Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar
|July 24, 2018 - THE HIGH COSTS OF HIDDEN FEES IN PRISON Inmates Must Pay Exorbitant Fees for Toiletries, Phone Calls, Email and SnacksThe guest for the show was PAUL WRIGHT, FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER, EDITOR OF PRISON LEGAL NEWS. THE SHOW WAS VERY INFORMATIVE, MR. WRIGHT WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND GAVE MANY EXAMPLES OF HOW FAMILIES AND INMATES ARE BEING EXTORTED.
|July 17, 2018 - POLICING AND PUBLIC SAFETY IN WARDS 7 AND 8, WASHINGTON, DCTHE GUESTS FOR THE SHOW WAS MR. ANTHONY LORENZO GREEN, ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSIONER (ANC 7C04) DEANWOOD NORTH EAST WASHINGTON, DC AND MS. SHERICE MUHAMMAD, ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSIONER (ANC 7D06) DEANWOOD NORTH EAST WASHINGTON, DC. THE GUESTS WERE EXCELLENT AND SPOKE ABOUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MAKE THE DC POLICE FORCE BETTER. CROSS ROADS RADIO SHOW
JULY 17, 2018
POLICING AND PUBLIC SAFETY IN WARDS 7 AND 8
Former Trump campaign boss Manafort no longer a “VIP” as he gets new jail and prison jumpsuit
Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort has left the jail where he recently boasted of being treated like a “VIP’, and has landed in a new lockup with a new inmate outfit. At his former jail, he was kept in “a private, self-contained living unit” that is bigger than his fellow inmates’ spaces, had “his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workplace to prepare for trial”, prosecutors said in a court filing. And he was not required to wear a prison uniform in the Warsaw jail, the filing said. Manafort’s relocation came a day after prosecutors on the team of special counsel Robert Mueller detailed the special treatment Manafort had been afforded in the Warsaw jail since his $10m bail was revoked June 15 after claims he tried to tamper with two potential witnesses for his trials.
FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) urges increased use of compassionate release
Compassionate release programs could be a useful and humane means of reducing the prison population if states were to use them more, according to a report by FAMM. “It’s cruel and wasteful to continue to incarcerate people who no longer pose a threat to our society,”, said report author Mary Price, The Crime Report. EXPAND COMPASSIONATE RELEASE LIBERALLY TO RELEASE OLDER AND INFIRMED PRISONERS NOW!
How to reduce the “safety hazards” of plea bargaining
The vast majority of cases in the American criminal justice system are settled through plea deals - 97% of all federal cases and 94% of state ones. In a plea-bargain arrangement, the defendant admits to an offense in exchange for a lighter sentence from the prosecutor that could be expected following a conviction at trial. But for precisely these reasons, the plea-bargain system runs the risk of locking up the innocent.
Rural (In)Justice: The hidden crisis in America’s jails
Judge Leifman said people with mental illness are nine times more likely to be incarcerated than hospitalized, and that at any given time, about 550,000 people with serious mental illnesses are in jails or prisons, and another 900,000 are under correctional supervision.
11m people are placed in jail yearly. Mass incarceration warrants mass release.
Sherice Muhammad – Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC 7D06), Ward 7, Washington, DC
Anthony Lorenzo Green, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC 7C04), Ward 7, Washington, DC
On Thursday, July 12, 2018, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, held a public oversight roundtable to hear from members of the community on policing and public safety concerns specific to Wards 7 and 8. The roundtable was held in two locations to give residents an opportunity to share their views. The morning session included testimony from government witnesses. The evening session focused on hearing from members of the community.
In recent weeks a series of cell phone videos has shown officers harassing citizens for no apparent reason. Why was this hearing necessary at city council chambers and a community panel that evening? The testimony of Police Chief Peter Newsham was disclosed at the morning meeting. He called some of the actions of his officers “disturbing and inappropriate.”
Trust with police is completely broken. Youth are crying out. Why are we so targeted? Young girl Sade Cunningham spoke eloquently through her pain. Self-knowledge and knowing yourself are key to maintaining your self-respect. Contact your ANC. November 6 was a dismal turnout. Residents must turn out and vote! Think of our ancestors! They died and were beaten for this right! This community already has the highest unemployment, deaths, sickness and illiteracy.
To contact your ANC:
Anthony Lorenzo Green
|July 10, 2018 - ELDER'S COUNCIL ASSISTS DYRS (DEPT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES)The radio show for today covered the Elders Council and how they are assisting DYRS. The guests for the show were Tyrone Parker, Executive Director of the Alliance of Concerned Men and member of the Elder's Council and Brenda Jones, also a member of the Elder's Council. Elders Council Assists DYRS
(Dept of Youth & Rehabilitation Services)
July 10, 2018
A major victory for the right to record police
Americans have a constitutional right to film on-duty police officers in public, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Friday.
Black prisoners more likely to be put in solitary, even as overall use declines
The Texas prison system has shifted more than 4,000 inmates out of solitary confinement over the past decade – but those who are still there are increasingly likely to be African American, according to Texas Dept of Criminal Justice date. At the end of the 2008 fiscal year, 17.7 of the prisoners in administrative segregation (code word: racial discrimination because I can) were Black; by the end of the last fiscal year, 24..7 percent were Black.
It has been proven that solitary confinement is cruel and inhumane treatment after only a few days, yet Black men are locked in solitary confinement for months and even years. Few circumstances warrant that kind of treatment. Across this nation, white men are in charge of Black men, and have never even interacted with them, in most instances, before this type of relationship.
Another hurdle for former inmates – their teeth
Poor oral health is a particularly nagging problem for many formerly incarcerated people, especially true for missing front teeth. “It can be very difficult or even embarrassing to try and seek employment or just function in the world,” says Lisa Simon, a fellow at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine who treats inmates at the Nashua Street jail in Boston. While in prison, they have a constitutional right to dental care, but the courts have offered little guidance on the services that institutions must provide.
California correctional officers will get really huge raise. Average base: $76,000
30,000 per person cost to imprison
Tyrone Parker, Alliance of Concerned Men
Brenda Jones, local community activist
Clint Lacy, Director, DYRS
Vision and foresight to develop Elders Council using experience of 10, 15 elders who have been working in the community. Love is the basis of caring for our youth and families. Elephant concept – young bucks were going wild until male elephants were brought in. They straightened them up and get them following orders.
Can no longer have disconnect.
Founded Parkland community center in 1980 and recently retired. Had agreat staff.. and did home visits.
Youth – young old unity through hearing
Evolution of DYRS – must be well staffed and well trained. Represents identity shift.
Extension of Credible Messenger program – emerging model for the nation. And find solutions for family needs. Answer is in the community.
Youth living in community. Getting community support. Tremendous support from Mayor’s office.
Blk youth were locked up for truancy issues which h attached them to the criminal justice system.
This program should be expanded nationally.
Achievement centers – cosmetology
Us atty office, police dept – elder council is vital
Criteria for being Elders Council – countless elders who have given blood sweat and tears, must broaden the table in all aspects of our community, government , and services needed .
Think more broadly how to expand this concept - to be heard and implemented – juvenile courts need elders council.
Child and Family Services need the Elders Council – its critical. Agency that deals with children being abused & neglected.
This nation has addiction to incarceration – disregarding the family who is being impacted – strengthen the village – we know the answer is in the community – continue to grow expand space for community to be heard
YOUTH ARE OUR FUTURE – WE MUST PROTECT THEM
|July 3, 2018 - THE BLACK MADONNAThe title for the show was The Black Madonna: YETTA WALKER GALIBER THE GUESTS FOR THE SHOW WERE EDWARD M GALIBER, SON AND NANCY WARE, COUSIN. COMMENTARY BY MERTINE MOORE BROWN: Cross Roads Radio Show
The Black Madonna – Yetta Walker Galiber
July 3, 2018
Feds ban drones over many prisons, Coast Guard facilities
The Federal Aviation Administration said that drones will be barred from the air up to 400 feet above 30 federal prisons and Coast Guard `facilities. The FAA says it’s responding to requests from the Justice and Homeland Security departments.
The end of American prison visits: jails end face-to-face contact – and families suffer
Jefferson Parish correctional center, New Orleans - It’s been described as “Skype for the jailed” and is being sold as safer and more convenient. But it begs the question: are in-person visits a human right? Under the new system, in-person visits are no longer allowed. Instead, all visits now must be done by video, either from a smartphone, computer, or at an offsite location. Each video visit made from home costs $12.99 for 20 minutes. In-person visits used to be free. This shift also raises a legal question: is in-person visitation an inmate’s legal right? Video technology run by Securus and other companies is now used in hundreds of correctional facilities across the country.
Litigation heats up over extreme temperatures in prisons, jails
Under a 1977 Texas statute, county jails must keep interior temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees. But over 70 percent of Texas’ 141,000 state prisoners are held in facilities that lack air conditioning. Of the state’s 105 prisons, only 30 are fully air-conditioned. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) pointed to a study indicating the cost of retrofitting just
four prisons with AC would run about $350 million – an amount that exceeded the construction costs for four of the states’ 2,500-bed maximum-security facilities. Yet the TDCJ has managed to air condition administrative areas in its older prisons to ensure the comfort of staff members. “Air conditioning is seen as a luxury and prison officials don’t want to be seen as running luxurious prisons”, stated David Fathi, Director of the ALCU’s National Prison Project.
Churches divest from police to protect people of color
First Congregational Church of Oakland, a progressive California church, and dozens of its members have vowed to never call the police again except for a shooting or other life-threatening violence, reports the Los Angeles Times. Black congregant Vanessa Riles asked members, after they posted a Black Lives Matters sign, “How can we say black lives matter, and be a church that calls the police on poor disenfranchised black men?” The church, half of whose congregants are white, recognized that the rare instances in which it called the police were in regard to homeless black men. Rather than relying on police, church leaders secured a
$10,000 grant to train its members and other community groups on de-escalation tactics and self-defense.
Blacks in this country make the lowest earnings but we are charged with paying to keep the rich richer and the poor poorer. Why do we accept this? The Montgomery Bus Boycott began on December 5, 1955 and did not end until the bus company declared bankruptcy on December 20, 1956. With the speed of social media today, it would not take that long for change. POWER CONCEDES NOTHING WITHOUT A DEMAND. IT NEVER DID AND IT NEVER WILL. – Frederick Douglass
Edward Galiber, son
Nancy Ware, cousin
Tito Galiber – nephew - Virgin IsIands native - St Tomas/St Croix
Yetta was a mentor to Nancy. She always defended those who were disenfranchised. Yetta Galiber came into Lorton Reformatory and brought inmates outside the gates to work with her 5 days a week caring for severely disabled people. Yetta was a humanitarian. Prisoners working with the disabled found someone worse off than themselves. Yetta was on the Board of Directors of Rap Inc, a facility for women recovering from addiction. It is called “The Yetta Galiber House.”
Edward says his mother had Displacement Neurosis – you take the negative that happens and replace it with the positive. Yetta was considered the darkie of the family, she was mistreated and tormented. Back in the 60s, her 2 sons could not go to a theater. The next day she went to Junior Village and started combing little girls’ hair. She started the program for juveniles at DC court. Yetta helped pass a Special Education class action lawsuit – Peter Mills vs Board of Education – Marion Barry and members of Congress spent a day in a wheelchair to make them more sensitive.
Edward says one of his Mother’s favorite songs is “FIX YOU”, sung acapella by NATURALLY 7.
|June 26, 2018 - MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR RETURNING CITIZENSTODAY'S SHOW WAS TITLED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS AND THE GUESTS WERE TONY CREWS, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF MBI HEALTH SERVICES, LLC AND AKEA JACKSON, DIRECTOR OF MBI HEALTH SERVICES, LLC During the interview with Roach Brown and the guest, it was established that MBI has complete rap around services for those who are incarcerated and those who are returning to the community. They offer mental health care in every aspect. The many services that are offered at the MBI offices are much needed services that other programs do not offer. The District of Columbia is grateful to have MBI as a special collaborator that we are able to reach out to and get results.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS
June 26, 2018
Illinois Wants to Launch a Huge Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign – In Jails
The voting rights of felons have been top of mind among criminal justice reformers for years. An Illinois bill, which the governor is expected to sign before the August 21 deadline, would require every Illinois jail -including Cook County Jail, the largest in the country-to make in-person or absentee voting available to pretrial detainees. Illinois is one of 15 states that restore felons’ rights to vote after release.
Ex-Felons Voting for the First time Could Shake Virginia Governor’s Race
Virginia is one of four states that permanently disenfranchises people with felonies, even after they’ve served their sentences. Last year Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe shocked conservatives by signing an order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 people who had completed their sentences and parole. More than 168,000 ex-offenders have since had their voting rights returned. About 42,000 of them have registered to vote.
The Disparate Treatment of Black Americans in the Criminal Justice System
Report asserts bias by decision makers throughout the justice process puts Black people at a serious disadvantage. America’s history of racism and oppression continues to manifest in the criminal justice system, and a summary of research demonstrating how the system perpetuates the disparate treatment of Black people. Because of this, Blacks should be immediately released on unjust and unequal racial grounds.
Few Improvements in Area Where Michael Brown was Shot
When Starbucks opened in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2016, politicians celebrated, predicting that the coffee chain would revitalize a city marred by violent protests over Michael Brown’s killing two years earlier. Other corporations made multimillion-dollar commitments to help rebuild the majority Black town that became a global symbol of racial and economic inequity. Four years after the
unrest, nearly all of the new development is concentrated in the more prosperous, whiter parts of town, bypassing the predominantly Black southeast neighborhood where Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, reports the Washington Post. Of the more than $36 million in bricks-and-mortar development that poured into the city after 2014, only $2.4 million – for a job training center – has directly benefitted the isolated pocket where Brown died.
Akea Jackson, Director, Returning Citizens, MBI Health Services, Inc
Tony Crews, Senior Vice President, MBI Health Services, Inc
Prisons are the nation’s defacto mental health providers. In Michigan, for example, nearly half of those in prison have mental health problems. 75% of women prisoners have metal illness.
MBI offers core services under Department of Behavioral Services. Therapists assist with trauma they’ve experienced and discharge planning. There are Post trauma syndrome services for military, now prisoners need those same services. PISS – Post Incarcerated Stress Syndrome – a real disease. MORCA (Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens Affairs) has an MBI staff person on board to make sure returning citizens have necessary support. There is a component at DC Superior Court. After a mental health diagnosis, MBI staff accompanies them to court hearings and advocates on their behalf. The Judge speaks and listens to MBI determinations.
Inside jail there is a great sense of hopelessness. MBI can restore hope. They encourage them and gives them skills to come through a traumatic experience.
90 days prior to release, MBI meets with them at the DC Jail, schedules appointments to reach assessment, housing and other pertinent appointments. John Camya, Founder/Owner MBI, saw the need for services in Wards 7 and 8. Returning citizens didn’t have monies to go to services across the bridge. Akea builds teams to go into jails as Akea and her team are eager and anxious to welcome returning citizens home. Daily MBI assists returning citizens with various
programs. When someone has been arrested MBI can prevent them from going to jail.
MBI offers an Adult Day Care Wellness program that provides a weekly stipend to assist with transportation. The number is 202.388.4300. They’ve partnered with Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church. There are housing support programs that are funded through the Dept of Heath. There are community residential programs. MBI also partners with other services, including vocational services. Returning citizens are placed in competitive employment across the city. MBI assists with securing Medicaid, social security benefits, food stamps, housing applications. Sometimes one can apply for disability benefits.
Akea visited Lorton Reformatory while in her Mother’s womb. A close cousin has been incarcerated. She noticed the impact from incarceration. After release, he hunched over when eating, ate extremely fast. He wore a white shirt and jeans for months, slept with the light on, he needed a humming sound to go to sleep. So Akea has a personal and professional perspective.
Roach and Mertine Brown
|June 19, 2018 - SENTENCING REFORM AND CORRECTIONS ACTTHE GUESTS FOR THE SHOW WAS MARC MAUER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SENTENCING PROJECT. The radio show was informative and Marc made some very valid points regarding sentencing reform and talked about ways that the government are recording inmates telephone calls and turning them over to Prosecutors.
Commentary by Mertine Moore Brown
A Private Prison Company Gave 1,300 Recordings of Confidential Inmate Phone Calls to Prosecutors
Kansas’ US Attorney’s Office has admitted listening to opposing lawyers’ conversations. There is a new lawsuit against CoreCivic, the private company running the facility, and its technology provider Securus Technologies.
The Silencing of Prison Legal News
Last month, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Alabama, Georgia and Florida, upheld the state’s decision to ban Prison Legal News (PLN), on the grounds that it carries ads for services that are prohibited in Florida correctional facilities. Those services include 3-way calling, pen pal services, and selling postage stamps for cash. Prefacing his 48-page opinion by invoking the 19th century writer Oscar Wilde, Judge Ed Carnes speculated that the ads may provide “temptation” for inmates to commit fraud and other criminal acts.
US Immigration Officials Can Now Deport Hosts of Migrant Children
A new federal policy will allow federal agents to investigate, and possibly arrest and deport, families who step up to host children found at the border. It’s the latest in a series of enforcement actions by the Trump administration intended to discourage a new surge in unauthorized immigrants.
Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
The War on Drugs, we all know now, was War on the Black Men. In 2010, Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act; 100- 1 disparity crack versus cocaine which obviously discriminated against Black men and women. Now the disparity is 18-1. Better but still not fair. There are about 3,000 still in prison after all these years.
Thousands are serving mandatory sentences. Many can be supervised in the community. Today life without parole means death. There is legislature in the
Senate Judicial Committee. Release hundreds, if not thousands, from prison now! Stop the Jugie Boogie!
Jeff Sessions, US Attorney General, started overturning Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch’s policies as soon as he got in office. The private prison companies’ stock has skyrocketed because of Trump administration policies.
To learn more, and to find out ways you can help curb this injustice, visit The Sentencing Project at www.sentencingproject.org.
|June 12, 2018 - REGISTERING DC INMATES AND RETURNING CITIZENS TO VOTEThe topic for the show was Registering DC Inmates and Returning Citizens to Vote. The guest were Charles Thornton, Chairman of the Board of the Corrections Information Council (CIC) and Debra Rowe, Executive Director of Returning Citizens United. The show was informative and both guest were fired up as it relates to getting our people to vote. CROSS ROADS COMMENTARY
REGISTERING INMATES AND RETURNING CITIZENS TO VOTE
JUNE 12, 2018
Transgender inmates in Connecticut will soon become the first in the nation to have a legal right to be housed in a prison that matches the gender with which they identify, a law being lauded by civil rights advocates as groundbreaking. It also gives inmates the right to be searched by a corrections officer who matches their self-identified gender, to be addressed in a manner consistent with their gender identity and have access to commissary items, such as clothing, that matches their gender identity.
Education Behind Bars: How Education is Failing Incarcerated Youth
Only 13 states provide the same educational services for incarcerated youth in juvenile detention centers as they do outside of them. In one striking example from Los Angeles County, a student was found to have graduated with a high school diploma from the Challenger Memorial Youth Center without ever being taught to read.
Florida’s Ban On Ex-Felons Voting is Unconstitutional and Biased
In a blistering decision that could affect the 2018 midterm elections, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that Florida’s system for barring former felons from voting is unconstitutional and potentially tainted by racial, political or religious bias.
Charles Thornton – Chairman of the Board, Corrections Information Council (CIC); Office of Human Rights and former Director of DC’s MORCA (Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens Affairs)
Debra Rowe – Returning Citizens United
Alice Miller – Director, DC Board of Elections – call-in
A coalition is going into jails to register inmates. An advocacy campaign has been going on for some time now. Currently Maine, Vermont and DC inmates can vote while in jail.
Recently homeless men and men from Salvation Army got registered. They are now working as campaign workers. CSOSA females on parole and women on St Elizabeth grounds also were registered. Their names are added to a database and Debra has been able to assist returning citizens with temporary jobs. These persons are processed back into society and are poll workers.
Alice Johnson’s sentence was commuted. There are thousands who still need to be released who are still in jail after serving 10, 20, 30, 40, even 50 years for non violent drug offenses. Alice Johnson’s daughter has been a guest on Cross Roads and we have been advocating for her as well as for Michelle West, William Smallwood and others who should be immediately released!
The Mayor of DC needs the power to grant commutations to release our people now! Please register to vote to change these laws. There are less than 5,000 DC prisoners in the federal system. There needs to be legislation to allow felons to cast their ballots as well.
The Board of Elections has been working with DC Jail since 2004. There is a strong history of working with local facilities. The District model shows how this works. The Board of Elections, Department of Corrections and the advocacy community make it work.
Voter education is in institutions, Cumberland and Rivers, North Carolina prisons, helping inmates understand their rights. Do not take voting for granted. Every election is important. We must continue to fight for the right of everyone to vote. Video visiting, telephones – these are high costs to inmates’ families. Taxation without representation – wrong, wrong, wrong.
Voter registration is also a form of ID.
6m people cannot vote due to state laws. Kentucky, Florida and Iowa have the strictest regulations on individuals. 15m nationally have criminal records. Prince Georges County Reentry Task Force is working with the Board of Elections and is certified to do voter registration. The biggest curve is that folks don’t understand they can vote.
Mayor Marion Barry signed the legislation into law that gave DC returning citizens the right to vote, and that is exactly what got him back in office in 1994. They were being real persistent, taking it to the next level. Then DC Councilmember Arrington Dixon, in 1979, presented the legislation.
Gerrymanding is when the Census Bureau counts inmates by cell versus their home residence. Prisons around the country employ this technique.
Compassionate release can be a blanket order to release DC Code prisoners. For more information, you may reach Charles Thornton on his cellular, 202.246.3823.
We learn from the children who are the upcoming voter block. DYRS (Dept of Youth Rehabilitation Services) is doing innovative work to keep our youth out of the prison pipeline.
|June 5, 2018 - FIRST HOUR: ISSUES AFFECTING DC PRISONERS IN FEDERAL CUSTODY GUEST: CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTONThe Radio show today featured in the first hour, Eleanor Holmes-Norton and the second hour's topic was: ARE BLACK COPS REMAINING SILENT WHILE WHITE POLICE OFFICERS KILL BLACKS? THE GUESTS WERE: RON HAMPTON; RETIRED DC POLICE OFFICER WITH BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND KEVIN COPELAND; RETIRED DC POLICE OFFICER AND ATTY JOHNNIE BARNES; FORMER DIRECTOR OF ACLU, DC CHAPTER (AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION)CROSS ROADS RADIO SHOW
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES
June 5, 2013
LIVE FROM BEN’S CHILI BOWL, 1213 U STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC
GRAPEVINE: Prison Co-Pay
In prison, seeing a doctor costs up to a month’s salary. 42 states and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) charge co-pays. Illinois voted to stop the co-pay. US prisons spend about $10,000 yearly per prisoner on medical costs.
Rikers Island does not put juveniles in solitary anymore, but other facilities do. Kalief Browder spent more than 2 years in solitary confinement, after having been in jail for stealing a back pack. See the horrifying story on NetFlix, produced by Jay-Z. Kalief committed suicide 2 years after being released.
Criminal Justice Issues
Guest First Hour:
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Our DC prisoners should not be governed by Federal codes. Inmates have to pay 25% of their pay to the halfway house, after having spent years in prison. Subsistence fee, its called. The Halfway House is still a prison. Paying 25% is a deterrent to employment. This is a nationwide policy.
Prisoners have to pay for email. Only prisoners pay, which is ludicrous while receiving slave labor wages. Emails are free for everyone but prisoners.
Returning citizens should come to Small Business Fair for DC residents at Washington Convention Center, Thursday, June 7, 10:00am. Small Business of the Year winner last year was an ex-offender who started his own HVAC business.
Senatorial Courtesy is extended to Congressional members to recommend names for all federal vacancies. Trump has not consulted the Congresswoman for any position, including US District Attorney who has jurisdiction over local crime. Trump has appointed Federal Judges, but has never consulted the Congresswoman.
Congresswoman Norton wanted to know what Jugie Boogie means. Roach says it all the time. Its bullcrap, jive, lies………
We need elements of statehood. A Bill is pending to give the Mayor of DC clemency authority. Former Mayor Barry and the DC City Council made the decision that the federal government take over local costs, which included Bureau Of Prison issues, the so-called Revitalization Act. How do we get back local control? Inmates must be within 500 miles from home – that’s still too far. The Congresswoman had an agreement with the BOP to convert a prison close to DC for DC prisoners. Being estranged from family, not having been able to spend time with them throughout the years, DC prisoners are the only state prisoners in the federal prison system.
There are military facilities right here. Why is that not an option? The Congresswoman will explore the idea of putting prisons on available military bases. Ft Dix is in New Jersey, less than 150 miles from DC. Virginia has closed many prisons close to DC. Use them. Fewer and fewer people are in prisons so bring them closer to home; that should be able to happen. Crime is down. Recidivism is down. Why is change not happening?
The Trump administration is separating families, snatching children from their parents with his immigration law. When visiting your loved one inside a prison, you can only have 2 hugs, at the beginning of the visit and when leaving. That’s meanness. Too many single women are in prison. During slavery women were separated from their children. This is the same concept in prisons, unfortunately. 200-300 DC prisoners have been in prison over 25 years, too much time for the crime. Men and women are dying inside. We need compassionate release now.
Who should have clemency? Submit those names.
A Prison Reform Bill has just passed Congress – our prison system is way too harsh, disproportionately applied on Black people. There is a rising sense that something is wrong with the US Parole Commission. The criminal justice function has been transferred to the federal system. The President could appoint to the Parole Board. Obama made huge changes. There is a step back process versus total incarceration for minor parole violations, such as dirty urine or not having a job.
Computer training should be available to inmates, especially those coming home within 12 months. The BOP has a state of the art drug program. Petersburg is less than 100 miles away. If for no other reason than to be sure DC prisoners return to DC, vote for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton again!!!
Are Black Cops Remaining Silent While White Police Officers Kill Blacks?
Guests 2nd Hour:
Kevin Copeland – retired Metropolitan Police Department
Stanley Mitchell - did 38 years, received $18 on release
Atty Johnnie Barnes – former Director, DC Chapter, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
The cop killings are a disgrace to police departments across the nation. During Copeland’s 1988-2016 tenure, he would talk with other officers. A lot of officers are fearful of Blacks. They used Mace, slapjacks, other options, but now pulling out a weapon is the first step.
Black Judges become different once they don those black robes.
Fear can be remedied. During the hiring process, it should be mandatory that a police officer spend time in the community he is going to police. Mentoring is a step further. He must understand our culture. White cops only know what they see on TV, which is grossly unfair. Most white cops have never gone to school with Black people or grown up with us in anyway.
Fear factor is one aspect. Officers are protected by the department and the courts. 9 times out of 10, they are protected. A young man was listening to his Walkman, a straight A student. An officer shot the young man. The police officer feared for his safety and his life. They know they are protected by this unjust system. They don’t deserve that protection. Rookies would be reprimanded.
Probable cause is the color of our skin. The law protects some citizens – Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin and the law protected him.
Elect those who can change theses horrible laws.
Change is what you do, not what you say.
An African American Giant was lost in May. Attorney Dovie Roundtree. Trailblazer Black woman. Lived to be 104. She worked with Mary McCloud Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Atty Johnnie Barnes says he knows four things we should adhere to: Live Learn Love Leave a Legacy
Copeland challenges officers to protect and serve.
|May 29, 2018 - Credible Messenger ProgramThe show for today is the Credible Messenger Program with Paul Weinstock, returning citizen and Evangelist Kevin Copeland, a Retired Police Officer. Kevin is the father of 7 children and still finds time to reach out and help other children and Mr. Weinstock opened a program called Fun It Up.
Credible Messenger Program
May 29, 2018
Every prison has a commissary where inmates can purchase various sundry items. On average, inmates spend over $900.00 a year at prison commissaries for food, over counter drugs, hygiene products. These are items inmates should not have to pay for, and more times than not, families who cannot afford to, are paying those charges. Nickeling & diming inmates by forcing them to pay for necessities. This is well beyond the $300 yearly salary most inmates earn, if they have a job, in this slave labor prison industry. Jugie Boogie! Prison is slavery with every intention. It must stop now! Email and music streaming charges are totally unfair and far higher than those outside of prison. $1.6B from prison stores!! Why is some of this money not going to the inmates upon release?
They shared drugs and died. Should you go to jail because your partner OD ? These deaths are being treated as homicides from involuntary manslaughter to murder.
New York Police Department Officers can lie and brutally beat people – and still keep their jobs. Hundreds of officers who committed the most serious offenses – from lying to grand juries to physically attacking innocent people – get to keep their jobs, their pensions and their tremendous power over New Yorkers’ lives. In every instance, the police commissioner, who has final authority in disciplinary decisions, assigned these officers to “dismissal probation” – a penalty with few practical consequences. The officer continues to do their job at their usual salary. They may get less overtime and won’t be promoted during that period, which usually lasts a year. When the year is over, so is the probation.
Philadelphia closes 13 schools in the Black community, but builds $400 million, 3,830-bed complex. Also programs that have been beneficial to inmates, will not be continued. Jugie Boogie!
Guests – Credible Messengers
Paul Weinstock was sentenced to double life for a first time drug offense.
Evangelist Kevin Copeland is a retired Metropolitan Police Officer.
Neighborhood leaders with relevant life experiences help youth change their attitudes. There is a quiet evolution going on. The biggest challenge is meeting youth where they are. Lack of love in the house is a major hurdle. Paul was fortunate in that his 3-year- old son had a great Mom who supported him, his son visited him on a regular basis.
Evangelist Copeland has an advantage. He grew up in the neighborhood that he supports today, attended the schools. What does love look like? Help Mom get in school, get training. Meet with young folks. Be the Father figure. This President needs to visit prisons to understand this unnatural culture this nation has created. A first time offender sentenced to 2 life sentences? The horribly unjust War on Drugs which really was/is War on the Black Man. Copeland children are involved in mentoring and ministry. Brothers and Sisters Outreach is a family business. Weinstock’s non-profit is Saving Our Next Generation (SONG). His goal is to provide entrepreneur opportunities. Bringing us together is the key, as a community.
202.705.0024 – Paul Weinstock
Saving Our Next Generation (SONG)
This Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10:00 am, come to the Community Forum, “BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMMUNITY”. Kramer Middle School, 1700 Q St SE, WDC. For more information and to reach Evangelist Copeland: 202.528.2668
|May 22, 2018 - "THE FIRST STEP ACT"The guest for the show today was Jesselyn McCurdy, Executive Director of the ACLU and Sakira Cook, Senior Counsel of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. These ladies were powerful and gave us information as to the First Step Act and how we need to write against this bill, because it will not be beneficial to the prisoners.
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Washington Post Article: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
The Washington Post
March 18, 2016
Memorial service to be held for celebrated, controversial Frances Cress Welsing.
Psychiatrist and author Frances Cress Welsing was known for her controversial views on race. (Elvert Barnes/elvertbarnes.com)
By Hamil R. Harris
March 17 at 10:32 PM
When family members, friends, and colleagues of Frances Cress Welsing began planning a memorial service for the psychiatrist and author who devoted her life to studying racism and its root causes, they knew they would have a tall order trying to capture her impact.
She was both celebrated and controversial, but never wavering in her belief that the persistent struggles of people of color were the results of the racism they had endured. Welsing died Jan. 2, a few hours after suffering a stroke. She was 80.
Welsing provided psychiatric services to D.C. government agencies and institutions for 27 years. She also maintained a private practice in the District beginning in 1967, counseling patients until days before her death.
Several of those she helped, such as motivational speaker and radio host Roach Brown, say they owe her their lives.
In 1965, Brown was a 21-year-old inmate at the D.C. Department of Correction’s prison in Lorton, Va. A year earlier, he and two other men had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a “local fence in a dispute over the price of hot jewelry,” Brown said.
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No weapon was ever recovered, and Brown, now 72, has always maintained that he was not the triggerman.
Welsing testified during his trial that his actions were consistent with someone whose environment had led to mental-health problems.
“They ended up giving me life in prison because Dr. Welsing spoke up on my behalf,” said Brown, who went on to start the prison theatrical group Inner Voices. “She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”
Brown, who had his sentenced commuted in 1975, will be among those in attendance at the memorial service for Welsing on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Metropolitan AME Church in the District. “Dr. Welsing turned me and other guys around,” Brown said. “She was our Harriet Tubman to get out of mental slavery.”
Welsing first gained notoriety in 1969 after she wrote an essay, “The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy).” In it she theorized that racism was rooted in the varying degrees of melanin and the “color inferiority” of white people. She argued that the lack of melanin led white people to develop “hostility and aggression” toward people darker than themselves.
“She had a theory about race and why white people do what they do and I dealt with the what,” said Neely Fuller, author of “The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept: a textbook/workbook for thought speech and/or action for victims of racism (white supremacy).”
In her 1991 book, “The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors,” Welsing again looked at the origins of white supremacy and its impact. She wrote that “black males must help one another to understand that they are being led by the dynamic of white supremacy to inflict extreme damage upon themselves and each other.”
[Welsing’s work provokes different reactions]
“Dr. Welsing’s major contribution as it relates to black mental health was that she had the capacity to challenge the dominant prevailing thought of our society and she gave it the name global white supremacy,” said Kevin Washington, president of the Association of Black Psychologists.
Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and former director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, said Welsing drew heavy criticism for her views, which she expected. She frequently engaged her detractors.
In 1974, she and Stanford University physicist William Shockley, who had argued that blacks were genetically inferior to whites, engaged in debate on the syndicated television show “Tony Brown’s Journal.”
Welsing was born in Chicago in 1935.Her father, Henry N. Cress was a physician, and her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a school teacher, and there were high expectations.
“We were taught that we were special,” said Welsing’s older sister, Lorne Cress-Love. “We were encouraged to read and discuss all types of issues.”
Cress-Love said their father and their grandfather, who also was a physician, were passionate about fighting for equality. “My father told us that our grandfather spent more time fighting for the race than practicing medicine.”
In 1957, Welsing earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and in 1962 she earned a medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. After graduation, Welsing completed a residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. From 1968 to 1975, she taught in the pediatric department of Howard University’s Medical School.
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