January 18, 2009
On 01-15-09, the ADOC hit another new level of low in abiding by their own policies/procedures, as well as state & federal law as well as human decency. As you read the following, keep in mind that similar tactics/procedures were used and disapproved of world-wide on TERROR SUSPECTS in Gitmo, AbuGraib, etc.!
At around 6:30PM, approximately 20 prisoners on Manzanita unit were told to report to the courtyard by the administration building for U.A.'s.
These orangemen were made to strip completely naked. Their clothing and bodies were thoroughly searched by a guard for contraband, none being found.
Without a stitch of clothing permitted, the guard then made the orangemen walk down a long hall, in full view of other guards (Male & female), to another room, where they had to was their hands thoroughly, dry them and then urinate in a U.A. specimen cup. All the while completely exposed and being stared at.
Then they were again walked down the hall completely naked, where their clothing was returned to them.
When asked why U.A.'s were being done this way, orangemen were told that this is the procedure here at Manzanita unit.
Not only is this NOT proper procedure here, much less anywhere else, it serves NO penalogical purpose and is completely humiliating.
U.A.'s are necessary and part of prison life. Nobody can dispute this fact. Prisons are full of drugs. Including this unit. However, this is no excuse to treat these human beings as they were treated. These guards and their supervisors must be severely punished. Yet, nothing will be done. Orangemens' complaints and grievances tend to fall on deaf ears. We do not matter. Until you see us on the news running amok.
4 days ago