‘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!-