Richard Gilliam

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

For over a year, inmate Richard Gilliam has regularly sent us dispatches from prison as part of our Dispatches from the Inside series, to give us a lens into the prison infrastructure housing about 120,000 people in California. During this time, Gilliam has told us about the arbitrary nature of enforcement of the rules, race relations, and watching a cell mate wait too long for critical health care.

 

As a prisoner, I am often reminded that the CDCR requires me to follow its rules. That’s understandable, rules and regulations ensure that operations run safely and smoothly. When an inmate can’t or won’t follow the rules, negative consequences are triggered to urge him or her to do so in the future. But what happens when the CDCR doesn’t follow its own rules? Where are the negative consequences to them? Apparently there are none. But there are negative consequences to inmates, and to the community, when the Department of Corrections can’t follow its own rules. Let me explain.

Dispatches from the Inside: Healthcare for all?

Jan 15, 2013

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

January 10, 2013

Even now, we tend to believe our elected officials when they tell us something.  Even though, time after time, the statements they make turn out to be inaccurate, misleading or downright false.  We believe them because we want to be right about the people we choose to lead us.  If THEY are untruthful or dishonest, what does that say about the choices WE make?  But politicians do color the truth.

Dispatches from the Inside: Anatomy of a prison riot

Oct 31, 2012
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

 
Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

October 18, 2012

Rarely can social observers witness the forces and influences at work that lead to cataclysmic events, as they occur. But here at CMC, it's possible to view the forces and machinations that result in prison violence, before the final upheaval occurs. Specifically, I am referring to policy implementation and official attitudes at CMC's West facility.

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

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Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

September 10, 2012

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Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

September 6, 2012

Okay, so I just learned that a federal court in Massachusetts has ruled that a prisoner has the right to sex-reassignment surgery. The court ruled that it was cruel and unusual punishment to deny this individual what they termed "basic medical care."

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Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 27, 2012

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 8, 2012

It's been slow in coming, but there have been some noticeable changes here, due to the state's realignment plan. We used to get a half-dozen big, green buses pulling in each week, disgorging thirty or forty new arrivals at a time. These days we might get one per week. Because of this, the population has decreased, reducing the number of prisoners in some dorms. 

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 8, 2012

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. 

May 25, 2012