Prison Blog #33 (Newsletter #9)

Marc at D Ray James, March 2011Marc at D Ray James, March 2011March 9-15: This past Wednesday was extremely odd because I didn’t get a single ordinary sized letter. Odder yet when I didn’t get any letters on Thursday. Or Friday. Normally I get 8 to 10 letters a day. So today, Monday, March 7, I discovered that SIS (Security), led by Mr. Lindsay, is taking my mail from the mailroom after it has all been inspected and cleared of contraband, and then taking my letters to their office and reading each one.

I wouldn’t mind that so much but they are holding letters up to 5 days so they can read them, then I finally get them. None of my incoming letters are a security risk, threat or concern, so it can only be for titillation purposes, although I have never, alas, received a single letter I would consider licentious.

So letters I would have received last Wednesday, I’m receiving 5 days later. My outgoing mail, which in a low security facility is sealed by the inmate and is generally not opened by the facility, is taking a longer time to reach their destinations, so I can only assume security is going the same with my outgoing mail and reading it also, and delaying its posting. I find it remarkable that GEO Group never has enough money to provide fresh vegetables or fruit in our diet, or extra soccer or volleyballs or guitars, but can pay the security men here to read hours of my mail, and to no particular end that I can determine other than to upset me.

I was put on the CIM list two weeks ago, Controlled Inmate Monitoring. I did not realize that meant all my mail was now going to be detained, delayed and read. Since I have posed no threat to this facility, and in all valid assessments am a model prisoner, I find this ‘special’ treatment aggravating. I was able to pose this situation to the Acting Warden Mr. Zenk today. While he casually acknowledged I’m on CIM and my mail is being monitored, he said he would talk to security and see if the turnaround time could be lessened. I will be asking Security what they expect to find in my incoming or outgoing mail that justifies their time, effort and blatant interference in my correspondence.

Newsletter #7 was discussed with me line by line by Security when I issued it 10 days ago, which I did not mind. I was happy to have their input. I gave #8 to Security as soon as the final version was off the photocopier. I have obviously nothing to hide and consider my newsletter a window on the world of DRJ from the perspective of an inmate. In many ways, I do this facility a favor, at no cost to them, of telegraphing the problems of inmates before the problems become critical mass/crises. Many of the staff, families of inmates, and certainly SIS read this newsletter. The B.O.P. liaisons here read it. They have used my comments in their interactions with the GEO Group/D. Ray James staff.

Marc at D Ray James, March 2011Marc at D Ray James, March 2011Reading my mail and holding it up several days I regard as a betrayal of trust. I’m living up to my obligations to report fairly, truthfully and behave in a polite manner. What happens to me, matters to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people to in North America and the world. I don’t exploit that in any way. I don’t tell people to bombard DRJ or GEO Group in protest at the inadequacies here I have regarded of egregious. But there is a quid pro quo at work whether DRJ acknowledges it or not. If I am going to be targeted for harassment, which is what I consider this mail screening and delay to be, then I am being disrespected. Mail in the United States takes only 2 or 3 days at most to get here normally, so when I see letters today that are postmarked Feb. 28th and March 1st, I know my mail is being detained unreasonably for no purpose related to the security of this facility.

Along with DRJ’s perfidious blockade of my incoming mail and the snooping of my outbound mail for obscure purposes, I have discovered a systemic error in the Keefe Commissary computer that is ripping me off as well as every inmate here. As an inmate, I have a limit on spending on commissary of $320 a month. I buy a lot of my food I eat from commissary as the food served by DRJ is monotonous, lacking in Vitamin A, B, C, calcium, potassium, essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6, and is really just a regurgitation of carbs, fats, sugars and protein day after boring, tasteless day. I spend my limit usually the third week of the month, so for the last 7 to 10 days I have next to no food items to eat. I couldn’t figure out why this was so. Postage stamps and health items are supposed to be exempt from the $320 monthly limit. But I’ve checked my commissary records and that of numerous other inmates and found that I and all other inmates are having stamps deducted from our $320 monthly limit!

For me this has been devastating, as I buy $21 to $26 in stamps each week (the weekly limit is $26.20). The net result of this admitted error is that I am cheated out of being able to buy $100 worth of food a month, because my postage stamps are being subtracted from the $320 spending limit. This is cruel punishment that is inexcusable. In the DRJ Inmate Handbook it clearly states that the $100+ limit on postage stamps is above the $320 monthly limit. So over 4 months I’ve been cheated of $400 on my spending limits. This has affected hundreds and hundreds of inmates as running shoes were also erroneously debited from the $320 spending limit, messing with inmate spending budgets, along with postage stamps. This is unforgivable but I have the statements from Keefe to show they are deducting expenditures on postage stamps from the $320 monthly limit, so we shall see how long it takes this crooked outfit to rectify their previous errors (if they ever will) and stop ripping us off week after week.

Marc and Peter at D Ray James, March 2011Marc and Peter at D Ray James, March 2011So much mail sent to me here has never gotten to me, and numerous letters sent by me here are interfered with and do not arrive. Along with hijacking photographs and letters I send out, they cheat me of photographs that are taken that they don’t give me. My hand is on my wife’s buttock, so they say in denying me the last photo; before that it was a similar complaint. But they don’t show you the photo nor do they refund your $1, so you have to believe their warped interpretation of things, which, considering my experience here, they are completely unbelievable. Hopefully one day you will be able to see my photographs I’ve paid for and had taken of me at DRJ but I have my doubts. [Note from Jodie: The only photographs that had failed to arrive in the mail from Marc when he wrote this finally showed up in my mail on April 1. The photos were taken February 12 and 13.]

I’ve taken to listening in on Randy and Jon’s guitar sessions. Randy is from New Westminster, BC, vocalist of the Mojo Stars, and Jon is from South Africa. I sit in on their 90 minute sessions where they play about 20 songs, from Eagle’s Hotel California to Helplessly Hoping by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Helpless by Neil Young, Under the Boardwalk (Drifters), Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison), House of the Rising Sun, the parody of life here ‘Folkston Prison Blues’ (the Johnny Cash song Folson Prison Blues reworked) and a few beautifully done original tunes as well. I’ve taken to sitting in and throwing requests at them, and filling in a few blanks in their recollection of lyrics. I did a rock and roll trivia board game in 1987 with 6,000 questions and answers, and from 1989 to 1991 had a Billboard Top 40 retrospective show on radio playing songs from 1955 to 1973 with history of the artists and the song.

While there are now up to 6 guitars for inmates to play available there is no sheet music, songbook or access to lyrics. So I asked Jodie to send me some songbooks I could lend the musicians, and she obliged by sending me sheet music of The Eagles, Sting, Tom Petty, and Neil Young. I mailed her a letter asking her to look up the lyrics of about 30 songs, including American Pie and Vincent by Don MacLean, The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot – as ubiquitous a Canadian song as you’ll ever hear, though it is about an American freighter ship plying Lake Superior (“the big lake they call Gitchee Gumee”), numerous Dylan songs, Joni Mitchell, and Cat Stevens.

Marc and Jodie, March 12, 2011Marc and Jodie, March 12, 2011If any one of my readers has any extra guitar songbooks lying about their homes or studios that you could part with, it would be greatly appreciated here. [Note from Jodie: mail cannot be sent to D. Ray James from this point on, as Marc is being transferred.] There are some songbooks that have an assortment of classic songs in them, with titles like 200 Classic Songs of the 60’s and 70’s, and that sort of thing, that would be of tremendous use here. Beatles, Bob Dylan, Talking Heads, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young (Harvest, After the Gold Rush, etc.), Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams, Sr., Merle Haggard, any blues, western, pop and rock classics in guitar playing notation and lyrics (songbooks) would be appreciated.

Adam at the BCMP Vapour Lounge will be recording ‘Folkston Prison Blues’ next week, live, before an audience, and then it will be put on YouTube shortly afterward and linked to these newsletters. [Note from Jodie: The video and lyrics can be seen in Marc’s blog #8, posted here.] Our next parody song, “It’s D. Ray James As We Know It (and we’re doing time)” – REM song ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It’ being the source song, is being worked on now for Adam to record after we perform it here. I’ll be part of the vocal chorus in our performance of ‘It’s D. Ray James As We Know It.’

I was pleased to hear that Tommy Chong was in Vancouver at the Rio Theatre doing a fundraiser for my best friend Dana Larsen who is seeking the leadership of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia, the party currently the opposition to the governing Liberal Party. The fundraiser was Monday, March 7, and the next night Tommy jammed with the house band at the BC Marijuana Party Vapour Lounge, helping raise another $1,500 toward Dana’s leadership race. The entry fee to run for the leadership was $15,000 into the party coffers, and Dana was accredited as a bona fide contender. The voting for NDP members to choose the leader of the BC provincial party is April 17. Follow Dana’s leadership campaign at www.VoteDana.ca. Naturally, repealing the prohibition of cannabis is central to Dana’s platform.

Thursday, March 10:

Marc and Jodie, March 12, 2011Marc and Jodie, March 12, 2011The D. Ray James business office spoke to me today to acknowledge that they have been improperly including postage stamps and health products in the $320 inmate monthly spending limit. The result of this for me is that I order $90-$100 in postage stamps monthly, these are supposed to be exempt from the $320 monthly spending limit; that has, in fact, been debited from my spending limit each month so far. So I’ve only been able to order $220 worth of food, which only lasts me 20 days of each month. I should be able to order $320 worth of food AND $100 in health care (ibuprofen, antibiotic ointment, etc.) and postage stamps per month. So for four months I’ve been cheated out of my full spending limit.

From the point of view of Keefe Commissary, they too have ripped themselves off of tens of thousands of dollars because inmates have been unable to spend their full limits. With 2,000 inmates, it could be hundreds of thousands of dollars of purchasing power negated all due to a computer inputting error! You’d think one of the Keefe or D. Ray James paid staff would have caught on before I had to alert them into making the correction. There will be no credit or compensation for our/my lost purchasing power, but at least I can take credit for correcting an egregious flaw here. The Business Office assures me that this has now been rectified for all future inmate purchases.

My spider bite on my left buttock is still getting a daily medical department look, and both I and they are pleased it is healing rapidly now, the draining having stopped three days ago after about ten days of blood and pus weeping out of the wound.

Monday, March 14 marks 365 days – one year – in prison so far on my sentence, including all of the time that I spent in North Fraser Pretrial Centre up in Canada before being extradited. My treaty transfer application has been in DC for two months, the decision is due to be made in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Peter Maverick has appointed himself as a one-man books-for-prisoners resource. Peter has sent over 50 books in Spanish including a 25-volume history of each state in Mexico. I have discovered that my Mexican colleagues relate to the state they are from in a strong way, so these books about each state are read voraciously. The books are ordered through Amazon, and Peter has spent well over $750 on these books and postage to send them to me over the last 3 weeks, over 125 books. My personal collection of books, including my law & prison books, number less than 20; the vast bulk of books I have received are loaned to other inmates, and are read studiously and passed on when they are done reading it.

I just finished Michael Pollan’s beautifully written book ‘The Botany of Desire’ and I endorse this 250 page book to anyone who wants to be enthralled by every page while learning so many marvelous details and history about the apple, the tulip, the potato, and marijuana, and the co-evolution of these plants with humankind. Simply terrific book. I understand he has a contemporary bestseller on the NY Times Lists. I’d love that book.

Marc and Jodie, March 13, 2011Marc and Jodie, March 13, 2011In a triumph of anti-intellectualism here at D. Ray James Correctional Institution, I am on the bring-5-books, receive-5-books regime with the mail room here once again. Thus I must advise anyone sending me books to now only send books I have specifically requested. Recently, I have received perhaps 150 books in the last month which I have by and large lent out to other inmates, which they are devouring in a satisfying manner, satisfying to anyone interested in knowledge, literacy and disseminating knowledge. That, alas, excludes the decision makers here at D. Ray James. This decision would have come from Warden Zenk himself, with input from Security. I am reminded of that Who song ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.

Books sent to me for the benefit of the Spanish-Language inmates have been extremely useful and well-received but will now have to stop. If I can’t store them and send them out once every two weeks, I’ll have to have the 5 I return destroyed each time because I can’t buy enough postage stamps to ship the 5-returnees to my friend Catharine Leach, or my supplier-in-chief Peter Maverick. But I’ll try to return to Peter the books I’m going to inevitably receive that I can no longer take possession of.

Sigh. Mail room nonsense has returned once more. Of course, in any sane place, I could donate them directly to the inmate library, where virtually no relevant books have been purchased and added to the reading library in 5 months since this concentration camp for foreigners opened – 5 months ago! That is why the books I’ve lent around are so welcome: the library is deliberately kept as useless as possible by management here.

I got my pay for February. I’m here every morning, afternoon, and evening shift, 7 hours a day. I missed a day and a half for lockdown, and a few hours in medical getting my infection dealt with, and I don’t get ‘paid’ for Presidents’ Day (February 21). Total pay for the month: $5.10. Yes, you read correctly, five dollars and ten cents. That was 12 cents an hour, and my official reinstatement wasn’t until February 10, but I’ve been here three shifts a day, every day, since December. My pay grade has been raised to 29 cents an hour. Ah, there’s no labor like slave labor. The GEO Group Inc. motto is “GEO Group: World-class employee, performance, behavior.”



IMPORTANT NOTE: On Friday, April 1st, Marc was informed that he will be shipped out to a new prison on Monday, April 4th. Federal inmates can be shipped anywhere in the USA, and are never told where they are going.

Marc will not be able to write newsletters while being transferred, or until he is settled into his new prison and able to get commissary funds for buying stamps to send out mail. There is still a Newsletter #10 to be posted, and two more significant articles by Marc.

Please stay tuned to his progress here and at www.Facebook.com/PrinceOfPot and www.Facebook.com/JodieEmery where updates are posted right away.


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.

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  2. dbcooper on

    I believe it is times like this when we should all do our best to get along.
    Whats happening to Marc makes it hard on those of us who care about Marc, and care about the truth.
    If we must disagree, let us disagree with candor and respect. Lets not treat one another like a prison guard treats an inmate.
    Let show this room some love for Jodie as well. Lets make this a place she can come after reading a letter from Marc, or feeling sad without him being home, and feel happy and proud of what her and Marc have accomplished by making this site available to us.
    We don’t have to agree with one another all the time. I dont expect anyone would. But we can pave a path of understanding when we dont agree.
    I’ll be happy when Jodie has her husband home where he belongs.

  3. Anonymous on

    ………..BRAVO ASHTAROTH…YOU HAVE SUMMED UP A LOT OF PEOPLES FEELINGS ON THIS SITE…HOW MANY INMATES HAVE DIED IN THIS HELL HOLE OF A PRISON??….ALSO IS ANY LEGAL ACTION BEING TAKEN AGAINST THE AUTHORITYS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INHUMAN CONDITIONS??…LONG LIVE EMERY…LONG LIVE THE POT MOVEMENT

  4. Ashtaroth on

    I agree totally with your comments, and feel this is a continuation of the Amerikan practise of rendition. Put people in limbo hell-holes, subject them to de-personalisation, cruel and degrading treatment, and then smile and say it’s all in the cause of freedom.
    Yowieee!
    Am I the only one who sees the Lewis Carroll , Alice-like qualities in this craziness?
    Answers on a postcard please, to your nearest congressman.
    Make a noise!
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    Lee Frank
    When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.*’ Edmund Burke

  5. Ashtaroth on

    This man’s jailing in the United States, makes the world laugh at the yanks. It is sad that he has to be in jail for us to find out the craziness of allowing private, for -profit companies to run prisons.
    This is madness!
    It’s the slave trade all over again. Remember the Amistad.
    How can this happen.
    Freedom dies.
    Corporate profits will prevail.
    And the worst, the vilest of humanity, those who would profit from other’s misfortunes, those with sadistic tendencies, who enjoy the miseries of their fellow humans, will always be attracted to this profession.
    Or those who cannot find a job anywhere else.
    Says something. That was the excuse of many SS prison guards.
    Remember the Holocaust.
    This is how it happens.
    Free Marc !
    This is an American illness.
    And the Canadians caught it, too, by kowtowing to their southern bullies.
    Shame. Shame on the Canadian government for allowing this, and shame on the millions of American citizens who have allowed this, and many other abuses of human rights within their control, to continue.
    Shame . Shame. Shame. Hang your heads, those who love freedom. This is a dark day.

  6. Dave on

    Jodie all my instincts tell me he’s going to a bona fide, better run, minimum security facility located closer to you. You know we are quick to criticize the Yanks but we know, once the dust settles, they are pretty good folks. They probably realize they got offended by Marc’s politics and went a little too far punishing a good man!

    To raise money why not have a pool. Like a football pool; put all the possible destinations on a board and sell squares. He can benefit from being transfered.

    Movement is good; it helps break the monotony!

  7. s schofield on

    Smoked my first doobie to after the gold rush back in 1979, all you hippie yanks and Canadians back in the late 70’s are remembered with affection here on this side of the pond.
    I remember travelling around the united states in the early 80’s and met a chap who had fought in the pacific in WW2 , i expected him to be a mean ass redneck, far from it he fought and probably killed for liberty and he loved limey punk rockers, hippies , grungies and the like and his statement was “they have a damm sight more about them than the fat slobs i see round here today.”
    Get yourself a course in karate if your threatned or get a minder, its your duty to look after yourself in prison, i did and English prisons are grotesque with their Victorian architecture, the topping shed (execution chamber in your language) and grim grey skies, everyone would cheer in the summer when it started raining, get a useable marketable skill , it makes you
    useful and yes remember people like Silkwood , she paid with her life.

  8. Anonymous on

    Let’s just hope Marc gets settled soon in a new, decent facility, and doesn’t have to stay in ”transport limbo” for too long. I’m all for standing up for justice in the prisons.etc. My only worry is that these people are extremely vindictive and low. This was the point I was trying to make initially.

    I am certainly all for trying to right injustices, but one must choose their battles wisely,that’s all.

    Peace.

  9. Anonymous on

    gee jodie…why is it that a guy who has never made any enemies in prison and has”numerous” fans is suddenly being shipped out…you would think the powers that be would want to hang on to a resource like marc…

  10. Samson or SAINT RICO on

    You said it Alonzo.

  11. Jodie on

    You clearly haven’t been reading the blogs, or you would know that Marc never makes enemies in prison, has never been threatened, has always helped others, and even has numerous fans inside the prisons he’s been to – both inmates and staff. So your fear-mongering sick comments are ignorant and unwelcome here.

  12. David Alonzo on

    It is true that Marc is a political prisoner. He is functioning in a unique role as a journalist and justice advocate exposing the Amerikan fascist police state from inside the evil empire. He is risking harm to himself. He could choose to be silent, and silence is complicity. So he continues to be the guy who shines a light on corruption and abuse, as he has always done in his fight against the drug war and the police state/war-loving mentality that backs all wars.
    Marc and Jodie, along with their legal team and organizations like the ACLU, Amnesty International, and other justice organizations can bust the US prison system in an official way. The problems Marc has reported on include violations of laws and regulations. Whether through a lawsuit or media exposure, Marc can beat these people.
    What Marc is faced with is the same thing that MLK, Karen Silkwood, Julian Assange and other truth-tellers face. No doubt the evil forces inside the USA seek to silence anyone who tells the truth about the war and viciousness that characterizes the United States. If Marc chose to go silent to save his own life, nobody would hold it against him.
    But when anonymous losers slag the guy for telling the truth, it is a sad indication of how lacking in ethics and courage this world has become.
    Jodie and Marc- sue the US government, the prison system and anyone else who abuses Marc. Lodge a diplomatic complaint. Take it to the World Court. And stay strong!

  13. Anonymous on

    I have warned you this would happen, yeah preaching about injustice is fine if you have nothing to loose.

    I am telling you, if mark doesnt shut the hell up here’s what I predict:

    1. He will have the hell beat outta him by an inmate that will receive favoratism for this act.
    2. He may even be killed.

    Dont you realize that he is freaking locked up in America!!!! Look at Guantuanomo, look at Abu Gareb, You really think the goddamn US gives freaking shit about how prisoners are treated??? WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! There was NO OUTRAGE BY AMERICANS AT THESE THINGS!!!!

    I had a masters socialogy course in college where a student proposed that all prisoners be exucuted because it is believed that violent/anti social behavior is genetically passed on.

    yeah, great, Mark is a crusader, well if he is willing to get his teeth knocked out, have his ass reamed by a 300 pound pervert, have his arm or leg broken or worse, then by all means carry on.

    A wise man one said, “there is a time and place to fight, and a time to retreat”

    He is outnumbered, defenseless, and if you think his sounding off makes ONE FREAKIN BIT OF DIFFERENCE TO ANY OF THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT bought his seeds, you folks need to put the bong aside for awhile, clear your head and rethink it.

    Goddamn people…..America is the freakin Big Bad Ass Bully and they have him INSIDE.

    I speak like this because I do not want to see mark harmed, IT IS NOT WORTH IT.

  14. thoreau on

    hi jodie and marc, i have benefitted greatly from your hard work with mj , i am very sick with ms and really appreciate your sacrifices . when i was little my father was put in prison and remember my mom taking me every sunday to see him ,we would go to church at the prison so wee could spend more time together ,there is nothing harder than leaving your love one in prion , and all of these negative comments are coming from peoplw who have not had this experience and i hope they never do .i hope marcs transfer goes smoothly.this is a tactic used by the machine to grind you down…be strong and brave you have all come such a long way , i will try to write a letter to marc when we have his new adress .
    please take care
    ken

  15. Anonymous on

    So, you are saying that now, you see I’m right about calling you an asshole. Good. Just because I’m fond of Marc Emery does not mean I must compliment him in everything I write. Man, you are a sad dude! I have made many comments with ”words of encouragement”, as you so put it.

    Why not concentrate on your OWN precious comments, instead of worrying about mine?

    Peace.

    P.S. The reason I swore in my post, was because you decided to read into it, something that was not there. Perhaps, YOU
    are the one who needs to grow up.

  16. Samson on

    My name sure ain’t anonymous, I’ll tell ya that much. And, NO you do not have high regard for Marc. If you did, you would be able to fill your comments with compliments/words of encouragement that were not always back-handed. BUT, thanks for the bigger picture—up until now I always thought calling some one an @sshole right before saying “peace” was part of a sadder, smaller, hypocritical picture?

    Saint Rico

    P.S. how’s that for a fake name??

  17. Anonymous on

    I can see that aside from not swearing, you also don’t spell very well, Dave.

  18. Anonymous on

    Is your life so pathetic, that you must respond to every post you find goes against your own opinion? The whole reason for having a forum and a REPLY section is for people to post their opinions regarding the article, idiot. As for my language? That’s my business, and if you are going to criticize my posts, and stick up for Marc Emery , as if he is some sort of God, then FUCK YOU, DAVE! As I said before, I’m very fond & proud of Marc Emery. What I’m not so fond of, are you sniveling syncophants, who worship his every-fucking-word. I was saying that he might want to be careful what he says in an American prison. It is obvious to me, that you, Dave have never been in jail or had any ”adult” issues to deal with in your pathetic little life.

    Peace

  19. Anonymous on

    Jason may be your real name, but you post as Samson. So who’s the anonymous one? the way I choose to sign my comments is MY business, not YOURS. If you continue to be a dick, then I will continue to swear in my replys. Do you think you are ”special”? Your not. Next time, read my comments through before you utter your nonsense @ me.

    OK?

    OK.

  20. Jason on

    Why the foul language? When I was 12 or 13 years old it was cool to swaer a lot, so I do understand a bit, but when you grow up you realise that you get your point across so much better without the obscenities. Just a bit of advise, weather you want it or not.

    And yes my real name is Jason, and security? Seriously, there are like millions of Jasons on this planet, good luck finding this needle in a hay stack.

    Roger that? Out!

  21. HPPdude on

    yeah, it sure seems like he is being punished by being sent away…I guess we’ll see where Marc ends up…as he pointed out, not being in a regular US prison ment not having the gangs or hardened prisoners…

    he was shining the light of truth on the prison-industrial complex, and showing the abuse that a private corporation can take advantage of people who have no voice. I hope the changes Marc help put in place will remain to benefit all the others

  22. Dave on

    Aw, so you are the same person! Why don’t you be nice and show us why some people like you!

  23. Dave on

    I’m not much of a prison Guru especially not US private for profit prisons but…

    It sounds like they are transferring him to a public prison before he manages to have this corporation’s shares drop down to nothing. Pretty sure they looked through his mail with a fine combs to make sure they were not going to be financially liable for this guy after his transfer.

    Another positive would be to transfer him close to home so he can be with his family.

    So Jodie that’s the bright side. Even if I’m wrong at least he’ll be out of that place. And we thought civilized 1rst world people didn’t put their fellow beings in places like that anymore!

  24. Anonymous on

    WOW DAVE ….WHATEVER YOU SAY

  25. Dave on

    Hey Anonymous, “for your safety” and “their coming to get you”? WOW, I think you should layoff those pills!

  26. Anonymous on

    why not ask the us authoritys to ”COME AND GET ME”

  27. Anonymous on

    The reason I use anonymous is for my own security, asshole. If you read my comment you will see I said ”Nice work on the library”….etc.. I was simply stating why I believe he is being moved. Period. Stop being such an idiot. I’m sure ”Samson” is not your name. Is it, dick? My comments were in regards to Marc’s welfare and chances of return, you fucking fool. Shut the fuck up…I have a high regard for Marc Emery, that being said, I also believe he is his own worst enemy @ times, as we all tend to be. Get the bigger picture, asshole.

    Peace.

  28. Patrick of Westmorland on

    Many people look at a situation and ask “why?”
    Mark is one of those rare men who ask “why not?”

    Why not fight for the rights of the common person?
    Why not change an unjust law?
    Why not overgrow the government?
    Why not transform an inept prison system?

    May he rise on our shoulders, forging forward
    Toward the day when the herb returned to it’s
    Botanical throne with the Prince of Pot triumphant
    At it’s side.

    Godspeed Mark Godspeed.

  29. JR on

    If Marc’s being transferred punitively, it’s the height of irony when you consider that he just improved the commissary’s revenue dramatically – by as much as 45.5%! As a publicly traded company, you’d think there’s a lot of shareholders thanking Marc for making the right kind of differences from the client-side of their operation. Are there identical software problems at each GEO facility which could mean lost revenues for every GEO commissary?

    Jodie & Marc – all the best with the coming transfer. Here’s hoping that the next facility will be as safe as this one. This is just another step toward bringing you together at home.

  30. Wayne on

    HANG IN THERE JODIE!!! YER DOIN GREAT!

  31. Anonymous on

    I WOULD IMAGINE MR EMERY HAS TALKED HIMSELF INTO A TRANSFER TO A NEW { READ DIFFERENT} FACILITY THAT HE WILL LIKELY END UP ENJOYING LESS THAN THE ONE HE WAS JUST IN… WILL HE LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE EXPERIENCE….I DOUBT IT…I DO ENJOYING READING HIS COMICAL PROSE HOWEVER,,,4 MORE YEARS OF THEM TO LOOK FORWARD TO….KEEP EM COMIN’ MARC

  32. Samson on

    you are still too afraid to use your own name. “should tone it down a notch?”–so what you are saying is that justice and accountability in regards to treating prisoners fairly…should be silenced.? WoW!! It’s no wonder you always submit under Anonymous. Justice and fairness should NEVER be hushed. And, when justice is geared to favor one side vs. the other–what you have is no longer Justice……….

  33. Anonymous on

    Jodie, if you are going to allow comments, why delete them? The one that was just deleted, was not nice, but @ the same time was not overly nasty. It was another opinion. If you are going to ”Allow” comments on certain posts, then I would suggest you allow them. Just my two cents. Have a great day!

    Peace.

  34. Anonymous on

    Marc is being transferred because of his constant revealing exploitation of this prison via his prison blogs.. The only reason I can think of, is that they are getting rid of him, sending him off to a prison where his complaints will be silenced. Hopefully this is not the case, but after all this dirt-slinging by Marc, I would not be surprised. It doesn’t make sense that they would move him for any other reason. They don’t want him there. Maybe @ the next jail, he should tone it down a notch? Or not. Amazing work, getting the library running. Hopefully, the next place will be run properly, and Marc can stop trying to change the American prison system, and concentrate on doing his time.

    Peace.