You know the federal prisons are mismanaged when senators have to get together to create a committee whose goal is to increase communication and accountability with Congress! More on that in a minute, let’s talk about one of our least favorite people mentioned on this blog for now…
Carvajal’s Prison “Legacy”
Mike Carvajal’s Legacy is as follows: Unaccountability and Death.
We have covered a bunch of information on Carvajal, from his last performance at Congress to the fact that he is guilty of depraved indifference to the fact that he, as well as his cronies, are jumping ship like a rat’s on a sinking ship. Many people have tried saying that understaffing is the issue at federal prisons, which has no truth. As Carvajal admits, it’s not understaffing. That’s the issue that flys in the face of nonsense that people like U.S. Rep. Randy Weber have stated.
The Associated Press yesterday reported that a bipartisan group of senators, led by Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia) and Mike Braun (R-Indiana), has launched a working group “aimed at developing policies and proposals to strengthen oversight of the beleaguered federal prison system and improve communication between the Bureau of Prisons and Congress.”
According to the Associated Press, the task force – which calls itself the Senate Bipartisan Prison Policy Working Group – was founded “as a result of reporting by The Associated Press that revealed widespread corruption and abuse in federal prisons,” which was well-deserved. Things contributing to this were items like:
- The Rape Club aka FCI Dublin – woman prison and the rapist warden
- Drug dealing BOP employees
- The Sentencing of Various BOP employees for criminal acts
- Dead inmates that did not die from covid
- Never mind the 280+ dead inmates from covid and the BOP’s lack of any good response
- the failure to release people who qualified for it
- and well… look at our blog.
Congress on Federal Prisons
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will also be a member of the panel, which is great. He originally called for Carvajal to resign and continued to do so until it happened. Shortly after the second time, Carvajal “decided to retire”.
“A hotbed of corruption and misconduct,” according to the Associated Press, “that has been plagued by a slew of crises in recent years, including widespread criminal activity among employees, systemic sexual abuse at a federal women’s prison in California, critically low staffing levels that have hampered responses to emergencies, the rapid spread of COVID-19, a failed response to the pandemic, and dozens of escapes.”
Advocates from all sides of the political spectrum praised the announcement. In addition to exposing severe flaws in our federal prison system, the COVID-19 outbreak served as a template for reform. According to Kyle O’Dowd, Associate Executive Director for National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers,
“Congress should play an active role in ensuring that the Bureau of Prisons builds on the lessons learned from the pandemic to ensure the safety of detainees and the community, promote rehabilitation and reentry, and maximize alternatives to incarceration.”
A bipartisan discourse on these problems may be initiated by the Prison Policy Working Group, which can set the stage for a more humane and reasonable prison system to be established.
David Safavian, General Counsel, American Conservative Union, said, “It is high time that Congress addresses issues facing both federal prisoners and correctional officers alike. To improve public safety, advance human dignity, and ensure that the prison bureaucracy is held accountable for the outcomes it delivers to taxpayers, the Senate Prison Policy Working Group, which was recently established, must contribute to the development of policies.
More accountability from the BOP… Ironically, BOP Director Mike Carvajal may leave a legacy in this regard.
Some of the “why” the Senators are upset with the Federal Prison System.
And this is a good example of what the Senators are referring to. One of the Bureau of Prisons’ employees pleaded guilty Thursday to allegations that he sexually abused at least two female inmates at FCI Dublin, marking the first conviction in a wave of arrests stemming from what prisoners at the women’s facility and employees referred to as “the rape club,” according to court documents.
According to the Associated Press, numerous additional Dublin employees are being investigated, reported last week.
He admitted to three counts of sexual assault of a ward and was sentenced to probation. According to the Associated Press, sentencing recommendations in similar cases have ranged from three months to two years. The staffer, who has been on administrative leave since April, is nonetheless “currently employed with the Bureau of Prisons,” according to a statement released by the agency last Friday. While under inquiry, he had been permitted to transfer to another BOP facility for the time being.
Earlier this week, The Associated Press published the findings of its investigation into FCI Dublin, stating that the investigation had revealed: “a permissive and toxic culture at the Bay Area lockup, enabling years of sexual misconduct by predatory employees and cover-ups that have largely kept abuse out of the public eye.” Inmates told AP they had been subjected to years of “rampant sexual abuse by correctional officers and even the warden, and were often threatened or punished when they tried to speak up.”
Federal Prison – Access Denied
Not only that, but the BOP shot themselves in the foot by not allowing US Senators to view Danbury when they requested to do so. The BOP is the master of the cover-up. As such, they ensured that the senators were denied access (and tried to use their cover-all excuse of “security of the institution” by its “orderly running” to justify their censorship.
Federal News Network, Worker, pleads guilty to abusing inmates at US women’s prison (February 11, 2022)
Associated Press, AP investigation: Women’s prison fostered a culture of abuse (February 6, 2022)
Associated Press, Senate launches group to examine embattled US prison system (February 17, 2022)
Senator Jon Ossoff, Sens. Ossoff, Braun Launch Bipartisan Working Group to Examine U.S. Prison Conditions, Promote Transparency (February 17, 2022)