Attorney Michael Bien is correct. The outrageous conditions in our prisons cannot be seen by the average citizen due to the media ban that Republican Pete Wilson imposed and DINO Jerry Brown continues today.There is still almost a daily death toll but it is hidden from the media and therefore the citizenry, even though these are taxpayer-financed institutions. The Supreme Court ruled and Brown fought hard to avoid compliance. He has blood on his hands and so does CDCR Director Jeffrey Beard who is anything but a healing doctor as he claims to be, evidenced by the horrible treatment of the mentally ill. This is causing a terrible toll on our neighborhoods since 90% of the prisoners will someday be released. Human bondage is California's largest industry and it is a disgrace. Both Brown and Beard need to be prosecuted for their refusal to correct deadly and inhumane conditions.
There are more than one million pages in the Plata-Coleman case which went on for more than a decade because instead of fixing the problems, Jerry Brown chose to fight and deny them. There has been almost a daily death toll during this time period, the highest suicide rate in the United States and still Brown went to great lengths to protect the CCPOA. When he took more than $2 million from them as part of his last election campaign, the writing was on the wall, scribbled in the blood of men and women who didn't have to die. Brown and Beard should be indicted and sent to prison for deliberate indifference and refusal to make these releases. Any ordinary person would have been given a life sentence.
As bad as this crime is, prison is not the appropriate punishment at a cost of $100,000 per year to we taxpayers. They are ruled as slumlords, so rather than taking $400.000 more from the poor, their fine should be to fix those properties. And to live in one of them while doing re-construction. That would be restorative justice, which is better than justice based on revenge.
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