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Prison Legal News: April, 1991

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Volume 2, Number 4

In this issue:

  1. The LBC's Final Report to the Legislature: A Retreat From The Principles of the SRA (p 1)
  2. Years of Change (p 2)
  3. Panel Blasts BJA for Ending Drug Treatment Projects (p 2)
  4. Did DOC Lie on Computer Issue? (p 3)
  5. More Federal Money for Prisons (p 4)
  6. From The Editor (p 4)
  7. Habitual Criminal Case Update (p 5)
  8. John Perroti on Hungerstrike (p 5)
  9. Bush Keeps Crime on Front Burner (p 5)
  10. Beating in the MANCI Control Unit (p 5)
  11. Pennsylvania Lawmakers Want to Axe Parole Board (p 5)
  12. ".100 Hearings" Opinions Of An Attorney (p 6)
  13. Murder Case Update (p 6)
  14. Political Prisoners Hunger Strike in France (p 7)
  15. Oppression and Resistance at Canada's Prison for Women (p 7)
  16. To a Bureaucrat (p 8)
  17. Reviews (p 8)
  18. Women's Report (p 9)
  19. Non-English Messed Over (p 9)
  20. Shelton Changes (p 9)

The LBC's Final Report to the Legislature: A Retreat From The Principles of the SRA

By Ed Mead

On January 17, 1991, the Legislative Budget Committee (LBC) issued a "proposed final report" on the performance of the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB). The LBC assessed the operations of the ISRB in the context of the dual sentencing system that still exists in Washington State. Their ...

Years of Change

By B. Roland Blankenship

One thing every old convict asks himself at one time or another is: Is prison change better than the old way of doing time?

Backing up to the days of slave labor when a simple complaint could buy you 8-28 days in the hole, I have ...

Panel Blasts BJA for Ending Drug Treatment Projects

Panel Blasts BJA For Ending Drug Treatment Projects

A House committee has issued a report alleging that the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which manages the $492-million drug enforcement grants program, discontinued funding of drug treatment in prisons and jails, and then tried to mislead the committee into thinking that ...

Did DOC Lie on Computer Issue?

Did DOC Lie On Computer Issue?

By Ed Mead

Back in the late '70s I was involved in an armed escape attempt from the state prison at Walla Walla. It was my first time in a state prison, and the experience was to teach me a lot about the low ...

More Federal Money for Prisons

More Federal Money For Prisons

While critics of the Bush Administration have been arguing that the war on drugs has become a "nonwar" since Operation Desert Storm began, the U.S. Justice Department says the fight to free the nation of the scourge of narcotics remains a top Administration priority.

Narcotics ...

From The Editor

By Paul Wright

Welcome to another issue of PLN. Next month will mark one full year of publishing PLN. This is our twelfth issue. We started out planning to make it a four to six issue project to see what kind of a response we got. We started out with ...

Habitual Criminal Case Update

For those who have been following the habitual criminal issue, there is some news. The lead case, In Re Echman, which is pending in the State Supreme Court, challenges the way the Board conducted 1457 reviews. It is argued that the Board was directed by the Legislature to review all ...

John Perroti on Hungerstrike

John Perroti On Hungerstrike

John Perroti and his partner, Linda Leisure, have been on a hunger strike since February 14, 1991. Perroti has been held on a one-man isolation tier supposedly only until MANCI's AC unit opened. His visits have been restricted to one hour noncontact visit in full restraints ...

Bush Keeps Crime on Front Burner

Bush Keeps Crime On Front Burner

President Bush, who expressed disappointment with the limited crime control bill approved by Congress last year, has signaled that he intends to keep anti-crime initiatives on the national agenda this year, beginning with a national conference that was held last month.

In his State ...

Beating in the MANCI Control Unit

Beating In The MANCI Control Unit

By John Perroti

MANSFIELD, OHIO - On February 8, 1991, in the super-max administrative control unit (AC-Isolation) at the Mansfield Correctional Institution (MANCI) high tech prison, designed after the U.S. Penitentiary at Marion, II, 35 guards and high ranking prison officials opened six prisoners ...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Want to Axe Parole Board

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Want To Axe Parole Board

Leaders of the Pennsylvania House and Senate Judiciary Committees said they will introduce legislation this year to strip the Parole Board of most of its authority as a way to reduce prison overcrowding. The lawmakers said the number of state inmates would decline ...

".100 Hearings" Opinions Of An Attorney

".100 Hearings" Opinions Of An Attorney

by Barbetta Ralphs, Atty.

As an attorney, I concur with the person who believed the Board was "maxing out" the majority of persons to whom they have allowed .100 hearings, or, at the very least, given them extra time which is far beyond discretion, ...

Murder Case Update

Some of you with 1st degree murder convictions that occurred prior to July 1, 1984, have been appearing before the Board for so-called 1457 minimum term settings. Information received by this writer indicates that the Board is handing out very long terms in the vast majority of the cases, and ...

Political Prisoners Hunger Strike in France

By Jean Marc Rouillan

[Editors note: this article is translated and based on a letter from Jean Marc to one of PLN's editors.] FRESNES, FRANCE

The latest struggle here in France is a rolling hunger strike, one of us will not eat for a week, then another won't eat and ...

Oppression and Resistance at Canada's Prison for Women

Oppression And Resistance At Canada's Prison For Women

KINGSTON, ONTARIO - On February 12, 1991, Lorna Jones, a native prisoner, was found hanging in her cell. Her's was the fifth suicide by a native prisoner at the Prison for Women (P4W) in the last 18 months. Lorna had been serving ...

To a Bureaucrat

To A Bureaucrat

You are as irrelevant

to my future

as I am to yours.

I have no power over you

and I seek none.

But, you are unhappy

to be likewise.

You pretend

to have influence

with the big people

enabling you

to pull the strings

of my destiny. ...


RESISTANCE - Documents and analysis of the illegal front. Is an irregular tabloid that has news and analysis of militant autonomist, anti-imperialist, national liberation, and anti-nuclear struggle in the advanced capitalist countries. The latest issue has articles about native struggle in Canada, a discussion paper on patriarchy from the Revolutionary ...

Women's Report

Prisoner's Legal News is an excellent monthly magazine that I sincerely hope is generating interest and financial support, to which I will soon be adding.

The major concern among most women in prison is the welfare of their children, many of whom were declared to be wards of the state ...

Non-English Messed Over

Many of our inmates are Mexican and/or Central American citizens. They are called up to legal mail line and receive registered letters from their home countries. These letters usually contain a few well worn, soiled American dollars. The institution counts them and has the inmate sign for postage to return ...

Shelton Changes

I am a 25-year-old inmate serving time in Washington State Correction Center at Shelton. Since my incarceration here at Shelton I have watched expensive reconstruction projects occurring rapidly, such as Birch and Spruce Halls turned into more R-units, more fencing and razor wire, as well as stadium lights that are ...