Sunday, 23 June 2013
Paul's Testimony for the Legislative Hearing on Solitary Confinement, California Feb. 2013
February 8, 2013
To: Assembly Member Tom Ammiano
Legislative Hearing February 25, 2013
From: Prisoner Paul Redd B-72683
PBSP – SHU
Thank you for this brief opportunity to speak via Letter. I understand we only have a couple of minutes in having our letters read which is impossible on PBSP SHU Inhumane Torture Conditions. So I’ll just go to the Main Issues.
1. My name is Paul Redd, I am a New Afrikan Prisoner serving a Seven years to Life Sentence W. Possibility of Parole on a 1976 Senseless Murder Conviction of a Drug Local Dealer.
2. I’ve been held here at PBSP – SHU since September 5 1990 To Present except for a brief 60 Days period when I won my SHU Release on December 29, 2000. Only to be Fraudulently placed back into a SHU on March 12, 2001 without Due Process.
3. I have been held in California Prisons for the last 36 Years. I have spent 33 of those years in a SHU.
4. Again, it’s impossible for me to give a Brief Description of what my Experiences of Solitary Confinement have been like here in Two Minutes.
Escalating Health Problems such as:
Taking Several Pills to Treat High Blood Pressure,
Enlarged Thyroid Gland and Partial Removal of the Right Thyroid Gland.
Two (2) Right Knee Surgery.
Short Term Memory Loss more frequently.
Lack of Sleep Due to the Loud Noises of Cell Doors /Pod Doors Opening / Closing.
Loud Noise From Toilet Flushing.
Bad Vision, Double Right Eye Vision.
Last Year I was Diagnosed with Right Eye Double Vision and Given Special Lenses called Prism, which I blame these perforated Cell Doors (small holes) For Messing Up Our Visions.
This STG / SDP should be rejected and not funded. The SDP is not voluntary. But – to be forced on us Prisoners.
WHY? Because CDCR Officials / IGI / OSC know:
NO PRISONERS WOULD VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATE IN THIS SDP.
Hear live Testimony from both Prisoners and CDR Prison Officials, Captains, LT’s, Sgt’s and IGI Staff Behind these already existing Programs causing years of long-term Solitary Confinement.
They also fail to Tell the Media and Legislatures that the Prison’s own investigations into certain incidents has cleared our names of any involvement. So, instead of releasing us from the SHU, they use group punishment with validation membership to warehouse you for decades in the SHU.
Thank You For Your Time.
Paul Redd Jr B – 72683
PBSP – SHU