CSP-Corcoran SHU: applications not usable for lack of sockets, property allowed by property matrix, but not allowed by staff, and other ills

One of those every-day annoyances of being confined 24/7 in a cell with two people:

CSP-Corcoran should solve the issue of not being allowed an extension chord. Since there was a new property matrix installed since January, which reflects the new administrative policy of prisoners being allowed two appliances each, for instance a typewriter (yes, this is the 21st century!), the prison still does not allow an extra extension chord (with an extra socket) per appliance, whereas there are only 2 sockets per cell, for those sharing a 1 man cell with 2. Also, prisoners were threatened with write-ups if they all decided to demand a single cell per person.

Prison employees told the prisoners that power will be cut when more extension chords are being used, but the extension chords come with an extra safety device to prevent this.

Another issue with the property room at CSP-Corcoran is that they interpret the new rules in their own way, even lying to their bosses. An example from daily life:

“An associate warden here contacted the property room about my underwear. Initially, the property room claimed that long-sleeved tee-shirts are not allowed. The property room then told the associate warden that I could not have it, because it is a “V-neck teeshirt,” and that they are “not allowed.” These were lies: Not only is this not a v-neck teeshirt, but “v-neck teeshirts are allowed. This was a property officer blatantly lying to one of his bosses – and the associate warden knew that it was a lie.”

Property Matrix January 24, 2014 Inmate Property, CDCR, p. 11

Property Matrix January 24, 2014 Inmate Property, CDCR, p. 10

It has become clear to many people locked up inside CSP-Corcoran that the new property matrix (which we could no longer find online, but we scanned these 2 pages from what was sent to us in March by prisoners) is not being made public to the corporations issuing the catalogues where-from families can order packages for their loved ones, and that employees are not well informed at all on what is and what is not allowed. And – really – how many more petty rules does the cdcr have in store for us to waste precious time and energy on? Is that another trick to keep us from the struggle for human rights?

We are wondering if the administration of CSP-Corcoran realizes that this whole keeping back of property, cell-searching and other harassments made to prisoners in the SHU (racism by some staff  is a becoming a returning complaint, amongst others) certainly is no incentive for those locked down in the segregation units to cooperate with the CDCR-designed Step Down Programs.

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