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Passin' Gas

Here at the Washington State Penitentiary's Intensive Management Unit (IMU) there is no end to the mental and physical torture being inflicted upon the inmates. The latest of which are the new use of force tactics being used by IMU staff since the placing of mentally ill inmates in IMU. These new tactics consist of large and dangerous quantities of a highly potent chemical agent called Oleoresin Capsicum. This chemical agent is highly used in IMU now for almost little or no reason at all. Any and all inmates refusing to come out of their cell every 72 hours for a "Mandatory Security Check" will be removed by IMU staff because of security reasons of course.

The worst part about the use of this chemical agent is that it affects other inmates living in the immediate vicinity, that have done nothing wrong. This has been pointed out to Supt. James Blodgett, and the Director of Prisons Larry Kincheloe, but they have no concerns about the unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain they cause. Yet they acknowledge that the smallest amount of this chemical agent can be felt. Myself and a few other inmates are taking steps in filing civil complaints and ask that other inmates that have been subjected to this kind of torture to contact me.

Clark L. Stuhr #947192
PO Box 520 (IMU C-5)
Walla Walla, WA 99362

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