December 24, 2015 by socialaction2014
A recent report by California’s Inspector General details a culture of racism, abuse, and silence at one of the state’s maximum security prisons. According to the report, the most vulnerable inmates—primarily those with disabilities and those imprisoned for sex-related crimes—receive the brunt of violence and abuse at the High Desert State Prison in northeastern California, not far from Reno, Nevada. The report also notes that the violence meted out to inmates by correctional officers also occasionally touches fellow corrections officers. The culture of silence that exists among the officers is due to fear of retaliation for reporting misconduct.
As horrible as the abuses are at the prison, equally as horrible is the finding by the Inspector General that “a labor organization opposes oversight to the point of actively discouraging members from coming forward with information that could in any way…
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