March 31, 2013
From Paul Behind the Wall by Paul J. Martinez (author's profile)



Hi all you Paul Behind The Wall! fans. Sorry I have been out of touch for a while. I've just been waiting to hear from some of you and it's been so long that I thought it best to let you know I'm still around and moving forward. I have a new address as I've been transferred to a lower security prison. I'm still anxious to talk, write and share my experiences with all of you if you care to listen or read. :) I'll be blogging soon... don't be a stranger...


P.S. Mail is slow on my side to reach my hands, I will answer all.


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Latsac2013 Posted 10 years, 6 months ago. ✓ Mailed 10 years, 6 months ago   Favorite
Well now...I have read your posts with great interest. It gave me a progress report of your development. First, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is rehabilative in name only. Too many of the skills shops are empty and gathering dust. Out of 1200 inmates in yard four at avenal state prison, there are no rehab programs for the greater majority. The Paisas are used to work in jobs that have no work numbers, therefore, no pay. The most mis-used words are "But they have to.." Or "They can't do that to us...," or, "My house my rules..." Of coure ownership of the "house" and the "rules" change with every shift.
As for the fix-all AB109, it had an important sentence in the copy: "This bill will not be implemented if the money isn't there." Oh well, the counties can attest to that line being ignored.
Guess what, just last week condums were made available to inmates.
There was afellow who was constantly busted smoking in the bathrooms they asked in why he did it...he told them he would stop when custody staff stopped bring in the tabacco.
As for the Governor bragging about improved mental health services...there was a fellow who spent his time talking to an imaginary friend. He would actually argue with him, and they would walk around the yard, and skip. Another fellow is called "Orbit" because he spends the whole day inside walking in an orit-like circle a round four or five tables. There are so much psychotropic drugs handed out during pill call, that you didn't stand in front of the door or be stampeded. The most narcotic of the pills were sold bt inmates to other inmates.Its the culture.
Well, a better stop here...but there is much more to say.

God Bless, Pablo...or are you not called Spanky, any :) By the way, freedom outside isn't all it's cracked up to's better!!!!

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