Open Letter To The Leaders of Santa Clara County, CA

I read this morning on The Intercept about a recently filed class action lawsuit against the Santa Clara Sheriff Department by the Berkeley-based Prison Law Office.

I decided to write to the council and mayor, Jamie L Mathews, of the city of Santa Clara, deploring the actions of the correctional officers of the Santa Clara County prison system. (they responded and told me to contact the sheriff department. Well, at least now they are aware of the situation, and if they don’t do anything they may be blamed for what the sheriff dept is doing.)

Here is my open letter:

My name is Brian Carrillo and I am a resident of Southern California.

I have recently read about a class action lawsuit involving the Santa Clara Sheriff Department and inmates of California jails who are forced into solitary confinement cells.

These inmates often get less than 3 hours outside of these cells A WEEK. I highly deplore these actions taken by Santa Clara’s Sheriff and I ask that Mayor Jamie L Mathews of the City of Santa Clara address this problem by condemning the use of solitary confinement when it is not absolutely necessary.

This should not be happening anywhere in the world, let alone a place like California and Santa Clara County.

These men who are put into solitary confinement do not pose any serious threat to jail staff and the psychological damage this is inflicting upon them is inhumane. These conditions are similar to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, where prisoners are forced to coexist with vermin, sleep in the feces of other inmates, and have little to no communication with loved ones.

I hope you seriously consider what I have written to you today and I look forward to seeing the progress made by the leaders of Santa Clara County in the near future in regard to how nonviolent criminals are treated in our correctional facilities here in California.

Sincerely,

Brian Carrillo

 

I suggest readers take a look at the articles written by The Intercept regarding this case and the conditions of inmates of California jails who are forced into solitary confinement.

This Week- Monday Dec 6th

Southern California– Today in the news; more on the two killers in San Bernardino.

They are both Muslims. This is HUGE. do you have any idea of what kind of impact this is going to have on public perceptions of Islam in the US?

How long has it been, really, since we have associated terrorism with Islam, since 9/11?

Well, since then, Americans have increasingly begun to place all Muslim’s into one category; capable of causing great harm and destruction.

Why? because an extremely small portion of the over 1 billion Muslims on this planet have claimed that their acts of terrorism are religiously motivated.

Which, for those who cannot disseminate between radicalized, violent individuals and followers of one of the five major world religions, equals:

all Muslims are somehow connected to terrorism, are extremists and are more likely than any other ethic group or religious group of committing acts of terror.

And you see, the events in San Bernardino, “only confirm this.” it reinforces this stupid yet wide-held belief.

It is my opinion that this is all a ploy.

whose ploy, you ask.

Well, the ploy of those who can gain from this division and isolation of Muslims. Maybe, perhaps, those with an interest to interject themselves into the middle east, home and heart of “the Muslim people.”

Perhaps a minority group being labeled terrorists allows said group to be targeted as the root of our suffering, and their extermination the path to our peace.

More on this later.