March 21, 2013

Maine prisoner bound, gagged, then pepper sprayed

A Maine inmate in solitary confinement spit at a guard after trying to injure himself. Several guards were called in, and the sargeant not only sprayed him but taped the spray into the inmate's face. That officer, first fired, has been reinstated. http://www.pressherald.com/news/prison-captain-fired-but-later-reinstated-after-pepper-spraying-inmate__2013-03-17.html
March 20, 2013

Testimony for House Bill 968, Zero Tolerance for retaliation against grievance writers

Testimony for House Bill 968, Zero Tolerance for retaliation against grievance writers I teach. Although technically retired, I continue to teach—and my topic now is prison grievances. This zero-tolerance bill should have been enacted at the same time the Prison Litigation Reform Act was enacted, 1996. It set the rules for inmate complaints. We’re here today to catch up on common sense. When a Texas citizen breaks the rules, we send him/her to jail or prison as punishment, and expect them to learn to follow the rules while they’re in prison.
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