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Prison Legal News: September, 1990

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Volume 1, Number 5

In this issue:

  1. The Initiative Process, Can Prisoners Use It? (p 1)
  2. Sexual Harassment Suit Settled (p 2)
  3. Pro-Lifers for Death (p 2)
  4. Letters From Readers (p 3)
  5. Editorial Comments (p 4)
  6. Let's Come Together (p 5)
  7. Litigating for Maximum Effect (p 5)
  8. Highway Robbery (p 6)
  9. Why Racism? (p 7)
  10. Response to the Article "Why Racism" (p 8)
  11. Fire Hosing Stopped! (p 8)
  12. The Struggle For Prisoner Owned Computers Continues (p 9)

The Initiative Process, Can Prisoners Use It?

In its 1988 Report To The Legislature, the Washington State Parole Board admitted that it imposed exceptional sentences in 53% of the cases it reviewed. These exceptional terms were all above the applicable guideline range. When a sentence was within the range it was always at its uppermost limits.

The ...

Sexual Harassment Suit Settled

The Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) paid secretary Charlene Atchinson $85,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit filed against Warden Jack Garner and Regional Director Marshal Herklotz of the Palestine Unit in East Texas.

In the suit, Ms. Atchinson alleged Warden Garner unzipped his pants in front of her ...

Pro-Lifers for Death

Pro-Lifers For Death

By Paul A. Wright

The TV news lately has been full of governors, legislators, elected officials and citizens who proclaim themselves to be "pro-life" and thus, anti-abortion. The last year has seen attempts by Gov. Martinez in Florida to make abortion impossible to obtain for young and ...

Letters From Readers

Letters from readers are encouraged. Words in brackets [like this] reflect material added by the editors in order to clarify a subject. Letters are edited for length. Names of writers will not be published unless specific authorization is given. We not only welcome the input of every reader, we want ...

Editorial Comments

By Ed Mead

Welcome to PLN #5. Let me start this by talking about some of the articles in this issue. First, there is one on the need to get computers into prisoner hands. State Senator Phil Talmadge, who is a member of the Committee on Corrections, has requested a ...

Let's Come Together

By Dawud H. Malik

The ole adage about there's only two kinds of power in the world; money power and people power, with the latter being much stronger than the former is true. Across all racial groups, prisoners are drawn from the poorest sectors of society. A warehouse for ...

Litigating for Maximum Effect

Litigating For Maximum Effect

By John Perotti

A lot of us know that our system of justice is a hypocritical one-Just-Us. The rich buy their justice; the poor are served theirs in prison cells every time they're served their cold oatmeal and powered eggs.

However, it is good tactics ...

Highway Robbery

By Paul Wright

On April 18, 1990, Chase Riveland, Secretary of the DOC, signed DOC Policy 270.070 "Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) Program in Prisons. Effective immediately.

The main purpose of this policy is so that the counties, via the DOC, can collect fines, restitution, court costs, etc., imposed by ...

Why Racism?

By Jon George

This is addressed to you in prison, whether you are a white supremacist or a black supremacist, or have any other racist sympathies.

What is racism? Racism is a belief that your own race is superior and that all other races are inferior. Racism means that anyone ...

Response to the Article "Why Racism"

By Gregory "Mandela" Carey

Let me answer your article in this manner to enlighten you.

First, understand that America is a very racist country. Despite all the laws against discrimination, a person's race is of prime importance to himself and to others with whom he comes in contact with ...

Fire Hosing Stopped!

Fire Hosing Stopped!!!


On July 9, 1990, US District Court Judge Arthur Spiegel entered a preliminary injunction ordering a halt to the practice of Ohio prisoncrats at Lucasville, of firehosing prisoners in their cells. A full trial on the merits will follow.

The Struggle For Prisoner Owned Computers Continues

By Ed Mead


Prisoners are slaves of the state, a status legitimized by the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These modern day slaves need every tool they can get in an effort to alter their status and to extend democracy to include all people. Computers in the hands ...