Illinois

October 11, 2016:

“The grievance process here is just as bad as every other prison that I’ve been in. We have examiners that do cover up work for the administrators, the way that I cope with that is I have my mind set that they aren’t going to do what’s rights and so I follow up the grievance process with a lawsuit. My access to the law library here is inadequate and I continue to ask the court for appointment of counsel which is constantly denied because of my experience and litigation history; the court in the Central District treats me as if I have several law firms already representing me, although I’ve constantly told them the tools of a lawyer are not at my disposal. Litigating or any other kind of advocacy is discouraged at this place and so is helping the next man in any kind of way with his legal work. The law library here consists of only two computers with case law on it. The case law cannot be copied on a printer or downloaded to a flash drive. These two computers are shared by over 500 prisoners. When we go to scan our law suits and legal documents to the court on the scanner, they are searched to make sure no other prisoner or resident’s name is on it, even if its an affidavit or an exhibit being used to support your lawsuit. If I am found in possession of other resident’s legal documents, they are confiscated. There is also no law clerk here.”

May 18, 2016:

“I’ve been incarcerated since the age of 16 and turned 33 this year. Throughout my incarceration I’ve had my rights violated continuously and only knew how to fight back with rage. When I did smarten up and I asked a jailhouse lawyer to file a 1983 lawsuit, I later found out he butchered my lawsuit and the judge dismissed my case for failure to state a claim. After this even I began studying the law myself and I need every resource possible to help me learn so that I may help myself and my bothers in this system where it’s impossible to get to the law library.”