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Retaliation by CYA Staff at N.A. Chaderjain Youth Correctional Facility

They are putting the children in solitary confinement, retaliating against the parents who stand up and speak out in defense of the youth locked up. As I'm sure you all know, solitary confinement is difficult enough for an adult to deal with, too many adults suffer mental illness for the rest of their lives as a result of solitary confinement in the prisons. The system in on the attack against the people. Those of us who can, we need to oppose this torture, we need to defend our youth who cannot defend themselves, especially when they are locked up.
Since, on or about, Tuesday, July 5, 2005, all of the youth housed at the CHAD facility in Stockton have been on continued lock down. The youth have been denied telephone contact with their families, visits from their families, showers, court mandated programing, schooling, and their constitutional right to file grievances regarding these abuses.

Staff has informed the youth that they can treat them like this because they are now under CDC jurisdiction. Staff also informed the youth that this information comes directly from the top correctional officials in Sacramento, and not from the Superintendent, Eric Umada.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Division of Juvenile Justice (formerly the California Youth Authority), and staff working at the N.A. Chaderjain Youth Correctional Facility are in violation of California Code of Regulation Title 15, Division 4, Chapter 3, section, which states the following:

§ 4696. Visiting Program.
The superintendent of each institution or camp shall maintain a visiting program which enables wards to visit with their parents and others. The visiting program shall conform to the following guidelines

(a) Visiting shall not be restricted as a disciplinary measure. (The alleged incident occurred on Paharo and not on any other living unit. Since each living unit is self contained there is absolutely no reason for everyone to be put on lock-down)
(b) Visiting may be disallowed or limited when
(1) The ward or others may be exposed to danger.
(2) The ward may be able to escape.
(c) Under unusual circumstances visiting may be limited because of inclement weather, restricted visiting facilities, or similar conditions.
(d) The visiting period shall be at least once each week.
(e) Information regarding visiting, such as time, place, transportation, and rules of visiting, shall be provided to wards, their families, and other appropriate persons.
(f) A visit may be terminated at any time it becomes dangerous to the security of the institution or welfare of the ward.
(g) Visiting during nonscheduled hours may be permitted on an individual basis when it will not interfere with regular institutional operations.
(h) The superintendent shall provide three levels of supervision for ward visiting
(1) Privileged Visiting. Privileged visiting and communication between a ward and his attorney of record are confidential and shall not be sound monitored.
(2) General Visiting. General visiting shall be conducted under room or area supervision (usually sight supervision) but not close sound monitoring. Family members and other persons, as determined by the superintendent, may visit under general visiting. The superintendent may restrict visiting in individual cases if such visiting may pose a threat to institution security, or of physical injury to a person.

NOTE Authority cited Section 1712 [Deering's], Welfare and Institutions Code. Reference Sections1001 [Deering's], 1002 [Deering's], 1004 [Deering's] and 1752 [Deering's], Welfare and Institutions Code.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Division of Juvenile Justice (formerly the California Youth Authority), and staff working at the N.A. Chaderjain Youth Correctional Facility are also violating the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (“CRIPA?) 42 U.S.C. § 1997, and; the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141, which makes it unlawful for any governmental authority with responsibility for the incarceration of juveniles to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives incarcerated juveniles of constitutional or federal statutory rights.

The Constitution mandates that incarcerated individuals have readily available access to the institution’s grievance process. Bradley v. Hall 64 F.3d 1276,1279 (9th Cir. 1995)

Incarcerated youth have a right to access to telephones, subject to reasonable security limitations. Strandberg v. City of Helena 791 F.2d 744, 747 (9th Cir. 1986)

The Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution governs the standards for conditions of confinement of juvenile offenders and those awaiting juvenile justice hearings. Gary H. v. Hegstrom 831 F.2d 1430 (9th Cir. 1987) Confinement of youth in conditions that represent a substantial departure from accepted professional judgment violate the Due Process clause. Youngberg v. Romeo 457 U.S. 307 (1982); Bell v. Wolfish 441 U.S. 520 (1979); Alexander S. v. Boyd 876 F. Supp. 773, 796-799 (D.S.C. 1995), aff’d in part and rev’d in part on other grounds, 113 F.3d 1373 (4th Cir. 1997), cert. denied, 118 S.Ct. 880 (1998)

Therefore, we urgently request that the Office of the Inspector General demand that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Division of Juvenile Justice (formerly the California Youth Authority) and staff working at the N.A. Chaderjain Youth Correctional Facility immediately stop their illegal conduct and unconstitutional practices. Finally, we demand that visits and contact with families be reinstated immediately.

Please call or send letters to the following people to let them know that don't agree with this child abuse and that they must meet the demands of the families whose children are locked away in NA Chad:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
(202) 624-5280

Matthew L. Cate, Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General
P.O. Box 348780
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 928-5996

U.S. Dept. of Justice
(202) 514-0212
(Civil Rights Division)

Board of Corrections
(916) 327-3317

Bernard Warner
(916) 262-1767

Mark Gantt, Internal Affairs
(916) 262-2153

Superintendent of N.A. Chaderjain
(209) 547-0622
 
 


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