Yes many of us have stopped to think about the victims of the crimes that have been committed. But if you have never had a family member or friend or loved one in the SHU, you have zero idea what it is like. And as for victims, my brother is in the SHU and has never been convicted of harming anyone. He is in there for being accused of being associated and for drugs. No matter what they did they deserve humane treatment. Our Father was murdered when I was seven and he was 3 years old. That person got away with it without ever spending a day behind bars. So we know what it is like to be a victim as well. Holding back written correspondence and hot water and waking them up every thirty minutes is NOT ok. We just lost our Grandmother and Mother within 2 months of one another. Not being able to know if he is ok or correspond with him right now is heartbreaking for me so before you judge these men, realize they all belong to someone. Someone's Son, Brother, Father, someone's loved one who is going through all of this with them. It is not just them that does the time but it is their families as well. My Brother takes full reaponsibility for his actions and blames no one for anything that caused him to be there. While he is there it is the Prison's responsibility to see that he is treated with human dignity. There are many individuals at Pelican Bay that work there that do care about these men. I have met them and had conversations with them many times. It is the system that has to change. None of us want our Family members on a hunger strike it is horrible to worry each and every waking moment if they are ok. It is heartbreaking. To not know is a terrifying feeling when you just want one letter or a postcard to be in your mailbox to know they are ok. It becomes part of your prayers every single night to pray to keep them safe and to please receive some kind of mail.
It is even worse they have now turned off the hot water for the SHU inmates and they are not receiving written correspondence. They are being woken up every 30 minutes and I have a relative at Pelican Bay and have received only brief postcards who sent me out this information not just to me but another Family member. If you are sending mail to them number your mail. Tell the inmate you are writing that you are doing this. Postcards get through at times. So send postcards number them and keep track and send postcards telling them what you have sent and how many they should have received. Don't stop writing they need the mail. BOOKS AND MAGAZINES ARE GETTING THROUGH IF YOU CAN ORDER THEM DO SO. It helps them get through this. Amazon is a good place to order from. They get them shipped quickly. Make sure you have the Inmates number on the shipping address and the exact address. They need to stay focused and know that they have their Families and friends out here to get them through this. If you can, write every single day until this is over. Postcards that are plain and prestamped can be purchased at any postoffice you can send an inmate 20 at a time and can use them to write to them as well. As I said postcards seem to get through. If you have a Family Member or friend in there keep writing and eventually they will have to get their mail. Call and ask for The Public Relations officer if you have to ask why no mail is being received. If you are not receiving responses from an inmate start writing or contacting the prison and do not give up.
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In Print This Week:
Jan 19, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 3
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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