M. Steindel (
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The media is printing government press releases claiming a drop in crime
again! This propaganda brainwashes the public into believing that Three
Strikes, the Death Penalty and prisons are a solution to crime. It
justifies big budgets, empowers the Republican way of thinking and is
bad news to the prison reform movement. 

Most of you already know about all the crime statistic variables which
make them useless. The FBI even admits there can be no year to year,
city to city comparisons due to these variables. Your silence allows
this propaganda to be accepted by the voters. Lazy journalists such as
Jeff Collins of the Orange County Register are going to sit there and
print government press releases which promote a police state unless you
BOMBARD (and I mean BOMBARD) their bosses with mail and email naming the
variables which make the statistics useless. Collins knows about these
variables but never bothers to mention them in his news story. Lazy and
destructive omission in inexcusable! 
Do not misunderstand. There is no better EDITORIAL crew than that of the
Orange County Register. Alan Bock is VERY honest and courageous and has
spoken so much truth about our efforts. But the NEWS side has nothing to
do with the EDITORIAL side of the Register. Two articles today in the
Register are VERY UPSETTING but let's focus on the crime statistics
because Alan Bock is very well aware of these variables. He has been
extremely outspoken in the editorial section about the manipulation of
voters with soundbites and statistics into approving prisons, the Death
Penalty, and the Three Strikes Law. 

Address your objections to, (Publisher
and Jeff Collin's Boss), and 
Rave about Alan Bock's coverage of the Gomez Marijuana trial if you
want, blast Jeff Collins' coverage of the crime statistics. 

Orange County Public Defender Carl Holmes is against the 3 Strikes Law.
I have on tape his comments that crime increased 45% in Orange County
during the past three years. 45% INCREASE. What? The Public Defender,
who supervises 172 attorneys, has no reliability as a crime source?
Let's teach the 
media we know quite a bit about the sham of crime statistics and that we
do not 
accept these claims! We are very tired of this distortion and lie to the
rest of the voters that makes them feel justified in caging our
families! We must end the false reporting on the phony crime statistics.
Please WRITE those individuals at the Register today. BOMBARD with the
power of numbers. 

Don't assume someone else is doing it for you! People give us this
oppression because we do not fight back, because they me if
you've lost all your articles on the variables which make crime
statistics worthless and I will resend them, remember you have five
screen names which can generate letters from every member of your

=A0 All reformers need to know this basic argument backward and forward.
Claiming that crime is down is the biggest lie ever told to the people
of California....indeed, the biggest lie ever told to the entire

O.C. crime down 40% since '91 
REPORT: The rate drops for a sixth straight year to its lowest 
level in decades, FBI figures show. 
November 23, 1998 

The Orange County Register 9 
Orange County's crime rate declined for the sixth year in a row in 1997,
dropping to its lowest level in at least two decades, figures released
Sunday show. 
The county's crime rate has decreased 39.8 percent since 1991, which is
greater than the state and national declines, the FBI crime index shows. 
Crimes reported to police dropped in every major category but rape.
Murder reached its lowest level in a decade. 
The FBI crime index goes back only to 1974. But a California crime index
that leaves out theft and arson shows the county's crime rate to be at
its lowest level since 1967. 
"Say hallelujah," said Fullerton Police Chief Pat McKinley, incoming
president of the Orange County Police Chiefs' and Sheriff's Association.
"We have a very good working relationship between the prosecutors, the
police agencies and the judges." 
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Crime & Courts:</A> 
Several attorneys are speaking with us about representing the U.N.I.O.N.
One possibility after we reach a membership of about 30,000 is a group
class action suit for cruel and unusual punishment for the long
sentences given for minor crimes. This story will show you that David
can fight Goliath successfully! The Guard's Union uses dues money to
hire 22 attorneys and make millions of dollars in political
contributions (including Davis). Money and numbers equals power. They
are fat and happy and 30,000 members. We won't be happy until we reach
90,000 and our growth is unlimited. 

Convict bests guard in court: Own lawyer in rights case 
By Denny Walsh
Bee Staff Writer
(Published Nov. 24, 1998) 
Johnny Robert Garcia is tough, even violent. And he's smart. 
Garcia, a Mexican American gang associate who is doing two life terms in
state prison for attempted murder, won an $8,000 award from a federal
court jury Monday by skillfully acting as his own lawyer in a civil
rights trial against five correctional officers. 
After hearing evidence for four days, the jury of six men and two women
deliberated for another five days before deciding that correctional
officer Gary Coombes failed to protect Garcia from serious harm in
violation of the Eighth Amendment's guarantee against cruel and unusual
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My personal opinion is that Tim Carpenter took Three Strikes as the
Cause of the Day to further a political agenda and actually did more to
hurt the cause than to help it. If the leader of an organization has no
family incarcerated there is usually a hidden political agenda! Of
course, there are exceptions but in my experience those people without
the problem really don't invest energy or make decisions the same way
affected families do. Always check the political party of any group you
support and determine whether they have good media, legislative or
mainstream organization relationships. Tim Carpenter scored no points
for prisoner families in Sacramento. I'm glad you are moving Tim. You
made our work ten times more difficult with the decisions you made this
past year! 

B. Cayenne Bird 
Activist inspires friend, foe 
POLITICS: Tim Carpenter has relentlessly chased his vision of a better
and even those who oppose his ideas embrace the man. 
November 23, 1998 

Ballot box fact: Frustrated that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gray
Davis would not =97 among other things =97 take a position against the
state's current "three-strikes" law, Carpenter backed Green Party
candidate Dan Hamburg. "I said, 'Gray Davis will win. We need to show
him that there are progressives out here and he should move to the left,
not the center.' " 

The Orange County Register 
Tim Carpenter, like a farmer in the desert, has learned to make things
grow in an inhospitable environment. 
Carpenter is a political activist whose causes range from nuclear
disarmament to abolishing the death penalty to defending Santa Ana's
homeless. For more than 20 years, he has pushed issues that are not
eagerly embraced by the national mainstream =97 let alone the Republican
stronghold of Orange County, where he's done most of his work. 
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Ex-Bulldog likely will go to halfway house 
By Jerry Bier
The Fresno Bee
(Published November 24, 1998) 
<Picture>A federal judge indicated Monday he will sentence former Fresno
State and professional football player Tony Woodruff to six months in a
halfway house and three years supervised release in a $100,000 welfare
fraud case. 
However, U.S. District Judge Robert E. Coyle delayed the actual
sentencing until Monday. 

Coyle wants to know whether he can sentence Woodruff to three years in
custody if Woodruff violates any of the terms of supervised release. He
asked the federal probation office for a report. 
The judge, noting the support of family and friends, said he was willing
to take a chance with Woodruff by giving him time in a halfway house,
but warned that in exchange for that he would have to strictly abide by
terms of supervised release. 
The probation office had recommended that Woodruff be sentenced to a
year in custody. 
The Statistics run about two years behind. In California, those people
who compile juvenile crime statistics were dropped from the budget even
though no deficit existed. Ask Rand Corporation. They were furious when
this happened! To my knowledge, those people have not been restored to
the budget either! Garcia of Riverside Juvenile Hall spoke out last year
to clarify that juvenile crime in Riverside County had a dramatic
increase. If you sit on the telephone and call all the Juvenile Halls
and Public Defenders in California, you get a completely different story
from what the media is copying off the government press releases. Email
me if you lost the variables of the California crime statistics and you
want to write a letter. The Squeaky Wheels get the grease! 
Almost every injustice exists because Government is sucking up money
from citizens just like us who are in denial about our police state. The
asset seizure laws are morally wrong.Old women report all their assets
seized when one of their children has a drug charge. They attack the
entire family and use the "law" to justify such acts of destruction. 
Attorneys will not go up against the system in these cases and are
practically worthless. Attorneys are officers of the court and in most
cases not your friend. All I ever get is thousands of letters on bad
attorneys, aren't there any success stories out there? How much did the
"success" cost? Was a public defender ever successful? 
Kern tops in seizing assets 
Filed: November 22, 1998 

Californian staff writer 
The state's asset forfeiture law put more than $1.3 million in the
coffers of Kern County law enforcement agencies in 1997. 

The haul, collected as part of narcotics enforcement, includes pickups,
jewelry and a water ski boat named "Easy Money." 
And cash, lots of cash. 
Kern County ranked fifth in the state in terms of total value of assets
acquired through forfeitures. 
The high standing among California's 58 counties is virtually routine.
Since narcotics-related forfeiture laws were passed in 1986, Kern County
always has ranked among the top 10 counties, according to Kern County
Deputy District Attorney Michael Yraceburn. 
Yraceburn credits the county's success to an aggressive law enforcement
community and a little luck. 
"A general forfeiture case is a fortuitous one," Yraceburn said. 
But critics argue the police are aggressive for the wrong reason. 
"They operate under a big conflict of interest because of the motive
factor," said Bakersfield defense attorney Matthew Ruff. "It's really a
filthy area of the law." 
The conflict Ruff perceives comes from the fact the police get to keep
65 percent of the cash and proceeds from sale of forfeited property. Of
that piece of the pie, 15 percent needs to go to educational programs
like D.A.R.E. 
The rest of the money is divided among the prosecuting attorney's
office, state general fund and a private, non-profit organization that
provides education on forfeiture laws. 
Asset forfeiture is not a new legal concept, but one revised in the
1980s to attack the "new breed" of drug dealer =97 jet-setting kingpins
who run corporate-style businesses. 
To these underworld executives, jail wasn't a deterrent, but a cost of
doing business =97 and it was often their underlings who did the time. 
Rather than using incarceration as the hammer, the Legislature changed
the rules of the game by adding asset forfeiture to the arsenal. 
The idea was to hit dealers where it counted =97 their profits. 
But the images of police confiscating exotic sports cars, palatial
mansions and suitcases full of money is far from reality. 
A review of 1997 forfeiture cases in Kern County found most involved
assets of only a few thousand dollars. 
One of the exceptions was more than $286,000 in cash found in a car
after a traffic stop on Interstate 5. 
Yraceburn emphasized the assets are never the target of investigations,
but fruits of police work. 
"We rarely know what the assets are," Yraceburn said. 
That unknown also prevents many police agencies from budgeting asset
amounts, said Sgt. Tony Ennis of the Bakersfield Police Department. 
"We could go a whole year without a significant seizure," Ennis said. 
The Bakersfield Police Department has used proceeds from forfeitures to
pay for a portion of the department's recent expansion and funding
programs like the K-9 units, Ennis said. 
Ruff believes the problems with the asset forfeiture law begin with law
enforcement's monetary interest, but doesn't end there. 
He argues the system is patently biased in favor of the prosecution. 
"There is a flood of discovery requests, (and) massive amounts of
paperwork that take hours to go through with your client, and they want
to depose your client," Ruff said. 
That's if a person has an attorney. The majority of cases finds those
who file claims fighting their own legal battle. 
Ruff said he doesn't handle many asset forfeiture cases because there's
not much money it for him. 
Probably the biggest complaint with the law and the focus of many
newspaper stories was the fact property could be seized without a
criminal conviction. 
That changed in 1994 when the Legislature reworked the law and reduced
the authority of district attorneys. 
Now a criminal conviction is needed before assets can be forfeited. The
Legislature also reduced filing fees for people seeking to protect
property valued at less than $5,000, and forced police departments to
convert property such as vehicles to cash. 
Yraceburn doesn't know if the changes have quieted critics, and he's not
about to say every case is handled perfectly or that there haven't been
problems in the past, or that he often returns property. 
Just recently the 5th District Court of Appeal overturned a Bakersfield
Police Department forfeiture case when it determined almost $9,000 from
a convicted drug dealer's bank account came from legitimate sources, not
drug dealing. 
The man told police the drug money paid for his living expenses while
paychecks were deposited in the bank. 
The Statistics run about two years behind. In California, those people
who compile juvenile crime statistics were dropped from the budget even
though no deficit existed. Ask Rand Corporation. They were furious when
this happened! To my knowledge, those people have not been restored to
the budget either! Garcia of Riverside Juvenile Hall spoke out last year
to clarify that juvenile crime in Riverside County had a dramatic
increase. If you sit on the telephone and call all the Juvenile Halls
and Public Defenders in California, you get a completely different story
from what the media is copying off the government press releases. Email
me if you lost the variables of the California crime statistics and you
want to write a letter. The Squeaky Wheels get the grease! 
California leads nation's crime drop 
By David Westphal
Washington bureau
(Published November 23, 1998) 
<Picture>WASHINGTON - With the nation enjoying a sixth consecutive year
of reduced crime, the U.S. murder rate dropped last year to its lowest
level in 30 years, the FBI reported Sunday. 
On the national level, juvenile crime, which experts feared would soar
in the 1990s as the teen-age population grew, also fell in 1997.
Juvenile arrests were down 4%, and the number of juveniles apprehended
on murder charges dropped 16%. 
"Juvenile crime is not something that we have to accept as a way of
life," Attorney General Janet Reno said Sunday. "We can bring these
numbers down, and we are." 
Overall, violent crime in the United States fell 3% in 1997, while
crimes against property dropped by 2%. Together, the two crime
measurements have declined 17% since the peak crime year of 1991. 
Fresno and Madera counties also saw a decrease in violent and property
crime. FBI statistics show that violent crime in the combined
populations of the two counties fell 6.2% when compared to 1996.
Property crime in the area dropped by 8.8%. 
The local trend appears to be continuing into 1998. The latest crime
statistics released by the Fresno Police Department show a dramatic
one-year drop in homicides so far. As of Sept. 30, there were 25 murders
in the city, compared with 51 for the same period in 1997. 
California continued to be one of the nation's pacesetters in falling
crime rates last year, with violent crime dropping 7.5% and property
crime declining 6.4%. 
Since 1991, California's crime rate has dropped by more than one-fourth
- substantially better than the national decline. 
At the same time, violent crimes here occurs about 30% more frequently
than the nation as a whole. 
The primary engine for California's big crime reductions this decade has
been the Los Angeles area, where violent crime is down 37% since 1991. 
While the national numbers are still far above the level of criminal
activity common in decades prior to the 1990s, the declines reflect
major progress in the fight against law-breakers. 
The incidence of robbery hasn't been this low since 1970; the burglary
rate is the smallest since 1967. And in some major metropolitan areas,
the murder rate has fallen off the charts. 
Since 1991, for example, murders are down 44% in Los Angeles and 65% in
New York City. Those two cities alone, in fact, account for more than
one-fourth of the nation's decline in murder in the 1990s. 
Even so, the crime story is not a uniformly happy one across the
Crime rose in 16 states last year and was particularly vexing to some of
the rural Upper Midwest states. Double-digit increases in violent crime
occurred in Iowa and South Dakota, for example. 
By comparison, Colorado had the sharpest crime drop among the 50 states,
at 9.1%. 
Every category of crime measured by the FBI showed declines last year.
In the violent-crime category, murder was down 7%; robbery, down 7%;
aggravated assault, down 1%; and forcible rape, down less than 1%. In
the property-crime categories, burglary was down 2%; motor vehicle
theft, down 3%; and larceny- theft, down 2%. 
Americans clearly recognize the favorable trend lines on crime. Despite
the media's increased focus on the subject, a plurality of people - 48%
- say there's less crime in their area than there was a year ago,
according to a new USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll. In every previous Gallup
poll dating back to 1972, most respondents said crime was increasing. 
Experts are divided on why crime has declined so quickly this decade,
although most agree that a favorable economy and better big-city
policing methods are among the reasons. 
President Clinton credits his cops-on-the-beat program, which has
increased police forces by 80,000, with making a difference. For
example, federal money has expanded Fresno's police force to some 700
But others say the answer is straightforward: more criminals are out of
A record 1.2 million Americans are behind bars, and some crime experts
believe the 60% increase since 1990 explains why the crime rate is
"The economy was roaring in the 1960s, too," said Charles Logan,
sociology professor at the University of Connecticut. "But crime doubled
in the 1960s, so I don't have much confidence in that theory. I'd look
more at incarceration rates." 
A study by Morgan Reynolds of Texas A&M University shows that only now,
after the recent explosion in prisoners, has the ratio between
incarceration and crimes committed returned to the levels of the early
He argues for even higher rates of imprisonment. 
"If we are to succeed in lowering the crime rate to, say, the level of
the 1950s, we must create at least as much deterrence as existed then,"
Reynolds said. 
Among the myriad statistics in the new FBI report, perhaps the most
encouraging is the downward trend in juvenile crime. In recent years,
crime experts have warned that a "super-predator" class of juveniles
would emerge as the sons and daughters of the Baby Boom generation
created a baby boomlet. 
And, in fact, juvenile arrest rates for violent crime more than doubled
between 1967 and 1996. But last year juvenile arrests turned downward,
giving rise to hopes that the threatened youth crime boom won't
Reno said law enforcement authorities must continue focusing on illegal
"We have got to be constantly vigilant about the problem of drugs and
our young people," Reno said. "We have got to make sure that they have
positive alternatives and that they know the consequences." 
DEA agent sues U.S. government 
By Michael Doyle
Bee Washington bureau
(Published November 23, 1998) 
<Picture>WASHINGTON - Rick Horn was renowned for his relentless pursuit
of Central Valley drug dealers. 
He did it so well, taking down methamphetamine labs in Madera County and
near Yosemite National Park, that the Drug Enforcement Administration
assigned him to fight narcotics in Pakistan and Burma. 
But now, the gutsy, Harley-riding Horn is suing the U.S. government and
charging it with illegally eavesdropping on him overseas. 
Horn's initial lawsuit, filed by a Modesto native and former Fresno
prosecutor, is under seal in Washington, D.C., for reasons of national
security. He has since brought a class-action suit claiming he wasn't
the only DEA agent spied upon. 
On Monday, a supervisor at the Marjoree Mason Center for battered women
asked the judge to show compassion for Woodruff, who has been working
with abused women and children at the center. 
Woodruff, 39, and former Fresno County welfare supervisor Sharon
Virginia Mack, 39, admitted participating in a scheme in which she
created phony recipients in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children
program, made the checks payable to Woodruff and then split the money
when he cashed them. 
Investigators said 139 welfare checks totaling $103,102 were collected
in the embezzlement. Both Woodruff and Mack agreed to make restitution. 
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This is the entire article about Delano prisons. I wanted you to see the
thought processes which preceed prison expansion. No one with basic
Christian training can justify using the freedom of another person as
industry. Yet, here we are, ruled by Satanic practices of locking people
in cages, torturing them, denying medical treatment, harassing the
families. These unChristian practices are not performed as a solution to
crime. Many studies have proven prisons are not a solution to crime. The
purpose is for profit! Those people pulling the decision-making strings 
=A0 get away with this because they can....and for no other reason.
Silence is the end of the world in these situations. Your protest email
should go to Dianne Hardisty, Kern County
supports four prisons already. Make the Bakersfield Californian one of
your regular protest letter outlets! You object! Plain and simple! They
built Las Vegas with wedding chapels and gambling casinos, more humane
and creative than snatching up young people for slave labor industries. 
Delano seeks more prisoners 
Filed: November 22, 1998 
Californian correspondent 
DELANO =97 City officials have asked the California Department of
Corrections to increase capacity at the Delano Community Correctional
Facility even though it has never reached its maximum of 410 inmates. 
The increase =97 which city officials hope would increase the facility's
capacity to 493 inmates =97 would mean up to 20 more jobs in Delano as
well as an additional $1,200 per inmate per year to the city's general
fund, officials said. 
"The facility is furnished mostly with single beds and oversized
lockers," said William Pruitt, facility administrator. Bunk beds and
smaller lockers could help the facility reach capacity, he said. 
The city submitted a proposal last week to state corrections officials
asking for more beds and smaller lockers, said Pruitt. The department is
expected to reply by Dec. 4. 
"These negotiations are beneficial for the city in two ways: money and
jobs," said City Manager Jeremy Tobias. "Thirty to 40 percent of the
staff at the facility are hired from the community." 
The state runs the facility, but employees are hired by the city. 
Community correctional facilities are a less expensive form of
incarceration than state prisons, according to city and state officials. 
It costs taxpayers about $23,000 a year per inmate at state prisons,
compared with $12,000 per inmate per year at the community correctional
facilities. Costs are cut in half at local correctional facilities like
the one in Delano because there isn't the need for towers and high-level
Prisoners housed at such community correctional facilities are
short-term, non-violent inmates. The prisoners usually are parole
offenders, said Delano Police Chief Gerald Gruver. 
"Past concerns by residents were that a correctional facility might
attract more crime to the area. In Delano that hasn't been a problem,"
Gruver said. "Once the prisoners are released, they are transported back
to the county they came from." 
In addition, $1,200 per inmate is paid to the city. That money goes back
into the city's general fund and is used to hire staff or upgrade the
An increase in inmates could increase city revenues as much as $200,000
a year, said Pruitt. 
"Improvements to the facility are needed to accommodate an increase in
inmates," said Pruitt. "The kitchen would need upgraded cooking
equipment. The 40-gallon kettle would have to be replaced with a
60-gallon kettle." 
Welcome to new team leader Barbara Brownne who has a 300 member mailing
list of prisoner families devoted to dealing with the problems of
children of female prisoners. She publishes a quarterly newsletter and
says the families are the last ones to help themselves or to be active
in fighting back! If those affected don't fight for prison reform, who
will? Barbara's a tigress and will simply combine her organization with
the U.N.I.O.N. We need tens of thousands of tigresses like Barbara to
outnumber and outpower our oppressors. 
Please acknowledge receiving your team leader packet if you haven't done
so already. Your list of 30 members would have been mailed separately
from the packet This was a very big project with expenses for postage
and copies at $450 and still climbing. If you received a regular #10
envelope with 3 documents, this is not a team leader packet. 
Dear Cayenne: 
The news articles sometimes have one word to a sentence and a difficult
to read. What can be done about it? Mark 
Dear Mark: 
When I send news articles, they are transferred with a feature of AOL
Select-Copy-Open New Email-Paste, and there is no staff to re-type them
all, usually 30 to 60 news items a day you all send to me. There is
software which "cures" text-laddering, but a better solution is for
everyone to get on AOL. The cost is $22 per month and you can usually
get the first 100 hours free. I like the 4.0 version (an upgrade you do
after you get online with 3.0). This version allows photographs and 72
pt. lettering to be used right in the email! Plus, if one 4.0 user
emails to another, posters will print out with the graphics in tact!
This saves GREAT time and lots of postage money getting calls to action
out to your fax list! Everyone try to get on AOL to at least receive
mail in graphic format if you are having laddering problems. Cayenne 
Dear Cayenne: 
What are we going to DO about Family Visits for lifers? Jenni 
Dear Jenni: 
We astound the people in Sacramento that the people most hurt are the
least likely to vote, write or demonstrate. I spoke with several
advocates, attorneys who wanted us to do a letter campaign. When I told
them we can usually only generate a few hundred letters WHEN we have the
$600 for a regular mailing, they threw their hands up in disgust. It is
much harder to undo a court ruling than it is to protest before the
fact. We can accomplish 
anything we the power of numbers, so best way to fight back is to expand
the size and efficiency of the U.N.I.O.N. It's up to us to build a force
of troops, 
no one is going to do your share!
Dear Cayenne: 
The mailing didn't include a U.N.I.O.N. card. 
Dear Patricia: 
Because we aren't collect "dues" yet, we won't be distributing cards.
However Team Leaders may make a business card up for themselves using
our artwork. All in "DUE" time. Right now, just make the chain. Find ten
prisoner families, teach them to find ten, your kits give you everything
you need to make us large enough and strong enough to make a difference.
We have accomplished a great deal in 4 months, more than others
accomplished in years, but not 1% of what is needed. Don't waste time
and energy fighting the cause in far, far left groups that are never
going to persuade the voters to help our cause. Good idea for when we
are ready to put in an executive committee. The team leaders are in
training for full fledged activism complete with legislative and media
relationships. Right now everyone is borrowing mine. Participate to
There is a chance both trials for Dec 1 (Brooks) and Dec 2 (Caliendo)
might be delayed! Last minute updates will be given on the answering
machine at 805-873-8263. 
Dear Cayenne: 
I am so sorry about your son. It's sort of unbelievable that only two
prisons in the state would have a level 3 protective custody rating.
I'll try to check on this for you. 
Thank you