“My brother’s life at risk” by Regina Sanders


James Earl Rivera Jr. was about to turn 17 year old in 2010 when Stockton, Calif., police fired a hail of bullets at him as he was driving, hitting him 19 times. Since then, his family has been organizing to demand answers from police and win justice for James.

But James isn’t the only family member who is a victim of the criminal injustice system. His father, James Rivera Sr., is imprisoned at Salinas Valley State Prison, where he fears for his life after threats from prison staff. Here, James Sr.’s sister, Regina Sanders, speaks out about the abuses her brother faces locked up in the California prison system.

James Earl Rivera Jr. was about to turn 17 year old in 2010 when Stockton, Calif., police fired a hail of bullets at him as he was driving, hitting him 19 times. Since then, his family has been organizing to demand answers from police and win justice for James.

But James isn’t the only family member who is a victim of the criminal injustice system. His father, James Rivera Sr., is imprisoned at Salinas Valley State Prison, where he fears for his life after threats from prison staff. Here, James Sr.’s sister, Regina Sanders, speaks out about the abuses her brother faces locked up in the California prison system.

A California state prisonA California state prison

MY NAME is Regina Sanders, and I am writing on behalf of my brother, James Rivera Sr., whose life is being threatened by the California Department of Corrections.

In 2010, James’ son and my nephew, James Rivera Jr., was murdered in cold blood at the age of 16 by the Stockton police. Now James Sr. is facing abuse and threats on his life at the hands of the California justice system.

James Sr. is an inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison. He was housed in B facility. The captain on B facility, D. Asuncion, and the assistant warden along with other staff have made an attempt to kill him and his cell mate, Craig Kevin, for successfully challenging an unlawful and unwarrantable write-up, or 115.

Already, my brother has sustained injuries, including a broken leg, since beating this 115. The prison staff placed James and Craig in administrative segregation (ad-seg) and are now conspiring with the ad-seg staff. Since they have been in ad-seg, the staff has driven another inmate to hang himself.

Now that James’ time is up in ad-seg, the staff is trying to put him on the worst yard in the prison so that they can finish off what they didn’t achieve. James and his cell mate need to be transferred from Salinas Valley State Prison before they are killed. The staff members who have violated my brother’s rights need to be stopped immediately, before another inmate’s life is taken.

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