Latest Court Action

I have finally got my case into court. We have moved past the Merit Hearing. Southern Illinois District Judge Michael J. Reagan issued his Memorandum and Order on the Harris-vs-Director Baldwin, et al., 18-cv-0711-MJ-RJD on December 19, 2018. He then handed the case down to Magistrate Judge Reona J. Daly. Latest Court Action.

So I immediately filed a Motion to Serve Defendants at Government Expense…

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The Law Does Not Apply to Prison Staff

People are sent to prison for breaking the law. But prisons have laws also, and the prison staff is obligated to follow those laws. For example, the law has clearly established that prisoners are to get a minimum of five hours of out-of-cell exercise per week, in order to keep their bodies healthy. Exercise is one of the rights given under the Eighth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. This is to prevent cruel and unusual punishment where the conditions of confinement cause the body to deteriorate. Continue reading “The Law Does Not Apply to Prison Staff”

The High Cost of the Soy Diet

In my last blog, I described the change in diet at the Illinois prisons, from mostly meat to mostly soy. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC):

  1. There is no proof that soy diet makes men sick.
  2. I am a “Chronic Complainer” and have no real case against the diet.

Let me set the record straight on both of these assertions. Continue reading “The High Cost of the Soy Diet”

The Change in Diet

In a maximum security prison, you are a caged man. You spend most days in your cell on “lockdown status.” This happens when someone causes an incident that challenges the security of the prison. Or so the staff will say.

Then all you get is “three hots and a cot.” You get a ten-minute shower once a week. Your meals are brought to you in a cell. No other movement is allowed. My only reprieve from this boredom was to read the law. Jimmy Soto’s words were always there: Continue reading “The Change in Diet”