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Letters to the Editor July 07, 2011

Some people’s sympathy for inmate rights is pretty pathetic

I sit here in the morning with my coffee and read these articles about the prisoners at the “Bay” and their hunger strike, etc. Hello, this is our world today!

There was a convicted murderer named Gary Gilmore  (executed in Utah, 1977) who said, “I’m guilty carry out my execution sentence.” Well they did about one year later. But the funny part was, well maybe not so funny, that he got two stays of execution against his wishes from the actions of the ACLU.

Hmmmm, what’s wrong with this picture? That’s the world we live in!

Don’t call our enemies out for who or what they are, we may make them mad at us. Don’t treat convicted felons like convicts, they have rights. Give them the best the state has to offer and suck it up Mr. Taxpayer.

We can have inmates who have committed the most heinous crimes but don’t serve them a meal thats to their dislike or heaven forbid don’t disrespect them!

What we need here is a new SHU (Security Housing Unit) built in these people’s backyards who whine and cry for these convicted felons. Or how about a room addition? That way they can live up front and personal with these people and we can close all the prisons and save the taxpayers some money.

Pretty pathetic when you really think about how far we’ve come, huh?

Gary Pelster

Crescent City

 

Fire Chief Wakefield, Police Chief Plack did great job on the Fourth

 

I just want to say what an outstanding job both Fire Chief Steve Wakefield and Police Chief Doug Plack and their teams did during the Fourth of July weekend at protecting and making us feel safe here in Crescent City.

It’s not easy patrolling such a large area, but Charles and I both acknowledge the presence of both the Fire Department and the Police Department showed at all times. Again, outstanding job!

Patricia Slert

Crescent City

Editor’s note: The writer is the wife of Crescent City Mayor Charles Slert.

 

Prison officials made misleading claims about inmate conditions

 

I want to compliment The Daily Triplicate on its coverage of the hunger strike at Pelican Bay Prison. I found the articles very balanced. As someone who is not a local but knows a prisoner at Pelican Bay, however, I found some of the quotes from prison officials to be slightly misleading.

The claim that prisoners are not kept in solitary confinement, for example, is simply false.  According to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) own website, 1,109 prisoners at the Pelican Bay Prison are in Security Housing Unit (SHU), an acronym that specifies solitary confinement.

Similarly, the claim that inmates are not subjected to forced interrogations is a little misleading.  What actually happens is that inmates who are free from gang activity for 72 months are considered “six-year inactive” and eligible for release from the SHU.  But in practice, prisoners who do not “debrief” (come offer information in an interrogation) will find that anonymous “informants” will claim that they are gang members, and they will get additional time in solitary. So the interrogation is not “forced,” but prisoners are isolated until they participate in an interrogation.

The bottom line is that prison conditions in California are not what they should be. Yes, prisons are for punishment. But sometimes in California that punishment is virtually torture. I hope a reasonable solution can be reached for the sake of them, their families, and friends.

Fritz R. Ward

Crestline, Calif.

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