March 24, 2024

Events of 1/29/24 to 2/5/24

by John Peana (author's profile)


On 1/29/24 the following happened.
1.) I was put on a separation schedule due to resident "M" who came over here from Bldg. 41 and saying he was scared of me.
So, basically I am being punished for resident "M's" fake fears. We had a issue in 2015 when he broke my nose and I've thought nothing about doing something to him. He is just trying to use me to get back to Bldg. 41.

2.) I received the following replies from Risk Management dated 1/26/24.
a.) "Risk Management has received and reviewed you letters dated January 21, 2024 regarding various concerns, The responses to your concerns are listed below."
- Your treatment team has provided you with feedback on a pathway to Building 41 which includes appropriate participation in programming, improved behavior and no behavior notes. Regarding our concerns with a peer, a Separation was in place while there was active litigation between the two of you. This separation is no longer in place.
- Tablets are not currently approved for use at STARC, but continue to be explored for use in the future.
- Yard time will not be increased. Each unit has the same allotment of hours"
It is pretty odd that the excuse used to be I could not go to Bldg. 41 due to resident "M" being over there as we have a separation but once he's not over there the separation is gone and new excuses are made on why I can't go. Next, how is it that all NYS prisoners have and had Tablets for years but us here as civilians still don't? Lastly, They wonder why so many residents are overweight and anti-social. Could it be that their yard/rec. time is limited?

b.) "The Risk Management Department has received and reviewed your correspondence dated January 15, 2024 regarding concerns with being offered individual therapy. After a discussion with your Treatment Team, they are willing to explore the possibly of adding Individual Therapy to your treatment curriculum. Before that can take place, you are encouraged to continue to engage in your treatment and prioritize your treatment concerns and be able to work through those concerns in a pro social manner."
Now, after 15 years of requesting Individual Therapy the facility is thinking about giving it to me. The only reason why it is now an option is because I wrote it up and stopped programming. The reason I say "thinking" is because of all Risk Management wrote. Just so it is clear, they are basically saying I need to stop writing things up and prioritize my treatment concerns if I want Individual Therapy.

c.) The Risk Management Department has received and reviewed your correspondence dated January 11, 2024 regarding concerns with having numbers added to your personal NCIC list. This Department has been advised that the numbers in question have been approved and added to your personal list on 1/26/2024.

2.) I received a letter dated 1/25/24 from Assembly member Daniel O'Donnell's office in reply to my 11/10/23 letter to him. It said in part;
"Thank you for contacting our office with your concern. As you know, Assembly Member O'Donnell represents District 69 in New York City and serves as the Chair of the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee. It is my understanding that you are currently at a rehabilitation center located in Marcy, New York. As such, I am going to redirect you to the representative for that area.
Assemblywomen Marianne Buttenschon represents District 119 which is the district the rehabilitation center is in. Assemblywomen Buttenschon's district office is located at 207 Genesee St., Rm. 401, utica, NY, 13501 and their phone number is 315-732-1055. Alternatively, they can be reached at
Assembly Member Buttonschon's office would be the most appropriate Contact for your concern. Please don't hesitate to reach out to hem.
Mirian Hernandez"
I am glad that I got a reply but what has me angry is that Assemblymember O'Donnel did not reply personally. I wrote him specifically with my concerns due to him being opposed to Article 10 and I wanted him to see his concerns have come true. Assemblywomen Buttenschon has already proven she does not care about I or other residents have to say. She doesn't even reply to letters.


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