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Prison Means Routine Sexual Assault

Posted: December 29, 2012 by pdxxprs in Prison Abuse, Sexual

Here’s something you might not know about prison:  Everyone gets sexually assaulted, and it happens routinely!!!!   You have no fucking idea how bitter I am about this.  Bitter that it’s done, bitter that the outside world apparently doesn’t care.  If there were any other place where people were being sexually violated on a daily basis, crowds would show up demanding some action be taken.  The crowd itself would take action, hopefully.  Oh, but if you’re a prisoner, it’s somehow okay for this to take place?

The justification is that prisoners use their body cavities to bring in contraband.  Maybe that’s true, too, let’s just say.  So what.  Peering at someone’s genitalia will not effectively detect something someone has crammed up their rectum or vagina.  The coughing that they insist that you do doesn’t make the detection of spirited contraband any more likely either.

Now, if they used ultrasound, or maybe endoscopy, that would be another matter.  Either of these two methods might be marginally more effective if, say, the search was done after swallowed items had enough time to descend to the colon.  But that’s something that takes a minimum of several hours, and possibly up to forty-eight hours.

There is no justification for these assaults.  They do it because they  can get away with it.  It’s all part of the very twisted, massively fucked-up, disturbed mentality of American Authority — it comes from the same place that Abu Ghraid and the entire apparatus of social control going back to the time of slavery.

To whose attention do I need to bring this???  Well, I informed Sarah Mirk at the Mercury, just in case she didn’t know about it since she’s previously expressed concern about women’s issues in the past (namely pay inequality).  Here’s what I had to say:

Hi Sarah,

You have expressed concern for women’s in some of the things you’ve published in The Mercury, most notably, pay inequality.  So I was wondering how you feel about all of the women who undergo routine sexual assault in prisons all across the land including here in Oregon?  I don’t get why this isn’t something journalists like yourself are writing about??? In case you haven’t seen it, here is the video from the ACLUs website:  http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/report-cruel-and-usual-punishment-how-savage-gang-deputies-controls-la-county-jails
Hope you had a great vacation!
Best,
Daniel Luke

In the off chance that someone actually does something, I’ll let you know.

To those who devoutly hope that those in prison suffer, I have great news for you: they do!  I hope that makes you feel much better.  Unfortunately, they return to your communities angrier and more desperate, typically, than when they went in.  The upshot is that this may gratify the caveman in all of us, but it doesn’t contribute to an improved level of safety within our communities.

Most prison guards indulge in sadism.  There were but few exceptions.  It was reported by many that Officer Tackett was one of the worst offenders.  Rumors constantly circulated that he had beaten a mentally challenged inmate and kicked him down a flight of stairs.  It was reported that he was moved to Columbia River Correctional Institute from one of Oregon’s many other prison  (Two Rivers, I believe it was) while he was being investigated.  There is no way for a prisoner to obtain any information about such matters, so I vowed to look into these rumors a little further when I was able to.  Below is another letter that I sent to the ODOC concerning Lieutenant Tackett’s on the job conduct.  As always, I’ll let you know when/if I receive a response.

 

To Whom it May Concern,

 In continuing my investigation into the rampant corruption at the Oregon Department of Corrections, I would like to know whether it is possible for the public to view the disciplinary histories of ODOC personnel?  Many inmates reported that Officer Tackett used unprovoked physical violence, (including kicking a mentally ill inmate down a flight of stairs) and that there an investigation was launched by the ODOC to investigate these claims.  I would like information about how I would go about ordering these reports.  Thanks so much.

 Kind regards,

 Daniel Luke

Is stealing wrong?  Is it wrong if you’re stealing from someone the government has labeled a criminal?  That’s essentially what’s going on in the prison system.  Everyone likes to hate on “criminals” I guess, now that homosexuals, minorities, women, Jews, and so forth are officially off limits, (rightfully so, of course) but  exploiting prisoners is not an effective way of improving public safety.  Goethe, the famous  German poet and polymath once said,

Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.

But if Oregon governance, and the Oregon Department of Corrections is a branch of Oregon governance, can’t even manage the task of simple honesty, I doubt whether they have the capacity to treat anyone either the way they might potentially be, or even the way they are  –apostate, but potentially quite redeemable in most cases.

Unfortunately, the Oregon Department of Corrections doesn’t give a damn about the human souls in their custody.  Prisoners are treated with the utmost contempt, and if they are viewed in any positive light, it is only because of what ODOC stands to gain financially through their various little scams.

I received a feeble response from Ms Wade who, you can tell by her tone, is used to dealing with prisoners in an off-hand, dismissive manner.  It is precisely this arrogance which I not only intend to expose, but also exploit.  Pride comes before a fall, as it is said.  The Oregon Department of Corrections is also extremely vulnerable, just as any large, complacent institution tends to be, because they are unaccustomed to being challenged.  They are certainly not used to scrutiny of any sort, and you can bet that they will do everything in their power to shy away from it.

Their problem is that every single thing they do is observed and monitored by the inmates.  Because I was an inmate, there is nothing I cannot find out, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.  In the near future I will be posting some shocking information about some of the abuse that went on in the prison I was at.  They have no idea what I possess or who they’re dealing with!

Ongoing, I am going to get prisoners to tell their stories.  I am going to name names Mr. Hernandez, Lt. Geers, CO Toombs, CO Blackburn, CO Tackett.  If any of you happen to reading this, know that I am unafraid, and I will be exposing your cowardly acts, and the untold abuses that I and countless others have suffered at your hands.

I will be sending more and more letters into the prison system.  I will be at the gates of your institutions greeting departing prisoners, asking them to consider joining the cause.  I will also be posting videos of prisoners that I met so they can tell you their own stories.

So, this is the response that I sent to Debbie L. Wade:

 

Dear Ms Wade,

 
 
So let me get this straight: Of all the thousands upon thousands of wallets, belts, purses, iPhones, shirts, jackets, socks, shoes, underwear, hats, watches, earrings, gold jewelry and so forth collected over time, no inventory has ever been taken, and these items of considerable value that were previously thrown out are now being donated to the Salvation Army?  And the money that the Salvation Army makes by reselling these items never makes its way into victim’s funds, funds for the children of prisoners, or the prisoner’s welfare fund?  And during the period of time that everything was being thrown out, including the gold, the diamonds, and the platinum, you somehow had special knowledge that every guard ever to have worked in intake was of such sterling character and trustworthiness that none ever got into the trash to retrieve anything already on its way to the dumpster?  Okay, I guess I could see how that might be.
 
Of course, now that all of those items of value are just handed over to the minimum-wage-making Salvation Army truck drivers, and then to the minimum-wage-making Salvation Army store employees, we don’t have to worry that any of the items are ever taken?  Or maybe you couldn’t say?
 
I left prison just over two weeks ago, by the way.  You know what I left with?  A pair of cheap sweats, a bag of condoms, and $9 on my Oregon Trail card that I had made over the course of nine days scrubbing latrines.  I tried to refuse the bag of condoms, but was told by mean old Ms Jackson, a guard, that I wouldn’t be allowed to exit the prison without taking the bag of condoms with me.  On a totally different topic, if you don’t mind, I have to ask: are sex offenders also given the bag of condoms, (not that that I’m trying to imply that such a thoughtful gesture would be sending a mixed message or anything)?
 
Instead of throwing the clothes away, or giving them away, maybe the fair and sensible thing to do would be to give them to departing prisoners?  It is we who donated them in the first place, right?  That would actually save the tax payer a couple of coins since you probably wouldn’t have to keep buying the cheap sweats from Dollar Tree (or wherever you get them, Fifty Cent Tree, maybe?) as well.  The prison has a virtually unlimited supply of free slave labor, so it shouldn’t be any trouble to ship it over to a release prison like Columbia River Correctional Institute to have them process all of it, right? 
 
As far as the inmate not getting tax documentation from the Salvation Army, or even being told that the belongings are going to the Salvation Army, (and not being given a way to contact the Salvation Army), I would suggest that when it comes to such things, you can’t simply say “We don’t have the time”.  Taking care of the regular fiduciary responsibilities that come with handling and disposing of other people’s property shouldn’t be viewed as an inconvenience!  Any ordinary citizen, prisoner or not, certainly doesn’t have the luxury of saying “Oh, it was too much of a bother”.  Frankly Ms Wade, such negligence could land a regular person in prison!  But you should be informed that inmates are not given written or verbal notice that their belongings go to that specific charity, so I don’t know how they would begin to make a proper inquiry.
 
So, in addition to making a few comments and seeking some clarification (please let me know if I’ve gotten anything wrong here), I would like to know who I can contact at the Salvation Army that might know a little about these valuables that they are receiving from your prison system.  They should have the phone and the jewelry for sale somewhere, right?
 
Here are a few other things I’ll be inquiring about also in the near future:
 
  1. When guards discipline inmates, say, by writing them up, is that information ever kept on file?
  2. When I was at DOC, I noticed that African Americans received a disproportionate amount of the “discipline”, maybe something like 50% even though they made up a much smaller proportion of the inmate population.  Do you ever audit such reports to make sure that there isn’t racial bias?   Because it sure seemed like there was a lot of it when I was there.
  3. What is the legal status of inmate calls?  Since they are all recorded, should they be regarded as public record?  If I wanted a file of all the calls I made, I should be able to get that, right?  If so, how much would it cost?
  4. How much does ODOC profit every year, in total, by its vendor relationships?
  5. Are there  any vendors supplying goods or services to ODOC who were former employees?
  6. What access does the public have to all of the video that is recorded or prisoners on a daily basis?  Is any of this available to the public?  What is the Oregon Statute which governs all of this?
  7. Are inmates notified when their mail is not delivered to them?  Who watches this?  I ask because soon after I got out of prison, several friends reported having sent letters that I never received.
  8. Do I have a Constitutional right, do you think, to send a copy of this letter to every DOC prisoner?  If not, why not?
  9. Are DOC employees incentivized for keeping food costs down?  That is, are they ever given bonuses for meeting certain targets?
  10. While hundreds of teachers are being laid off across Oregon, how much does DOC spend on floor wax?  (I remember being given was I was told was very expensive floor wax to wax the floors in the kitchen on several occasions).
  11. Is any record kept of how much contraband is seized from strip searches, the kind where a prisoner has to spread his ass cheeks, bend over and cough.
  12. Do you have any record of how often these strip searches are performed?
  13. Has the rate of recidivism been trending up or down in the Oregon Prison system over the last few years?
  14. What guards have been under investigation for prisoner abuse over the last couple of years?
  15. Lieutenant Tackett was widely reported to have beaten a crippled prison, along with Lieutenant Geers.  Do you know whether there is any truth to these allegations?
  16. How much does the ODOC pay out in a typical year in law suits?  Can you give me a total from the last five years?
 
Just so you know, I’ll also be inquiring about where all of the money goes from all of the “feeds” that are held throughout the prison system.  And much else besides, but I’m guessing you’ll have your hands full with this for awhile.  I’ll be sending this letter out to about twenty or thirty media outlets, too, by the way:  The Oregonian, The Register Guard, The Nation, The New Yorker, The ACLU, The Mercury, The Willamette Week, and so on.  You don’t have anything to worry about, Ms Wade, I’m sure.  I’ll also be posting a copy on my website, bunk34.com.  I’ll be waiting for your reply!
 
Kind regards,
 
Daniel Luke

Today, December 20th, I couldn’t believe it when I received a reply from a Ms Debbie L Wade.  Her response follows:

 

Mr. Luke ~

 Your email has been forwarded to me for response.

 The Salvation Army has committed themselves to picking up unwanted belongings on a weekly basis. Prior to that, anything not wanted by inmates was thrown away.

Staff (security and non-security) never help themselves to the inmates belongings.

The Intake Lieutenant oversees R&D (receiving and discharge). The Intake Lieutenant position/post rotates yearly. LT Kiser is currently in the position/post.

Donations to charities would be considered tax-deductible, but the DOC does not write these items off nor do they get documentation of any kind for their own use or that of the inmate. If the inmate wanted to pursue a receipt for their donation, it would be on them to contact the Salvation Army. We simply don’t have the staffing to obtain documentation for every inmate wanting to donate their items.

 I hope your questions have been answered. If not feel free to email or call me.

 Debbie Wade

503-570-2270

 

No no no no no, Ms Wade.  My questions have only just begun!!!

There were a lot of shady things that I saw go on at the Oregon Department of Corrections, and while I was there, I vowed to start an investigation as soon as I got out.  Who else but a prisoner could start an investigation?  No one on the outside would know where to begin, or what to look for, but We prisoners see and know everything!

During intake at Coffee Creek, prisoners are faced with a choice of what to do with their belongings (that they are given no forewarning about): donating them to ODOC, or send them off to a friend or relative.  There is no other choice.  Well, many inmates don’t have anyone to send their belongings to, or don’t want to for one reason or another.  For example, if a married prisoner might have been using his phone to text his mistress, he’s not going to send that phone back home to his wife.  Some people don’t want anyone to know that they were in prison, and some people don’t have anyone to send anything to, or are unable to obtain their mailing address.  So, on a fairly regular basis, I would imagine, many of these valuables fall into the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections.  Where the go from there is anyone’s guess.

Below is a letter I sent to the following email address on December 17th 2012: DOC.Info@doc.state.or.us  It reads as follows:

 

To Whom It May Concern:

 I’ve been told that Coffee Creek is an intake center for all prisoners entering The Oregon Department of Corrections.  Further, it is my understanding that prisoners typically arrive dressed out in the clothes they were wearing when they arrived at county jail.  During the intake process, they are asked whether they want to send these clothes off to someone, or whether they want to donate them to charity.  So I have a couple of questions:

  1. To what charity are the inmates’s belongings donated
  2. Do guards ever help themselves to the inmates belongings,
  3. Who oversees all of this?
  4. Are these tax-deductible donations, and if so, what documentation are inmates given to be able to legitimately claim this on their taxes?

Kind regards,

 Daniel Luke 503-875-4663

 

If one wanted to gain insight into the human condition, one could do no better than to spend a stretch of hopefully not-too-great-a duration behind razor wire.  So to illustrate, think of a busy public place like a train depot.  We know in the abstract that there is in that space the entirety of the human condition many times over, but since it’s a transient environment getting to know even a single soul is about as possible as getting to known some strange creature that you know exists but dwells in the abyss, below the thunders of the upper deep.  What might you infer about the paint begrimed beldame, or the homeless person cleaning herself in the public restroom?  Or what of the brisk-walking, imperiously mannered, immaculately shorn business man rushing past in his Bruno Maglis with head bowed over as if in supplication to his smartphone.  Surely he must have the world by the tail!  And if any impression of any particular person surfaces to consciousness, with what rapidity will one and all be matched to a long established archetype and nothing else?  But getting to know  anyone, I have found, is invariably a long, long process of serial revision.

All that we don’t know of others and stand to learn would gradually become apparent if someone closed the train depot doors and blocked the exits for several years on end thus creating an ad hoc prison.  What an  unimaginable nightmare it would be, even with basic necessities provisioned, especially so if this notional environment suddenly became populated by a score of oppressive overlords who watched your every move and set down a long list of absurd rules that they insisted that everyone follow!

There would be one saving grace, however, and it would be the other humans in your midst, stripped of all the props ordinarily used to influence opinion.  You would get to know these people in ways even their own mothers couldn’t know them.  Some you would eventually detest, and some you would eventually come to adore.  But however bleak your circumstances might otherwise be, you would actually be privileged by the social richness at your disposal.

All of this actually points up a great weakness of modern society: for many, it lacks good pretexts for meeting and getting to know other people.  Pretexts exist, let me not be misunderstood, but only for certain people in certain situations, school, for example, but not everyone is going to school.  After that what is there?  Work?  Well, yes, but this can be problematic as I’m sure many readers can relate.  Oh yes, there is prison.

In a certain sense, the most profound aspect of the incarceration experience, beyond the guards, beyond the adversity and so forth, is the social one.  It is an intensely, intensely, intensely social experience.  It is a school not just for scandal, but for understanding other humans.  You observe others ceaselessly.  One cannot hide a single thing about oneself.  If you are sad, angry, elated, whatever, there is nowhere to retreat.  All of your phone calls are not only recorded, they are overheard by everyone in the dorm.  Everything about your body becomes known to others whether you like it or not.  Your eating habits, your gait, your voice, everything is burned into the brains of the others, just as their peculiarities are burned into yours.  An inmate, down for twenty years, may call his mother on her death bed.  He’ll miss her funeral, and you’ll witness his suffering.  What could be more intimate than that?

So the “con” is a student of human behavior.  Most are very apt pupils, and it is my opinion that it is this fact which helps explain why they are typically sharper and more astute about YOU that you are about THEM.  It is my observation that they often have a savoir faire, perhaps what might be described, even, as an unsettling ability to more deeply peer into your soul, than ordinary folk.

One argument against prison as it is currently structured, then, is that the better understanding of human nature that it confers can make one a quantomly better criminal