Convicts – Corrections Officers – Understanding?

Several weeks ago I had a brief but genuine and eye-opening conversation with an employee here who approached me after observing a minor dispute between me and a corrections officer whom I felt was intentionally creating drama in the unit. My initial response was to express my objection in a somewhat rude manner. But, I…

Adventures in food, filth, molesting doctors and heat, at High Desert State Prison

You asked me to tell you what it´s like here. Nothing has changed from the last time I was here, except to get worse. Food There is no such thing as a hot meal here. None of the established laws or rules governing the preparation, etc. are observed, leaving much of the food inedible, unless…

How can I watch while they strip us of our humanity and not rebel?

Published in SF Bay View, March 1st, 2009 Open letter to the people Editor’s note: An abbreviated version of this open letter was published in the March print edition of the Bay View. This is the full text. Prison authorities would not allow Marritte to mail this letter directly to the Bay View, so it…