Bureau of Prisons Director, Charles Samuels, Remains Silent and Refuses to Address the Treatment of IRP6 Visitors at the Florence Prison Camp in Colorado Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause

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October 13, 2015 by socialaction2014

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A Just Cause
October 13, 2015 07:05 ET

Bureau of Prisons Director, Charles Samuels, Remains
Silent and Refuses to Address the Treatment of IRP6 Visitors at the
Florence Prison Camp in Colorado Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause

A Just Cause Remains Baffled by the Inaction of BOP
Leadership, Specifically Director Samuels, After Repeated Requests for
Investigation and Intervention of Inmate and Visitor Harassment

DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – October 13, 2015) – A
Just Cause (AJC) continues to reach out to the Florence Prison Camp
Warden and, up to the highest level of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
(BOP), to Director Samuels, with respect to the harassment and
mistreatment of visitors of the IRP6 at the Federal Prison Camp in
Florence, Colorado. The failure to return phone calls and emails, or
even honor appointments with A Just Cause executives has been
disconcerting for the AJC team that is looking for solutions and
immediate corrective action to a situation that has gotten out of hand.
Just last week, AJC addressed the behavior in an October 5, 2015 press release entitled, “Bureau
of Prisons Director, Charles Samuels, Is Part of Abuse to IRP6 Families
and Friends, Who Visit Florence Prison Camp (FPC) in Colorado, as Cries
for Help Go Ignored Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause
“. The press
release noted that rule changes to the visiting room were unpredictable,
not universally enforced, and it also highlighted that prison staff
continuously singled out IRP6 inmates and their guests. It also
recounted the recent fall of an elderly guest who is the mother of one
of the IRP6. She fell while visiting the camp in late September and
remains in immense pain. Sources informed A Just Cause she is
considering a suit against the BOP for her injuries (http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2059114.htm).
“The
new seating used in the visiting room is made of cheap plastic,
normally seen in elementary school classrooms. It is not able to
accommodate people of all sizes and heights. The fall of this guest as
well as the experiences of others, who were seated when the legs of the
chair spread and nearly gave way, point to inadequate seating that needs
to be addressed promptly before another accident occurs,” notes Banks.
The
behavior of the staff on Saturday, October 10, 2015, continued to
escalate and was no exception to the ongoing harassment. “The behavior
of the staff is becoming increasingly hostile and retaliatory for
visitors of the IRP6. We just don’t understand the incessant pestering.
It is very troubling that we have not received a response, or even an
acknowledgement, from BOP leadership. This behavior must be endorsed
from Director Samuels all the way down to the local corrections
officials in Florence, because no one has remedied the situation,” says
Banks.
Kea Banks, daughter of David Banks of the IRP6, stated,
“For the past few Saturdays, I have been treated rudely by correctional
officers at the Florence Prison Camp. They are bringing unnecessary
stress to my visiting time with my father,” remarks Kea Banks. “Other
visitors have even questioned the treatment of IRP6 visitors. A lady
commented this weekend, ‘Why are they disrespecting these people? Have
you tried to call the White House to complain?’ It’s just reaching a
tipping point and the harassment by Officer Fairbanks, McAvoy and other
guards who are manning the visiting room needs to be addressed,” states
Banks.
On Saturday, October 10th, IRP6 visitors were
specifically targeted and their visits unexplainably terminated without
cause. Kayla Harper, daughter of Demetrius Harper of the IRP6, relays
her experience: “I was enjoying my visit with my dad, until guards
arbitrarily decided the visiting room was overcrowded. The visiting room
has a stated capacity of 145 people. There were only about 85 people in
the room including inmates and all visitors (adults and minors). Due to
supposed overcrowding, I was forced to leave three hours early, along
with my mom and my brother. Officer Fairbanks was very rude, abruptly
terminating our visit with no goodbye, no I love you, no I’ll see you
soon, no nothing. It is traumatizing enough to have my father imprisoned
wrongfully, but to be repeatedly harassed and treated with
disrespect…something needs to change immediately,” exclaims Kayla
Harper.
The visitors of Demetrius Harper and Kendrick Barnes were
all told their visits were terminated and they were forced to leave
early due supposed overcrowding. Kendrick Barnes stated that guards
initially called him over to advise him that one of his visitors needed
to leave, because he was only allowed a maximum of five guests; however,
the seating area where he was assigned only accommodated four guests.
One guest was forced to sit on a table since there were not enough seats
in their section, and guards refused to move the empty chairs to the
area. As a result, one of Kendrick’s guests left.
“After guards
called me over to the desk for a second time and told me my visit was
being terminated due to overcrowding, I turned around and saw empty
chairs all over the visiting room. My wife and I could have been easily
re-assigned to a seating area for two, but the guards decided to end the
visit instead. It just didn’t make sense. There was plenty of capacity
in the room,” says Barnes.
“The problem is that prison officials
have artificially limited the number of guests permitted with the new
assigned seating arrangement introduced a few weeks ago. They have now
closed the patio due to unnamed ‘safety and security concerns’ and the
total count of chairs in the visiting room is 113, but the room capacity
as noted by signage required by the Fire Marshal states the maximum
capacity of the room is 145. Some of the assigned sections don’t
accommodate up to five guests when needed and officers fail to move
chairs when the visitor to inmate ratio changes,” states Banks. “These
families and friends of the IRP6 have very limited time in which to
visit their loved ones. It is unconscionable to have staff with no
compassion or sensitivity, who abruptly end visits with empty chairs
available in a room nowhere near capacity, while young children and
families are unable to say proper good byes,” muses Banks.
“A
Just Cause will continue visiting Washington DC and reaching out to the
warden, Director Samuels, and members of Congress until this situation
is addressed. A Just Cause will continue the fight for the IRP6 as well
as their guest who are unfairly targeted by the Florence corrections
staff. The abuse of power must stop,” exclaims Banks.
The IRP6
case concerns six software innovators, (David A. Banks, Kendrick Barnes,
Demetrius K. Harper, Clinton A. Stewart, Gary L. Walker, and David A.
Zirpolo), of the IRP Solutions Corporation in Colorado who were
convicted in 2011 on mail and wire fraud charges for to their failure to
pay debts to staffing companies related to software development work
done to support a sales to law enforcement agencies, specifically the
Department of Homeland Security and New York City Police Department (D.
Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA).
For more information about the story of the IRP6 or for copies of the legal filings go to http://www.freetheirp6.org.
Related press releases: http://www.a-justcause.com/#!2015-press-releases/cl69
Website:
http://www.a-justcause.com/Technorati Keywords:
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