The State of California have recently agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by incarcerated victims of indeterminate periods of solitary confinement in prisons, representing as well inmates thrown into solitary for gang affiliation. The State has promised to change the rules and procedures, but we’ll have to see. Here’s a recent document.
This made me think of the poem I put in my zine Slaver Empire, which you can read in its entirety at Wattpad. This poem was also graciously printed by Raburn Publishing.
The most important thing is that the CDCR, Beard and Brown never get any false credit for any future legislation. Inmates paid for any future progress with their lives, and their lawyers did the best they could.
What are you correcting, Beard,
Chairman of the Prison Industry Board,
By hiding our state’s failures,
Alone for twenty years and more,
From its idiot population?
They already aren’t looking.
Who are you rehabilitating
Forcing her to relive her mistakes,
Cut off from any interaction,
Or knowledge that could help her heal
When everyday in school her sons
Learn that there’s no time for them?
There’s no one left to disappoint.
Integrity is scary as socialism.
No one minds the prison of a mortgage;
Desires confinement in his debt.
Convicts could walk through warm oak woods
Like rattlesnake grass, unobserved.
The hunger strike in Pelican Bay
Lays bare your fear of change,
While lives go on in spite of you.
You know that if they ever heal,
Go home to teach why not to fight,
Your creditors will cut you to pieces.