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Clallam Bay Disturbance Update

Paul Wright

As reported in the last issue of the PLN, there were 32 prisoners shipped from Clallam Bay to the Intensive Management Unit (IMU) at Shelton. The mainstream media reported that prison officials had told them there was a "brawl" between one prisoner and four guards lasting 45 minutes. Quite the fabrication to say the least. Communiqués and letters accurately describing the true course of events have been sent to most of the Puget Sound media.

On 27 April, 1990, Seattle Times columnist Rick Anderson printed portions of the letter as well as the Department of Corrections (DOC) response. While confirming the major events, the DOC still insists there was not "riot."

That's certainly odd because several prisoners, Jason Groll, Scott Duey, William Blado, Robert Lee, Shawn Frietas, Robert Lindell and Terry Grant were all accused of "rioting" and found guilty at kangaroo court, and sentenced to 540 days loss of good time, 30 days segregation, 20 in isolation, with IMU to follow up. So if there was no riot why is the DOC doing this to these men?

The true events were reported by at least one radio station, in Vancouver, B.C.

Three prisoners have been returned to Clallam Bay with no charges: Jeff Haines, Joe Lemere and Sherman Pulley. It has also been reported that DOC is attempting to locate the prisoner who "mooned" the warden and other staff, though on videotape, the prisoner has apparently not yet been identified.

The prisoners are appealing the disciplinary actions taken against them, as only one guard wrote all of the infractions and it was an obvious railroad.

Meanwhile, back at CBCC things remain pretty much the same. Once more F unit is being filled to capacity, there are inadequate jobs, petty harassment continues.

Write to the comrades listed or put them on your mailing list if you have a publication, etc., so they don't feel too isolated. Their address is PO Box 900 (IMU), Shelton WA 98584.

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