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Prisoner Education Guide

Prison Legal News: June, 1990

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Volume 1, Number 2

In this issue:

  1. Women Prisoners Meet Board (p 1)
  2. Clallam Bay Disturbance Update (p 1)
  3. Editorial Comments (p 2)
  4. Victims to Amend Constitution (p 3)
  5. Marion Prison to be Replaced (p 3)
  6. Blacks Have Higher Crime Victimization Rate (p 3)
  7. 1989 Crime Rate Up 3% (p 3)
  8. It Only Gets Worse, Says DOC (p 4)
  9. Women Prisoners Raped, Harassed by Guards (p 4)
  10. State Reneges on WSR Treaty (p 4)
  11. EPA Fining Florida Prison (p 4)
  12. Them Today, Us Tommorrow (p 5)
  13. A History of Rehabilitation Under Washington State Law (p 6)
  14. DOC Settles Immigration Suit (p 7)
  15. Book on Washington Prisons (p 8)
  16. Abolish the Death Penalty! (p 8)
  17. WAC Notification List (p 8)
  18. From the Editor (p 9)
  19. Prisoner AIDS Support Network (p 9)
  20. Prison Populations To Grow 68% by '94 (p 9)
  21. Newsletter for Prisoners with AIDS (p 9)
  22. Jail Populations Up 54% in 5 Years (p 9)
  23. Lehman Leaving (p 10)

Women Prisoners Meet Board

The Washington State parole Board has been going from prison to prison setting new minimum terms for offenders serving time for murder. In 1989 the average amount of time served on a murder one was 150.1 months. Along came the Sentencing Reform Act (SRA), which is tougher on violent ...

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 ...

Editorial Comments

Ed Mead

We are encouraged by the response to the first issue of Prisoner's Legal News. We have created some controversy. Prisoncrats confiscated the mast copy of PLN #1, another comrade and I received newsletter-related infractions, and my cage was kicked in and trashed twice during a four-day period ...

Victims to Amend Constitution

Victims To Amend Constitution

A network of crime victim's rights advocates, concerned about difficulties in enforcing laws that were intended to give victims specific legal rights, is mounting a campaign to win ratification of amendments to state constitutions ensuring those rights. Six states have approved amendments to their constitutions ...

Marion Prison to be Replaced

Marion Prison To Be Replaced

It's gonna get worse, fellas. A March 30th report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says the BOP is going to replace the federal prison at Marion, Illinois, with a new maximum-security penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.

Marion was built in the early ...

Blacks Have Higher Crime Victimization Rate

Blacks are more likely than whites to be victims of violent crime, and the crimes against black victims are generally more serious that those against whites, according to a new study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

A review of the Bureau's National Crime Survey for the years ...

1989 Crime Rate Up 3%

One would think that with all of the new prisons constructed over the past 20 years the crime rate would be going down. Not so, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System. The feds say crime was up 3% in 1989. Crime rates rose 3% in 1988; a ...

It Only Gets Worse, Says DOC

The May 10th issue of the Seattle Times quoted Ruben Cendeno, director of the Division of Offender Programs for the state Department of Corrections (DOC), as telling a Washington Council on Crime and Delinquency sponsored forum that the Washington state corrections system is facing not only more overcrowding, but also ...

Women Prisoners Raped, Harassed by Guards

Women Prisoners Raped, Harassed By Guards

As a result of a law suit filed late last year on behalf of 12 prisoners at the Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville, 18 prison employees have resigned or been fired for having "illicit relations" with female prisoners. The complaint charged numerous male ...

State Reneges on WSR Treaty

State Reneges On WSR Treaty

The above headline is taken from an article in the Monroe Monitor of April 11th. "When a state senator gets fed up with broken promises from the state of Washington, you take notice." Said the article. It was Senator Cliff Bailey who was fed up ...

EPA Fining Florida Prison

Federal environmental officials plan to fine the State of Florida $100,000.00 for pollution violations at the Florida State Prison near Starke.

The violations involve operations at the prison's sewage treatment plant. United States Environmental Protection Agency officials said April 18th the plant has been releasing nitrogen, ammonia ...

Them Today, Us Tommorrow

"In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because ...

A History of Rehabilitation Under Washington State Law

A History Of Rehabilitation Under Washington State Law

By Matt James



[Editor's Note: The revised Code of Washington provides that the parole Board "shall not...release a prisoner, unless in its opinion his rehabilitation has been complete and he is a fit subject for release." (RCW 9.95.100 ...

DOC Settles Immigration Suit

By Paul Wright

The INS (Immigration and naturalization Service) in collusion with the DOC holds deportation hearings at the Wash. Corr. Center in Shelton for so-called "criminal deportee's", these are convicted felons who have had their immigration status revoked because of felony convictions. At these "hearings" the accused is ...

Book on Washington Prisons

"Impacts of Washington State's Correctional Institutions on Communities" is the title of a study available at no cost from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. The study was commissioned b the state legislature in 1988. The main purpose seems to have been to find out what effects prisons ...

Abolish the Death Penalty!

Abolish The Death Penalty!!!

Here in Washington state the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP) is working to do just that. They have a variety of resources available, including a quarterly newsletter. The Coalition is a variety of religious, civil liberties and civic groups opposed to the death ...

WAC Notification List

by Gary Banning

Under Washington state law, each state agency which proposes a change in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) must notify interested parties of the changes that it is proposing to give the citizens an opportunity to contact their legislators, organize against it, etc.

Under RCW 34.05.230 ...

From the Editor

by Ed Mead

We are encouraged by the response to the first issue of Prisoner's Legal News. We have created some controversy. Prisoncrats confiscated the mast copy of PLN #1, another comrade and I received newsletter-related infractions, and my cage was kicked in and trashed twice during a four-day ...

Prisoner AIDS Support Network

Prisoner Aids Support Network

The Prisoner AIDS Support Network is already in contact with the inside and outside prisoner AIDS activists in Canada and the U.S. Experience is knowing that fighting homophobia and institutionally induced ignorance through peer education programs inside can make a difference in knowledge of transmission ...

Prison Populations To Grow 68% by '94

Prison populations are expected to increase by about 68% by 1994, according to a report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Effects of the "war on drugs" are expected to overwhelm the nations correctional systems during that time. Other findings include:

The states will require an additional $35 ...

Newsletter for Prisoners with AIDS

Newsletter For Prisoners With Aids

The Prisoners with AIDS -- Rights Advocacy Group (PWA-RAG) was founded by prisoners in May of 1988. The PWA-RAG newsletter is published by Jim Magner and Larry Snyder both prisoners at the federal medical center in Springfield, MO.

PWA-RAG offers support and educational materials to prisoners ...

Jail Populations Up 54% in 5 Years

Jail Populations Up 54% In 5 Years

In a special report "Population Density in Local Jails, 1988," the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recently announced that between 1983 and 1988, 5.3 million square feet of new housing space and 29,000 guards were added ...

Lehman Leaving

Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey recently announced that Joseph Lehman, 46, the Assistant Secretary of Washington State's Department of Corrections, has been selected to head the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Lehman will be overseeing a prison system about three times as large as Washington's which is beset with severe ...

 

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