Sent: October 19th 2011.
Please read the attached letter recently received by Hope
For Freedom from a very young ESP prisoner regarding mistreatment and
inhumane conditions of confinement. We receive similar letters every
week describing horrific events and abuse, misconduct and indifference
by staff. The abuse, mistreatment and inhumane conditions described in
those letters must be addressed through legitimate and reasonable action
to alleviate these problems.
From the attached letter, it is apparent that ignoring the
complaints of prisoners and their abuse and mistreatment only leads to
additional misbehavior and causes further problems. That is why ESP is
perpetually a long term lock-down facility. When a person is labeled the
“worst of the worst” and constantly abused and mistreated, he responds
accordingly. People in the community would go to prison for treating a
dog in the same manner NDOC ESP staff are treating prisoners at ESP.
Staff charged with control of recalcitrant prisoners must be the ones to
act with intelligence, reason and restraint. That is not happening at
NDOC confines thousands of prisoners serving life sentences, many
without the possibility of parole, and it is only a matter of time
before those prisoners conclude that the only avenues realistically
available to them to resolve their problems are destruction and
violence. It happened in Attica, New Mexico and Lucasville, to name only
a few of the most devastating prisoner uprisings, and it can happen
anywhere at any time when prisoners are abused and treated unfairly. We
must prevent that from happening again. Intelligent and reasonable
steps must be taken to prevent such an event from occurring at an NDOC
facility. Abuse and repression is not the answer to the operation of
safe and secure institutions.
With your consent, we would like to begin a dialogue with
you concerning the operation of the NDOC. With our member years of
experience while incarcerated and in prisoner advocacy, we may be able
to provide you with some valuable insights and suggestions. It would not
hurt to hear our views and opinions and we may be able to provide
constructive information and intelligent solutions.
NV-CURE invites you, other NDOC employees and all persons
in the community concerned with the rehabilitation of errants to join
NV-CURE and assist in our efforts to bring real reform to the Nevada
criminal justice system.
Please advise us of your decision regarding a dialogue and
our invitation to join NV-CURE at your earliest convenience. Thank you
very much for your time and consideration.
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