FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
LOG # 213-120732
INMATE NAME: CLARK, RONALD
VIOLATION CODE: 0317
TITLE: POSS/TOBACCO-DEATH ROW
FACILITY CODE: 213
NAME: UNION C.I.
TEAM FINDINGS AND ACTION
DATE: 05/07/12, AT: 7:20
INMATE OFFERED STAFF ASSISTANCE: DECLINED
INMATE PLEA: NO PLEA
INMATE PRESENT: REFUSED TO APPEAR
BASIS FOR DECISION:
SUBJECT WAS FOUND GUILTY OF CHARGE 3-17 BASED UPON THE [Handwritten: "Lying"] EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY OF OFFICER [censored] THAT SUBJECT WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF ROLLED CIGARETTE CONCEALED BEHIND THE LIGHT IN HIS CELL. ALL ATTACHMENTS READ AND CONSIDERED. SUBJECT REFUSED TO BE PRESENT AT THE HEARING AND SIGNED THE DC6-112D. THE CONTRABAND WAS CONFISCATED AND DISPOSED OF BY SECURITY STAFF IN ACCORDANCE WITH DEPARTMENT POLICY.
DISCIPLINARY CONFINEMENT: 30; PROBATION DAYS SET: 0 CONSECUTIVE
RESTITUTION: $.00; INDIV.REVIEW/COUNSEL?: N; CONFISCATE CONTRABAND: N
TEAM CHAIRMAN: JA025 - [censored]
TEAM MEMBERS: MPL03 - [censored]
[Handwritten at bottom of page] Didn't need to attend this redneck kangaroo court to know I'd be found guilty by two rednecks of this corrupt, lowlife, dishonorable, unethical administration. [censored] is a lying do-boy for Lt. [censored]. But hey, it gives me something to write about. And they can't stop me, I won't allow it.
Ronald W. Clark Jr
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[Handwritten at top of page] [Exhibit (A)] I filed this in March 2011 in May 2011 they started retaliating please see their response
TO: MR. EDWIN G. BUSS, SECRETARY OF THE F.D.O.C.
FROM: DEATH ROW.
SUBJECT: DEATH ROW HOUSING AND CONDITIONS.
We wanted to send you a Memorandum addressing several issues that we hope you will take into consideration. The biggest concern right now is the administration here at Union Correctional Institution (U.C.I.) is doing weekly cell moves which is causing tension among death row inmates. This started about nine (9) months ago with the arrival of Lt. [censored]. There's been more fights on the recreation yard in the past nine months than in the history of death row. This administration is intentionally trying to cause friction, we really need your help in stopping this. A lot of us are being moved into cells that contain blood, feces, urine, semen and other bodily fluids that may contain hepatitis C and HIV. We are not given bleach or the proper protective gear, gloves, masks, and eyewear to do biohazardous cleanup.
The other issues are dealing with unnecessary restrictions by this administration. For instance, we are sold little plastic tab, security pens, for a whopping price of 65 cents, while other inmates can purchase a 16 cent bic-pen. We have glass T.V.s, metal lockers, tooth brushes and hobby craft items there's four 8-inch pieces of wood sold in the Scrabble board sets, so it just doesn't make sense, or justify, us being sold 65 cent security pens. It's total nonsense and we are hoping you can sell us the 16 cent bic pens.
Another issue is the chicken. Death row always got chicken on our tray, there has never been an incident with chicken bones, yet this administration took our chicken away because of some violations that occurred in the "looney bin" dorms of U and V buildings.
Warden B.V. Reddish does not like death row inmates; we tried to talk to him about the digital T.V. antennas last year, which we are still having problems with. Warden Reddish stated, "You are lucky you got one channel." And he's taken this position every time we've tried to deal with him. For instance, we had an outside organization/individuals who were willing to donate a new antenna system that would have improved the digital reception, but Warden B.V. Reddish denied this request, and has left us with an inadequate antenna system that constantly has digital break-up every night; some floors are worse than others.
If you look at the incidents on Florida's Death Row and compare it to population you will see we are well-behaved and respectful towards one another, as well as staff. Death Row is like everything else; there's going to be a knucklehead here and there.
Overall Death Row is subdued, but we are in constant lock-down. We just started getting two three-hour yards in November 2010, we are hoping you will change 33-601.830 (7)(i) exercise to read as 33-601.800 (10)(m) exercise, where you see close management gets three (3) two- (2) hour yards a week. That's all we're asking for is more out of cell days. In fact, the main hall in front of the cells where the fourteen (14) cells are located could easily be opened where we could interact with one another and have access to the showers. The officers could still make their 30-minute rounds in a secure area on the cat walks. This would also do away with showers and the need for additional officers to escort us to the showers, being that we could take showers during the day while the doors are open. We heard you did this for Indiana Death Row and we are hoping you will consider implementing that here. We understand that there will be parts that remain locked down.
Phone privileges for death row is a real issue for us. Population and even close management have phone privileges. Now all phone calls are recorded, so they are secure. Other death rows around the country have phone privileges and a lot of us have family and friends who are unable to come and visit due to health, finances, etc. This would allow those of us who don't get visits the opportunity to speak to our loved ones. And the FDOC will profit from this.
Canteen and Keefe corporation is a major issue. They are price gouging and charging way above fair market prices. When Secretary McDonough came in 2006, he made Keefe lower the prices. When Secretary McNeil came in Keefe jacked the prices back up. For instance, Ramen noodle soups sell for 16 cents each on the street. Keefe has jacked the prices up to 49 cents in here - three times the fair market value. The canteen committee is a position that needs to be looked at to be terminated, for they cause more problems with issues and make mountains out of mole hills.
Other prisons around the country have CD and MP3 players. We are still using walkman radios and the reception is extremely poor. If you look into upgrading our music situation we would be grateful. And the FDOC could really profit off the sales of CDs or downloading music onto MP3 players, and the entire inmate population would be grateful if you could improve the quality of headphones sold, or allow us package permits, inmates would be more than willing to pay a 10 or $15 service charge to be able to send out package permits. We know you allowed this in Indiana, and the FDOC could profit from the service charge.
There are other issues, the selling of hotpots to cook with, this would take the sting out of the two meals a day on the weekends, for we would have a hotpot to cook and prepare our own meals. Another great aid to our cause would be typewriters to do one's legal work. Texas and Virginia death row have hotpots and typewriters. Florida is just so far behind on everything and we are hoping that you will help bring the FDOC into the twenty-first century. Alas, adding some of these privileges and conditions will ease the issues surrounding the ban on tobacco products that's to take place in September 2011.
For these privileges will further give inmates the incentive to follow the rules, staying D.R. free.
One other thing we would like you to consider is changing 33-210.101 (9) banning us from placing ads for pen pals. Since we do not get paid, we have to rely upon friends and family for financial support, and some of us don't have family and have lost touch with old friends. We therefore have to rely upon making new friends, which 33-210.101 (9) limits us access to reaching out and making new friends.
We do thank you for your time, concern and help in looking into improving our environment here within the F.D.O.C.
Ronald W. Clark Jr
Florida's Death Row.
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[Handwritten at top of page] [Exhibit (B)] Here is their response and as you can see they provided a copy to this unethical warden and his corrupt admin. who when started retaliating.
Florida Department of Corrections
Governor Rick Scott
Secretary Edwin G. Buss
2601 Blair Stone Road * Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
April 20, 2011
Ronald Clark, DC#812974
Union Correctional Institution
7819 N.W. 228th Street
Raiford, Florida 32026-4000
Re: Letter of Complaint
Your letter of complaint has been received and reviewed.
With regard to your complaint concerning the P Dorm longevity moves, Warden Barry Reddish advises that the decision to conduct these moves was made by the administration in keeping withe Security and Good Daily Order of the institution. Contrary to your statements, we have observed no increase in fights, assaults, or other violent activities as a result of the moves. [Handwritten: "lie there's been numerous fights and Ray Johnston was severely assuled in April [?]"] The administration is not intentionally trying to cause friction as you allege and there have been no documented cases of anyone contacting bio-hazards as a result of the longevity movement.
Security pens are necessary in Death Row as a staff and inmate safety precaution. [Handwritten: "We have glass T.V.s and if you want a shank the metal bed frame is the material to make one out of."] Also, the decision to limit special housing units (including Death Row) to boneless chicken was made by a former administration at the institution and the current administration agrees with the security precaution of restricting potentially dangerous chicken bones from these units.
Warden Reddish advises that there is no merit to your allegation that he does not like death row inmates. He indicates that he spoken to numerous death row inmates about their televisions and reception and that he has personally viewed numerous channels at cell front to ensure that the number of channels being received is a reasonable amount.
Chapter 33-601.830 mandates that death row inmates are to be provided 6 hours of out of cell activities during each week; however, it does not specify how such hours are to be conducted. It has been considered prudent and security wise to give these 6 hours in 2 three-hour increments. This is far better for death row inmates than the 4 hours of minimum exercise that were afforded in years past. With regard to letting inmates out of their cells to roam around in the hallways, this type of activity would be dangerous and a threat to institutional security. Therefore, your request is denied. Death Row inmates receive the use of telephone privileges by request for emergency purposes only; however, legal phone calls are routinely granted and conducted.
The guidelines for Keefe canteen pricing and the operations of the canteen review committee are overseen by Central Office. Death Row inmates are not allowed to possess MP3 Players [Handwritten: "MP3 players are currently being approved."] or CD Disks, nor can they receive such items through a package permit program. There is no current consideration being given toward allowing death row inmates to possess hot pots and typewriters.
In regard to your request to consider changing rules to allow death row inmates to place ads for pen pals, the very reason this is not allowed is precisely because inmates have traditionally used this avenue to solicit funds from citizens. Such solicitation is forbidden and will not be allowed.
I hope this response is informative and that it addresses your concerns sufficiently.
Regional Director of Institutions
Northern Florida Region
Cc: Barry Reddish, Warden
[Handwritten at bottom of page] Mr. [censored] clearly did not look into this. There's been three fights on the yard just this year. And it's because they are moving guys around each other, who can't live around each other. We usually have maybe one fight a year on the yard, which is usually over a basketball game. So 3 fights this year is a lot!
The T.V. antennas are messed up. They go out every night. Personally I don't care, I'm not big on T.V. I included this issue for other guys. But [censored] is a liar and an alleged drunk, so who can believe him?
I'll be writing other essays pointing out issues to show you...the reader the stupidity of this security like phones...not only do they get to make money, but all phone calls are recorded. Yet visitation isn't. So how stupid is that? They can't say security, for the phone is more secure than the visits. Thank you for reading this.
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