Commutation, clemency, prison closure

Commutation, clemency, prison closure

Started
December 31, 2021
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ella baker and
Signatures: 182Next Goal: 200
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Why this petition matters

Started by Mark Lim

Hello, my name is Mark Daniel Lim. I am an rehabilitation advocate and inmate at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran in Corcoran, CA; or informally known as SATF. I am posting this online petition to inform and plead to the general public to urge Governor Gavin Newsom the necessity for the closure of SATF. Here is my argument I would like California citizens and Governor Newsom to consider upon research of my claims:

California Assembly Bill 292 (AB292) - Access to Programming Act, drafted by Assemblyman Stone, has been approved and enacted into law on 06 Oct 2021 by Governor Gavin Newsom. Legal advocates from Ella Baker Center for Human Rights states that AB292 - "reduces barriers to programming like interruptions due to transfers, quarantines, lockdowns, and conflicting work assignments. It encourages more hours of programming to all inmates under CDCR, despite their security level or length of sentence. It ensures alternatives to in-person programming are offered and those alternatives don't limit or adversely affect the quality or quantity of in-person programming..." AB292 benefits the California labor force by providing a vast resource of rehabilitated parolees whom are motivated to continue giving back to the communities. It enable inmates to make living amends to victims and the community through rehabilitative programs that encourages personal growth and insight into their life crime. AB292 further serves the communities by: (1) alleviating California taxpayers the costly burden to house each inmate per year ($60,000 for healthy inmates, and $1 million for inmates with medical conditions); (2) reducing recidivism rates by enabling inmates and parolees to become legal advocates for positive reform; (3) greatly diminishing CDCR Union power by limiting their exorbitant budget expenditures [excess overtime pay for "staff re-direct", decadent uniform allowance (i.e. personalized patches and tactical gear), luncheons disguised as "staff training", indifferent work performance from essential staff - grounds maintenance and medical and mental health].


SATF inmates endure consistent lockdowns resulting from staff shortages. Custody staff openly contribute to staff shortages by protesting vaccine mandates and body cam usage. The administration, Warden T. Cisneros, Chief Deputy Warden S. Smith, and Associate Warden J. Ourique permit staff malfeasance and program closures by encouraging officers to abuse policy Operational Procedure 453 (OP453).

OP 453 is a safety measure that is immediately enforced in the event that staff shortages presents an imminent threat to the safety and security of the institution. SATF houses multiple security level type inmates: level four, level three, and level two. With level two being the lowest security level, one would expect it to be offered more rehabilitative programming incentives; SATF fails in this regard.

Level two facilities are designed to offer enhanced programming incentives to encourage inmates to strive towards personal growth and insight, which may eventually lead to a possible chance at parole suitability. Examples of these incentives include: marketable job skills from P.I.A. (Prison Industry Authority) factory; career-applicable vocations; college enrollment; self-help groups; arts and hobby craft. Facilities 'F' and 'G' are level two facilities that do not offer these incentives as the Warden and staff adamantly oppose the idea of rehabilitation of inmates in their care.

Unfortunately, what these facilities boast is an alarmingly high rate of Rules Violation Reports (RVR 115 inmate write-ups); for minor infractions. This frightening statistic drastically impacts parole eligibility for life term inmates. Sadly, a major contribution to the aforementioned statistic stems from retaliation from custody staff when inmates report staff misconduct, such as: sexual harassment, harassment, or physical abuse. along with the flagrant abuse of OP453, the constant lockdowns and severely limited programming opportunities contribute to the potential mental health degradation of inmates at SATF.

Wardens and custody staff at this institution rely on inmate failures in order to preserve job security and maintain monetary inflation. SATF knowingly violates state law AB292 by declaring sovereignty with OP453.

I humbly request the potential supporters to investigate my claims and hopefully consider advocating the necessity to shut down this institution. In doing so, efforts to promote inmate rehabilitation and a safe reintegration into society can become a reality.

* This page is ran by a friend, as inmates have no way to reach social media *

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