[Pnews] CA Prisons - The Conflict Resolution Committee

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The Free Speech Society presents:

The Conflict Resolution Committee

By Kijana Tashiri Askari, Abdul Olugbala Shakur, and J. Heshima Denham

April 17, 2016

Mission Statement

In the afermath of two small-scale race-based 'isolated' incidents that 
occurred on B-facility in January of 2016 at Kern Valley State Prison 
(KVSP), the Free Speech Society was able to successfully initiate a 
'Conflict Resoluton Committee' (C.R.C.) as a part of the Inmate Advisory 
Council (I.A.C.) that has been established at this prison.

The C.R.C. ensures the de-escalation of potential conflicts between 
various groups / formations on B-facility . As it constitutes a body of 
like-minded individuals that is both representative of the totality of 
the various groups/formations on B-facility. But also capable of 
resolving potential or actual conflicts in a responsible, positive, and 
expeditious fashion. In the past, KVSP Administrators, which includes 
the California Department of Corrections & rehabilitation (CDCr) 
headquarters in Sacramento, CA, have made errors in one form or another, 
by failing to ensure the engagement of the primary stakeholders that are 
representative of those groups/formations actually engaged in a confict. 
Nor has there been a body of 'like-minded' individuals specifically 
tasked with reslving potential conflicts before they mature into actual 
hostile based conflicts, whereby unnecessary disturbances become 
manifest, which jeopardize the safety and security of both prisoners and 

Per Departmental Operations Manual (D.O.M.) section 53120.5.3 (viz. 
“Special Concern sub-committee”) [ 
p. 427 ] the KVSP B-facility men's Advisory Council will enact the 
Conflict Resolution Committee (C.R.C.). This Committee is convened for 
the sole purpose of resolving potential and actual conflicts on 
B-facility whenever and wherever they occur, and effectively 
[articulate] these resolutions to the entire prisoner population, with 
special attention given to the groups/formations in conjunction with the 
Agreement to End Hostilities (A.E.H.) [ link ].

Because appropriate representation is essential to the resolution of 
conflicts in an effective and responsible manner, the composition of the 
C.R.C. will reflect prisoner reppresentation from eah specific 
group/formation, which will in turn be responsible for engaging and 
positively resolving any subdivisions in these groups. A basic outline 
of the C.R.C. Representative Body will consist of a representative from 
each of the following groups/formations:


– Sureños

– Whites

– Others

– Crips

– Bloods

– Mexican Nationals

– 415 (Kumi)

– Bay Area Blacks

– Hoovers

– Muslims

Because of the sensitive nature of this special concern sub-committee, 
the C.R.C. must have access to the units on B-facility, per approval of 
the facility captain. The daily activities of the C.R.C. are designed to 
increase dialogue across cultural lines of ever formation / group to 
promote a stronger foundation upon which issues can be put forward and 
resolved in a constructive manner.

Communication and timing are essential components to preventing 
conflicts before they mature into hostile-based conflict. Therefore, 
C.R.C. members must be able to talk to who they need to, when they need 
to. Our objective is to be proactive in resolving potential and/or 
actual conflicts within the general population. All prisoners are 
encouraged to relay any and all potential conflicts to the C.R.C. so the 
can be resolved in an expeditious manner.

The function and activities of thi committee shall be to ensure equal 
and effective representation of the entire general population in the 
resolution of potential and actual conflicts on B-facility. The entire 
C.R.C. body will abide by the by-laws of the Inmate Advisory Council 

Our struggle continues!

For more information about the Free Speech Society, you can visit the 
website at:



Kijana Tashiri Askari

s/n Marcus Harrison H54077
KVSP B2-101L

P.O. Box 5102

Delano, CA 93216

Abdul Olugbala Shakur

s/n James Earl Harvey C48884

KVSP B2-117

P.O. Box 5102

Delano, CA 93216

J. Heshima Denham J38283

KVSP B2-117
P.O. Box 5102

Delano, CA 93216

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