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Joe’s blog – #82 – My life and the lives of other prisoners placed at risk.

Once again the complete lack of continuity of healthcare (a right, not a privilege), in the medical department here at Deerfield (ostensibly a medical facility), has placed me at risk of irreparable harm. By written notice dated 10/3/16, received by me on 10/4/16 (signed by L. Dundlow, LPN and Dr. Abbott, MD), I was informed: […]

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Joe’s blog – #81 – Update on my continuing adventure with Doug the Blind.

The chief ADA coordinator for the VDOC has determined that Doug can no longer have me present during his meetings with staff because to do so violates DOC policy, i.e., staff are not permitted to discuss one prisoners personal business with or, in the presense of, another prisoner. Sure enough that is the policy. But, […]

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Joe’s blog – #80 – Something has to give

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I do not envy the task that prison officials have been charged with. Indeed, I am often sharp with my criticisms and I can write with a bit of a bite. But I do not do so from a “us vs. them” mentality. I do not […]

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Joe’s blog – #79 – ACA review of Deerfield in early November

Extra, Extra! Read all about it! Deerfield C.C., the DOC’s showcase medical & geriatric facility, is seeking accreditation from the American Correctional Association. The ACA’s Standards & Accreditation Dept. will be conducting its review of Deerfield in early November. The ACA is something like the Better Business Bureau for prisons…with one big difference, i.e., the […]

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Joe’s blog – #78 – How much more time do you need to comply with the law?

Here’s an update on the situation with Doug Christy, the blind individual that I’ve been working with to help secure his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As it stands now he has legal counsel, my long time friend and, boss, Steven Rose field, Esq. Steven and I have worked together some 25+ years. […]

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Joe’s blog – #75 – re the situation with the blind prisoner

A short update on where things stand re the situation with the blind prisoner that I am trying to assist. The actions of various administrators or, rather, inaction defies reason.The “Human Rights Advocate” refused to intake 4 grievances that I attempted to submit on behalf of Doug. The unit manager had responded to the informal […]

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Joe’s blog – #74 – Budget shortfall. Some suggestions to Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Open letter to the Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor. Re: Budget shortfall. Some suggestions.   Dear Governor: News of the recent budget shortfall has precipitated my thinking toward a method to save taxpayers’ dollars earmarked for the Department of Corrections, without jeopardizing public safety. Most knowledgeable folk agree that taxpayers are financing the incarceration of many […]

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Joe’s blog – #74 – authority supercedes policy

Shakedowns are a norm in the world of prison. They are necessary. I cannot count the number of shakedowns I have experienced in my almost 40 years on the inside. I can count the number of those that were most eventful for one reason or another. The one that occurred in my dorm today here […]

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Joe’s blog – #73 – Deerfield into compliance with the ADA

Many of you are aware that I have been trying to assist a prisoner here at Deerfield who is completely blind (Deerfield houses at least 20 visually impaired prisoners). It is beyond dispute the these prisoners are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is also beyond doubt that Deerfield has fallen far short […]

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Joe’s blog – #72 – The illusion of hope tends to blur the immediacy of life and death.

One of my mentors, the late Bo Lozoff, was fond of saying: “Communion and Community are not for later, they are your tickets out of hell. If you decide to devote your inner life to Communion and your outer life to Community, that little suffering self doesn’t have anywhere to exist.” Any journey to inner […]

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