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There’s nothing they can pay me for those years. Those years are gone, man. I just want to be with my family. Everything else is irrelevant to me. My son wasn’t even born when I came to prison; his mom was like six months pregnant. So I literally watched him grow an inch taller each time he came to visit. Now he’s gotten tall, his voice done changed. He’ll be 16 next month. And our conversations went from ‘Dad, dad!’ to ‘Wassup.’ The last time I asked my son about school, he was like ‘Yeah, yeah, I ain’t even tripping’ off of none of that. What them people saying about you getting out of here?’ That’s how long I’ve been in here. My son talks to me like that now. [Laughs]
“It’s a struggle but it’s worth it. It’s worth it,” he concludes without a hint of doubt in his voice

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At the most basic level, the fundamental difference between jail and prison is the length of stay for inmates. Think short-term and long-term. Jails are usually run by local law enforcement and/or local government agencies, and are designed to hold inmates awaiting trial or serving a short sentence. Often “short” is designated as a misdemeanor conviction versus a felony, so in some instances where misdemeanor sentences are run consecutively, one may spend more than a year in jail. Jails often operate work release programs and boot camps, and some offer educational, substance abuse, and vocational programs. While many of these programs are designed to help the inmates change their lives and improve themselves so they stand a better chance of avoiding a return visit, they also have the added benefit of keeping the inmates occupied and less likely to cause problems for jailers.

Prisons, on the other hand, are typically operated by either a state government or the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). These are designed to hold individuals convicted of more serious crimes, typically any felony. Prisons offer different programs to inmates depending on the inmate's level of custody (i.e., minimum, medium, or maximum security, solitary confinement, etc.). Minimum and medium security programs include halfway houses, work release programs, and community restitution centers. Typically those who are eligible for such programs are nearing the end of their prison terms.

Because prisons are designed for long-term incarceration, they are better developed for the living needs of their populations. Jails, on the other hand, tend to have more transient populations and less well-developed facilities. As a result, many inmates prefer their stays in prison given the more regular life, the greater availability of programs, and better facilities. Indeed, many repeat offenders will ask for prison time rather than time in jail followed by probation if given the option. Some inmates complain that jail, given its constant flow of people that can often interfere with an inmate's ability to sleep, eat on a regular schedule, or participate in exercise. Some jails also suffer from budget shortages that lead to lower quality or inadequate food. these issues often lead to claims of violations of the inmate's right against cruel and unusual punishment. However, such claims are rarely, if ever, successful.

In either system, the inmate has a right to visitation. The inmate will also have the basic rights of any prisoner. These include the right to be treated humanely, not suffer cruel and unusual punishment, be free from sexual crimes or harassment, a right of access to the courts, a right to medical care, and a right to not suffer racial discrimination. Although an inmate's rights are abridged compared to other citizens given their status as inmates, they also still have limited rights to free speech, possession of property, and other basic human rights.

If you or someone you know is facing time behind bars, you should speak with an attorney. Not only may a lawyer be able to help you avoid jail or prison time all together, they may be able to help minimize the time spent their if a conviction is unavoidable. You can find a list of attorneys in your area on the Law Firms page of our website at HG.org.

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s for the work they do. (The state uses unpaid prison labor for everything from making license plates to assembling furniture.) According to Alabama Prison Watch, Ray was then placed in solitary for his activities, which have included bringing attention to unjust sentences, as he does in this video interview with Robert Earl Phillips:

“In Alabama, they take every opportunity they can to take your life as a young black man and sterilize you—not by castrating you, but by separating you from society,” Ray says in the video.

So far, the concerted efforts of the FAM, the SPLC, and advocates like Stevenson haven't resulted in systemic change. Although improving Alabama prisons has been a topic of concern in the state since the Department of Justice investigated the chronic sexual-abuse problem at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women earlier this year, reforming the state’s lockups has been an uphill battle. There are few votes to be had in making conditions less horrible for the state’s inmates, so there’s no reason for Alabaman politicians to campaign on the issue. The state Department of Corrections could institute some changes on its own—but if prison authorities aren’t interested in fixing St. Clair's locks or penalizing a warden for punching a handcuffed inmate in the head, it’s hard to imagine they’ll make reducing violence in their facilities a priority.

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Ray doesn't believe the problems can be changed by the current leadership.

"They don't care. They think this is how prison is supposed to be," he told me. "Us prisoners will have to do it ourselves."

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Corporations Are Cashing in on California's Prison Overcrowding Crisis
California is being forced by the courts to move inmates out of its overcrowded prison system, which is just another opportunity for the people who make money from incarceration to cash in.
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San Quentin, one of the many California state prisons the government has been forced to move inmates out of. Photo via Flickr user telmo32

For years, California’s massive, out-of-control inmate population has been a cash cow for the prison industry. Now, with the state being forced by the courts to reduce the number of men and women it’s keeping in boxes, the prison profiteers—including both corporations and prison guard unions—are trying to squeeze every cent they can out of the government.

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The number of prisoners in California peaked in 2006 at 163,000, which was far too many for the system’s 33 detention centers to handle—inmates were sleeping on bunk beds in gyms converted into improvised dorms. In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that these conditions constituted cruel and unusual punishment and ordered the state to reduce the prison population to 110,000.

Officials have been trying to get that number down by shipping inmates to county jails and out-of-state facilities, as well as letting a few go out on parole. But in late September, the state still had nearly 10,000 more bodies in prison than the courts want. Governor Jerry Brown has been frantically negotiating with judges to give him more time to comply with their order; simultaneously, he's been desperately seeking a way to reduce the prison population without letting anyone go free. Most recently, he cut a deal to pay private prison contractor the GEO Group $150 million over five years to take 1,400 inmates off the state’s hands.

That might sound like a lot of money, buy that contract is peanuts compared to the $215 million California gave to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s other major private prison operator, in 2012 alone. And that in turn is dwarfed by the nearly $8 billion a year the state spends on its gargantuan incarceration system. A multibillion-dollar industry like that naturally has lobbyists, and one of California’s prison-industrial complex’s biggest boosters is the 30,000-member California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), a big-time player in state politics that has pushed for tougher laws and longer sentences for criminals over the past 30 years.

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Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA, gave a few examples of how the CCPOA has spent big money to keep people in cages in a blog post from 2007:

“[CCPOA] gave over $100,000 to California’s Three Strikes initiative, Proposition 184 in 1994, making it the [campaign’s] second-largest contributor. It gave at least $75,000 to the opponents of Proposition 36, the 2000 initiative that replaced incarceration with substance abuse treatment for certain nonviolent offenders. From 1998 to 2000 it gave over $120,000 to crime victims’ groups, who present a more sympathetic face to the public in their pro-incarceration advocacy. It spent over $1 million to help defeat Proposition 66, the 2004 initiative that would have limited the crimes that triggered a life sentence under the Three Strikes law. And in 2005, it killed Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan to reduce the prison population by as much as 20,000, mainly through a program that diverted parole violators into rehabilitation efforts: drug programs, halfway houses and home detention.”

Like other unions, the CCPOA also works on behalf of its members for better pay and improved working conditions. But prison guards are in a unique position: their jobs depend on prisons being open for business. As Joan Petersilia, a professor at Stanford Law, told the League of Ordinary Gentlemen blog, it's really just simple economics:

“More prisoners lead to more prisons; more prisons require more guards; more guards means more dues-paying members and fund-raising capability; and fund-raising, of course, translates into political influence.”

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An example of how this influence is wielded comes from California's 2010 gubernatorial race, during which candidates had to address intense debates over the prison overcrowding problem as well as the economic crisis gripping the state. Brown, the eventual winner, campaigned on promises to maintain benefits for prison guards and increase the state's inmate capacity rather than releasing prisoners, meaning more guards would keep their jobs. The CCPOA gave him $196,770 over the course of the campaign.

Meg Whitman, his Republican opponent, was by no means arguing for progressive prison reform, but she wanted to address the state's prison overcrowding problem by shipping inmates out of state and then slowly privatizing the prison system, which would cut union guard jobs dramatically. She also took heat for proposing cuts to public employee pension plans, which included those of guards. As a result, the CCPOA spent more than $1.5 million against Whitman, bankrolling ads that portrayed the former eBay CEO as a greedy, silver-spoon-fed outsourcer.

Simultaneously, the GEO Group and CCA have won several lucrative contracts while donating heavily to state politicians.

In 2006, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had to respond to allegations he was giving the private prison company special treatment because they wrote him a $22,300 check. One week after that news came out, Schwarzenegger returned the money, but kept the approximately $68,000 GEO donated to his various political action committees over the past three years—including $10,000 that was donated just before the company won a $20 million contract in 2005.

Schwarzenegger’s time in office was good for CCA as well. From 2006 to 2008, the company received contracts to house about 8,000 inmates in out-of-state facilities. Those deals, worth more than $200 million annually, were renewed this summer—in fact, California wants CCA to take on even more inmates, even though Kentucky didn’t renew a contract with the company and Idaho took them to court over staffing issues.

How did the company get so lucky? After winning the California prison system as a client, CCA got involved in state politics. In 2008, it made 67 different donations totalling $174,000 to a bipartisan variety of candidates and causes. The next year, the company gave $100,000 to Schwarzenegger's Budget Reform Now PAC, and in 2010 it handed out $178,200 to California-based campaigns.

As usual, campaign contributions know no partisan bounds. Though CCA’s donations leaned Republican for several years, when Democrats took control of the state's major offices in 2010, the company changed loyalties. In 2012, when CCA made donations to 54 politicians in California, 37 of them were Democrats.

That was money well spent—in September Brown announced a plan that would send inmates to privately owned cells both in California and elsewhere, a scheme that would be worth hundreds of millions in revenue to CCA and GEO. Parts of that deal are presumably on hold, however, as federal judges recently refused to let California place more inmates out of state as a condition of giving Brown more time to deal with the overcrowding problem.

All this shuffling of bodies, prison reform advocates argue, would be unnecessary if elected officials decided to simply free more inmates who don’t pose a threat to anybody.

“There are lots of prisoners in the state prison system who are elderly and medically infirm who do not pose any significant risk to public safety who could be released,” said Don Specter, director of the Prison Law Office, a California organization that has sued the state on prisoners' behalf for inhumane conditions. “There are also inmates who were sentenced as juveniles who should be considered [for release] because they've matured and don't pose a risk, but the state won't let them out.”

California as a whole thankfully seems to be turning against the harsh statutes that led to the expansion of prisons in the first place. In 2012, voters modified the state's three strikes law to soften punishments for offenders whose third "strike" is a nonviolent offense. More “soft on crime” proposals are being debated, such as placing inmates in rehab rather than prisons and fully legalizing ma*****na.

Those kinds of policies will have a tough time becoming law, however—CCPOA donated $1 million to the 2008 campaign against Proposition 5, which would have reduced the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders. Even in a state famous for putting too many people in prison, the path to freeing just a few thousand of them is long, arduous, and blocked by corporate money.

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In November 2012, Shannon Hurd, who was serving a life sentence for stealing $14, began losing weight and experiencing flu-like symptoms. His symptoms worsened, and he developed a pain in his side. But doctors at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as “Angola,” repeatedly dismissed his medical complaints.

He did not receive medical care in the weeks that followed. He did not receive medical care in the months that followed. And as he waited for basic medical care, a disease was spreading in his system.

In the end, Hurd waited three devastating years before he was finally tested and diagnosed with kidney cancer. At that point, the tumors had already spread to his brain. Kidney cancer is generally treatable if it’s caught early. This was not the case here. By the end of 2015, Shannon had lost over 60 pounds. He was often numb in his fingers and feet.

Denied medical parole requests by prison officials, Shannon died in prison in March 2017. He was just 42 years old.

Shannon’s story is not an isolated tragedy but a symptom of prison officials’ chronic failure to provide adequate medical care to people incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. It was nicknamed “Angola” for the former slave plantation on which the prison was built, and it is notorious for the brutality of its past and the cruelty of its present, as scores of men are subjected to unnecessary suffering, and even death.

It’s barbarous that a prison system could sentence someone to slow torture by an untreated medical condition. A court of law would not impose such a sentence. But today Louisiana has the highest rate of prison deaths per capita in the country.

In 2015, the ACLU of Louisiana sued, and last week our class action lawsuit challenging these inhumane and unconstitutional conditions finally went to trial. We are joined in court by our partners in the case, including the Promise of Justice Initiative, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, and attorney Jeffrey Dubner.

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TAKE THE PLEDGETogether, we are representing over 6,000 people incarcerated at Angola who have been systematically denied access to adequate healthcare.

Witnesses in the ongoing trial have described horror story after horror story about the cruel and dangerous lack of treatment at Angola. Farrell Sampier, who suffers from a condition that left him paralyzed from the waist down, testified that some patients went unfed and were left sitting in their own f***s. Anthony Mandigo described the horrible pain he endures because Angola doctors will not prescribe effective pain medication for his sickle-cell anemia. Lawrence Jenkins told the court that he worries about dying from untreated Hepatitis C. Dr. Michael Puisis, an internal and correctional medicine expert, testified that Angola has one of the worst medical systems he has ever reviewed.

This abysmal treatment is especially harmful to people with disabilities, who have been denied access to even the most basic accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. One man, who is blind, received no help from prison officials and relied on the help of others incarcerated at Angola.

The trial has illuminated in gruesome detail how brutal treatment harms people during their incarceration, hampers their reentry into society, and violates the U.S. Constitution as well as federal law. The Eighth Amendment, adopted in 1791, bars “cruel and unusual” punishment. Scholars contend this ban was enacted to set America apart from the more brutal elements of the British empire. More than two centuries later, we are still fighting to defend this fundamental principle and the basic human dignity of all people, including those incarcerated in our prisons and jails.

This case is also a reminder that Louisiana has yet to address the greatest financial burden on its prison system: imprisoning old and infirm people long past the time they pose a danger to anyone. The state has more people serving life sentences without parole than Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas combined. Sensible and humane release, which could lower costs, should be a part of a system that puts people and communities first in its decision making about who it incarcerates and for how long.

If the true measure of a society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable citizens, the cruel and dehumanizing treatment of incarcerated people at Angola is a harsh reflection on all of us.

Louisiana must do better, and we will keep fighting — in court, in the Legislature and in communities — until it does.

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The False Peace That Never Lasts The enemy is constantly trying to medicate our children's minds with substances that only offer false peace and joy in their lives but for a moment and then it wears off only for them to need more. When one asks Jesus to come into their lives and forgive them of their sins, the Holy Spirit counselor and comforter moves into their lives forevermore and provides them with the peace that passes all understanding. There is no drug or substance in the world that can provide such joy, peace, and happiness. Instead, when we choose the enemy's way of using drugs, alcohol, and crime so to support our addictions, it only leads to depression and hopelessness in one's life. Addiction is the worse epidemic in our society and it kills our children's minds and bodies when so many have lost the battle with addiction. The Holy Spirit does just the opposite. It provides hope, joy, happiness, and peace and it never leaves you or forsakes you. It never gives up on you when you fail, it never gives up on you when you try to run from God and it is with you always. This is the answer to all our addicted and hurting children and those in prison. Prayer is the key that can steal our children's minds back from the enemy who only seeks to destroy them. Prayer renews their mind and transforms their lives into the instruments of God's love. Who could ask for anything more? It was the greatest gift that ever had been given to me in my life and it happened to me at the lowest time in my life when I was in Prison. Prayer is the answer! God is our only true peace and He breaks down every wall. He breaks down the prison walls that confine our hurting children and He breaks down the prison walls of addiction in the prisons of their mind. Once this happened to me in my life when in prison, I was free. I did not spend one day confined in all my thirty years. Only my body was confined. I was free from confinement way before I was released. But for the Grace of God go I. He gets all honor, glory, and praise.
Works In Progress I know how you must feel when your hurting child returns back to their old habits of addiction and crime. I know how much it broke my parent's heart when I kept returning back to my addiction and crime and eventually prison for most of my young life. My mom, God rest her soul always continued to love me and forgive me. I didn't deserve it but she was there for me. It cuts a parent's heart in half and it hurts so bad. We are all but works in progress. We all fall back into our old habits in one way or another. For some its back to prison until they hit bottom. For some its back to rehab and to some its back on their knees asking God for forgiveness. But for the Grace of God go I. Some of the greatest people in the Bible fell back into sin. God chastens the ones He loves so that we continue to grow in His Grace. It doesn't feel good when we are being chastened but it is His Grace and mercy that gets us through. Hate the sin but love the child unconditionally as God loves us unconditionally. One day at a time is all any of us can do in life. When our children fall it does make us very angry when we see them hurting themselves in this way. It causes much grief to the parent's soul. Anger is good for the soul as grief is. The Bible says, Be angry but sin not. Mercy is God's way of showing us His Grace in our lives when we fail and do fall back into old habits and we all fall many times in our daily lives. There is none righteous no not one. But for the Grace of God go I.
Freedom Is Your Choice Silence is never to be found inside prison walls, or inside the prison walls of your mind. I'm so tired of fellow prisoners fighting, yelling and arguing over things that really don't matter. Why don't you all just be quiet for a few minutes? I'm so tired of the bullying during meals and watching you so-called stand up tough guys hurting the ones who can't defend themselves. Just be quiet, do your own time and eat your meals in peace. Why can't you all just mind your own business and work on trying to change your life instead of fighting one another? Haven't we all caused enough pain for our moms, dads, and families at home? I'm tired of fighting. I'm here to change my life I've caused enough pain in my life. I didn't come to prison to fight, I came here for fighting the world. Let me just eat my meal in silence today. Let me just sleep with both eyes closed. Let me rest without speakers blasting all the time and keys clanging as the guards walk their night beats. Noise, noise, noise. My mind is wearing down. As I role over I smell coffee brewing in the kitchen. Did I even sleep last night? An alarm goes off in my head. I look up and see a clock on the wall. Where did that come from? A fan is blowing gently on my face. Then I heard a voice in my head saying, It's time to get up and mow the lawns today. I wasn't in prison at all. I'm free! I'm free! I'm free! It was only a nightmare from my past. There was not a peep in the house. No fighting, no arguing, no clanging keys in my head waking me up, no blasting speakers. I had slept with both eyes closed and woke up this morning from sleeping without fears. My freedom makes my life worth living. It's so good to be alive. I love my freedom of sitting on the tractor and mowing up and down the fields of peace. The freedom of the sun's warmth beats on my forehead and fills my heart with joy. Why did I ever make a choice to give away my freedom? Yet, the enemy tried hard to steal that joy from me last night in a nightmare. Jesus wouldn't let him. Thank you, Lord, for my freedom and for my peace that passes all understanding. Thank you for always being with me throughout my prison life. Thank you for raising me up out of the miry clay of hell and for setting my feet on the solid ground of your love. Can you hear me, mom? Can you hear me, dad? I'm home free! Quote Of Hope: Addiction brings so much pain to so many surrounding people and families. It steals one's feelings of peace and freedom and imprisons a person's mind. Jesus is the key that can set them free.
Anything that can heal an addict, or stop crime in one's life is a blessing to them, and families. Mine was my Faith in Jesus.
My prayers go's out 2 each an everyone of them n there family.