May 4, 2021

Prison Pandemic Project Response

by William Goehler (author's profile)

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Hello William,

I hope this message finds you in good health! We all come across difficult times in our lives and we all have different ways of dealing with them. I just wanted to tell you, I know this won't be easy, but I also know you've got what it takes to get through it. I may not know you personally, but I would like you to know people are thinking about you and hoping you and everyone else get through this challenge.

I am part of a team at UCI collecting stories about what has been happening inside facilities during the COVUD-19 pandemic. We would love to hear directly from you about your experiences. No story is too small. Somethings you could share are: What has it been like to be inside during the time?, How do you feel about your safety inside?, What has it been like to have reduced visitation from family and loved ones? And how have you been coping with this crisis?

We are collecting these stories to preserve them in an archive for historical purposes with the goal they could help lead to positive reforms.

We have two ways you and others can get in touch with us. Call our hotline at 949-824-6600, which is running Monday to Friday from 5pm to 9pm. Or mail us your letters, artwork, to other contributions to: Prison Pandemic. PO Box 4430, Sunland, CA 91041. We will post these stories, anonymously, on our website: Prison Pandemic.

If you don't have a story yourself to share, maybe you know someone who would be interested.

Sending you good thoughts-- and hoping you believe in yourself just as much as I believe in you.

Best wishes,

Jo

Some additional information

I found your name from a public lost on CDCR's website, but I'm not associated with CDCR.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer legal aid.
One of our professors is Kristin Turney, who is on the return address.

William Goehler K77832
Mule Creek State Prison
PO BOX 409040 B9/244
Jone, California 95640P

Prison Pandemic Project, 23 Apr. 21

After 6 1/2 years struggling to establish a Scientology Prison Outreach study group of a maximum security facility (circa 2014-2020), the COVID panic out a full stop to all rehabilitation activities in early March 2020. Hardly anyone believed COVID warranted any alarm and consequently all of us (custody staff and prisoners alike) carried on as usual sans social distancing. Of course, the Education Dept. was closed, as were all the vocational training shops. The Religious Dept. activities were suspended indefinitely, despite 1st Amendment Protection. Enhanced Outpatient (EOP) mental health groups were canceled from March to October 2020, causing a significant increase in Mental health crisis (i.e.. suicide attempts, staff assaults, etc.) All other rehabilitative groups promoting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) were canceled as well, and all the while the Medical Dept. accepted self-admitted opiate addition claims for a newly introduced Suboxone Treatment Program.

That was what alarmed me most of all at the beginning of 2020 before the COVID panic closed the visiting room-drug route. Vide; under the guize of rehabilitation, the Medical Dept. made Suboxone available to nearly anyone claiming on opiate addiction and wanted "treatment" without understanding the life-long registration requirement for document drug addicts after patrolling from prison. I remember making a joke about the next thing the Medical Dept. will promote will be a needle exchange program. By the summer of 2020, there were so many Suboxone patients lining up for their free high, that the regular yard schedule would be delayed every morning, noon and night until the medication line was done.

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misotope Posted 2┬ádays, 10┬áhours ago.   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post. It was interesting that UCI students were researching this since I also attend UCI. Thank you for sharing you story, and I am glad I could transcribe it.

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