EMERGENCY PHONEZAP March 3rd & 4th - Stop the Gladiator Fights at CTF Soledad

Background

On February 14, prisoners in the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad released two videos of staged gladiator fights between prisoners. “Incremental releases” deliberately schedule recreation time with groups who cannot peacefully program together. Guards will “set up” a fight, then fire at prisoners with tear gas and lock down the yard. This is a pattern confirmed by sources in CTF-Soledad, CSP-Corcoran, and Pleasant Valley State Prison. Used to terrorize prisoners and undermine solidarity, these gladiator fights have been documented since the 1990s, when the FBI investigated guards in CSP-Corcoran who fatally shot prisoners forced to fight in the yard.

We have received reports that the administration at CTF Soledad is planning more gladiator fights for this coming Monday, March 4. This time the “incremental releases” are set to happen in the gym where they can’t be filmed. We need to put pressure on Warden Koenig and CDCr administration in Sacramento to end this brutal practice. Please make the time Sunday and Monday to flood the phone lines and inboxes at CTF and CDCr.

Soledad protest rally 3/2 and 3/3 - https://www.facebook.com/events/265933600970579/

 

SAMPLE SCRIPT

"Hello, I’m calling for _________. Recently the media reported that prisoners at CTF Soledad are being subject to “incremental releases” in which hostile groups are released onto the yard together, leading to violence. Now I understand that there are more “incremental releases” planned for Monday, but this time set in the gym where the abuse cannot be filmed. I am calling to demand that CTF Soledad and CDCr stop this practice immediately. Mixing groups you know cannot program together to “see if they get along” is a strategy for increasing violence and creating chaos within California prisons. Thank you."
 

CONTACT LIST in order:
 

  1. CTF Soledad Warden, Craig Koenig (831) 678-5951, craig.koenig@cdcr.ca.gov
  2. Division of Adult Institutions, Undersecretary Kathleen Allison - (916) 445-7688, or kathleen.allison@cdcr.ca.gov
  3. Division of Adult Institutions, Director Connie Gipson, (916) 445-7688, or connie.gipson@cdcr.ca.gov
  4. CDCr Secretary Ralph Diaz - (916) 324-7308 [main CDCr line; ask to leave message for Sec. Diaz], or Ralph.Diaz@cdcr.ca.gov
  5. CTF Captain Chris Freeman, Chris.Freeman@cdcr.ca.gov
     

The main number at CTF Soledad is (831) 678-3951

  • You aren't obligated to give your name if you don't wish.
  • Don't worry about staff you the runaround or denying that anything is happening
  • Some CDCr offices don’t have voicemail during off hours.
  • Please reportback in comments right here!

Comments

JB (not verified)
I couldn't get through to voicemail at the first three numbers, it just rang. Couldn't reach anyone to transfer me to Sec. Diaz either. Operator assistance went back to the main menu. Left voicemail with ombudsman's office instead. Finally called CTF main line, chose admin, and left voicemail with the public info officer asking it to go to the warden. Will try again tomorrow, but any other suggestions?
Anonymous (not verified)
Does everyone not see that the FBI got involved to take care of the problem in the 90s. How about paying the number to the FBI and asking everyone to call and complain to them also.
Blake Risch (not verified)
Will try tomorrow
Tina (not verified)
Emails sent! Will send again tomorrow.
Anonymous (not verified)
Phones just rang. No voicemail and no operator to transfer to someone else. Will send e-mails.
Debra Hernandez (not verified)
This goes in line with what I know about ARIZONA. The Prisons were run by Jim Crow White Supremacy. They do not want prisoners to join together and have solidarity between race. They created the Prison Industrial Complex for profit. They made a war on drugs but brought drugs into this Country by funding an illegal war with gun sales and drugs. CIA and the President Nixon and Reagan criminals in our Politics. The EXTREME RIGHT FOR NRA AND RELIGIOUS RIGHT ARE WHITE SUPREMACY AND RUSSIA IS AN ALL WHITE NATION. It took them years to win the Presidency. Mitch McConnell is one of them who have Been in place to keep the power and obtain Dominant control until their Plot was complete. Every single Republican who is behind TRUMP NOW IS SHOWING WHERE THEIR LOYALTY IS AND WHO THEY TRUELY ARE. White Suprematists WHOS MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN. They used ARPAIO FOR OVER 20 YEARS WITH MEDIA AND PUMPING HATE INTO THIS COUNTRY. They took over ARIZONA Who rejected Mecham for being racist. Symington came in and brought SAM Lewis and Terry Stewart to start the business of creating the PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. ARIZONA was GROUND ZERO FOR LONG SENTENCES AND BLOCKING APPEALS AND REMOVING LAW LIBRARIES . NOW THE LEGISLATURE IS TRYING TO BLOCK VOTERS RIGHTS WITH SOME OF THE BILLS THEY ARE PUTTING UP TO VOTE ON. The citizens of Arizona have been duped and played. They stole school money to build prisons and fill them up. They then creased the private Prisons for profit and the many other business opportunities. HOME SCHOOLS ARE THE CURRENT DAY SEGREGATION.
Debi Hernandez (not verified)
THE FBI CIA COURTS AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE FILLED WITH THE WHITE SUPREMACY MOVEMENT. They have been growing in numbers since WATERGATE THE PREDENTIAL PARDON STOPPED THE INVESTIGATION AND IRAN CONTRA AND EVERYONE WHO WAS INVOLVED PARDONED STOPPED THAT INVESTIGATION. They gave our soldiers HEROIN TO FIGHT IN VIETNAM .CIA WAS THE FIRST TO DEAL WITH THE MEDAEINE CARTEL AND COLUMBIA DRUGS AND WEAPONS DEALINGS. This is how they created GANGS GUNS AND DRUGS BY FLOODING THE INNER CITIES TO CREATE RACE WARS AND HATRED AND DIVISIONS AMONG RACE.
Tina (not verified)
Emails sent again today. No response.
Olivia Henry (not verified)
I called just now and left a msg for Craig Koenig saying I’m calling from Australia. They said they’d pass the message to him and to have a great day...
Juliana (not verified)
Spoke with a person in Craig Koenig’s office.
Anonymous but e... (not verified)
In my opinion, the best things to do are to call the FBI and Salinas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento news desks.
Anonymous (not verified)
I called to all fours ZAP numbers. I believe Kathleen Allison is not with adult institutions. I left messages which is all I could do. And I called ombudsman 4 Ralph Diaz.
Steven Kanofsky (not verified)
I left messages on Monday with the first three contacts and sent emails to the last two.
Tommy (not verified)
Here is the email I got back from "Alvarado, Khayla M". This is the only response I received. Sent on behalf of C. KOENIG, Warden (A) Correctional Training Facility Good afternoon, Thank you for your email correspondence dated March 3, 2019, which was sent to Warden (A), C. Koenig on March 3, 2019. CDCR is aware of the modified program which is currently in effect at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad. We at this institution monitor our modified programs in effect at the facility so as to ensure the safety of both our staff and inmates. In addition to the concern for safety, our Department is legally obligated to provide programming opportunities to all inmates. There are also legal rulings against segregating inmates solely based on race/ethnicity or ethnic-based grouping, and that position has been affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result, we do not segregate education classes, job opportunities, or specialized groups; to do otherwise could have a negative impact on an inmate’s credit-earning ability, access to rehabilitative opportunities, and potential for earlier release to their loved ones. CTF has transitioned its Level one (1) yard to the Non-Designated Programming Facility (NDPF) model which houses inmates together regardless of their previous designation (Sensitive Needs Yard or General Population). In order to give all inmates their greater access to programming. Many of our lower-level facilities statewide, comprising approximately 33,400 beds, have transitioned to this programming model which gives all inmates greater access to self-help, educational, vocational, and rehabilitative programs. Living in a cooperative and respectful way with others through NDPF also helps inmates transition to successful living in the community after serving his or her time. You will find more information about NDPF at this link: https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Operations/docs/May2018-NDPF-FAQs.pdf Thank you, Khayla Alvarado Warden’s Secretary Correctional Training Facility P.O. Box 686 Soledad, Ca 93960
John (not verified)
March 4: Cindy Chavez, assistant to warden Koenig said she would relay the message; I left message with Karen, assistant at Kathleen Allison's office; Crissie(sp?), at Connie Gipson's # said that the program at Soledad is a modified program based on a court order and denied knowledge of planned fights, but directed me to ombudsman Tami Falconer, (916)324-5448, where I left the message.

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