We received the joyful news that as of November 2015 Zah is out of solitary confinement! He is still being held at a Level iii which means he is not allowed out of his cell after 3 PM. But overall he sounded much better in his letter.
Although he writes it is cold up there (no heating in the cells), the food is usually hot, and not bad, and he has spent time out in the yard, which has helped his health too. He can also see the mountains when he leaves his cell. Also, he has been able to call regulary, something which still is very special, because for most of the 26 years Zah spent in solitary, he was not allowed to call.
The prison is about 6 hours from his family in Compton, which is too far for his elderly mother to travel, so we hope that he can one day be moved closer to her, but best would be if his case was overturned…
You can write Zah at this address:
Michael Reed Dorrough D83611
P.O. Box 4000
Vacaville, CA 95696-4000
Zaharibu’s support suggests sending emails to the CSP-Corcoran SHU Ombudsman Cherita Wofford to let her know prisoners held in CSP-Corcoran SHU unit 4B-1L (maybe in other units also but this is what we know) are NOT receiving their rightful property that was ordered via vendors by their family, and they are receiving paper trays of food, which means a smaller portion every day.
Also they routinely get NO YARDTIME.
Email of the Ombudsman: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc it to: email@example.com.
Here is what Zaharibu wrote:
“We routinely get beat out of everything that we have coming:
– Personal property items that we are allowed to have (there is a new property matrix out since January and Zaharibu was denied boxer shorts sent in by his parents via a vendor!).
– We are fed on paper trays almost daily.
I have personally spoken to an associate warden here, and the guy who is in charge of implementing the SDP (step down program), both agree that we should get everything that we are entitled to, but neither of them will do anything, nothing at all, to enforce policy and ensure that we are issued those items that we have coming: receive our yard, and receive our full portion of food (something that is not possible on paper trays).”
(from a letter dated Feb 13, 2014).