I am no closer to going to general population than i was 26 years ago

It is very obvious here that they have no intention of releasing certain people to general population – they are issuing rules violation reports and finding [certain] people guilty for things that make it obvious that it’s politics. I mentioned in a previous letter that we were issued “rules violations reports.”

I believe that the closer certain people get to being considered for release, these “Rules Violations Reports” will be used to justify retaining those people in SHU.

I am no closer to a general population than i was 26 years ago. And the same thing can be said for a number of prisoners. And because so many of us are being issued “Rules Violations Reports” that have absolutely nothing at all to do with gang activity (except in the warped thinking of the i.g.i. [institutional gang investigators] no one is interested in engaging in any of what the Cdcr proposes – and no one should expect us to subordinate ourselves to things like this.

The Cdcr should be willing to admit that certain people will not be released for whatever reason – and then commit themselves to developing programs for those prisoners.

The state would love to have us – still – fighting this battle years from now – while they continue to subject us to torture – and deprive us the opportunities to re-connect with our families and loved ones, and really, nothing has changed. There are no programs at all in place – and, the policies as to the privileges that were available in SDP [Step Down Program] have been reduced.

People here want to program, they look for light at the end of the tunnel, but only see darkness.

Written Dec. 28, 2014, received Jan. 13th, 2015.

 

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Zaharibu is in hospital

Last October, following emergency 602s (grievances) and a short hunger strike for medical care, Zaharibu was moved to the prison hospital at Corcoran. He was being treated for his spine, for which he was sent to an outside hospital Mercy Hospital) to have an MRI scan. This scan showed that surgery may be necessary.

For almost 3 years Zaharibu was told that nothing is wrong with his back… And now the MRI scan shows a different story. There was supposed to be a follow-up appointment with the doctor at Mercy Hospital, within 10 days. The 10 days ended on October 19th without Zah having spoken to the doctor…  Zah has also submitted a medical appeal requesting that he be taken out to the hospital, or provided with an explanation why he has not been taken to see the doctor again.

Please write to Michael (Zaharibu) while he is in hospital! He can do with some mail!

Michael Dorrough D83611
J.D.K.M.K. HU 01-23
P.O. Box 3456
Corcoran, CA 93212

USA

Thank you! We will keep you all updated. 

Morning

A calm and gentle breeze blows in from the sea

                                    It is morning

Far, far out on the pristine blue canvas

Swans slowly move their wings

            Morning, and as every morning

It is the first morning ever to come to us

                                   Morning

The first dawn of a new day

            Everything hushed and cleaned by the magnificence

Of it. The sea and the heavens

                        Up in the sky high above the land birds soar

                                   And look down on us

The soft and dazzling blur of houses and villages.

                        And our two hearts beat softly upon one another

                                   The boats are coming nearer

            And the great birds dive close in over the water

                        A longshoreman, seeing us, waves

                                   And a calm breeze caresses us

A strand of your hair brushes across my cheek

           

            In this world with you I could live forever…

 

                                                           Michael Reed Dorrough (2011)