Published in the Salinas Californian
Prison visitation issue not overThank you for covering our protest in front
of Salinas Valley State Prison and California Treatment Facility on Aug.
27. An important point needs correction: I was banned for six months
from visiting my son who is in SVSP, not Lancaster as your article stated. One
of the key targets of our protest was the many complaints against Visiting
Sgt. K. Nuckles. Your story missed that entirely. When I attempted
to visit my son on June 17, Nuckles alleged that I disrupted the visiting
room. I simply had questioned the vague visiting policy that she arbitrarily
and selectively enforces. I was wearing a conservative, black, three-piece
suit, but was denied visitation because under the jacket was a tank top.
I have worn this standard uniform of the clergy inside prisons, including
SVSP, many times without a problem. We plan to file complaints on
Nuckles with the Office of Internal Affairs and intend to report every
instance of retaliation to everyone, including the news media. Rev.
B. Cayenne BirdSacramento
August 27, 2006 -
Salinas Valley State Prison Protest