I didn’t see Jon Fontaine on President’s Day. That’s because his parole officer will not allow Jon to see me, even though he has no reason to block communication, and despite that we have a lawsuit to remove the illegal condition.
On President’s Day:
- I didn’t steer Jon to do the right thing.
- I didn’t provide Jon emotional or motivational support.
- I didn’t help Jon with his writing, something he wants to enhance.
- I didn’t help advocate for Jon.
- I didn’t brainstorm with Jon ways to better his situation.
I didn’t write about Jon’s transition from prison to society. But I’m going to start.
The only reason Rochester parole officer Martin Buonanno is denying communication? Power. Either that – or stupidity. Because when we have a chance to provide support and positive influence to someone in transition, it’s inarguably best to do so.
On September 29, Jon Fontaine, the subject of my book, A Jacket off the Gorge, was released on parole. Facility staff added my name to his “no contact” list, and we are currently suing to get it removed. The condition states Jon cannot communicate with me without the permission of his parole officer.
And yet – for no reason at all, and for five months now – parole officer Martin Buonanno has said “no.”
Our lawsuit contends the restriction violates my constitutional rights and is arbitrary and capricious. Prison and parole staff have not offered any reason for my name to be on the list, and the Attorney General’s office has done its best to get the lawsuit thrown out, rather than answer it.
Buonanno simply saw my name on that list and told Jon – nope. Just because. Power.
Parole is not rehabilitating the formerly incarcerated. They can block communication between the two of us, but that won’t prevent me from exposing their bad acts and a faulty system.
On President’s Day, I didn’t expose Buonanno and the others. Tomorrow, I will.