Prison Focus Mailbox #14. January 21, 2020. Literacy was deemed a threat by slave owners and still is. CPF correspondent, Martin, describes the mind numbing content of prison tv programming, and the overall lack of educational opportunities at CA Correctional Institute. . "Literacy played an important part in helping Frederick Douglass achieve his freedom. Learning to read and write enlightened his mind to the injustice of slavery; it kindled in his heart longings for liberty... Douglass was motivated to learn how to read by hearing his 'master' condemn the education of slaves. He heard him declare that an education would "spoil” him and “forever unfit him to be a slave”. He believed that the ability to read makes a slave “unmanageable” and “discontented”. Douglass discovered that the white man’s power to enslave the black man was in his literacy and education." [From an essay titled "Frederick Douglass: Escaping Slavery through Literacy" published by Bartleby Research (www.bartleby.com/) Produced by CPF Co-Director and Prison Focus editor, Kim Pollak. Read by CPF artivist and volunteer Cathy Cockrell Music by CPF Co-Director Minister of culture and arts, Min. King X aka General Pyeface. (Look for "Abolish It" on itunes)
PF Mailbox #13 July 2020. CPF Correspondent describes conditions at CMC State Prison. He is 59 years old and has health conditions making him at high risk for "execution by Covid-19". See prisons.org/action to learn more about what's going on behind the walls of California prisons and how you can make a difference. Support California Prison Focus at prisons.org/donate. To hear the entire sone, Abolish It, and others, look for Min. King X aka General Pyeface on itunes. This program is produced by the editor of Prison Focus newspaper, Kim Pollak. Letter read by Dieter.
Prison Focus Mailbox #12 CIVIL DEATH BY INDEFINITE SENTENCING Hear from Kieth at California Medical Facility. August 27, 2020. Research proves that the odds of recidivism decrease with age. Adults 45 and older are less likely to recidivate and far more vulnerable to Covid-19 than those 45 years and younger . Prisons are ill equipped to care for individuals experiencing age-related decline and related chronic medical conditions. At what point does punishment become the crime? Liberate Our Elders! Produced by Kim Pollak. Read by Jaana T. To hear the full song "Abolish It", look for Min. King X aka General Pyeface on itunes.
Jose Villarreal speaks on the historic California Hunger Strikes, of which he was a part. This is part 2 of a conversation with Jose Villarreal and PF Radio host Nube Brown in January of 2020.
Prison Focus Mailbox #11 Staff shortages lead to parole obstructions during pandemic, June 22, 2020 Delayed psych evaluations lead to postponed parole hearings and another obstruction to going home, as California prisons remain over crowded despite over 11,000 confirmed cases of Covid as of September, 2020.
PF Mailbox #10 A bit about Michael_Salinas Valley Prison, August 16, 2020 Michael at Salinas Valley Prison shares shares his story.
Prison Focus Mailbox #9 Why aren't they letting out the elders? July 20, 2020 Read by Watani Stiner.
Prison Focus Mailbox #8 Jose at CSP - Solano, August 16, 2020 A family man with serious health issues trying to return to his children and wife, alive. You can listen to the complete song, Abolish it, and more from Min. King X aka Pyeface on itunes.