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Slow Death as the Poison Sets In

By Amanda Carrasco (Larry’s daughter)
I received Dad’s certified letter today dated for 11-2-2016. (USPS had attempted to deliver it earlier but I wasn’t home to sign for it.)
If I haven’t thoroughly explained how the commissary and my dad’s health are connected, I apologize. In his certified letter, he asked me to chronologically explain it.  The following is his letter combined with my own investigation into soy and the thyroid.
2003- Gov. Blagojevich signed a contract with Archer-Daniels Midland agreeing to purchase soy products in bulk at a cheap rate. Soy protein isolates, soy lecithin, and soy flour have been added to prison food.  Pre-made breads and canned veggies and fruits have been spared from soy additives. (I have a copy of this old ADM contract via the Freedom of Information Act. Upon further investigation, I was unable to find any information confirming or denying a new contract with ADM under Gov. Rauner. The old contract was set to expire in 2016.)
2005- Dad’s Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis makes a full-fledged appearance while he is incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center. He goes undiagnosed and untreated.
The Mayo Clinic defines Hashimoto’s as “a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid gland”.  Signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s include:
  • Random, unreasonable fatigue and sluggishness
  • Increased sensitivity to cold, low body temperature (below 98 degrees)
  • Constipation and usually hemorrhoids
  • Pale, dry skin all over the body (psoriasis)
  • A puffy face
  • Hoarse voice due to swelling of the thyroid gland constricting the vocal cords
  • Unexplained weight gain and loss— can exceed 20 pounds, most of the gain is fluid
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, especially in the shoulders and hips
  • Joint pain and stiffness and swelling in the knees or the small joints in the hands and feet
  • Muscle weakness, especially in the lower extremities, accompanied with pain
  • Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) for women
  • Depression

To read all the information on Hashimoto’s from the Mayo Clinic, click here.

One of the most important muscle groups in your body is the heart!  Dad suffers from profound bradycardia- an extremely slow heart rate.  The healthy adult should heart rate should be 60-80 beats per minute.  When he experiences any temperature change, his body cannot bring him back to homeostasis.  When he gets cold, he stays cold and his heart slows down.  (Vice versa when he gets hot.)  Once his body temperature drops, it remains, on average, at 96 degrees.  (Hypothermia is declared when the human body reaches 95 degrees.) The older my father gets, the more severe this particular sign has gotten.  My body stays around 97-97.5 degrees so I can relate to how he feels.  During each winter, Dad is in critical danger.  Dad’s pacemaker cannot combat this sign when he eats soy.

The thyroid gland communicates with the liver and gallbladder.  When the thyroid doesn’t function properly, the body digests very little fat, if any.  Instead, the body stores any and all fats in the arteries and as adipose tissue resulting in high cholesterol readings- even when the patient has a balanced diet.  (I have high cholesterol and no explanation as to why.  The nurse told me to stop eating fried food.  Fried food makes me sick and I avoid it.)  Dad is unable to properly digest food, especially fats, which starves his body.  His starved muscles are unable to generate normal movement and he feels fatigued.  These conditions keep his body temperature and heart rate low.

Muscle cells are not the only cells that suffer.  His brain cells do as well.  He suffers from short term memory loss and “brain fog”- the inability to think clearly and coherently.  He doesn’t get irrational.  He has a hard time remembering things he wants to do, organizing his thoughts in a logical sequence, and gets distracted easily.  When you have a thyroid disorder, you cannot simply snap out of it.  I personally combat all the same symptoms as my father and it is a huge struggle.  I often forget to do very important, sometimes time sensitive, things.  I forget where commonly used items are such as my keys and my phone.
Between 2003 and 2005, he had been consuming the soy-laden prison food and had built up a substantial amount of soy in his body.  The USDA recommends no more than 20 grams of soy per day.  Prisoners are fed 100-200 grams per day in their regular cafeteria meals.  Soy binds to thyroid hormones, including the synthetic hormones in Levothyroxine [a synthetic thyroid hormone pill], and renders the thyroid gland/meds useless.  The body cannot absorb either form of hormones once it has been bound.  The higher the amount of soy, the greater the impact on the body.  All the prison medical staff have and continue to deny this medical fact.
2006- He was presented to the Chester Memorial Hospital ER twice this year, in May and September. He went to the ER in cardiac arrest from the soy interacting with his thyroid both times.  During the May ER visit, he was misdiagnosed with a heart condition and scheduled to receive a pacemaker.  In June, he went to the Belleville, IL Cardiac Center for pacemaker implantation.  The pacemaker was supposed to “fix his heart condition.”  After his September admission to the ER with the same signs, a doctor ordered a thyroid panel.  Dad was FINALLY diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  The doctor further concluded that Dad’s Hashimoto’s was exacerbated when Dad ate soy.  Ultimately, that doctor prescribed a no-soy diet to be eaten in conjunction with taking Levothyroxine.  Although my father almost died twice and was diagnosed, he was DENIED his medication and prescription no-soy diet once he was released from the hospital.

JULY: Dad, still recovering  from the pacemaker surgery, was transferred to Pickneyville, placed in Administrative Detention (segregation without a ticket), and not fed anything for 9 days.

2008- In December of this year, my dad took the Illinois prison system to Federal court.  He won the Harris-vs-Brown, 3:07-CV-03225-HAB-B6C case and was finally granted his no-soy diet and Levothyroxine.

From 2008-2016, Dad continued to fight to receive his no-soy diet.  Each time he was moved, his medical records did not go with him.  He would wait months after every transfer for his records to arrive, proving he had a prescription no-soy diet.  Even after the records arrived, he was still denied his diet at times because “there aren’t enough funds to provide him with real meat.”  <—- That is a lie.  The prison guards and staff eat real meat daily because they misappropriate funds from the prisoners’ diet.  Dad would initiate another lawsuit against the prison for denying his no-soy diet.  After the case would begin, Dad would be transferred and the cycle would repeat itself.

2016- APRIL: Dad was transferred to Danville Correctional Center from Menard.  Initially he was in segregation at Menard on a bogus ticket.  He went straight to Danville’s segregation unit upon arrival and was also denied his no-soy diet.  As usual, his medical records “hadn’t arrived yet.”

APRIL to JUNE: Dad ate a few soy meals and became violently ill: Rash on face down to his chest, chronic constipation (as in it will not pass and you don’t go for days at a time), rectal bleeding, fatigue resulting in 12-14 hours of sleep per day, and migraines.  After his desperation backfired, he went off the soy.  From April 20th to June 15th, he went from 204 LBS to 173 LBS- 31 LBS of loss in 25 days.  (Some of the weight was muscle loss.)

JULY: Once out of segregation, he continued to abstain from the soy-laden prison food and supplement his diet from items at the commissary.  The rash, as Dad calls it, [is actually psoriasis] continued to cover his face and chest.

AUGUST: Dad had a lawsuit in progress confirming that soy was detrimental to his health and it was medically negligent to deny his no-soy diet.  The judge ruled that while the soy was harmful, the Menard medical staff responded appropriately by giving him a no-soy diet (even if intermittently) and his Levothyroxine medication. The state tried to settele on small monetary amount for damages and court fees.  Dad and his lawyer have refused that amount and this case is ongoing.

Once the state made an offer to settle, Danville’s Wexford doctors stopped my father’s no-soy diet.  They initially blamed the IL Attorney General even though the AG does not control prison operations in any fashion.  (I wrote to AG Lisa Madigan myself.)

SEPTEMBER: The Wexford doctors issued a prescription of Minocycline at 100 mg twice a day.  In less than a month, Dad’s psoriasis subsided.

OCTOBER: Dad went back to segregation on another bogus ticket.  Dad was given the regular prisoner soy trays and not allowed shop at the commissary.  For a week, he ate only the vegetables, fruit, and bread.  He continually got hungry.  One day he broke down and ate a soy-turkey patty and some soy-turkey-ham, both items on the same day.  (Eww.)  He had a severe reaction.  His thyroid gland swelled up and made it hard to breathe.  His psoriasis returned, despite his Minocycline regimen.  His body temp dropped to 96 degrees.  His legs hurt so bad that he couldn’t sleep and he had rectal bleeding.  He saw a sick call nurse on the 31st.  She documented his symptoms and prescribed him a cream.  Dad didn’t tell me what the cream was.  He pointed out that the Wexford doctors recognized that my father was experiencing symptoms and refused to address the cause.

NOVEMBER: He saw a prison doctor on the 2nd.  The soy had finally processed out of his system and his psoriasis was gone.  The doctor said he would keep prescribing the cream, the Minocycline, and laxatives for the constipation.  The doctor also expressed that my dad would “just have to deal with the fatigue and shortness of breath and keep eating the soy.”  His Levothyroxine dosage is currently 75 micrograms per day.  The doctor refused to re-instate the no-soy diet.

As long as Dad isn’t getting soy-free protein, he will continue to experience symptoms of Hashimoto’s.  Throat swelling is a latent sign of thyroid disease.  Throat swelling shows that Dad’s thyroid disease is progressing because 1. the soy is negating the meds and 2. Dad is getting older.  Look at how little soy he consumed before the onset of his signs this time in October.  Dad is 57 years old.  He cannot continue on this path.  The doctors at Danville cannot tell him to eat soy after Dad has proven how lethal soy is to himself.  There is no excuse for denying the no-soy diet other than medical negligence on the Wexford doctors’ part and deliberate indifference to Dad’s medical needs.  Dad literally sued Menard for the exact same thing.

Please click on the “How You Can Help” tab to find contact information on who to write.  I will post my own letter for anyone to use as soon as I write it.  Act now before they kill my father.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Is Larry the Next Prisoner to Die?

UPDATE: This is the reply that I received from the Illinois Attorney General

Ms. Carrasco,

Thank you for writing the office of IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Per your inquiry, I must inform you that our office does not have operational control or authority over IDOC, nor do we become involved in grievance matters pending before IDOC or any other administrative proceeding pending before a state agency. You may wish to contact the office of the IL Governor directly: http://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactus/Pages/default.aspx

Sincerely,

Joseph Brown

Public Affairs Officer

Constituent Services Bureau

Illinois Attorney General’s Office

500 South Second Street

Springfield, IL 62706

There are no electrical outlets in the segregation cells at Danville. (I can’t speak about Danville’s general population cells because Larry has never been in one and I have not seen one.)  Prisons are not air conditioned.  Inmates die every year from heat stroke.  Being sensitive to the weather myself, I cannot imagine a slower way to die.  Dad is not allowed a fan, has no outlet and no air conditioning. With his thyroid issues, he has a hard time regulating his body temperature properly.  This confinement could very well kill him.

It does fall under cruel and unusual punishment which is unconstitutional. Court case GATES-VS-COOK 376 F.3D 323, 339-40 “affirmed finding of unconstitutional heat, requiring provision of fans, ice water, and daily showers when heat index is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.” Please write or call Warden Calloway, IL AG Lisa Madigan, IL Governor Bruce Rauner, and the U.S. AG Loretta Lynch. Cite the court case and the news articles below.  I, Amanda, have already written the Governor, IL AG, the U.S. AG, and the White House. Refer to the “How You Can Help” link at the top of the page for contact information.

Overheated Prisons in IL

Overheated Prisons in TX

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Larry’s Letter Speaks of Hard Times

Larry wrote a letter dated 5-4-15 (I think he meant 2016 🙂  ) to Amanda.  She has typed it for everyone to read.

Got to talk to Gary today.  Lawyer call.  No soy diet not in effect yet.  So will see what next few days bring.

I have been eating vegetables and bread.  About 4 ounces of rice or potatoes for each lunch or supper meal.  So I am down twenty pounds since leaving for seg on March 4th.

Been in a month now.  Gary said you emailed him the stuff.  I got continuances on all my cases until I am out of segregation.  I get out the 4th of July.  Maybe sooner if I get the ticket beat, or get reduced time here.

Way the hell away from you now.  So damn mad I missed the April [visit].  Got 90 days to do in seg.  Then another ten before I can call.  Got a celly I know from Menard.  Austin carter B88767.  He was raised rough.  Dad gave him crystal meth at age 15.  Used to get him drunk, high, and then make him fight.  Mom’s boyfriend would choke him out. Beat him up.  Mom chose boyfriend over his safety and care.  Crazy!

He is in seg on a disciplinary transfer.  He threatened to beat up the Warden.  He is trying to get back south, close to home and family.  He is from Harrisburg.

I miss you, Sweety.  Please write and tell me how things are going.  Send pictures.  Long, slow crazy days of men yelling, threatening others, and just madness here.

Yard tomorrow, showers, and a shave is my highlight of the day.

They ran the liver test.  Came back negative.  So I am still in good shape.  Tell Austin I love him and miss him.

Write me and tell me where we are on the website and your life.  Please get my magazines address change.  30 down and 60 days to go.  Polygraph will set me free, or get me paid down the road.

Love you girl, thanks for having my back.  Post new address on all the websites.  How is your money honey?  Are you two okay?

Your Writer in Irons,
Dad

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Amanda Fights Back

Amanda is currently a resident of Kentucky.  Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky is a Republican.  Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois is also a Republican.  President Barack Obama, although a Democrat, was a senator for Illinois.  Amanda has written all three parties hoping to initiate a conversation about Larry’s current illegal confinement in segregation as well as encourage action on Larry’s clemency petition that has been sitting in the Illinois governor’s office.  President Obama recently pardoned a Quincy, IL man who was convicted of meth trafficking.  Read the story of Larry Nokes’ commuted sentence here.  Nokes was arrested in possession of drugs and paraphernalia.  Larry Harris had no evidence against him and has served more prison time than Nokes.  I sincerely hope President Obama sees this distinction and realizes the merit of a pardon for Harris.

Below you will find Amanda’s six-page letter.  Feel free to use this letter, all or in part, to send to your governor, congressmen, and the President.  Writing letters may seem antiquated and fruitless.  Amanda has been writing letters for years.  She never receives her letters back.  She has also received letters from the prison staff after she has written the governor.

Amanda’s Letter Encouraging President Obama and Governors Bevin (KY) and Rauner (IL) to Action:

Monday 11 April 2016, I traveled three hours from Henderson, KY to Chester, IL to visit my father, Larry “Rocky” Harris at Menard Correctional Center Medium Security Unit.  When I reached the Medium Security building, a warden informed me that my father had been moved to maximum security.  I drove to the Maximum Security building a short distance down the road.  Once I arrived, I was told that my father was in segregation and segregation visitors had to arrive before noon.  It was 12:50 p.m.  The female guard at the desk said he arrived in segregation on April 5th.  I had no idea my father was in segregation, nor did I know the rules for segregation.  They forced me to leave, not caring that I just driven three hours of time and used half a tank of gas.

You are probably wondering why I didn’t know where my father was and why he was in segregation.  The last time I had heard from my father was on April 6th when I received his letter dated for April 3rd, 2016.  In my father’s letter, he shared that he had just received an amiable cell mate and that all was going well.

There are channels one can pursue when inquiring about an inmate and I have indeed exhausted them all with no avail.  Before I left the prison parking lot, I called Illinois Governor Rauner’s office.  I also called Menard CC’s Warden Office.  I no longer talk to the counselors at Menard as they have lied to me in the past and, depending on how many people I talk to, I get different lies with no grain of truth in them.  I was of course encouraged by both the governor’s and warden’s office to call the counselors.

Being in segregation, especially when an inmate changes security levels, is an indication that the inmate is being punished for an infraction.  They wrote my father up for Threats and Intimidation of Lt. Ferrell.  On the 3-11 p.m. shift, my father had gone to the law library.  He was talking to the law library clerk about his last trip down to maximum security, from 3-3-2016 to 3-31-2016, where no documentation was produced proving any wrong-doing on my father’s part.  He was placed in segregation without actually having committed an infraction.

In the law library, my father and the clerk then argued about the points of law.  Larry, my father, claimed that he had another good lawsuit on Lt. Ferrell and debated whether he could amend the current HARRIS VS. BUTLER Case, or if he would need to file a whole new claim.

After my father left the library, he went back to his cell house.  At about 6:40 p.m. C/O Golloway, the officer supervising the law library that night, came to my father’s medium security wing to lock my father up.  Golloway told my father to pack his property because he was going to segregation [which is located in the maximum security unit].  C/O Golloway and Law Clerk Shane Gregson wrote my father up for threats and intimidation.  At 8 p.m., they placed him in segregation.

Greyson and Golloway have executed several illegal actions.  First, a prisoner is allowed to seek asylum in the sanctuary of the law library to discuss legal actions of a civil nature.  As correctional staff are civil servants, they are liable to civil rights complaints and lawsuits filed for retaliatory acts to stop “Jailhouse Lawyers” from exercising their First Amendment Right to file grievances.  It was illegal for C/O Golloway to write the ticket for threats and intimidation.  It was illegal for the law clerk Gregson to provide witness to this ticket.  As the law clerk, he cannot punish a prisoner for discussing a civil rights claim in the law library.  C/O Golloway should not have been listening to the legal conversations.  See these cases here on First Amendment Retaliation BRIDGES VS. GILBERT, 557 F. 3D 541 (7TH CIR 2009) stating “Constitutional law key 119: To prevail on a First Amendment claim, a prisoner must ultimately show that (1) he engaged in activity protected by the First Amendment (law library discussion of civil rights violation) (2) he suffered a deprivation that could likely deter First Amendment activity in the future (segregation placement as punishment, loss of privileges and commissary) and (3) the First Amendment activity was at least a motivating factor in the defendant’s decision to take retaliatory action.  U.S.C.A. Const Amend 1” (talk of suing Ferrell was the motivating factor for the false ticket.)  See this later decision GOMEZ VS. RANDLE, 680 F. 3D 859 (2012) at key note [12] holding same on retaliation for First Amendment activity.  See DOBBEY VS. I.D.O.C., ET AL., 574 F. 3D 443 (7TH CIR 2009) stating a prisoner cannot be punished for speech on civil rights violations.  First Amendment activity is protected.  That was the first violation of my father’s rights to deter further action in the case of HARRIS VS. BUTLER, 14-498-SMY-PMF.  He needs a polygraph examination to show he did not threaten Lt. Ferrell with physical harm.  Although he petitioned Menard’s Chief Warden Butler, Governor Rauner, and his new prison’s warden, he has yet to receive one.

The second violation of his rights deals with the “Due Process of Law” once he has been written a ticket and required to appear before the prison adjustment committee for punishment.  Under the United States Supreme Court case of WOLFF VS. MCDONNELL, 418V.S.539, 94S.CT.2963, 41L.E.D.2D935 (1974) the U.S. Supreme Court delineated the minimum requirements of due process that must be adhered to in the context of a prison disciplinary hearing.  Prisons key law 13(7).

  1. Prisoner is entitled to 24 hours advance notice of charges against him and hearing date.
  2. Right to appear in person before impartial hearing body
  3. Right to call witnesses and present evidence in defense
  4. Right to written statement of reasons for disciplinary action taken

On the ticket, a prisoner is allowed to sign the ticket.  He may also list the witnesses he may call and what they will testify to.  He also has the right to request a polygraph examination to determine innocence.

He was never given a chance to sign the ticket.  He was never given a chance to call witnesses or request a polygraph upon presentation of the ticket either.  Polygraph results are allowed at prison adjustment committee hearings.  Polygraph is necessary to ensure fairness.  Employee hearsay testimony has reason to be untrue to deter First Amendment activity by “Jailhouse Lawyer” challenging civil rights violations.  See U.S. EXREL. WILSON VS. DEROBERTS, 508F.SUPP. 360, 362 (N.D. ILL, 1981) holding polygraph might sometimes be necessary to ensure fairness.  See TERRELL VS. GODINEZ, 966 F. SUPP. 679, 684 (N.D. ILL 1987) holding that failing a polygraph was evidence of guilt.  A polygraph would corroborate all facts.  Then, all prison staff actions would be presented at committee hearing and expunged as illegal.

These actions were taken to silence his action in the current HARRIS VS. BUTLER case.  Warden Butler’s lack of supervision and dereliction of duty allows this testimony by her staff to deter my actions.  This retaliation started up again as soon as he exposed the illegal diet prepared for the staff each day.  Non-soy meals were prepared daily for the staff.  The law states that they may eat a free meal on their shift but must make a choice between the lunch or supper meal.  To cook them a separate meal no-soy meal each day is theft of dietary budget funds and misappropriation of state budget.

He went from 4-4-16 to 4-15-16 in the same clothes with no property in Menard’s maximum security segregation cells.  They sent him soy chicken patty and soy fish patty to eat.  His prescription no soy diet is deliberately ignored.  Later during the day on April 15th, he received soap and his property.  On April 20th, my father was moved to medium security Danville Correctional Center in Danville, Illinois but was housed in their segregation unit to finish out his “punishment” from Menard.  He is not being fed his no-soy diet and he has not been allowed to shop.  He is slowly starving to death which is further complicated by his hypothyroidism.

When my father was originally charged with year-old crimes in May of 1993, he was offered a plea bargain.  My father is innocent and refused the plea bargain in accordance with his innocence.  He received a 45 year sentence and a 20 year sentence for two armed robberies.  He has finished the 45 year sentence with his good time awarded.  At this time, my father is simply serving retribution for refusing the plea bargain.  The sentencing mandate for armed robbery during the early 90’s was 12 years.  Had the judge applied 12-year mandate, my father would be free.  Had the judge allowed the sentences to be served concurrently, my father would be free.  My father and an attorney sent a clemency petition to former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (Democrat).  Quinn left it alone.  He didn’t sign it, nor did he deny it.  The petition is currently sitting on Governor Bruce Rauner’s (Republican) desk.

As you see, my father’s sentences were excessive.  With such excessive sentencing, one would assume that the prosecution had a solid case against my father.  The prosecution had NO evidence against my father.  Even the eye witnesses who were robbed at gun point never identified my father or the “accomplice” in the crimes.  There was no surveillance footage of my father or the “accomplice” who implicated him.  There was no forensic evidence, e.g. fingerprints, footprints, hair, clothing fibers.  No ballistics or weapons were presented at the trial even though the eye witnesses described the weapons.  There were no tire tracks or vehicle match ups from the get-away vehicle.  Even if there had been, the information would not have matched either of the two vehicles that my father owned.  (At the time of these crimes, my father’s personal vehicle was in the shop with the transmission dismantled.  His second vehicle was a truck that my father personalized with his own name for his business.  One car was disabled and the second has his name painted on it- not exactly the ideal get-away vehicles.)  The prosecution tried to offer a motive saying that my father and the accomplice robbed the two locations, securing a grand total of $200, because my father was desperately broke.  At the time of the crimes, my father was getting unemployment equal to the amount of his previous paychecks.  He had also created his own business and was generating his own income.  By the time the unemployment ran out, he had a crew working for him and a business license.  A cop testified at trial that the “accomplice” had confessed to the crimes via a phone call from my father’s house.  My father didn’t have any kind of phone service due to an outstanding $2000 phone bill.

My father and the accomplice had been friends at one point in time.  When the crimes were committed in November of 1991, the two’s friendship had been completely over, in no uncertain terms, for six months.  This guy was not at my father’s house calling anybody about anything.

From the initial arrest in 1993 to his current segregated placement, my father’s dealings with the Illinois judicial system are a far cry from legal.  I am tired of the prison staff lying to me and trying to silence my dad.  It’s time for everyone to hear his story.  Are you brave enough to illuminate the dark dealings of Illinois and light the way to my father’s freedom?

In pursuit of truth and justice,

Amanda J. Carrasco SPC 68W (prior service)

C CO 626 BSB 3 BCT 101 ABN AA FT. CAMPBELL, KY

Free e-book “Never Ending Nightmare” that Dad wrote about his conviction: http://www.prisonsfoundation.org/Nonfiction_Books.html

Free Larry “Rocky” Harris Innocence Project: https://freelarryrockyharris.wordpress.com/

Follow Larry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/larryrockyharris1959/

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Larry’s Condition Worsens

Sally Fallon is a close friend and advocate of Larry’s.  She maintains regular written contact with him and also emails his daughter.  Below is her latest email after Larry was finally able to get a letter out.

Sally’s Email to Amanda dated April 30th, 2016:

Got a letter from your dad. In seg at Danville, worse than seg at Menard max. Not giving the no-soy diet and he has no other food. Call Monday. Warden Calloway, Medical Supervisor Mary Miller, Dietary Manager 217-446-0441.
Use the phrase deliberate indifference.
Also call governor and IDOC Director Baldwin.
I will have Larry call and also make an appointment to speak with him.
Sally

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Larry Harris Has Moved to Danville CC- Cruelty Ensues

Larry was moved to Danville Correctional Center of Danville, IL on April 20th, 2016.  He is in their segregation unit as punishment from an ordeal at Menard.  Below you will find Larry’s letters to his daughter Amanda, some whole and some in part, where he exposes this illegal placement and retaliatory punishment.

RE: Dad’s Letter from Menard Dated 4-15-2016

Well the Hill did not last long.  They wrote me up for Threats and Intimidation of Lt. Ferrell.  On the 3-11 p.m. shift, I went to the law library.  I was talking to the clerk about my last trip down to Max, from 3-3-2016 to 3-31-2016, with no ticket.  I told him about reporting it to SGT Judd; that Lt. Ferrell was soliciting another inmate to assault me.

So we argued about the points of law.  If I had another good lawsuit on Lt. Ferrell, whether I could amend the current HARRIS VS. BUTLER Case, or if I would need to file a whole new claim.

I left and went back to my house.  At about 6:40 p.m. C/O Golloway, the officer in the law library that night, came to my wing officer to lock me up.  He told me to pack my property, I was going to seg.  C/O Golloway and Law Clerk Shane Gregson wrote me up for threats and intimidation.  At 8 p.m., they placed me in segregation.  North two cell 2-27.  I remain in there today.

Now there is several illegal steps taken here.  First, a prisoner is allowed to seek asylum in the sanctuary of the law library to discuss legal actions of a civil nature.  As correctional staff are civil servants, they are liable to civil rights complaints and lawsuits, filed for retaliatory acts to stop “Jailhouse Lawyers” from exercising their First Amendment Right to file grievances.

So it was illegal for C/O Golloway to write the ticket for threats and intimidation.  It was illegal for the law clerk Gregson to [provide] witness [to] this ticket.  As the law clerk, he can not punish a prisoner for discussing a civil rights claim in the law library.  C/O Golloway was not even to be listening to the legal conversations.  See these cases here on First Amendment Retaliation BRIDGES VS. GILBERT, 557 F. 3D 541 (7TH CIR 2009) stating “Constitutional law key 119: To prevail on a First Amendment claim, a prisoner must ultimately show that (1) he engaged in activity protected by the First Amendment (law library discussion of civil rights violation) (2) he suffered a deprivation that could likely deter First Amendment activity in the future (segregation placement as punishment, loss of privileges and commissary) and (3) the First Amendment activity was at least a motivating factor in the defendant’s decision to take retaliatory action.  U.S.C.A. Const Amend 1” (talk of suing Ferrell was the motivating factor for the false ticket.)  See this later decision GOMEZ VS. RANDLE, 680 F. 3D 859 (2012) at key note [12] holding same on retaliation for First Amendment activity.  See DOBBEY VS. I.D.O.C., ET AL., 574 F. 3D 443 (7TH CIR 2009) stating cannot punish a prisoner for speech on civil rights violation.  First Amendment activity protected.  That was the first violation of my rights to deter further action in the case of HARRIS VS. BUTLER, 14-498-SMY-PMF.  So I need a polygraph examination to show I did not threaten Lt. Ferrell with physical harm.  We must get one.

The second step of the violation deals with the “Due Process of Law” rights I have when written a ticket and required to appear before the prison adjustment committee for punishment.  Under the United States Supreme Court case of WOLFF VS. MCDONNELL, 418V.S.539, 94S.CT.2963, 41L.E.D.2D935 (1974) the U.S. Supreme Court delineated the minimum requirements of due process that must be adhered to in the context of a prison disciplinary hearing.  Prisons key law 13(7).

  1. Prisoner is entitled to 24 hours advance notice of charges against him and hearing date.
  2. Right to appear in person before impartial hearing body
  3. Right to call witnesses and present evidence in defense
  4. Right to written statement of reasons for disciplinary action taken

On the ticket, a prisoner is allowed to sign the ticket. List the witnesses he may call and what they will testify to.  The right to request a polygraph examination to determine innocence.

I was never given a chance to sign the ticket.  Never given a chance to sign the ticket.  Never given a chance to call witnesses or request a polygraph at my expense to show not guilty of charges.

So polygraph will show this.  Then all things at committee hearing are expunged as illegal.  So I will write Warden Butler and Adjustment Committee Lt. Buckman again this weekend requesting this polygraph examination.  Polygraph result allowed at prison adjustment committee hearings.  Polygraph is necessary to ensure fairness.  Employee hearsay testimony has reason to be untrue to deter First Amendment activity by “Jailhouse Lawyer” challenging civil rights violations.  See U.S. EXREL. WILSON VS. DEROBERTS, 508F.SUPP. 360, 362 (N.D. ILL, 1981) holding polygraph might sometimes be necessary to ensure fairness.  See TERRELL VS. GODINEZ, 966 F. SUPP. 679, 684 (N.D. ILL 1987) holding that failing a polygraph was evidence of guilt.

So these are the steps being taken to silence my action in the current HARRIS VS. BUTLER allows this testimony by her staff to deter my actions.  This retaliation started up again as soon as I exposed the illegal diet prepared for the staff each day.  The non-soy meals prepared daily for the staff.  The law states that they may eat a free meal on their shift but must make a choice between the lunch or supper meal.  To cook them a separate meal no-soy meal each day is theft of dietary budget funds and misappropriation of state budget.

So I need to you to send a copy of this letter to Sally.  Email it or type it verbatim for her.  Only have one small seg. Pen.  No ink to repeat this until I make store and get more pens.

Went from 4-4-16 to 4-15-16 in the same clothes with no property.  Still sending me soy chicken patty and soy fish patty to eat.  No soy diet is still not right, but I will survive on what I can eat.  Finally got soap and property today.  Changed clothes, washed them and body, then wrote this letter to ease your mind.

Publish this online.  Contact the U.S. Attorney General.  Polygraph will show I was framed again to silence lawsuit and grievances.

RE: Excerpts from Dad’s Letter Dated 4-16-16

Call Governor Rauner about the officers eating special food on the state’s dime and the staff’s retaliatory activities.  Tell him to allow the polygraph.

9:35 a.m. No tray for lunch this Saturday.  Getting to be a common thing on the weekends.  Breakfast tray had soy cake on it.  Cold farina set and jelled to one big piece of slime.  Nasty.

I wrote a letter to Warden Butler and Lt. Buckman requesting a polygraph test  on the latest charges.

2:40 p.m. Still no lunch tray.  Hope I get supper.

I should get out of seg by July 1st.

RE: Excerpts from Dad’s Letter Dated 4-18-2016

Next doctor appointment is June 20th, 2016 at Carbondale Prairieland Cardiac Center.  Need you to go online.

RE: Letter from Dad Dated 4-21-2016

Was transferred to Danville C.C.  A very sweet medium prison.  But it is very far up state on the Indiana border.  I am still is seg for the bogus charge.  Trying to get a polygraph test done.  Seg out date is July 4th.  90 days for threats and intimidation.

Crazy seg here.  Took my shoe laces from me.  No light in my cell.  Must ask C/O to turn it off and on, from outside the cell.  No electrical outlet in the cell.  Big, clean cell though.

I am getting the no soy diet*.  Get showers and razor twice a week.  Getting meds once a day in the morning.  So that is straight.  Do not know how the diet will go yet.  Will keep you filled in on that outcome.

The Adjustment Committee C/O here got me a copy of the ticket and the final summary.  3 months C-grade, segregation, commissary restriction.

So went in on 4-4-16.  Out on 7-4-16 but since the 4th of July is a holiday and a Monday, I get out on the first, a Friday.

So I need you to push on Governor Rauner for the polygraph test.  Have everyone bug the I.D.O.C. Director Baldwin too. J When this is done and the ticket expunged, I will not sue for this retaliatory act.  OR I can serve the 90 days and then file another suit on Lt. Ferrell, Lt. Powell, C/O Golloway, and Law Clerk Gregson.

So I have a few write outs [ink pens] left.  I missed being able to shop this month from here.  So I will have to make these last.  So share this new address and my situation with Sally and Donna.  Tell Gary Cox, the lawyer, my new address.

I will do my part here to polygraph ran.  I wrote Governor Rauner already but will write again.  Need you all to be a pain so he makes this go away.  Keep writing and press the point, polygraph test or another long and costly lawsuit.  One where a polygraph will be done in Discovery and offered to the staff too.  Received your March 28th letter.  Moved my heart to hear how much you seek the peace of your own home.  Amanda, on your webpage you must use this story to get your home.  Listen to your old Dad here and put this to work for you.

Ask everyone that reads your webpage to help bring your dad home by donating one dollar to your struggle to buy a home to have a place for Dad to be released to.  Then ask them to tell two friends to check out www.freelarryrockyharris.wordpress.com.  The more you promote the webpage, the more you can generate the funds needed here.  Use this to your advantage.

When I get the money from the lawsuits it will go to getting you a home or paying off the one you want.  So start looking at homes.  Download the pictures and info.  Send me the stuff so we can get going.  Talk to banks.  Get the amount of down payment needed.  Monthly rate of mortgage.  Then we pay it off as quickly as possible.

This 90 day set back will be over soon.  Once I get out and off the bullshit I can get my typewriter back and go to work.

Remember to raise the point on the polygraph verses another long and costly civil rights violation lawsuit.  Or expunge the ticket.

I just talked to I.A. here.  They said they were going to talk to the Warden.  Maybe drop the time to 45 days and let me out.  Will let you know how that works out.  If so, maybe I am out on May 18th.

So I sit and write and read.  Miss you two so much.  Miss hearing your voice Sweety.

*I, Amanda, believe this statement confirming the no-soy diet was meant to be a negating statement.  I believe my father wanted to say, “I am not getting the no soy diet.  Get showers and razor twice a week.  Getting meds once a day in the morning.  So that [the meds] is straight.”  Sally’s email also stated that my dad wasn’t getting the no-soy diet.  My dad’s sister Donna also called Danville to inquire about the no-soy diet.  She was told that Springfield has to order it.  That is a lie.  My father’s no-soy diet is a prescription from a doctor- the doctor who treated my dad for anaphylactic shock from eating the soy-laced prison food.  No one in Springfield is required to authorize this prescription diet prior to administration.  This is a tactic to keep my father from being fed properly.  I have seen IDOC use it before.

 
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Larry Harris was born January 1, 1959 in a pickup truck on the side of a road in Beartrack, KY. The State of Illinois convicted him and an accomplice in 1993 of two armed robberies that occurred in late 1992. The “accomplice” was a felon himself that was facing federal prison time due to crimes he committed in Missouri and Illinois. Under pressure and coaxing from the Illinois State Attorney, the man admitted to committing the 1992 robberies and cited Larry as the mastermind and partner. Neither Larry, nor the other man, committed these robberies.

Today, Larry is serving two sentences for the robberies: a 40 year sentence and 25 year sentence. The “accomplice” took the plea bargain and was released in 2000. He served time for his crimes in Missouri concurrently with his sentence from Illinois- a total of 7 years.

Currently, Larry has a free published e-book about his false incarceration at http://prisonsfoundation.org/uploads/nonf-never.pdf. After serving 20 years already, Larry hopes people will read his book and petition the Illinois governor to grant him clemency. Outside the prison walls, Larry has two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren. He also writes short stories and jokes which he sells to local newspapers.

 
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