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Radio Interview

This is a link to a radio interview for Reaching the Shore that I did with Kate Daniels, who hosts Inspirational Women:

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Supreme Court Ruled in 2012

The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that teens cannot be sentenced to life automatically for any crime.

Do we know if they are still being sentenced to life without parole and still subject to degrading and inhuman treatment that would shock you, anger you, and bring you to tears?

Just like factory farms and slaughter houses, prisons are hidden from the public because prisons as terrible as ours can’t be happening in America.

A Broken System

Many people with mental problems end up in prison. Many people with drug problems end up in prison. A great number of people are just broken in some places and end up in prison. These are the people that don’t belong in prison, with a little help they would be able to live in this broken world with the rest  of us.

In America we are too eager to condemn people for breaks that let the light in. We must care more about extreme punishment and mass incarceration. The true measure of our character is how we treat the incarcerated and condemned.

We have 2.3 million people in our prisons, more than any country in the world. As a nation we must be the most violent people on earth, who own the most guns. More than any modern country in the world.

Or is the reason that we throw everyone in prison because we don’t know what else to do with them anymore?

Bonnie Hall

Reaching The Shore

After five years the book, Reaching The Shore: A Story of Survival, Courage and Endurance  by Davin Jake Douma and Bonnie Jane Hall is finally available on amazon. The print edition is available now and the Kindle ebook will be available within a couple of weeks. This tells the story of Davin’s incredible journey. Here is the link to amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Reaching-Shore-Survival-Courage-Endurance/dp/0692047212/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515542441&sr=1-1&keywords=reaching+the+shore

 

 

 

Hard Light

Hard Light

On the day a sixteen year-old boy was arrested, everything in his life except his mind and body had been taken away from him. After 25 years, there was one coveted place in the prison yard, the only tree that became his favorite place to sit. He had fought hard to hold onto to this shady spot over the years because it was the last of its kind. This man named Arizona knew in his bones that he didn’t belong here because he was more sensitive and felt more deeply than others. Like the tree, he was one of a kind.

Arizona is a good guy who loves to study people. “They were fascinating to watch and I constantly wondered about their motivations and strange impulses. When I study them, the crazies and the sane, the gangs and the independents I’m trying to understand my-self. Who am I and what the hell am I doing here.”

“Arizona looks at the barren sky that both forgave and forgot. He can’t be sure how he ended up here on the ground with a huge cut across his belly like a giant red mouth. Memory could be such an awful thing.”

 

Davin Jake Douma dedicated himself to intense personal development and went through a positive transformation while serving a life sentence in prison. He became a skilled writer, martial artist and speaker. Hard Light is one of many books and novellas written by Davin and is the first to be published and available to the public.

A book by Davin Jake Douma      in Kindle or Print at Amazon

Davin’s novel now available

Here is a link to Davin’s book, Hard Light. This is a novel he wrote while in prison which includes some experiences from his life and from his imagination. The book can also be found under Davin Douma on Amazon.

The book is in ebook format on Amazon Kindle and can be downloaded into any device.

If you read the book I would appreciate your writing a brief customer review.

Bonnie

https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Light-Davin-Jake-Douma-ebook/dp/B01IWTD34A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469286286&sr=1-1&keywords=Davin+douma

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Posted on Dec 22, 2013

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Aramark World Headquarters in Philadelphia in 2006.

Shares in the Philadelphia-based Aramark Holdings Corp., which contracts through Aramark Correctional Services to provide the food to 600 correctional institutions across the United States, went public Thursday. The corporation, acquired in 2007 for $8.3 billion by investors that included Goldman Sachs, raised $725 million last week from the sale of the stock. It is one more sign that the business of locking up poor people in corporate America is booming.

Aramark, whose website says it provides 1 million meals a day to prisoners, does what corporations are doing throughout the society: It lavishes campaign donations on pliable politicians, who in turn hand out state and federal contracts to political contributors, as well as write laws and regulations to benefit their corporate sponsors at the expense of the poor. Aramark fires unionized workers inside prisons and jails and replaces them with underpaid, nonunionized employees. And it makes sure the food is low enough in both quality and portion to produce huge profits.

Aramark, often contracted to provide food to prisoners at about a dollar a meal, is one of numerous corporations, from phone companies to construction firms, that have found our grotesque system of mass incarceration to be very profitable. The bodies of the poor, when they are not captive, are worth little to corporations. But bodies behind bars can each generate $40,000 to $50,000 a year for corporate coffers. More than 2.2 million men and women are in prisons and jails in the U.S.

Crystal Jordan, who has spent 23 years as a corrections officer in New Jersey and who works at the Burlington County Jail, and another corrections officer at the jail, who did not want to be named, told me that the food doled out to prisoners by Aramark is not only substandard but often spoiled. For nearly a decade Jordan has filed complaints about the conditions in the jail, including persistent mold on walls and elsewhere, with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state and county officials. The results of her complaints have been negligible.

“The big shift came in 2004 when the state got rid of the employees who worked in the kitchen and gave the food service contract to Aramark,” said Jordan, who has sent several complaints about jail kitchen conditions to state and county authorities. “The food was not great [earlier], but the officers ate it along with the prisoners. Once Aramark came in, that changed. The bread was stale. I saw food in the kitchen with mold on it. The refrigerator broke down and the food was left outside in the cold or trucked in from another facility. Those who ate the food began to get sick. The officers demanded the right to bring in their own food or order out, which the jail authorities granted. But the prisoners had no choice. Diarrhea and vomiting is common among the prisoners. A few weeks ago one of the officers got a bowl of the prisoners’ chili. We all told him not to eat it. He ended up with diarrhea in the bathroom.”

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Many of those incarcerated in prisons or jails such as Union County Jail in Elizabeth, N.J., where Aramark runs the food service, echo Jordan’s account. They say that sickness and persistent hunger are becoming a routine part of being incarcerated.

“The food gives everybody in the jail diarrhea,” said James Gibbs, 52, who recently spent two weeks in Union County Jail and previously had spent two years there. “There was never enough food. People were hungry all the time.” 

Al Gordon, 45, said he was in Union County Jail when nearly everyone came down with food poisoning from tacos. “It was awful,” he said when we spoke in Elizabeth. “All the prisoners, except the ones who were vegetarian and who did not eat the meat in the tacos, had diarrhea for three days. Whenever we tried to eat anything for those three days we threw it back up. We were all sweating and felt dizzy.”

Gordon had a job in the jail’s kitchen, where he helped prepare the food, usually under the supervision of two Aramark employees. “There were mice running around and mice droppings everywhere,” he said. “The utensils for cooking were dirty. Many of the prisoners preparing the food would use the bathroom and then not wash their hands or wear gloves. Hair fell into the food. The bread was stale and hard. And the portions we were required to serve were real small. You could eat six portions like the ones we served … and still be hungry. If we put more than the required portion on the tray the Aramark people would make us take it off. It wasn’t civilized. I lost 30 pounds. I would wake up at night and put toothpaste in my mouth to get rid of the hunger urge. The only way a person survived in there was to have money on the books to order from the canteen, but I didn’t have no money. It was especially bad for the diabetics, and there are a lot of diabetics behind bars.”

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Davin age thirty five

Davin age thirty five

Davin Jake Douma