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In June 2002, when I was 21 years of age, I arrived at the institution of Pelican Bay State Prison. That is the institution where I was housed at after I left LA County Jail. I was at Pelican Bay State Prison for eight to nine years, most of the time when I was at PBSP I had spent it in the SHU. While I was in the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison and at each Institution Committee hearing I had; the SHU ‘ICC’ would always tell me “We know you are associated with a prison gang and we want to know”. They tried to make me accept it and force me to accept I was a part of a prison gang many times when I never was. I never bit into PBSP/CDCR’s game that they tried to play with me.
Once I finally got out of the SHU at PBSP in 2008, I was allowed to go to General Population for about a year and a half given clear status, then I was given a transfer to Corcoran for five to six months. After I did those few months at Corcoran without any 115 write-ups, I was transferred to Calipatria State Prison. In 2010, I arrived at Calipatria State Prison and I was on General Population for about six months until I was picked up by the (IGI) Institutional Gang Investigator E. Duarte based on artwork that PBSP tried to use on me when I was there in 2006 to try and validate me in 2006/07. The IGI’s put me in Administration Segregation (Ad-Seg/A5) at Calipatria for this bogus validation saying that I was involved in prison gang activity when I never involved myself in any type of conduct. The reason for me transferring down to a prison closer south was to be close to home by my family and to have a better time with all the rest of my family. I wasn’t going to do anything to jeopardize receiving a 115 write-up now that I was able to be closer to them. But, when I was transferred to Calipatria and while in general population I realized it was harder to receive visits from my family because they had to go through the approval process all over again at Calipatria after being previously approved from Pelican Bay.
When I was served with the bogus validation paperwork, about six to eight IGI’s were telling me that they were after me since I was previously from Pelican Bay State Prison. They also were telling me that in here at Calipatria State Prison the IGI’s falsely told me that a confidential informant told them that I was in a prison gang. I was programing just fine and there was no evidence of a confidential informant and the evidence the IGI’s tried to falsely slam me with was not strong enough to validate me and was false. During this process of being validated on this bogus validation I lost 3 family members; they all past away and my family called the prison a few times so I could get the news of the passing of my loved ones. Calipatria never gave me that message while I was being placed in ad-seg, the IGI’s kept it from me and I had to find out later.
The IGI’s at Calipatria, they took away all of my legal documents of my case I was working on and they trashed them. While I was moved into ASU at Calipatria from A5, during the first two weeks while in ASU, I was given a Chrono 1030, it was put in my file by officers without me knowing. I had to ask for an “Olson Review” in the month of June 2011 to find out what they placed in my file. Then in April 2011, IGI E. Duarte at the ASU unit, planted two weapons in my cell on purpose while I was out to yard. I was given a 115 CDCR write up for those weapons placed in my cell by IGI E. Duarte. My mail is always being tampered with and trashed by officers. All the IGI’s, they mess with us by harassment, mentally, physically by putting us in cuff tie ups, giving us small portions of food, ripped up clothes, trashing our outgoing mail, IGI’s planting specific artwork in our cells while we are at the showers/yard (that are used later to purposely validate us), the IGI’s go into our cell and put toothpaste in our sink with our pictures in the toothpaste and shampoo in our food mixed together.
During the 2ndHunger Strike last year in September – October 2011, I was rushed to the hospital and in the emergency room the medical-RN staff they tried to take blood out of me for the 2nd time in a week. While they were trying to take blood out of me, the nurse she didn’t see that she broke the needle in my arm within the view of a lot of fellow prisoners.
At this moment I’m being denied proper “medical attention” for the pain in my feet. I have them all cracked from the bottom and have a few toe nail fingers in pain because of all the flesh cracked I have in my feet. It has been going on for many years. Last month in May, many of us inmates here at Calipatria ASU were finally allowed to be seen at an outside hospital for the first time in years. I was able to go to this outside hospital to get my feet checked out and I was prescribed medication but CDCR is denying all my medication I was prescribed for my feet by this outside doctor. I’m not being allowed that medication for my feet due to CDCR not allowing it and also I think my TB is acting up but Calipatria is not hearing my pleas.
This is how this inhumane, torturous treatment in segregation makes me feel, “so depressed, anger, sad, rage, loss of focus, change of how I used to be, I don’t see people for how they are now or how I used to see them, my thinking is very different than before, I can’t be around too many people now, I have lack of sleep, and I have trouble concentrating.” All of my communication with my family has been cut off now because either my mail doesn’t get to me or I’m too afraid to worry my family of what’s really going on with me. I’ve been going through this for the last “two years” here at Calipatria State Prison ASU and I am up for transfer on waitlist to Pelican Bay State Prison again to be placed in the SHU for years on end due to this bogus validation.
How long do I have to be tortured for? Will I be rehabilitated? Where are the programs available to rehabilitate me instead of torture me? I don’t know; only the Governor, State Assembly have the power to change it but until then all I know is that I am being mistreated in this crooked, broken system called California Department of Corrections and “Rehabilitation”…
“Can somebody hear me out there?”
Gualberto Lopez, CDC# T-81282, Calipatria State Prison ASU
Written on 6/7/2012, postmarked on 6/8/2012