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  •  As a California resident (13+ / 0-)

    even with the limited exposure sentencing and prisons get, the horror stories about three-strikes come thick and heavy every year. And that's mostly people unlike those you mention- there's a lot of intermediate stuff that fills up prisons, not only the ridiculous third strikes that pop up on the news.

    "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -Albert Einstein

    by Kazmarov on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 07:52:30 PM PDT

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    •  californias prison guard lobby can be generally (3+ / 0-)
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      thanked for making a bad situation much worse.


      I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: "No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

      by Ramdove on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 11:01:57 PM PDT

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      •  The Ca Prison Guard Union (8+ / 0-)

        is one of the strongest in the nation. I will admit that being so strong seems to give them the upper hand in most negotiations, but to me that just proves that the Union is doing its job in a better manner than most Unions. If every Union in the country would follow their lead our Middle Class would not be in the trouble it is now.

         As for Ca. prisons as a whole, the Feds have been suppose to be monitoring the conditions inside because a number of Federal Judges have said that our prisons are so overcrowded that approx a inmate a day dies because over overcrowding, the lack of Medical or Mental Health care, among other reasons. When Arnold was ordered to thin the prison population by 30,000 inmates asap, instead of doing that Arnold and now Gov. Brown have chosen to fight the Fed. Gyms that were built has a way to help keep the detainees healthy, and to give a outlet for excess energy, not to mention helping break the boredom, are now being used as Dorms where the beds are stacked 3 and 4 bunks high. There dorms are ruled by the gangs and are extremely unsafe for both the inmates and the Guards. I can't imagine being able to sleep in a room of 100 or more gang members constantly looking to solidify their power base.

         One of my stepsons did a yr in prison here for a bunch of petty crimes and on the day he was to be released he had a bomb dropped on him. Instead of getting released as he should of been, he was told he had another yr to do. This was a major fuckup by someone and only because of my cry for help here at dkos was he set free a only few days late instead of a yr. Someone with less self-control than my son could of gone off the deep end after receiving such news.

         Overloading the system with more detainees than there is money to run the system has probably caused many more inmates to do more time than sentenced to, a unconstitutional imprisonment that is never reported on. The detainees have little recourse that works, and even if it does work , it works like molasses. If my son had not had some angel from dkos take up his cause, I have no doubt he would of had to do that fantasy extra time. I have often wondered if he would of survived another yr, and I might add, so does he and he is a big strong guy. He never did have to join a gang but he did have to follow some orders issued by at least one of the gangs to keep from being jumped by the gang, possibly being hurt or even killed. Being part White, part Indian, with a few others dna in the mix made his time even more dangerous. He tells me he had to hide his ethnic makeup just to stay semi-safe.

         Sorry for rambling so much but this diary hit one of my major buttons. I'll stop here.


        •  How is your Stepson? (2+ / 0-)
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          "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man'" Robbie Robertson

          by NearlyNormal on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 09:14:51 AM PDT

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          •  Doing Great , Thanks (6+ / 0-)

            He has been living with us for a few yrs now. He got a job thru IHSS as a caregiver to his mother which gives him a income of sorts and helps with the household bills. He has been a lifesaver since I'm also disabled. Taking care of his Mom was beginning to affect both my health and hers. As her health got worse her care was falling on me alone making my health and mental state begin to worsen also.

             The only trouble he has gotten into since his release is a ticket for a rolling stop sign caught by one of those damn traffic cameras. If we were rich I would of fought the ticket as unconstitutional, but we poor aren't given fair access to the courts because of lack of funds.

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