The social media is inundated with horrifying stories of prisoner abuse.
Prisoners in U.S. state and federal prisons are being:
- worked as slaves in for-profit prisons;
- beaten and murdered by guards;
- sexually abused by guards;
- deprived of proper medical care, and/or medication;
- deprived of water;
- starved (lost weight during incarceration and was "unrecognizable"), see also the description of how unrecognizable the mentally ill man allegedly arrested for a theft of a 5-dollar cake, was, when his body was given to his family, according to his aunt:
In New York, inmates were starved as a measure of "discipline" right up until end of December, 2015.
So, if the CO's "brothers and sisters" in jail covered him up, WHAT ELSE did they cover up?
People are afraid to come forward and reveal their true name, even claiming they were victimized in the same jail as co-workers, not inmates.
Free people are afraid. What can be said about inmates who is in physical control of jail employees to the point that the state law makes them incapable of giving consent to sex.
So, the state law makes inmates incapable of giving consent to sex, but the federal law requires them to risk being raped even more to be able to secure a remedy for violation of their civil rights when they are raped while state jail/prison authorities are deliberately indifferent to their plight, like the Delaware County Jail appeared to be?
And, against this "encouraging" background, let's look at the new case that is being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court at this time, as to whether the inmate exhausted all "available" administrative remedies under PLRA.
There is a lot bickering going on in this new U.S. Supreme Court case Ross v Blake as to whether the inmate jumped through all of the hoops put out for his inconvenience by the state, or just some.
This is the "land of the free", ladies and gentlemen, seeking to deny an inmate a right to vindicate constitutional violations committed against him while he was in custody, on a technicality - because he may not have exhausted all "administrative remedies".
It is good that the inmate had the courage to exhaust ANY remedies, while being in complete PHYSICAL control of those who abused him in the first place - night and day, physical, food, medical and armed control.
In control of those people whose disciplinary records are not even disclosable to the public, at least in New York, under the insultingly named Civil Rights Law 50-a.
In control of those people who can:
- starve you to death;
- deprive you of medication and medical care (that happens in Delaware County jail a lot, I had a lot of complaints from inmates about it, and personally ensured provision of medical care to some of them, against resistance of Delaware County jail);
- beat you up;
- sexually assault you...
Civil rights litigation by inmates is not about the taste of peanut butter, which is the reason why PLRA was put in place.
It is about horrible violations of most basic human rights in state and federal jails and prisons.
PLRA should be repealed.
It is an unconscionable statute putting people's lives and safety at risk by requiring them to ask for more retaliation, more brutality, more sexual abuse from the abusers who have complete physical control over them.