Marc Emery’s US Prison Blog #22 – Fired From the Library for Trying to Help

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
10:45 a.m.

Dear Jeremiah, Jodie, & Dana,

This morning as I reported to work at 8 a.m., I was informed by Mr. Folk (who is in his last week) that he had to let me go. I said, “Why?” and he said, “Your mail room issues.”

Of course, this is about my trying to get books and magazines into the library. As I have told you the GEO group that runs this concentration camp for Canadians, Mexicans and others not officially US citizens get the worst possible treatment or services or education or library, if we get them at all. You have my extensive comparative chart (see below) about this GEO group prison DRCJF is to a Canadian compared to how a US citizen is treated in a ‘low security’ US federal prison. GEO does not want any inmate to have use of a proper library, law library, exercise equipment, email, photo copiers…ANYTHING!

Essentially I was fired from my .12 cent an hour job because I was donating books, magazines, and newspapers. Because in the 3 months the library has been open they haven’t received a current magazine (in any language) or bought a book in English for the library. I had contributed 46 books and magazines as of today in the 23 days I worked in the library, including 2 hard cover Spanish-English dictionaries, 2 paralegal texts, coffee table books (Billy Gibbons Rock-N-Roll Gear Head) over-sized illustrated soft covers like “Remembering John Lennon” and “Time’s Year in Review”. So I was dismissed for adding books and magazines and newspapers to the library while GEO has every intention of stopping or obstructing books/mags/newspapers getting into the library. The library has no relevant Spanish/English reference books even though 850 inmates are Spanish speakers.

While I was writing the last paragraph the excruciating fire alarm went off (for the 18th time it has gone off since I’ve been here…but over 65 times since Oct. 4 according to staff.) And for the first time they told us to go to the Emergency Exits, which is supposed to be standard operating procedure, but then the Emergency exits won’t open (the controllers didn’t open them), but when the fire alarm stopped they insisted we go out the fire exit and stay outside for 20 minutes, so they can prove to a fire inspector that we went outside according to fire regulations.

Everything in every Dept. is INSANE here. The staff constantly comment on it, too. The management is utterly NUTS though, so the staff like us, can criticize as much as they want, but absolutely nothing changes. It’s totally important that Canadians know their Canadian government sent me, FOR SELLING SEEDS, (which would appear to be a widespread activity in Colorado, California, and all of Canada and generally legal and widespread in all of Europe..Netherlands, UK, Spain, Germany etc..) and sent me to the most insanely run concentration camp/federal prison in the United States.

Jeremiah, I’ve decided to investigate taking a correspondence course, but through a Canadian institution. Can you send me course booklets outlining courses for the incarcerated? I’m not sure what to take, but it will allow me to study and read during the day rather than end up in the kitchen where they will surely try to send me as punishment. It’s only a matter of time before this place sends me to solitary to try to stop me from observing how badly this place is mismanaged.

Yesterday an Bureau of Prisons liaison from the DOJ was here, he often is, to observe, he says. Well I spent 30 minutes telling him how dysfunctional, illegal and wrongly this place is run. I had to straighten the mail room Nazi out as I had the actual rules and procedure, whereas they were using entirely made-up incorrect premises. I got all my books as I’m entitled, but every manager here is intimidated by me as all of them deviate from the set out in their own D Ray James policy and procedure book, and the BOP policies & procedures, which we can access on Lexus/Nexus.

I will try to get reinstated to my library job. Mr. Folk says although he’s “required to dismiss me” I am welcome to use the library any time, all the time and that I’m a real gentleman.

But, I think I will ask you to put the library resuscitation program on hold and simply focus on books I can read personally .

So, please let City Lights, Chris Goodwin and all others know that the noble project is on hold because this place doesn’t want inmates to learn (there are still no skill trades or actual education here unlike the dozens of classes, skills, vocations for US citizens in federal prison). They don’t want us to gain knowledge or read or learn about the world. They want to remain indifferent to us as human beings, spend as little money as possible on warehousing us.

I really enjoyed two comic books that were sent to me by a person who sent me 20 comic books. But I was only allowed to keep 3 of them, so I kept parts one and two of ‘Enemy Ace” by Russ Heath (artist). They were excellent! More Enemy Ace Comics please! After I finish the #1 Ladies Detective Series (got 20 pages to go) I’m going to read a graphic novel “Kill Shakespeare.”

By the way, in Psalms 46 of the bible the 46th word from the beginning is “Shake” and the 46th word from the end is “Spear”. I believe that’s the Bard’s thumbprint of his authorship of the King James version of the Bible, at least Psalms anyway. The King James version of the Bible was translated & written during Shakespeare’s peak years under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth and King James. Are there any books that ascribe to this theory that Shakespeare has a hand in the King James Bible?

Here are some books from Hamiltonbooks.com Nov. 12 catalog that I would like.
* denotes that I would especially like them.

7474849 The Grand Inquisitors Manual
2437163 The Years of Extermination
* 1793047 Encyclopedia of Monograms
2448777 The Story of English
2434202 The Vale of Kashmir
* 1727664 The Ten Cent Plague
* 7154992 Showcase Presents Enemy Ace

Previous Requests;

* 738842x Humbug
1740733 Blue Shoes and Happiness
* Stoned, Drunk and Dead A $40 retrospective of National Lampoon just published (Available at Amazon)

I believe it will be important to have political actions in place for if/when this place seeks to punish me. Many of the people who work here are fans and supporters of mine. I have had 4 conversations today and yesterday with supporters/admirers/members of the culture who work here. I am well respected by most employees here, because they are ordinary people from the ordinary world, the kind of people I have represented and spoken out on behalf of. But, management, the senior GEO lackeys they will get more confused, nervous and uncertain what to do with me, especially since their junior staff are sympathetic to me, though this does not result in any preferential treatment. But Chris Goodwin, Dana, Jeremiah, Loretta, Jodie, Kirk et. al.and others need to discuss what can be done if I get punished with solitary, or having my mail blocked or being put in the kitchen 8 hours a day. All these actions will be to suppress my awareness and letters about this place. The time is coming shortly, when, like at SeaTac, they simply won’t know what to do with me. And that will likely result in them doing the wrong things, punishing me as a consequence.

So I hope that I can find some interesting correspondence courses and read lots of books to use up my time.

Right after I was dismissed from the library the remaining 6 library aides had a big fight and now there’s animosity, so the library broke down right away. There is a new librarian there in 10 days so it will be interesting to see what happens then.

Given the Major’s questioning me on the length of my kiss with Jodie last Saturday’s visit was extraordinarily bizarre. And that he would spy on me kissing Jodie and deciding a kiss is too long, somewhere between 10 seconds and 30 seconds and reprimanding me days later. It’s so weird!

My transfer paperwork is required to be in Washington D.C. no Jan. 19th, less than a month away. I really need my supporters to have their letters of support and the recommendation of their congressman and senators done soon. Canadian elected officials should also write to the DOJ or Jodie should have her letter from Canadian elected officials DONE IMMEDIATELY! Don’t forget to add Guy Gentner, MLA, to it.

Hope you got my chart comparing the treatment of US Citizens vs Canadian citizens in a US Federal ‘low security’ prison. Push that, it ought to offend Canadians. Americans in a Canadian federal prison are treated identically to Canadians.

More Soon,
Marc


Comparison between the conditions for US citizens in a US federal prison and a Canadian housed in a US federal prison for foreign nationals.

The US Bureau of Prisons has a policy statement to the effect that there is no discrimination between US and foreigners in the custody of the US federal prison system. My comparison shows this is not true.

Low and Medium Security Facilities for US Inmates D. Ray James “Low” Security Facility for foreign inmates
• Single fence security for “Low” • Multiple fences, razor wire on every structure and fence
• Unlimited Corrlinks e-mail access ($3 an hour) • No Corrlinks, no e-mail
• Gymnasium, exercise equipment • No gym or exercise equipment
• Musical instruments available to play • No instruments available
• Money can be placed in an inmate’s account by Western Union, money orders, US based credit card • Canadians cannot use Western Union, money orders or Canadian based credit card
• US inmates are regularly in 2-man cells • Canadians are placed in 64-man dormitories
• US inmates have doors or curtains on showers and toilets • No doors or curtains on showers or toilets. Canadian inmates have no privacy at any time
• US inmates are placed within 800 miles of family • I am 4,000 miles from my spouse at the most remote facility available for Canadians US
• Inmates have up to four televisions in common areas and often in separate rooms • Inmates have two televisions – one sports, one Spanish language
• Comprehensive current library
Includes hundreds of magazines, current & back issues.
• Pathetic library with books all 10-40 years old in very bad condition. For 800+ hispanic inmates, there are less than 200 books in Spanish. 50 magazines, all outdated, several months old. No money has been spent on a single new book or magazine in 10 weeks since DRJCF opened October 4
• Comprehensive law library including Federal Prisoner Handbook, many other publications, Prison Legal News • Lexus/Nexus only, on disc
• Computers with word processing capability and printers • No access to computers or printers. Inmates must use one of 3 1980s typewriters
• Photocopiers • No photocopiers
• Photographs taken of inmate and family on federal holidays • No photos taken
• Commissary purchases straight-forward and easy, often delivered to the housing unit. • Must wait outside in the rain, cold, or heat for 30-90 minutes each week for commissary
• Inmates allowed “open” movement within federal correctional facility (Low security) • Inmates rigidly controlled in their movement at all times
• Inmates have up to 50 different technical, trade vocational opportunities including electrical, computer, dentistry, business, welding, landscaping, carpentry, etc. • Nothing in trades or skilles of any kind
• Inmates can get married with ease under clearly stated BOP procedural policy • Inmates who want to marry are stalled and obstructed
• Inmates receive fresh fruit with breakfast and lunch • Inmates receive one scrawny orange every two days
• Inmates receive a variety of foods in meal menu • Inmates receive virtually the same food everyday; ground chicken (that looks like ground beef), corn, shredded lettuce, rice, beans, and tortilla. This is every lunch and dinner, with almost no other variable!
• Inmate can make collect calls to family in the US • Canadians cannot make collect calls to family in Canada. (Prepaid collect calls to one number only cost $8.50 for 10 minutes)
• Inmates have metal upright lockers to house property • Inmates must store all belongings in two boxes under bunk
• Thanksgiving meal for inmates is the best meal of the year inside the prison • Thanksgiving meal consists of two baloney sandwiches on white bread, a bottle of Sprite and a scrawny orange
• Inmates have a superior selection of commissary items at lower prices • Inmates must select commissary items with fewer choices at higher prices, from a Bush family-owned company called Keefe Commissary Network. Inmate funds must be deposited exclusively through Keefe company
• Second Chance Act (approved by Congress on 2009) allows inmates 12 months of their sentence at a halfway house, followed by 6 months of home confinement • Program not available
• Inmates receive RDAP program; drug rehabilitation program that reduces sentence by 9 months when competed • No program available
• Correctional officers maintain a discreet presence • Correctional officers every 20 feet, searching and frisking hundreds of inmates daily
• Toilets are porcelain with a wooden or plastic seat • Toilets are metal with no seat
• Inmates can work for BOP’s Unicor company , earning 29 cents an hour to $1.40 an hour • Inmates must work 40 hours a week for 12 cents an hour (for kitchen labor) to a maximum of 40 cents an hour
• Most inmates speak English • 95% of Inmates speak Spanish, staff speaks exclusively English
• Staff are trained and knowledgeable • Staff are completely untrained

Marc Emery
Marc Emery

Marc Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, entrepreneur, and politician. Known to his fans as the Prince of Pot, Emery has been a notable advocate of international cannabis policy reform for decades. Marc is the founding publisher of Cannabis Culture and Pot TV.

Comments

34 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    you don’t think the “american people” chose to support…wonderful then send Marc back to Canada where he belongs..

  2. Anonymous on

    A great response Jodi…but don’t waste your time on ignorant people like this who talk from their a$$hole…its obvious he doesn’t know what he’s talking about…stay strong Jodi and Marc..

  3. cher on

    I believe strongly in everything that you stand for, Marc. It is appalling that you are being forced to pay the price for keeping pot illegal because it makes both governments so much money to keep it that way. Please keep the faith in yourself & what you are doing, but it is essential that you keep a low profile until you get out of that P.O.S. and can once again walk as a free man. I know that you are trying to do good things in there, but if you are upsetting The Man & making things tougher on you, I fear they may find ways to make it more unpleasant for you, and perhaps extend your stay. I fear for you, Marc. I want you on the outside doing your good works. I fear for you on the inside. Please, just do your time and get out. We need you, too. Blessed be, Buddy. It’s got to be harder than I can even imagine. Please, make every effort to take care of yourself.

  4. Fellow Canadian on

    Mark you most certainly are a patiotic Canadian.
    But there is a time and place. You are not an ignorant man, have you forgotten where you are as they will “take care of you”. Then the fight, all hopes and dreams are over for you your wife and many Canadians.
    In the words of a great patriotic Canadian Dr. Robert Nelson of Montreal “There is a time and place to set forth, now is not the time and you are not in such place”.

    You should study if in any way possible: Louis Riel, Dr. Robert Nelson, John Hancock, John F. Kennedy “the secret society”, etc. Once you understand how to deal with the power of who belittled or berid of these men, you may have a chance.
    A group of us held a pole in central Winnipeg of 1200 citizens and none, NOT ONE could correctly tell us who Mark Emery was, let alone what he stood for.

    For what you have done and for you to be rewarded in this way should be an ultimate sign to you of how you have designed this incorrectly. Because why else would you be where you are today. Are you an Evil man? No. Are you a hurtful man? No. See what im getting at here.
    When you are a free man in Canada once again, we need to sit and talk with Roger Pion of the Peoples Political Party.
    Until then. Please dont let the place make YOU insane.

  5. Dale carlton on

    Scott, you are the type of person who I would just love – repeat, love – to see change places with
    Marc.

  6. Anonymous on

    I’ve watched this drug war since the very beginning when Richard Nixon first began it. For years I wondered if I would live to see an end to the War. With regard to smoking cannabis, the question arises, if smoking is good for mammals, then why do all of them run away from the smoke when the forest is burning?? It’s because the animals know by instinct that smoke can be fatal. On the other hand, mountain climbing can also be fatal, and animals avoid this as well. The point being we should have a purpose for our law. The purpose of the law criminalizing cannabis is said to be for that of protecting the welfare of the general public. But the problem with this theory is that if this is so, then why should tobacco or alcohol ever have been made legal? Admittedly, both alcohol and tobacco are highly addictive and can cause severe health problems, if abused, and maybe cannabis causes health problems. However, no one goes to jail for growing tobacco. If the best way of protecting the welfare of the general public is to prohibit a substance, then why have alcohol and tobacco been made legal? The answer is that we discovered that the welfare of the general public is best protected when a substance is decriminalized, controlled, regulated and sold than when a substance is prohibited, thereby creating a black market of sales in the substance. So, in conclusion, in order to best protect the general welfare of our children and the general public, we should decriminalize all substances, along with the alcohol, and regulate them and tax and sell these substances to those who desire to buy them, and end the War and end the hypocrisy that merely inspires our youth to laugh, scorn and scoff at our laws.

  7. John P. Sciabarrasi on

    Hi Mark, Hang in there my friend. It seems a long time but time goes by fast.Read Read Read educate yourself more by what’s around you and you will have your TIME when this passes.I can see a book deal in the making if you know what I mean..I wrote a poem for you a while back ‘I am a Unicorn’. Maybe you can use it as a title for your book..Your wife is a very strong woman,honor her.MAKE US PROUD !! Peace and pot….

  8. Anonymous on

    really like how you express yourself mike…you sound like a harvard man…or was it cornell…..any way thanks for sharing…your brillant

  9. Anonymous on

    Another Moron comments with his brain up his ass

  10. Anonymous on

    OOHHH PLEASE BRIAN , DON’T LET THE FACT THAT POT ISN’T LEGAL GET YOU DOWN……….THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN THE HERB….HONEST!!!!!!!!!!!….WITH REGARD TO YOUR HERO MR EMEY….HIS RHETORIC WILL KEEP HIM IN THE SUNNY SOUTH FOR THE NEXT 4 YRS…CHIN UP THOUGH…HIS PRISON BLOGS {WHINATHONS} ARE BOTH ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE

  11. Anonymous on

    Fighting for change inside the U.S. corporate prison complex is like a modern day David vs. 15 Goliaths (and his political “Philistine” backers that receive a nice kickback from his spoils). From the other side of the equator, in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, my family and I have you in our prayers.

    Ps. We’ll light up a fat one in your name

    -Ben

  12. Brian on

    Sad to hear Marc is in a place like that. Chances are he will end up in solitary again due to the fact he is way too intelligent to be allowed out amongst the general population. He is a threat to their control system.

    The sooner he gets back here the better, but I wouldn’t count on it happening anytime soon or ever. Lets just keep our fingers crossed that he gets out at all.

    At the end of the day, we are all screwed. We have allowed truly evil people to take control of our lives and unless we rise up and get rid of them, our future is at risk. You CANNOT vote these people out of office. The entire system needs to be dismantled and never allowed to happen again. But we all know that will never happen. There is way too much good stuff on TV.

  13. WeedFeeds on

    Well said MisterGrean,

    The true measure of a country is how it treats its prisoners.

    The comparison chart made by Marc is extraordinary. US citizens in Canadian prisons get the exact same treatment, enough said.

    It seems the D.Ray James prison is purposely trying to suppress any higher mental activity, the only possible explanation for keeping the library unusable.

    There is a minimum amount of physical, emotional, and mental stimulation all humans need. To be denied the exercise of the mind is a true crime. I totally agree with MisterGrean in that the current practice can only serve to harden the ‘criminals’.

    It whole idea of prison is to not only punish but to help rehabilitate the offenders, this treatment can only have one possible outcome – an increase in crime.

    I feel strongly that there will be a sudden change and Marc will be transferred back to Canada soon. Please all join me in this feeling.

    Stay strong Jodie & Marc, your love cannot be blocked by prison walls!

    WeedFeeds

  14. BallyHoo on

    Jodie, ignore these idiots. You just get yourself upset.

    Peace.

  15. Flowerally on

    Marc, We all miss you an are sadden by your trouble conditions. Your sell out government and my running on empty government are a total disgrace. Every state and city in the US are stone cold broke. I think that is to your advantage. Hopefully, that will get you back to Canada a bit quicker. Stay strong and maybe some sanity will return soon:) Flowerally

  16. Mike on

    sorry for my French, but the words IGNORANT and CO**SUCKER come to mind as soon as I read your reply and I can’t help but wonder what purpose you think you serve in life.

    I realize you’re so brainwashed and pathetic that you actually believe marijuana use should be dealt with as harshly as paedophilia but then I would bet you also subscribe to the notion that America is still a Democratic Christian society as well.

    Mr. Marc didn’t ASK to be supported by the American taxpayer in a backwards, redneck, racist, sh**hole, he was doing just fine up here in Canada thank you very much and I, as a Canadian taxpayer would be more than happy to see him through his incarceration North of the border til he can break free and activate once again.

    I’m so sorry you’ve got to go through this Marc, this whole thing is just WRONG and reeks of Overinflated Political American Ego. I am completely ashamed of the way our government sold you out. They stood behind you when you supported their political race for the brass ring and then dove for cover when the Yankees came a calling leaving you to fend for yourself.

  17. Anonymous on

    IT CERTAINLY SEEMS LIKE MR EMERY HAS ENDED UP IN A LESS THAN PLEASANT PLACE….WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND IS THE POSTER MENTIONS THIS DESTINATION WAS ”UNEXPECTED” BY MR EMERY. ALSO THAT THIS WAS ”NOT PART OF THE DEAL”…COULD THE POSTER PLEASE EXPLAIN TO US….WHAT WAS THE ”DEAL” THAT WAS STRUCK REGARDING WHERE MR EMERY WAS TO BE SENT….WAS THE DESTINATION PART OF THE PLEA AGREEMEMT????….HAVE THE US AUTHORITYS GONE BACK ON THEIR WORD????………THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR UNCOVERING ANY INFORMATION YOU APPEAR TO BE PRIVY TO

  18. Anonymous on

    I am really quite sorry to hear about what is being allowed to happen to you Marc. My sympathy and prayers are with both you and Jodi. This should not have been allowed to happen by the Canadian government and I am disgusted that it has been. I am surprised that someone would comment on the prison situation being fun and all “games”, when in actual fact “scott” is probably paying taxes on a measley salary and just bitter and uneducated. I think it is important that both you and Jodi stay strong because your story will be remembered and you are making changes in the world for the better.

  19. Anonymous on

    That’s like the worst prison conditions imaginable. If Canada refuses to transfer him after reading about the appalling conditions then it means that they are purposely inflicting unnecessary suffering on one of their own citizens. How else could you interpret it? As Marc said, those must be the worst prison conditions in the entire US. When Marc agreed to plead guilty he didn’t expect that. He wasn’t told that he would be sent to a special extra dysfunctional version of US federal prison with 99% less privileges and would be housed in a 64 man dorm without even a fig leaf for privacy while taking a crud or a shower. This was not part of the deal. The North Fraser Pretrial Centre sounded harsh but now it looks like the Taj Mahal. Marc actually had a cell there and even a locker. Those were the good ol’ days. Here’s Canada’s new motto; “We don’t care at all about the human rights of our citizens but we’ll gladly accept their taxes. Hey, it’s us, Britain or America. What real choice do you have?”

  20. Beatnuck on

    Marc needs to take public speaking lessons from Ann Coulter.

  21. Beatnuck on

    We should have compassion for brain damaged alcoholics like Scott. What he needs is psychiatric treatment for his disease, not harsh words.

  22. MisterGrean on

    It’s quite obvious that the GEO Group D.Ray James prison is a failed attempt at privatizing what should be a public industry. There have been many instances in the past where it has been proven that privately run prisons do more harm than good. It’s quite reasonable to assume that a great portion of the accommodations at this prison are poorly funded as to guarantee the the shareholders of this institution a return on their investment.

    What really surprises me is the faulty fire alarm system. If a fire inspector were confronted with a residential apartment building with a faulty fire alarm system, the fire inspector would have the authority to fine the owner(s) of the apartment building. The fire marshal could even deem the building uninhabitable until such time as the fire alarm system is proven to be in proper working order.

    Just imagine the legal/financial burden that would befall the owners/operators of the GEO Group D.Ray James prison if it were to suffer a fire and lives lost simply because of a glitch in the wiring. If there were such an incident and the GEO Group D.Ray James prison officials were found to be negligent in their maintenance/repairs of the fire alarm system they themselves could be facing jail time in their own prison for negligence causing death.

    Though I do feel that Marc should not be incarcerated for selling cannabis seeds, I do understand and accept that prisons are meant to deprive criminals of the luxuries and rights that law abiding citizens enjoy. However, imprisoned individuals should be afforded a minimum standard of living which includes exercise, communications, nutrition, education, healthcare and rehabilitation. Without these rights and proper treatment, incarceration only serves to harden criminals rather than to reform them.

    To make my point crystalline clear, a nations prison system should be no more privatized than should a nations police force, or defense force, or fire department. If the governments of today wish to privatize public institutions then perhaps they should allow for some branch of their own government to be privatized and placed into the hands of a corporation.

  23. Jodie on

    Mr. Folk is a good guy, really old and friendly, couldn’t stand the prison management. He’s quit, so there’s no problem naming him. He made it clear he was disgusted by GEO Group’s “management” of D. Ray James Correctional… he liked Marc and wished him well.

  24. Jodie on

    Three meals a day – the same cheap, crappy, beans-and-rice food EVERY DAY, endlessly. And bologna with bread on holidays! Why don’t you get yourself into prison and tell everyone how sweet three prison meals a day is? Sounds great, hey?

    Free medical – doesn’t exist!!! Feeling sick? Tough shit. Infection? Sorry, no antibiotics for you. Tooth problems? No dentist here, sucker. THAT’s prison medical. The guy in charge of medical actually wears a tag that reads “hostage negotiator”. There’s your free medical. Sounds awesome, you ought to go get in on that, right?

    Play games all day – yeah, like getting strip searched after visits, and walking in circles outside, with no exercise equipment anywhere. There ARE NO games! What do you think this is, an arcade or something? There are only 2 TVs for 1,000 inmates, and it’s always Spanish TV. Only 20 of 1,000 other inmates speak English. No computers or game systems, contrary to what you seem to think. Golly, what fun times, hey? Better turn yourself in to the cops and get extradited for something because it sure sounds like endless fun and games!

    I can’t believe how ignorant and insensitive you are, “scott”. What are you doing here, tormenting me, a grieving wife with an unjustly imprisoned political activist husband, sent as far as they could possibly send him? What a heartless, cruel, sick person you must be.

  25. David Bourgeois on

    Marc,
    I sent you a letter with some French instruction in it as you had mentioned previously that you were interested in studying French and Spanish.
    Did you get that letter?
    I’m going to send you “A Short History of Ireland” by Martin Wallace.
    It’s only 86 pages long and very informative and interesting.
    If you get it, then you know it’s from your buddy Dave.
    Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you and Jodie.
    Be strong and we all hope you get repatriated soon,
    Dave Bourgeois – former BCMP candidate for White Rock -South Surrey

  26. Daniel Quinn on

    Frankly, I think that Marc’s insistence on speaking his mind and telling the truth to anyone who will hear it is admirable. It will get him in trouble, but no one ever said that living by one’s principles was easy.

    Good luck Marc.

  27. The Geo Group is on Twitter on

    http://twitter.com/#!/suparecruita

    Add @suparcruita to your tweets when sharing this story. If their stock price moves because of this, you can bet that they will fix things.

  28. Anonymous on

    i don’t think the ”american people” chose to support paying for a prisoner such as mark emery….furthermore referring to them as ”seemingly ignorant” probably is of little benefit to the ”locquacious” mr emery nor does it aid his chances of an early release

  29. Anonymous on

    i don’t think mr emery could hold his tongue for a million dollars….he will persist in sharing his thought regardless of the fact it’s likely to result in his hosts deciding to keep him in sunny georgia for 4+ more years…

  30. BallyHoo on

    I don’t think naming the guards and management by name is going to be especially productive for you Marc. I would tread lightly when it comes to publicly naming guards and such. I hope it speeds improvement, but I would be careful. Let’s get you home, then you can speak your mind as to the conditions. Remember where you are!

    Peace and Love

    BallyHoo

  31. Anonymous on

    scott – you fail to see the point… or support the obvious disregard and disrespect for any foreigner to the US…
    Are you saying it’s fair to treat a prisoner differently depending on where he comes from? Shouldn’t the rules apply the same to everyone? Why would American prisoners have more rights than foreign prisoners? And we Canadians also pay for foreign prisoners, just like american taxpayers are paying for Marc… unlike the US though, the rules are the same in a Canadian prison, for a non-resident or a resident…
    And how incredibly ridiculous that the American people have chosen to support paying for a prisoner such as Marc Emery?! That Marc Emery even sits in prison today when in Colorado people are making money selling marijuana LEGALLY (in the State of Colorado), not merely a SEED, but the final output of the plant itself!!! Absolutely ridiculous… the US shows us day in and day out just how little freedom its people really have and how inconsistent its policies are… too bad Americans are seemingly too ignorant to see it! We keep incarcerating people for a plant that could ultimately change the world and the way we do things… for the better (for the environment, the economy and our health system)… but that’s what the US (and other global leaders) wish to avoid… keep the oil companies going (no matter the detrimental environmental impacts), keep the pharmaceutical companies flourishing (no matter the detrimental physical/physiological impacts on humanity), all for tax $$$$’s… too bad they fail to see the tax $$$ potential on the Marijuana industry. Some day I hope, the sooner the better, we’ll all wake up and smell the POT and decide it’s time for CHANGE!!!

  32. scott on

    it seems to me marc that you are confusing privilages for rights. not having enough tv’s and not new enough books are not really something to complain about IMO when you are a burden on the tax payers of the United States. one thing that you should remember is that you are in prison, I know that you do not think your crime quantifys you being there but you are there none the less. you get three meals a day, free medical, a free roof over your head, and get to play games all day all while the tax payer has to foot the bill.

  33. Anonymous on

    an excellent comparison chart for sure…do you think this will speed up your shipment back to canada??????

  34. Anonymous on

    Unfortunately it only makes sense that they don’t want to give you access to information that may help you get out their trying to keep the place full.
    Our governments are dysfunctional on both sides they don’t give a crap about us on the outside of jail why would they care about you on the inside.
    We’re bread to pay taxes and that’s it.
    I hope you get out of there soon Mark,its taken 2 months to get a response from an Email I sent to my MP and that was just an acknowledgment from his assistant that they received the Email.
    Love