Becoming a Whistleblower in Prison is a ‘Risky Business’

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A Washington State inmate recounts his uphill struggles to expose misconduct behind bars. The biggest obstacle, he says, is a policy ironically intended to stop prisoners from “abusing” open government laws.
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3 thoughts on “Becoming a Whistleblower in Prison is a ‘Risky Business’

  1. They – Dep’t of Corrections, state employees, their attorneys – are like people engaging their elbows to form a human chain around the prisons; abusing rights under color of authority. I’m up against my own battle with the notorious staff at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, New York (Mathew Thoms, Anne Joslyn, Ronald Meier, et. al). Get a load of this:

  2. Please. There are about 1.5 whistleblowers in prison. In my experience, bitching about life behind bars is the norm for all inmates. Whether it’s to each other, to the staff, to their families, to the news media, or to anyone else that will listen. And the tales get bigger and more horrific with the telling.

    No. Prison life is not a piece of cake and, like any other community, the prison community can have its share of inequities and injustices.

    If serious repercussions were the norm for “whistle blowing”, most reports we get from prisoners would either be extremely rare or filled with rosy scenarios of life behind bars.

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