OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR CHARLIE D. BAKER
GREETINGS - 2017 - 2018
Luis D. Perez, W33937
500 Colony Rd., P.O. Box 466
Gardner, Massachusetts 01440-0466
Honorable Charles D. Baker
Office of the Governor\
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State House, Boston, Mass. 02133
Dear Governor Baker:
I am a prisoner at NCCI-GARDNER and I am anticipating that my personal mail may not be reaching your office, but in a good spirit I am writing this letter because it is important that you review the enclosed documents. I've included the report from the state of Louisiana, who has one of the toughest prison system in the country, where the new prison reforms are allowing lifers without the possibility of parole to be released after 30 or 40 years of incarceration.
One of the most important issue for consideration is the power of the Judicial Branch of government which for years has overpowered the other two branches of the government, and I believe that it is time that, after the next election, the voters will help you to reverse the process of how the Governors
Appoint judges for the duration of their careers and how DISTRICT ATTORNEYS are being elected. If the process is reversed, you will restore the balance of power between the branches of government in Massachusetts.
There is no question that the United States has the best administration of justice in the world, but we have a serious problem of corruption which is undermining that system of justice, because the constitution is not being applied equally to everyone. I am not making a racial approach to the subject, but rather money is determining the amount of constitutional guarantees afforded to the accused.
Your Excellency, the prison system in Massachusetts has become a business industry the secures jobs for law enforcement officers. Let me start by saying that you have people in prison who should be in a nursing home. I have been collecting accurate information for the past 40 years, from the time of Bulger and Flemmi, when the other Bulger brother was the Senate President, until, most recently, the cases of the resignations of State Police Superintendent Colonel Richard McKeon and Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes and the most recent events involving Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and former Senator Brian Joyce.
Since the Willie Horton political fiasco, the tough-on-crime approach has been used to block prison reforms, and in some past elections, the media has magnified and sensationalize crime; in particular case of murder, rape and the shooting and murder of a police officer. The politicians pass new laws on top of the already established laws. Any plans for prison reforms are being abandoned.
It is important that you be aware that there are multiple reasons for further review and consideration:
1) Unsolved murder cases that took place at MCI-WALPOLE (Cedar Junction), where the Norfolk County District Attorney maintained bags of evidence. Years later, when the same district attorney became a U.S. Representative, he allocated five million dollars to deal with cold cases in the United States, but refused to look into the unsolved murders at the prison, where DNA evidence would identify the perpetrators of those crimes;
2) Law enforcement officials, both federal and state, played a role in allowing inmates to get furloughs to the FBI and the State Police would be able to film an induction ceremony of the Cosa Nostra Organization;
3) Another interesting issue is with the State Police and Whitey Bulger, who was escorted from an airplane directly to his care so that he would not be detected by other Law Enforcement officials;
4) The powerful law enforcement union looks after the interest of its members in a business-like approach instead of looking at the over-all picture of crime that has increased because of drugs, drug-related murders, and gangs involved in violent activities across the Commonwealth.
Your Excellency, if you recall when you were the Finance Officer for Governor Weld, you tried to privatize the Department of Correction (DOC), but there was strong opposition from the Judicial branch and the Guards Union. Please note that I am not in any agreement with privatization, because I know such a good job as a Correction Officer is helping many good citizens in the Commonwealth and also is helping veterans coming back out of war zones. But what I really want is for an honourable review, for you to look into the balancing of the economic justice and review new approaches to the Department of Correction.
While on the other hand, it is equally important that you be aware that the budget for the fiscal year for the DOC has increased while the prison population has decreased from last year.
In conclusion, I sincerely hope that after you review the enclosed material, you will be able to keep in mind that you can bring the necessary changes in the name of justice - the prison subculture changes every 9 to 10 years, and by studying the prison system you can address the problems that the government has with crime in America, which is being treated as a form of business industry.
Luis D. Perez [signature]
Luis D. Perez, W33937
Enc: Louisiana Prison Report
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