by inmate Jon Fontaine [keep scrolling for interesting screen shots]
Play your position.
That’s a euphemism that gets kicked around in prison. It means to be who you really are. If you’re soft, a coward, don’t try to act tough. Play your position. If you’re a sex offender or snitch, play your position.
The Livingston County News ran a story about my lawsuits against New York State, and about Susan’s book. One of the “shares” of the online article was a Facebook post by a New York State Corrections Officer. Other officers commented in other threads. Their comments were attacks against me.
I’m happy they’re attacking me, attempting to degrade and dehumanize me. Those officers are “playing their position” in a public forum. They’re showing they are exactly who I’ve been writing about; exactly who other inmates complain about; exactly who they are cast as in lawsuits and in state and federal criminal cases.
These officers (public servants) think nothing of attacking– in a public forum where all can see – someone who attempted suicide and was tortured by other public servants. What actions are they taking when their bosses (the public) cannot observe their behavior with their own eyes?
Over the past four years, I’ve communicated with a few dozen people by mail, most wanting to know what prison is like. I’d tell them if they’ve seen any “reality” shows about prison, New York prisons are nothing like that. There is no professionalism, no respect. I’d write them, “They literally put unconvicted criminals in charge and let them do anything they want. It’s legal organized crime.”
I’d go on and list all the things officers do, from singular assault to gang assault, murder, rape, planting weapons and drugs, selling weapons and drugs, extortion, and more.
Some believe me, some don’t.
If the public isn’t convinced by the criminal prosecutions now that the Office of Special Investigations was formed to replace the Inspector General’s Office (which was made up of former corrections officers);
If they’re not convinced by the federal charges brought by the US Attorney General’s Office, which stated brutality in New York’s prisons has reached critical levels;
If they’re not convinced by the tens of millions of dollars New York pays out each year to settle lawsuits brought by inmates;
Just look at the corrections officers’ own public statements. They’re playing their positions.
Many thanks to those officers for contributing to my credibility.
[screen shots from Susan Ashline]
Here is one of the threads before it was deleted. Some comments were deleted and do not appear in the screen shot.
Royce Burdick – Groveland prison corrections officer, salary $63,043
Marty Waight – Groveland prison corrections officer, salary $69,821
John Simpson – Groveland corrections officer trainee, salary $42,695
Brett Flaitz is a former Hornell police officer who ran a myspace account under username “chase tail.”
Shelly Marie, mocking a story of suicide, is a nurse
Here, corrections officer Shawn Howe brags about being named in an inmate lawsuit [note my yellow highlights – at bottom, there appears to be an admission of wrongdoing].
First, see how Howe brags about being unlawful, and about being a damaged individual (and the irony there).
Melie Flemming and Colleen Herrick’s comment: Inmates shouldn’t have a right to sue? Imagine how much damage corrections officers would be inflicting then.
Mark Taylor is so proud of how much money his actions have cost you. (Reminder: only lawsuits with merit go forward). He might be the Mark Taylor who was named in Amy Fisher’s (the Long Island Lolita) lawsuit.
Jim Overhiser appears to be naming a real incident of wrongdoing, and Shawn Howe admitting to it.
You are paying the salaries of these fine, upstanding state employees, and for the lawsuits arising from their continued bad acts.
Also published on Medium.