequences for prisoners. The senseless violence we experienced in the past is now being introduced again by CDCR, which continues to find ways to socially engineer prisoners under social tyranny.

Those of us who were manipulated into this violence have first-hand experience on how it works, and we are doing what we can to educate those prisoners who don’t see the invisible hand of CDCR. Because, unlike our past, we are today very mature thinking men and women who have taken responsibility for our roles inside the manmade madness, by coming together and establishing an “End to All Hostilities.”

The Agreement to End All Hostilities was created by the four principle groups behind these walls. They agreed on their word alone to end prison violence between the races, which has saved countless lives to this day.

What is CDCR’s objective to off-set the many positive programs and policies that afforded prisoners the opportunity to go home? CDCR’s objective, as always, is that peace goes against their bottom line: Profiting off Prisoners.

So, as long as CDCR officials want to use violence in order to secure their income, there will be violence in prisons. (See the article by Nashelly Chavez in the May 27, 2018, Sacramento Bee titled “California Prisons Phase Out ‘Sensitive Needs’ Yards. Critics See a Rough Transition.”)

What is CDCR’s objective to off-set the many positive programs and policies that afforded prisoners the opportunity to go home? CDCR’s objective, as always, is that peace goes against their bottom line: Profiting off Prisoners.

We prisoners are expendable. Our lives have no value to our keepers. It is we who put value in our lives and this is where our power comes from – reclaiming our humanity. The violence is nothing new.

One Love, One Struggle

Mutope Duguma

Send our brother some love and light: Mutope Duguma (James Crawford), D-05996, Calipatria SP B2-C242, P.O. Box 5005, Calipatria CA 92233.

One thought on “Nothing new: Prison violence brings higher pay, job security

  1. Ida Gnoe

    "So, as long as CDCR officials want to use violence in order to secure their income, there will be violence in prisons."

    You mean, so long as inmates choose to form gangs and use violence to settle their disputes, CDCR officials will continue to have their work cut out for them and a high-risk job that few want to work despite the high salary.

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