The 8th Circuit granted a summary affirmance in Stilley v. United States et al, 8th Circuit Appeal No. 18-2188. Stilley has filed a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc. The 8th Circuit does not give enough information for the reader to even understand the nature of the case and controversy. However limited the readership of this blog, it is almost certainly more than Stilley will get from the 8th Circuit’s online decision.

The point of this exercise goes far beyond hope of legal success. The government has committed the most flagrant and willful violation of due process, in order to cover up 9 years of hard work in support of honest educational opportunity and honest access to the courts for federal prison inmates. Indeed, educational tools are dual-use technology. The same equipment that enables effective education enables (at least in large part) effective access to the courts.

A dozen “shots,” (formal disciplinary incident reports) 400 days in SHU (Special Housing Unit, or jail for the prison) mountains of peaceful petition, and 2,899 pages of discovery, mostly medical records of the hunger strikes, all tell a story and paint a picture. The government, District Court Brian Miller, and the 8th Circuit panel judges James B. Loken, Raymond W. Gruender III, and (first name unknown) Kobes, have all gone to extremes to keep that story from being told and the picture away from the public eye. This blog post is written in the hope that their suppression of the story will fail, whether sooner or later. (more…)

Congress in the First Step Act of 2018 made clear its intent to give federal prison inmates 54 days of Good Conduct Time (GCT) for every year OF SENTENCE. The DOJ-FBOP has decided that it doesn’t have to effectuate this Congressional enactment for up to 7 months.

Some federal inmates will have to sit in prison – illegally detained – while their child graduates high school or college. This blog post takes the position that this decision was economic only, motivated by greed and avarice. Therefore, the best way to respond is with economic sanctions. The DOJ-FBOP feigns inability to mitigate its overcrowding problem, all while using strained logic to keep inmates as long as they possibly can.

If money is the issue, don’t reward bad behavior. Don’t forget or forgive the evil deeds of the DOJ-FBOP. Make the government pay civil damages for false imprisonment, for everyone that they “hold over” beyond the end of their sentence. Read the BLOG POST.

I’ve sent another letter to the ACA regarding the upcoming inspection of FCC Yazoo City. Basically, FCC Yazoo City Low is blowing off comments from the inmates, concerning violations of ACA Standards and Expected Practices. At the very least there appears to be little appetite for discussing any shortcomings in time to remediate PRIOR to the inspection.

The new letter asks the ACA to put FCC Yazoo City on probation, and to restrict them from receiving additional inmates until the compound honestly and fairly meets ACA Standards and Expected Practices. Delay has been granted, but FCC Yazoo City, seeing no reason for urgency, has chosen to squander the time. I hope you will make your voice heard, in favor of some modicum of honesty and effectiveness in federal corrections. (more…)

Oscar Stilley has just now submitted a set of comments/objections to the ACA (American Correctional Association) with respect to an inspection of Yazoo City Federal Prison Complex, currently scheduled for May 15-17, 2018.

As always, the goal is not to prevent accreditation. The goal is to assist the facility to HONESTLY EARN accreditation, rather than achieving accreditation through lying and deceit. Within the past year, Stilley has submitted comments regarding prison complexes at Oakdale, Beaumont, and Yazoo City, as well as the Oklahoma City Transfer Center.

Both the DOJ-FBOP and the ACA are sensitive to public comment. Most likely, neither Oakdale-1 nor Beaumont Low have been re-accredited, at the present time. This is an opportunity to strike when the iron is hot. Ask the ACA as well as the DOJ-FBOP to do everything practicable to correct the shortcomings identified in the comments, and furthermore document their corrective action, or lack of same, in a written response to you, BEFORE accreditation is given to any of them. I will work from my end, offering my services and the services of other inmates, to help encourage these 4 facilities to comply with ACA Standards and Expected Practices. (more…)

This blog post consists primarily of a letter to the ACA (American Correctional Association) asking for some help to correct violations of the ACA Standards and Expected Practices at the FTC-OKC (Oklahoma City Transfer Center). The focus is on getting violations corrected FIRST, and awarding accreditation LATER, after it is honestly earned. The letter contains a phone number and 2 email addresses for the convenience of persons who want to help. (more…)

Stilley has prepared and submitted to the American Correctional Association (ACA) a set of comments concerning their upcoming ACA inspection of Beaumont FCC on January 9-11, 2018, plus a cover letter. In addition, Stilley is providing a draft for a letter to Mark Inch, Director of the DOJ-FBOP. Mr. Inch is a former US military general, which provides opportunities as well as challenges. The letter to Mr. Inch is designed to allow any interested party to download it, edit the text to suit their own purposes, and email or mail it to Mr. Inch, or other proper authorities. Read the blog post here (more…)

This post consists of an argument in favor of letting the taxpayers donate computers to the DOJ-FBOP, for the educational use and benefit of the taxpayers. However, the post argues that the inmates themselves should be allowed to pay the actual, necessary, and frugal cost of suitable computers and software. The argument is that when the inmates are invested in their own equipment, they will take better care of it. Furthermore, they are more likely to become seriously interested in improving their own education.

Oscar Stilley attaches a letter, which the reader is invited to edit and send to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Stilley asked for permission to donate 3 computers. Rather than a substantive response, he suffered retaliation for making the request. He has quit eating, yet again. He is asking his friends on the street for some help getting a response to his offer, hopefully favorable. Read the blog post HERE (more…)