Unacknowledged Victims of the DOC
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HEARING ON SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
The Public Hearing Committee that I attended and spoke at in Boston at the State House on the 15th went well. I was emotionally drained for some time afterwards. Seeing the Commissioner of Corrections and hearing him testify and lie took a lot of energy out of me.
We need all states to see and realize that Solitary Confinement is extending beyond the wall onto the public.
This section of Making the Walls Transparent is devoted to people like Frank Valdes' wife and widow, Wanda; people who are non-prisoner victims of the Florida DOC.
The USA currently has more prisoners than Communist China and even Russia. There are over 2 million prisoners in America, plus another 5 million who are currently supervised people currently in the system in the USA.
The ripple effect of the families and friends whose lives have been changed solely from their loved one's incarceration, greatly increases this 7 million figure!
We have created polls, and asked family members how this WOULD change their vote for elected officials. They were asked if they would vote for ANY party, if the individual representing that party would stand up and be counted in the fight for positive prisoner rights, as well as the rights of their families. We also stipulated in these polls that their vote would be due solely to the personal experience of having their loved one in prison.
When we averaged the figures from these polls, we now have 4.3 supporters per prisoner, not counting the prisoner!!
That accounts for another 30 million plus on the outside that would like to see positive changes within our penal system!
Now the figure is up to 37 million plus and that is not even counting people like me, who have no one in prison, but who cares that the keepers provide at least the minimum standard of care required by law and behave in a professional manner.
If you have a family experience who could enlighten those with no knowledge of or experience with the brutality of today's prison practices, please share.
The public WOULD care - if they only knew.
If you have experienced stress, pain, depression, or health problems directly related to DOC activities: Contact me, Kay Lee,