There were scores of letters written to the media
from UNION family members about visiting abuses and
broken family ties both before and after the
protest. We cannot have too many people writing to
inmates seek changes
Thank you for the coverage of the protest last week at
Families are suffering to see their
loved ones in prison. The deaths of inmates are swept
under the rug.
Nobody cares except for the mother,
father, child or spouse of the inmate.
are innocent or mentally ill, Others are old and frail,
physically ill or addicted to
None are treated humanely. The
medical treatment for the mentally ill is inadequate. So
are the rehabilitation programs for drug addicts and
alcoholics. And there are too few job training
Our prisons are little more than housing
cells or torture chambers.
Finally, families are
protesting over the conditions of the prisons.
Hopefully we will start emptying our prisons by finding
solutions and closing the revolving
Too many families are affected by flaws in the criminal
Thank you for helping them be heard.
Hopefully someone will listen.
Thank for covering,our
Prison Visiting Protest,at Salinas Valley Prison,on August
27,2006, you're GREAT !!
never be turned away,after traveling many hours,in a
packed car,with children,so happily,looking forward to
see their incarcerated loved ones.
Families make many sacrifices,in order to prepare for their
prison visits,such as saving money for gas,hotel
rooms,and enough to feed themselves and the inmate during
Families are allowed to bring in
$30.00 per adult,$10.00 per child,in($1.00 bills,or coins
only) the limit of visitors per visit is five.Most
inmates have at least one child or more.Most mothers are
single mothers,with only one income.
is a high potential of $150.00 per visit for (5
adults),and a low of, at least $30.00 for one adult, to
be spent for food and also photos at $2.00 for a
Polaroid shot. .
They bring business,to the High
Priced food vendor supplier in the prisons.
They bring lots of money into the community,as well
Then these tax paying consumers,are
degraded,intimidated,and highly disrespected, and turned
away from visiting, in tears,and heartache, just
because a Sgt.K.Nuckles, feels like being mean that
This is no way to run a Corporate
Prison Business Giant,which continues growing,with every
new unnecessary law. We the people need to take our
The new, proposed "Jessica's
Law" is coming up in November, will you vote for
another new law designed to overpack the prisons even more
I just read your article
about SVSP. and the outfit that you said many clergy wear.
Check this out; for 1 year I brought a veil into
visiting with my husband because I pray and have Bible study,
we believe 1 Cor 11 so I cover my head as we
believe God requires. Well one weekend K. Knuckles said no
head covering. I wrote to the warden he said there is
no specifics rule about headcoverings, the warden said K
.Knuckles told him so. So I'm not allowed to bring
my headcovering in. Well according to the OP
(operatioal procedures) their is a rule. basicly it say "utmost
care will be given to those with veil etc etc..... "
The muslin women are allowed to wear their covering
but not Christian women. The OP says the vail must be
place on the counter to be inspected and they never ask
Muslin women to do that. I am allowed to bring a plain
small white handkerchif in. It looks sill on my head and
does not cover my hair addiquitely but I'm am sure our
Lord know why I can't cover my head. The point is SVSP
is not even follwing there own rule book. SVSP would
not even respect your clergy outfit either.
Dear Dr. Bird,
I deeply appreciate
your article about the cruel lockdown that has been going
on for over a year at Salinas Valley Prison. My
brother is an inmate in Mod C and has been on lockdown
since last year. Why ?? I ask myself are the
inmates always on lockdown. I know other inmates
who are housed in Corcoran State Prison and are
thankful they are no longer part of the living hell many of
the Salinas Valley inmates are living.
Now if the inmates have the right to receive at least
12 hours of visiting a week why is the time cut
short. Well I would like to share my experiences during
the long and unbearable processing. Let's after
driving for about 6 hours from Orange County my mother
and I wait until out number is called to began the
process. We usually wait out in the parking lot before
we actually enter the visiting office for about 3
hours. We then sit in a crowed waiting room while
there are about 8 officers attempting to process all
Yes, you have someone in the
computer checking the approved visitors then you have
another person checking your belongings (shoes, counting
money, etc.) Then you are asked to roll up
your pants this all includes babies.
Now I would like to remind you that I have only
mentioned the tasks of two officers the other 6 are usually
in the back chit chating.
I wish I can
take a camera in there and show the public what takes
place in there. By the way I do agree the lockdown is
an excuse for all those lazy Corrections Officers who
do nothing. Ever since Arnold came to play he
decided that their overtime was going to decrease well I
believe ever since that decision they inmates have been
on lock down.
member of Salinas Valley Inmate