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Bronx Teen Seeking Trial Languishes at Rikers, cuz… well, why not?


Meanwhile, in New York City, civil rights activists are demanding justice for a Bronx teenager who’s been held at the notorious Rikers Island jail while awaiting trial for a 2015 crime he says he did not commit. Prosecutors say 18-year-old Pedro Hernandez fired a shot that struck another teen in the leg, even though the victim and eight other teens who witnessed the shooting say Hernandez is innocent. Hernandez has turned down a plea deal that would see him released on five years’ probation. He’s insisting on a trial by jury, but scheduling conflicts have pushed a trial date past Labor Day. Hernandez has been in jail since July of 2016. Hernandez hopes to be released by September 1 in order to accept a full college scholarship. His family has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the $250,000 needed to bail him out. Hernandez’s plight has drawn comparisons to the case of Kalief Browder, another Bronx teen, who committed suicide in 2015 at the age of 22 after being held at Rikers for nearly three years without trial for a crime he did not commit.

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“Hermetically Sealed”

Whenever I  consider “Hermetically Sealed for Sanitary Protection,” my mind travels to those days of television yesteryear, for it was in those years that I learned that hermetic sealing was for tampons only, at least from a commercial stand point.  I’ll be straight with you:  I lost many a good night’s sleep wondering why the hell tampons required hermetic sealing.  I’ll tell you folks that in a thousand years you could not convince me that the tampon factory could be less clean than the place those tampons are stuffed into.  I bet  one could make tampons in a fish processing factory and it would still be cleaner than a woman’s “pit of despair!”

Speaking of which that “pit of despair” reminds me of this pit of despair, a.k.a. Maine Correctional Center (M.C.C.)  It is my experience that inmates often feel that meds are served in a sanitary manner when one sees the med nurse using those blue latex gloves that were never likely hermetically sealed.  Let me tell you folks, the use of those gloves provide the “illusion” of sanitariness!  This is a straight-up illusion for this reason:  the fucking glove goes where the hand goes, it has no choice – it’s on the hand.

If a gloved hand scratches its owner’s ass, or picks someone’s meds up off of the floor, or dials a phone that was just stuck to a sweaty ear, or handles unsanitary medical records, carts, boxes or prescriptions or brushes hair out of the face, it is un-sanitary, glove or no glove.  So, pick your nose and scratch your ass, but deliver my meds on time – for it all adds up to nothing in the end.

Next, we have the use of those same blue gloves by C.O.s, whenever they storm a room for a search of contraband.  What the hell does a C.O. need gloves for?  Are the gloves needed to pick through an unsanitary pile of shit on an inmate’s floor?  Is it to protect themselves from possible contamination?  Or, could it be the gloves are worn because the light blue contrasts quite nicely with the dark uniforms?  Why don’t the inmates need those gloves?  Is the inmate likely to touch something that would harm him, but not harm the C.O.?

If there is a concern for protection, why are not the C.O.s made to wear those gloves 24-7?  Sanitary protection is an illusion for C.O.s, inmates and staffers.  Protection for all is the M.C.C. mantra, even if that protection does not include inmates!!!

Let me wrap it up with this:  people eating in the chow hall might think that a good job is done by those who hustle from table to table to clean it before the next people use that table.  People might believe the cleaning process has left sanitary conditions in its wake.  Nothing could be further from the truth, blue gloves or not.  With close attention one will notice that the table are being cleaned with a hand towel.  Wipe a table, wipe another, wipe another and then rinse that towel in the now-filthy water in the bucket by the door and wipe every table with the filth from the last table until every table top becomes bacteria-ladened-formica-petri-dish and that is only the beginning of the chow hall issues.

“Hermetically Sealed for Sanitary Protection” is an illusion, and one with possibly deadly effects.


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