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August 2, 2010

Investigative report indicates California's prisoner rights poorly regarded

7W1PRISONS.xlgraphic.prod_affiliate.4 A helpful reader altered me to this lengthy article from the Sacremento Bee, headlined "The Public Eye: California prisoners' rights often trampled," that reports on how guards have abused prisoners through disciplinary hearings.  The piece, which ran on Sunday's front page, also included the graphic (reprinted here) with lots of interesting data on charges against prisoners in five of the larger states in the nation.  Here is how the Sacremento Bee report gets started:

The prison official assured his warden in an e-mail that everything was set: A group of 77 inmates accused of interfering with officers would be found guilty, no matter what. Disciplinary hearings – required proceedings where inmates can defend themselves with witnesses and evidence – had not yet taken place at North Kern State Prison.

Yet, in the April e-mail obtained by The Bee, acting Associate Warden Steven Ojeda promised to provide the hearing officers –- lieutenants he supervised –- "with direction prior to the hearings and ensure they understand to hold all of these inmates accountable."

Leaving nothing to chance, Ojeda prescribed punishments, too: loss of good-behavior credit and visiting privileges, threat of a term in one of the prison system's security housing units – called "the hole" by prisoners – and other serious penalties.

By acting as judge and jury, Ojeda fit a pattern, a Bee investigation has found, that suggests widespread suppression of inmates' rights to contest allegations by guards or pursue claims of mistreatment.

Current and retired officers, prisoners and parolees allege that correctional officers and their superiors routinely file bogus or misleading reports, destroy or falsify documentation of abuses, and intimidate colleagues or inmates who push back.

Sources with firsthand knowledge called the problem pervasive, offering dozens of examples. Even if the allegations are valid for a fraction of cases, thousands of prison terms could have been extended improperly at vast cost to taxpayers.

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lol and people are SUPRISED that the prison justice system so closely matches the one on the outside? come on!

Posted by: rodsmith | Aug 2, 2010 12:48:46 PM

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We, the undersigned, who live in the United States and elsewhere, call upon the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to engage in a thorough review of the justice system in the United States as part of the first ever - November 2010 - UPR (Universal Periodic Review) of Human Rights in the United States

We call upon the Human Rights Council to issue in November 2010 an honest and effectual UPR Report, calling upon the United States to take effective measures to restore integrity of its judiciary and its justice system.

Conditions now prevailing in the United States amount to large scale abuse of the people by the government of the United States. Moreover, such conditions pose risks that are difficult to assess to world peace and welfare.

Such conditions were documented in both state and United States courts, be it civil, criminal, bankruptcy, or family courts.

Reports, which were filed by stakeholders as part of the UPR process, provided evidence of widespread corruption of the justice system in the United States:
* Executions continue, at times, as the outcome of judicial conduct that would be deemed unreasonable by any reasonable person.
* Torture was allowed to become part of government conduct, and confessions extracted through torture were admitted in courts.
* With privatized, for profit prisons, the United States holds a prisoner population that is entirely out of proportion with any other developed, democratic nation; Minorities are imprisoned in vastly disproportionate numbers.
* Large-scale false imprisonment of juvenile was exposed in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, as part of the Kids for Cash scandal, and is yet to be fully corrected; Large-scale false imprisonments were exposed in Los Angeles County, California, as part of the Rampart scandal a decade ago, which the US government is refusing to correct.
* Regardless of United States government promises, detentions in Guantanamo Bay were never brought to an end; Proceedings, which such detainees were subjected to, violate international conventions.
* Attorneys, who represented clients in civil rights matters, or in causes that were not favored by government or by judges, suffered harsh retaliation, or even imprisonment.
* Whistleblowers were routinely subjected to harsh retaliations, while the perpetrators %u2013 be it government officials, large corporations, or others, suffered no consequence at all.
* Racketeering by judges in the United States was and is prosecuted in some courts, but in other cases, even when exposed with indisputable evidence, the United States government refused to take action.
* Large banks and financial institutions colluded with judges in looting of homeowners across the United States under the current financial crisis; Even when fraud in the courts by financial institutions and law-firms was exposed and acknowledged by the Courts, such financial institutions and law-firms suffered no consequences at all.
* Credible evidence was provided of racketeering by judges, attorneys, and/or judicial officers in receiverships and conservatorships.
* Judges, all the way from state courts to the Supreme Court of the United States, introduced the practice of issuing rulings, orders, and judgments, that were not signed by judges and/or were not authenticated/attested by the clerks; Such rulings, orders, and judgments could not possibly be deemed valid court records; They were enforced nevertheless.
* Computerized case management and online public access systems were installed in the US and state courts, which effectively denied public access to true and honest court records %u2013 to inspect and to copy; Such systems effectively concealed what the courts deem effectual signatures and stamps that were required to set such records honest, valid, and effectual court records.

If not for the sake of the safeguard of the Human Rights of the people of the United States, the United Nations should be concerned with dysfunctional banking regulation in the United States; There simply is no way to establish honest and effectual banking and corporate regulation under current conditions at the United States courts today. Reckless conduct by United States banks inflicted harm on workers and investors worldwide. An integrity crisis is at the foundation of the current economic depression, and economic conditions are not likely to improve unless integrity of government is restored.
Human Rights Alert is dedicated to discovering, archiving, and disseminating evidence of Human Rights violations by the justice systems of the State of California and the United States in Los Angeles County, California, and beyond. Special emphasis is given to the unique role of computerized case management systems in the precipitous deterioration of integrity of the justice system in the United States.
* "Innocent people remain in prison"
* "...the LA Superior Court and the DA office, the two other parts of the justice system that the Blue Panel Report recommends must be investigated relative to the integrity of the system, have not produced any response that we know of..."
LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006)
* "...judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit."
Prof David Burcham, Dean, Loyola Law School, LA (2000)
* "This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states... and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted."
Prof Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Irvine Law School (2000)

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Posted by: thomas sabo 2010 | Oct 31, 2010 8:35:32 PM

A matter that needs investigated
On case#VA107160
People Vs buddy lee George 
Los Angeles superior court norwalk California division S
Judge the Honorable Roger Ito
Los Angeles county district attorney Kang. 
A case that can be proved as unconstitutional due to the following
1.) I was denied my due process rights. 
2.) the district attorney had me charged with prison priors and strikes that I did not have and it was not until after the verdict did she admit her mistakes. 
3.) I was denied to confront witnesses I supoened 5 officers and only one showed up. 
4.) the only witness that showed up was detective hakala from Whittier police department he was the lead detective and expert witness. 
5.) there was bias with the processing of evidence he used his own lab. 
6.) he lied under oath by saying he removed the drugs before the pre search video because he had a dog. 
7.) the evidence in the case had been destroyed before the trial
Evidence was destroyed 5-29-09
The verdict was read on 8-15-09
8.) henry salcidos law firm that represented me right before the trial caused a conflict of interest by violating attorney client privilege by having a meeting with the city of la mirada without my permission nor knowledge were he discussed my case were he was convinced by the city saying I should take a deal under the condition I move out of la mirada when I get out of prison. 
9.) Henry salcido also told me at one point he didn't care If I was innocent or guilty I should take a deal. 
10.) he also told me at one point he was best friends with steve Cooley and if I gave him $180.000 and sign over the deed to our home he could make the case disappear. 
11.) their was two retired district attorneys that were working for Henry salcidos law firm that were also over familiar with sheriffs and narcotics department that were involved in my case. 
12.) through the whole case the la mirada mayor and council members had law enforcement harassing me their was about 300 or more calls made to law enforcement with the intent to have me harassed 
13.) I can also prove false imprisonment. 
14.) I was charged with possession for sales when no drugs were ever found to be in my possessing neither was any money ever recovered and according to the detective he found $13 dollars worth of drugs in our home all together in separate bags and only one had been tested the second one was never tested. 
15.) it was unconstitutional for detective hakala to target me when their was 5 occupants living in our home at the time. 
16.) the search warrant he used to get in our home the day he supposedly found the drugs was stamped denied. 
17.) the second search warrant had a type -o- error and the name on the search warrant was Walter Eugene Farris a guy that I don't know and neither did any one els that lived in our home and he had never been in our home. 
18.)The attorney that represented me during the trial had not been given enough to to familiarize her self with my case the judge refused to give her time to overlook the case.
19.) after we picked the jurors one of the jurors was prejudice he said no matter what he would find me guilty because he hates drug dealers the judge still allowed juror # 19 to hang out with all the other jurors until he was replaced. 
The following needs to be investigated
1.) violation of due process rights
2.) my state and federal rights were violated. 
3.) false imprisonment
4.) harassment 
5.) negligent
6.) malpractice
7.) wrongful conviction
8.) officer misconduct
9.) judicial misconduct
10.) cruel and unusual punishment. Email below evidence when the evidence had been destroyed a email from detective hakala to district attorney kang. 
11.) the city of la mirada offered to buy our home at cost saying under the condition I couldn't live in la mirada nor Whittier. 
12.)la mirada law enforcement was raiding our home practically daily. 
13.) before this case started detective jerry Reyes told me as he handed me his card with his hand writing on it that if I dident help him he would screw me.
14.) detective hakala and district attorney kang kept inflicting lies on the jury. 
15.) I was not on probation or parole when this case started. 
16.) our car had also been impounded 3 to 4 times every time officers said just tell us were the drugs are we won't impound the vehicle and every time I was honest by saying I don't have any drugs they impounded it any way. 
17.) detective hakala went through my confidential legal mail violating my constitutional rights instead of using normal mail he used a 42 u.s.c 1983 to identify me as living here during The trial mentioning a law suite involving Copley
18.) during the proceedings of the case no one had any idea I studied law I even represented my self in the federal courts I studied criminal and civil for about five years including 42 u.s.c $1983"s torts writs civic codes ethics even the CCR title 15 rules and regulations. 
19.) I'm hoping to resolve this with out filing in the federal courts I'm exhausting all remedies if the matter is not resolved then I'm given not much choice because I was wronged 
Sorry but this is frustrating I just want this matter looked into. 
20.) I can prove the following. 
1.)defamation of character. 
2.) false imprisonment. 
3.) negligence. 
4.) harassment. 
5.) malpractice. 
6.) wrongful conviction. 
7.) constitutional violations with my civil rights. 
8.) including $10.000 dollars of damage to our home. 
9.)reckless disregard.  
10.) coaxing
11.) including due process rights involved in a criminal court proceeding involving corruption. 
12.) the situation that escalated 
Into this case was a incident involving a parole officer mr verimontes he worked for la mirada public safety and the Santa fe springs parole department in the year 2001
He was contracted by both at the same time their was a incident involved with are daughters boy friend driving a vehicle in a irate speed going to autozone test driving a 1997 ford explorer some car was parked 3 ft out from the curb 
And some kids were playing in the middle of the street they moved out of the street as he was driving up hill and swerved to miss the car when we got back a neighbor showed up cussing and yelling in a violent manner as I got out of the passenger side he was trying to provoke me I asked him to calm down he told me fuck you I said I have kids and theirs no need for this he stated bull I ignored him and went next door and eventually went to the store with our cousin next door not knowing while we were gone the neighbor had called the sheriffs by time I got home their was no law enforcement around but when I reported to parole I was giving him the heads up about possible call made to law enforcement with our address he asked did you have any police contact I stated no he said don't worry about it then that nite shows up with law enforcement to arrest me for driving with out a license I was in jail double the normal time waiting for my bpt hearing mean while I hired a attorney for ADA issues he had no idea that the attorney representing me at board had investigated his wrong doing because he went to every neighbor showing first my whole criminal past then mug shots asking if they seen me driving the attorney caught him lying under oath at least 12 times the commissioner let me go home when I had got out mr verimontes told me pack up your shit your moving back to Sacramento in such a irate manner to were other people eventually had to get him he told me that if I appealed him he would get a petition with our neighbors so I reported to parole in Sacramento and while I was there I filed a 602 inmate appeal demanding It to be exhausted so I could file a 42 u.s.c $1983 I charged him with the following
1.) racial profiling 
2.) negligence
3.) harassment 
4.) deformation of character 
5.) false imprisonment 
6.) I filed to a copy of the bpt hearing tape only to find out it had been damaged 3 days after the hearing when it was not suppose to be damaged for 120 days were I was entitled to a copy of it only to be denied eventually the 602 complaint allowed me to come home after he was involuntarily moved from both jobs. 
7.) the city mayor and council members had sheriffs going through any lengths to get me for anything just to send me to prison also to force me to move from la mirada. 
8.) we had a 2002 ford explorer literally torn apart to the point it was not worth having the interior completely destroyed. 
9.) our home was stalked by sheriffs to the point our kids moved out. 
10.) their are witnesses to two sheriff deputies named Morris and tousey that work for the city of la mirada telling every drug addict that I am a kingpin and a drug dealer. 
11.) we even called the sheriffs about some one driving a car into our garage door they showed no interest in the damage done to our home. 
12.) the sheriffs also known our home had been broken into and vandalized on numerous occasions. 
13.) Morris and tousey also were telling people say his name you go free Morris and tousey are Los Angeles county sheriffs. 

Buddy George - VA107160From: joanne alberry
View Contact To: LAURIE YTARTE -----------------
-- Laurie,here is the email from the Detective 
telling the court that all the property was
destroyed. Sorry about all of it. Feel free to mail
me any payments you can at my office address
4229 Main St Suite 4 Riverside CA 92501 I will
let you know when I find an attorney who will
take on a governemtn entity. good luck to you
and Buddy,Joanne ---------- Forwarded message
----------From: Date: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 7:23
AMSubject: Fw: Buddy George - VA107160To:
joannealberry@gmail.com Hi Joanne, Per our
conversation, here is the email from Detective
Hakala confirming that the evidence was
destroyed. I will request that our matter be taken
off calendar today. Thanks. ----------------------
Forwarded by Miriam Kang/DAUsers/NLADA on
09/25/2009 07:22 AM --------------------------- To:
cc: Subject: RE: Buddy George - VA107160 I
contacted our central property and the items
seized in the Buddy George case (408-15814-
0460-184) were dispoed on 05-29-09. Any other
questions just let me know. Eric ---------------------
From: MKang@da.lacounty.gov
[mailto:MKang@da.lacounty.gov]Sent: Thu
9/24/2009 2:49 PMTo: Hakala, Eric J.Subject:
Buddy George - VA107160 Hi Detective Hakala,
Just as a reminder, please email me a letter
confirming that the the property booked into
evidence for this case has been disposed of and
the date of disposal. Thanks so much!
Sincerely,Miriam KangDeputy District
AttorneyTel: 562-807-7211 

Posted by: Buddy George | Dec 13, 2010 11:24:36 AM

I am so appalled to see with my own eyes at how the prisoners in California are being mistreated.Their basics needs are not even met. those who have mental problems are being treated worse than animals. Hygiene is being neglected. Property that was bought with monies from loved ones either taken by the guards ( televisions etc) or smashed or given to the privilaged prisons (HUMMMMMM) Why can't the families pay for the return of such instead of the guards keeping property if the inmate is not allowed to keep the property, I am so appalled at the system, it needs to be cleaned and the guards should beware that they will be caught and they will not have a job of which they do not deserve. The prisoners are better off in the streets and take a chance than to be in the hands of those who are bing paid to abuse and mistreat them, DAMM THIS MAKES ME REALL MAD. ALL FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOVED ONES IN PRISONS SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND 'OCCUPPY' CERTAIN PRISONS IN OUR CITIES, MAYBE WE ON THE OUTSIDE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MOTHER OF AN INMATE

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