It’s been three years since the American Correctional Association (ACA) came, in midsummer 2011, to accredit the Forrest City Federal Prison complex.  ACA’s efforts did not improve the operations of this prison.  ACA has done nothing but lend a veneer of undeserved legitimacy to a nest of incompetence and corruption.

This blog post sets up certain requests from me to the ACA, to my friends, and to the public.  The last time, I secured a copy of the ACA standards, prepared a list of the worst transgressions, and submitted it to the ACA inspectors.  It did virtually no good.  The same evils are present, in many cases magnified.  In fact, I’ll be working from the same document, and asking my friends on the street to support and defend me in my effort.  However, I do have a number of new tools, that should make my efforts much more productive this time around… (more…)

I was in SHU from 2-18-2014 through 3-20-2014. I was put in SHU on the nominal grounds of “stealing” milk and apples. Of course, I didn’t steal anything. I only salvaged food that would otherwise go to waste. I went on hunger strike for the duration, eating only when I needed to eat to get out of SHU. The prison responded by taking all my clothes, leaving me only with a thin paper smock and two thin paper sheets against the cold.

I’m taking this as an opportunity to ask our new Warden, C. V. Rivera, to take a stand in favor of obedience to the law, and humanity to the prisoners in his custody. I’m not asking for more tax money – quite the contrary. I am asking him to give the inmates in his custody an opportunity to save millions of TAX DOLLARS, for your benefit. Just as importantly, I’m asking him to curtail the tragic waste of human potential that permeates the DOJ-FBOP. That will pay you huge dividends over time.

I’ve asked to be his slave for the achievement of these objectives. What I’m really saying is that I want to be YOUR slave – a slave of the American taxpayer. I’m willing to be somewhat aggressive to get the status. I’m asking that you lend your voice in support of my request. (more…)

In this blog post I am setting forth a letter to the IRS, a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, and certain other documents. Based on the statements of the IRS, it cannot be rationally denied that perjured testimony was used to obtain guilty verdicts and a judgment of conviction, against Oscar Stilley and Lindsey Springer. Furthermore, it cannot rationally be denied that the lawyers involved in obtaining my incarceration know that their acts violate the rules of ethics, and require remedial action.

The issues go far beyond merely obtaining a release for me and Lindsey Springer. We’re entitled to that, certainly. But fraud, corruption, and cruelty toward inmates are now defacto policy of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). I’m asking that substantial corrective action be taken. At the very least, I intend to deny high level policy makers the “plausible deniability” that they seek with respect to the operations of the DOJ and its subsidiary the Federal Bureau of Prisons… (more…)

Some months ago the Director of the BOP issued a new rule, prohibiting inmates from receiving their own eyeglasses from home. That’s wrong on every level. In this blog post, I’m making public an administrative request for a rule change, which would allow inmates to receive their own eyeglasses from home or from commercial eyeglass producers. I’m also asking for concerned citizens to call federal officials, and lobby for a prompt favorable action on my request… (more…)

I commenced a hunger strike on April 15, 2013. Part of my objective was to compel the IRS to respond to a letter inquiring as to my obligations with respect to the making of tax returns. The IRS responded to this letter. Further discussions will be necessary in order to clarify issues raised in their response.

I have filed a number of administrative requests since coming to prison. I’ve discovered that I get a response, of any kind, less than half the time. Most of my administrative requests are simply ignored. During efforts to dissuade me from commencing the hunger strike, I was told that I could sit down with a responsible and duly authorized officer (or officers) of the BOP, explore the possibilities, and obtain rulings on requests that I have presented.

The fundamental essence of due process is the right to be heard in a reasonable time and a reasonable manner. There is a value to due process even if the answer is “no.” During the hunger strike, I decided to try to get this prison to keep their word with respect to certain representations made to me on April 15, 2013. Thus far, this process has been commenced but not concluded. This blog post includes some information about this process. I hope to inform the public, via periodic postings to this blog, about further developments with respect to these discussions… (more…)

Response from IRS-042513

This blog post sets forth a summary of the reasons that Oscar Stilley is going on hunger strike on April 15, or “tax day.” The post has links to pdf and Word versions of his book, as well as other documents. (more…)

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