Cellphones and strikes: Reality of intra-prison collusion

Jul 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Cell phones, Prison Gangs, Security, Spotlight
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Inmate "Hunger Strikes" are a shot across PUBLIC SAFETY's bow which nobody seems to hear...perhaps because inmates keep their ringers muted.

Inmate “Hunger Strikes” are a shot across PUBLIC SAFETY’s bow which nobody seems to hear…perhaps because inmates keep their ringers muted.

‘Flash riot at recall!’

While the media blithely reports on the purported ‘hunger strike’ of some 30,000 inmates statewide, the big picture and  back-story is the new-found ability of inmates to coordinate statewide actions.

Contraband cellphones are, without question, the tool with which inmates are now able to schedule and execute coordinated actions such as the so-called hunger-strike.  This twice-demonstrated ability to breach statewide institutional security represents a clear threat to public safety–A system-wide hunger strike is a system-wide sit-down, is a system-wide riot, is a system-wide take-over…

Which is to say Psychretary Beard errs at our collective peril if he fails to take the security side of this matter seriously. In point of fact, whatever issues the meal-skippers may have are irrelevant until such time as CDCR eliminates their ability to coordinate ANYTHING between facilities.

Safety-and-security are supposed to be the holy grail of corrections, Mr. Psychretary.  So, what are you going to do to take back control?

Surely, consistent with the DOM, the names of those who participated have been collected and collated?  Just as surely, those who participated in the illicit action will receive a CDC-128, reminding them of CCR Title 15′s prohibition of inmate strikes and actions [§3315(L); §3382(b) et al.]  for inclusion in their central files!?  That much IS happening, isn’t it Dr. Psychretary?

Doubtless, given CDCR’s commitment to public safety, the agency is taking advantage of this opportunity to shake down the buildings for the cellphones at the root of the problem.  Of course, special attention is being given to the cells and lockers of the meal-skippers too.  And, their mail and authorized phone calls are getting extra scrutiny as well, right?

Again, for those who don’t understand how prisons work, the ability of inmates to freely communicate with their counterparts in other prisons, as well as with outsiders, is a complete breakdown in security–We are perpetually a phone call away from mass escapes, riots…chaos.

Yet, it is a safe bet the steps outlined above are not being  followed.  The inmates have received the message, loud and clear; Mass demonstrations will be tolerated and accepted–Inmate strikes are OK!-

Ad Nauseum

6 Comments to “Cellphones and strikes: Reality of intra-prison collusion”

  1. David Raidoux says:

    Do you have any evidence that cell phones are a problem at the PBSP SHU, especially the short corridor? Seems pretty far-fetched to me, less so on the mainlines, but the hunger strike “leaders” are up north. Lots of pretty aggressive COs up there, or you think otherwise?

    • pacovilla says:

      My post, if you bothered to read it, dealt with the statewide action and the role of cellphones in its implementation. I never implied SHU inmates had cellphones. DUH! That the idiots in the ‘short corridor’ are the so-called leaders is not in dispute. Doubtless their lawyers are their conduit, not contraband phones. As to how aggressive the CO’s at PBSP are, I have no idea. Never lived or worked there. Did you?

  2. JC says:

    Mr. Walsh, I am siding with you. And, unfortunately, my vote runs with “Social Worker”. What should be done, you all outlined above. Dr. Beard will not admit to anything, because to do so might risk losing out on the office chair he’s in right now. The Office of the Receiver can’t take EVERY failed CDCR administrator (Can they?)

  3. Keeley Stevens says:

    Jeff,
    You are so right about this! This is a very serious issue and Management better take some kind of decisive action to stop it. Like you said, this is the perfect opportunity to slam every Joint in the state and do a complete search of every area. In fact, I would even suspend the hot meals and serve three sack lunches a day until the search is complete.
    The only ones I can think of with the organization and power to pull off this strike is the EME. Of course it was done through cell phones too. As it gained momentum I’m sure other groups jumped on the bandwagon.
    This happened at Folsom several years ago when Robert Borg was the Warden. No one but a handful of inmates came out to eat dinner one night. Those that DID come out were severely beaten. Warden Borg slammed the entire place for quite a while until the investigation dug up who was responsible.
    I’m not even sure if Bob Borg is still alive, but if he is, he is the man to consult on this issue.
    Like you said, CDC is just a cell phone call away from massive, coordinated riots or takeovers. CDC Management better take firm and decisive action on this one.

  4. bulldogger says:

    I think he’s bit off more than he can chew. When he was an “advisor” he had all the answers but now he has found out he’s in over his head but doesn’t have the balls to admit it or at least change course.

  5. Bob Walsh says:

    If you tolerate bad behavior you get even more bad behavior. When dealing with children and badly-behaved adults this is demonstrably true. A failure to act decisively will lead to more acting out.

    Is Dr. Beard going to be the head of the now-second-largest correctional system in the country, or is he going to be a social worker? Any bets?