Inside the Broken California Prison System Boston Woodard

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Published: October 25th 2011

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252 pages


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Inside the Broken California Prison System  by  Boston Woodard

Inside the Broken California Prison System by Boston Woodard
October 25th 2011 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 252 pages | ISBN: | 8.73 Mb

A veteran jailhouse journalist provides the ultimate insiders view of Californias dysfunctional prison industrial complex. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the state is in violation of the Eighth Amendment banning cruel and unusual punishmentMoreA veteran jailhouse journalist provides the ultimate insiders view of Californias dysfunctional prison industrial complex.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the state is in violation of the Eighth Amendment banning cruel and unusual punishment due to massive overcrowding and must release or find new accommodations for 30,000 prisoners within two years.This collection of articles written for a Fresno, California, monthly community newspaper, details the inner workings of the United States biggest, most expensive, and worst-run prison system.

Woodard reveals the consequences of the countrys harshest sentencing laws and toughest parole policy in a system ruled by politically motivated administrators and parole boards, and the states most powerful union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.

The articles cover subjects such as restricted media access to prisoners, the brutal impact of overcrowding, medical and mental health treatment failures, rogue prison staff, religious and racial discrimination, an omnipotent prison guard union, and shipping prisoners out of state to private prisons. At the same time he offers solutions to the problems that dont include shipping prisoners to out-of-state private prisons or releasing dangerous criminals on the streets.Boston Woodard is a jailhouse journalist, musician, literacy tutor, event organizer, and prisoner rights activist who has been writing about the systems failures and abuses for two decades in both free world and prisoner publications.

His writing has embarrassed and angered prison officials used to operating without public oversight. For exercising his First Amendment right to define his surroundings he has been put in the Hole, had his mail tampered with, subjected to verbal threats, had his personal property destroyed or stolen, and been illegally and adversely transferred from prison to prison, all while maintaining a flawless disciplinary record.



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